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Man Booker Prize-winning author Salman Rushdie recently appeared in a video where he weighed in on the subject of calling one strain of terrorism as 'Islamic terror'. Rushdie has never minced words on how so called religious people try committing the worst atrocities in the name of Islam, and said that if everybody engaged in acts of Islamic terrorism says that they’re doing it in the name of Islam, who are 'we' to say they’re not. However, he added that their definition of Islam may not be what most Muslims mean by Islam.
Two Muslim men were arrested by Mumbai police this week for allegedly sharing offensively photoshopped pictures of the Hindu goddess Kali on Facebook. The two men from Madhya Pradesh were traced down in Mumbai following a complaint by religious fringe organisations in Bhopal. Reportedly, the organisation had warned of a 'backlash' if the people behind the offensive post on Facebook page called 'Naadan Parinday' were not arrested.
Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma recently incurred the wrath of social media as well as the general public when he made sexist and insulting remarks on the looks of a noted film critic. The Reuters India critic had given his recently-released film Veerappan a bad review and had commented on the budged of the film, the CGI animation, the actors, as well as Varma's directorial skills. An enraged Varma then tweeted out a photograph of the film critic and with the caption, "So as per your review, Veerappan the film is as good as your face [sic]." He later deleted the tweet.
Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight runs to win the Indian Premier League final on Sunday. The Sunrisers managed to brush past RCB with aplomb, who had made it to the IPL finals for the third time.
Discussing BJP-led NDA government's completion of two years, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh claimed that India's image had improved internationally ever since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister. He also said that considering the government's current performance, BJP will do better than 2014 in the 2019 General Elections.
Odisha government on Sunday decided to accord BPL (below poverty line) status to transgenders in the state. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who reviewed the performance of the department, asked it to cover other social security schemes for the transgenders, including the National Food Security Act.
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After 23 years in jail, Nisar-ud-din Ahmad was acquitted in Babri anniversary train blasts case last week. Ahmad, who says that he 'skipped an entire generation' in jail, adds that he is thankful to the Supreme Court for freeing him. But he also asked that who was going to give him his life back. Ahmad was among three others who who walked out from Jaipur jail after the Supreme Court acquitted them of all charges, setting aside their life sentence and ordering their immediate release on 11 May.
Veteran film and television actor Suresh Chatwal, who was known for his role in the film Munnabhai MBBS and the television show FIRpassed away after prolonged illness. The actor died on Saturday in Mumbai and was cremated on Sunday.
Sunita Hazra, who was a part of the tragic Everest expedition of 20 May, was flown to Kolkata on Saturday. 11 mountaineers went on an expedition to the Everest recently, of which only eight returned. Hazra was one of them. Out of danger and on her way to recovery the 42-year-old survivor is already planning her next climb.
Critically-acclaimed films such as Masaan and Sairat talk about a feudalism and misogyny that won’t wither away, writes Satyam Viswanathan in The Indian Express. "Everyone loves a narrative of aspiration, empowerment, and development. But without a concomitant movement that shuns majoritarian impulses and works to dismantle age-old structures of oppression rooted in gender and caste, vikas that is inclusive and enduring will remain a pipe dream," he says.
Ayear since the Reserve Bank of India ended regulatory forbearance — the norm that allowed banks to avoid treating restructured loans as sub-standard — the pile of stressed assets at lenders has grown manifold, lengthening the shadow over balance sheets, says an editorial in The Hindu. "The Centre is cognisant of the magnitude of the problem and has in large measure moved in lock-step with the central bank in addressing the systemic and regulatory issues that need fixing... At the same time, there is the risk that a clutch of lenders will need greater levels of capital infusion than previously estimated; this will test the fiscal deficit as well as the taxpayer’s willingness to underwrite the excesses of the past," it says.
The latest attempt to resettle the Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir must avoid past pitfalls, says an editorial in Mint. "The agenda of alliance between the J&K PDP and the BJP features resettling the Pandits in Kashmir. But the UPA attempted it in 2008 too, and made a mess of it. Fortunately, the initial signs now that J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and home minister Rajnath Singh have spoken on the issue are positive. But if they are not to fail the exiles — as they have been repeatedly failed — they must confront several issues related to security and economic opportunity. Kashmiriyat is a fine notion, but it will not be enough if the Pandits are to make a difficult choice; they must be provided a concrete road map," it says.
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