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The verdict on Ayodhya: a historian's perspective

The Hindu ROMILA THAPAR: We cannot change the past to justify the politics of the present. Photo: S S Kumar It has annulled respect for history and seeks to replace it with religious faith. The verdict is a political judgment and reflects a decision which could as well have been taken by the stat

Aadhaar: How to get your unique ID from govt of India

India's ambitious Unique ID project dubbed "Aadhaar", which aims to give every Indian citizen a unique number mapped to biometrics, was launched on Wednesday in the Nadurbar district of Maharashtra. The Technoholik.com team got a sneak peek at the UIDAI (Unique ID Authority of India) tech centre in

Force of faith trumps law and reason in Ayodhya case

The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court has made judicial history by deciding a long pending legal dispute over a piece of property in Ayodhya on the basis of an unverified and unsubstantiated reference to the "faith and belief of Hindus."The irony is that in doing so, the court has inadverten

Verdict on Babri Masjid extra-legal, exceeds mandate of SC: Syed Shahabuddin

New Delhi, October 1: Syed Shahabuddin, President of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, has termed the Allahabad High Court verdict on the Babri Masjid as extra-legal based on myths and legends and not on evidence on record, and one that has exceeded the mandate of the Supreme Court."The AIMMM is

Lokayukta Apprehends Influencing of Witnesses in KIADB Case

Bangalore - Lokayukta Santosh Hegde on Friday October 1 apprehended that witnesses may be ''influenced''and ''threatened'' in the KIADB case in connection with which state minister Katta Subramanya Naidu's corporator son Jagdish Katta was arrested. "We apprehend the witnesses might be influenced or

Yeddyurappa & sons accused of land scam

Bangalore: The sons of some of Karnataka's most senior politicians are threatening to provide vertiginous shifts in their fathers' fortunes. First, the son of Minister Katta Subramanya Naidu was arrested for allegedly trying to bribe an official to not name him in a questionable land deal. "Whether

PM promises Bill to revamp medical education

NEW DELHI - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said a bill for setting up a National Council for Human Resources in Health will be introduced in Parliament soon to address issues of quality, quantity and equitable distribution of medical education resources.Addressing students at the 38th convocation cer

Force of faith trumps law and reason in Ayodhya case

NEW DELHI - The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court has made judicial history by deciding a long pending legal dispute over a piece of property in Ayodhya on the basis of an unverified and unsubstantiated reference to the "faith and belief of Hindus."The irony is that in doing so, the court ha

Ayodhya: Towards national reconciliation

NEW DELHI - The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that once spearheaded Hindutva campaign to drive home their point on Ayodhya issue said on Thursday that the landmark verdict pronounced by the Special Bench of the Allahabad High Court clears the way for a grand temple at the site. The party that has rec

A day after Ayodhya verdict, fresh calls for settlement

New Delhi - Fresh calls were made on Friday for another attempt for a negotiated settlement to the Ayodhya issue, as Governments at the Centre as well as political parties hailed the "respectful and dignified" response of people to the court verdict.The Centre as well as the Congress also made it a

Ayodhya verdict: Disputed land to be divided

Lucknow - The Allahabad High Court on Thursday ruled by a majority verdict that the disputed land inAyodhya be divided equally into three parts among Hindus and Muslims and that the place where the makeshift temple of Lord Ram exists belongs to Hindus. In their separate judgements on the sensitive

Tight security across the country amid appeals for peace

Tens of thousands of security personnel were posted across India ahead of the Allahabad High Court verdict on Ayodhya title suits on Thursday afternoon. From Kashmir to Kerala, many states were on "extra vigil" fearing trouble in the aftermath of the judgement. "We are monitoring the situation minut

No protest, no victory march: Home Minister R Ashok

Bangalore - Ahead of the Allahabad High Court's verdict on the Ayodhya title suit tomorrow, the Karnataka government has banned protests, demonstrations and processions to maintain peace and communal harmony in the state. State Home Minister R Ashok reviewed the situation on Wednesday with Deputy Co

Police nab priests while trying to sell stolen idol

Mangalore - Mulky police have successfully busted an antique theft case by arresting three Hindu priests. They have also confiscated the valuable and ancient idol of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha worth Rs. 20 lakh from the accused. The arrested are identified as Raghavendra Bhat from Kaup, Ramachandra Bhat

2-day holidays declared in Karnataka

Bangalore - Karnataka government on Tuesday declared a two-day holiday for schools and colleges on September 30 and October 1 in view of the Allahabad court's scheduled pronouncement of verdict on Ayodhya title suit dispute on Thursday. The announcement also said that the prohibitory orders will be

Indians urged to register with missions to vote

Expatriate Indians have been urged to register themselves with their respective diplomatic missions to participate in their country's elections.This announcement is in accordance with the recently introduced voting rights law for non-resident citizens.The Indian Parliament last month passed the Repr

Hindus help rebuild mosque in Karnataka village

HUBLI: As the nation anxiously awaits one mosque verdict, villagers in Karnataka's Gadag district have made their judgment clear as far as their local mosque is concerned. The spirited folk of Purtageri, a village around 500km from Bangalore, dissolved religious lines to come together and rebuild a

Security forces take over CWG venues

The Delhi Police on Tuesday said security forces have fully taken over the Commonwealth Games venues and a fool-proof security blanket is in place."All venues have been handed over to the Delhi Police. We have a perfectly fool-proof security," Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal told reporters aft