The Supreme Court stepped in to protect the right of Muslims to worship at the Gyanvapi masjid. But there is no clarity on whether it plans to uphold its own precedent—and apply a key law that protects places of worship. Meanwhile, a new mosque is in the Hindutva crosshairs—and the BJP is rethinking its post-Ayodhya stance.
A masjid inside the Kashi Vishwanath Temple complex has become a legal lightning rod. Hindu petitioners claim that a ‘shivling’ has been uncovered on its premises—thanks to a court-ordered survey. And the Supreme Court is set to hear an appeal filed by mosque authorities. We take a look at the mosque’s history—and the legal issues involved.
In this second and final instalment, we look at why Tamil Nadu has emerged as the bastion of anti-Hindi sentiment—and ongoing attempts to overcome the South’s resistance to Hindi. Lost in the shuffle: The many endangered Indian languages that have been pushed to the side in this tussle.
In recent weeks, there has been great social media sparring over Hindi—and claims that it is our national language. What is the root of this stubborn hostility to Hindi? What did our founding fathers intend, and where are we now? In this first part, we look at the history of our linguistic legacy—in the formation of the states and the framing of the Constitution.