Some Hindu groups behaving like Muslim fundamentalists, says Javed Akhtar

Legendary Bollywood lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar has claimed that some Hindu groups are now behaving like Muslim fundamentalists and that barring such elements, Indian society has always been tolerant. “In 1975 I showed a comedy scene in a temple. Today I won’t. But even in 1975, I wouldn’t have shown a scene in a mosque because that level of intolerance was there. Now the other one is matching it,”

Smriti Irani under fire for ‘lying’ in Dalit student’s suicide case

Union minister Smriti Irani on Thursday faced a barrage of criticism for allegedly distorting facts in the Dalit scholar suicide case as the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) accused her of lying to absolve the BJP-led government in the incident. Ten professors of the University of Hyderabad — who have quit their administrative posts over the suicide by research scholar Rohith Vemula — also charged the Union human resource

Hillary Clinton slams Donald Trump, calls him 'ISIS' best recruiter

Democratic presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton today slammed Donald Trump’s recent comments about banning Muslim immigrants, saying the Republican front- runner was “becoming ISIS’s best recruiter”. “He is becoming ISIS’s best recruiter. They are going to people showing videos of Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists,” she said. She said that “it was not in America’s interest to react with this kind of fear and

No country better than India for Muslims, BJP tells Aamir Khan

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday came down heavily on Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan for their comments on alleged growing ‘intolerance’. Addressing a press conference, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain slammed Aamir Khan for saying he has been “alarmed” by a number of incidences and his wife Kiran Rao even suggested that they should probably leave the country. Hitting back at the Bollywood superstar,

Arvind Kejriwal hails Amir Khan's remark on intolerance

Shortly after Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan on Monday said that violence in the name of religion is condemn-able, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal came out in support of him for speaking out against the ‘growing intolerance’. On micro-blogging website Kejriwal wrote: “Every word that @aamir_khan said is so true. I admire him for speaking up.” Arvind Kejriwal ✔@ArvindKejriwal Every word that @aamir_khan said is so true. I admire him for speaking

Targeted for being Muslim: Naseeruddin Shah

Expressing dismay over the controversy in the wake of his participation in book launch function of former Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri in Mumbai, veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah said he was being targeted for being a Muslim. “My name is Naseeruddin Shah and I believe that’s why I was targeted. It really pains me to say this. I have never ever been aware of my identity until now,” the

US accuses Narendra Modi govt of curbing free expression on basis of religion

The US state Department on Wednesday suggested that authorities in India (Narendra Modi Government) continued to enforce laws designed to protect “religious sentiments” which at times had the effect of limiting free expression related to religion. Six out of 29 state governments in India enforced existing “anti-conversion” laws, said the congressionally-mandated 2014 International Religious Freedom Report released by US Secretary of State John Kerry. There were also reports of religiously motivated

PM Narendra Modi Says Dadri Mob Killing Sad, But What is the Centre's Role?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has for the first time spoken directly on the mob killing of a Muslim man in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri over beef rumours, calling it “really sad” but also underscoring that his government had no role in the case. “Incidents like Dadri and the protest against the Pakistani singer (Ghulam Ali) are really sad but what is the Centre’s role in them?” PM Modi has told the

Salman Khan got bail because he is a Muslim: Sadhvi Prachi

Despite being chided by the Bharatiya Janata Party for making comments derisive of Muslims, Sadhvi Prachi, one of the party leaders in Uttar Pradesh, said on Friday that Salman Khan got bail in 2002 hit-and-run case because he is a Muslim. “Had Salman Khan not been a Muslim, justice would have been granted to poor victims,” said Sadhvi Prachi, who had been asked by the BJP in the past to

Charlie Hebdo Editor, cartoonists among those killed in Paris attack

At least 12 people have been killed in a shooting at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper firebombed in the past after publishing cartoons joking about Muslim leaders. French President François Hollande called the storming of the magazine office a terrorist attack. The police is on lookout for two armed gunmen which are still at large after carrying out the attack. Here are the live updates of the shooting incident

PK should be boycotted: Baba Ramdev

After Hindu and Muslim spiritual leaders, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has expressed his anger over Aamir Khan’s latest release ‘PK’. Talking to media Ramdev said, “The movie is blasphemous to Hindu community and it should be boycotted by the viewers.” Demanding arrest of Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, Ramdev also said that these days any random person came up and mocked at the Hindu religion. It seemed like big personalities were

India's Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzay win Nobel Peace prize

Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their work for children’s rights.The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the two “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”Malala, 17, is the youngest ever winner of a Nobel Prize. A schoolgirl and education campaigner in Pakistan, she was shot