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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the construction of a new Hindu temple at a contested religious site with a history of deadly sectarian violence.

The Hindu nationalist premier will lay the foundations for a Hindu temple on the site of the Babri mosque, demolished by a mob in 1992.

Desperation, misery in Kashmir a year after Indian clampdown

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Desperation, misery in Kashmir a year after Indian clampdown

India has reimposed a curfew on the Muslim-majority region ahead of the first anniversary of the decision to strip Kashmir of its autonomy.

India imposes curfew in Kashmir ahead of clampdown anniversary

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

India imposes curfew in Kashmir ahead of clampdown anniversary

A curfew has been imposed across Indian Kashmir just two days before the first anniversary of New Delhi's abolition of the restive region's ...

India and China play political football with Muslims

CJ Werleman

India and China play political football with Muslims

Comment: Both Beijing and New Delhi are seeking to smear each other's reputation by pointing to their respective mistreatment of Muslims, writes ...

Hanan Zaffar

The violent toll of Hindu nationalism on India’s Christians

The rise of Hindu nationalism has fuelled unprecedented vigilante violence against India's Christians.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Indian-administered Kashmir locks down as coronavirus cases surge

The lockdown in Kashmir comes just ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Adha festival and the first anniversary of the controversial stripping of the ...

The New Arab Staff

Islamic activists halt construction of Hindu temple in Pakistan

The temple would be the first new Hindu place of worship built in Islamabad since Pakistan's creation in 1947, but Islamic activists ...

Hanan Zaffar

'Another Palestine': Kashmiris fear demographic change under domicile law

India has issued 25,000 domicile certificates to non-Kashmiris, raising fears that New Delhi is engineering demographic change in the ...

Kashmir bans Muslim gatherings, allows <em>Hindu</em> pilgrimage

The New Arab Staff

Kashmir bans Muslim gatherings, allows Hindu pilgrimage

Officials in the Muslim-majority state banned all gatherings due to Covid-19 concerns but controversially allowed a Hindu pilgrimage to ...

Mobashra Tazamal

Covid-19 hasn't stopped the drumbeat of Islamophobia in India

Comment: If anything, the Modi government has weaponised the coronavirus pandemic to further dehumanise India's Muslims, writes Mobashra ...

India tightens the noose on Kashmir's media

Aamir Ali Bhat

India tightens the noose on Kashmir's media

A new law empowers the Indian state to legally and economically punish journalists in Kashmir for publishing 'fake news' and 'anti-national ...

What India and China's border face-off means for Kashmir

Aakash Hassan

What India and China's border face-off means for Kashmir

India and China's deadliest clash in decades could have serious geopolitical implications.

India denies visas to US religious freedom panel

The New Arab Staff

India denies visas to US religious freedom panel

India has denied visas for a US government body that previously expressed concern over the country's religious freedom record.

How will the EU respond to Israel's annexation plans?

Stasa Salacanin

How will the EU respond to Israel's annexation plans?

The EU is a staunch defender of the two-state solution but remains divided on how to push back against Israel's annexation plans.

Pranab Bardhan

Modi's performance and the tragedy of India's poor

Comment: PM Modi's handling of the coronavirus pandemic failed India's poorest, with pitifully inadequate funds and an over-centralised response, writes Pranab Bardhan.

The New Arab

Indian police beat man 'thinking he was Muslim'

The police officers thought Deepak Bundele was Muslim because of his beard, officials allegedly told him.

Azmi Bishara

Coronavirus contemplations: Part III

Comment: In this three-part series, Dr Azmi Bishara takes a deep dive look at how citizens and states have responded to an unprecedented ...

Hanan Zaffar

India clamps down on Muslims under cover of coronavirus

India is using the coronavirus pandemic to crack down on Muslim activists following widespread anti-government protests last year.

Anti-India clashes continue in tense Kashmir for third day

The New Arab & agencies

Anti-India clashes continue in tense Kashmir for third day

Clashes continued Friday in Kashmir as anti-India protesters threw stones at government forces, who fired shotgun pellets and tear gas to quell ...

The New Arab

Indian doctor 'turns away' Muslim patients amid coronavirus pandemic

A doctor in the Mathura area of Uttar Pradesh, India, reportedly turned away Muslim patients, saying: "We will treat only Hindus, not Muslims."

Coronavirus misinformation fuels hatred against India’s Muslims

The New Arab & agencies

Coronavirus misinformation fuels hatred against India’s Muslims

A systematic campaign of disinformation blaming Muslims for the spread of coronavirus in India is fuelling hatred and violent attacks.

Will the US put India on its religious blacklist?

The New Arab

Will the US put India on its religious blacklist?

A US government panel has called for India to be placed on a religious freedoms blacklist as persecution and violence by Prime Minister Modi's ...

The pandemic and rising Islamophobia mar Ramadan in India

The New Arab & agencies

The pandemic and rising Islamophobia mar Ramadan in India

Many of India's Muslims have faced renewed stigma, threats and the boycotting of vendors who venture into Hindu-dominated neighborhoods

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