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Stolen Indian antiquities resurface in foreign countries

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It has been reported that a total of 101 antiquities have been stolen from Centrally Protected Monument since 2000 .These stolen  antiquities have resurfaced in foreign territories. Further 48 objects have been stolen from various temples in the state , which were not under the protection of Archaeological Survey of India. As per records 7 of the total 48 have resurfaced in foreign countries.
According to the Consulate General of India, New York a staggering total of 712 art objects has been seized by US Immigration and Customs Information including objects of Indian origin.A case has been registered by the CBI in connection with all Indian antiquities stolen and sold overseas from 2000 to 2016 .

For the retrieval of the stolen objects surfacing in foreign countries many missions have been undertaken. Consulate General of India, New York has already taken up the matter with US Immigration and Customs Information.
Economic Offences Unit-VI of Central Bureau of Investigation deals with offences related to antiquity. Government of Tamil Nadu has also set up Idol Wing CID for the purpose.
Our ministry of culture has set up a national mission and antiquities for the documentation of antiques . Till 2016 a staggering total of 15 lakh artefacts has been registered.

link:http://wap.business-standard.com/article/government-press-release/indian-antiquities-stolen-and-sold-in-foreign-countries-116030900514_1.html

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Government ends Haj subsidy as part of a new policy

Announcing the decision, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it was in line with the government's agenda to empower minorities without appeasing them.

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Recently, the central government decided to withdraw subsidy given to hundreds and thousands of Muslims for the annual Haj pilgrimage. Wikimedia Commons
Recently, the central government decided to withdraw subsidy given to hundreds and thousands of Muslims for the annual Haj pilgrimage. Wikimedia Commons
  • The government had drafted the policy after the Supreme Court asked it in 2012 to withdraw it gradually by 2022
  • The government would utilise the funds saved from withdrawing the subsidy for the education of minorities, particularly girls
  • This year, the highest number of Indian pilgrims are likely to go for the pilgrimage

The central government on Tuesday said it has decided to withdraw subsidy given to hundreds and thousands of Muslims for the annual Haj pilgrimage.

Announcing the decision, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it was in line with the government’s agenda to empower minorities without appeasing them.

“This is part of our policy to empower minorities with dignity and without appeasement,” Naqvi told reporters here.

He said the government would utilise the funds saved from withdrawing the subsidy for the education of minorities, particularly girls.

Also Read: Muslim women can now travel to Haj without Mahram

The government had drafted the policy to abolish the Haj subsidy in a phased manner after the Supreme Court asked it in 2012 to withdraw it gradually by 2022.

This year, the highest number of Indian pilgrims are likely to go for the pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia increased India’s quota by 5,000.

A total of 1.75 lakh Indian Muslims can go for Haj this year. IANS

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Is Love Jihad A Peril To Indian Society?

Many politicians and public figures have come forward to raise their voice against the menace of Love Jihad.

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Then the angle of Love Jihad in Karnataka is very much a reality. Wikimedia Commons
Then the angle of Love Jihad in Karnataka is very much a reality. Wikimedia Commons

The term, Love Jihad is making rounds from the last couple of few years and has emerged as a hot topic for debate in our society. It is quite prevalent in many of the Indian states. As per the various statements of the Hindu activists, Love Jihad is when a Muslim boy manipulates a Hindu girl to get married by forcing them to convert to Islam. The next thing follows it is, preaching of sermons to the young girls. In such cases, Muslim boys are instructed to lure the Hindu girls with various techniques and gain their trust.

Many politicians and public figures have come forward to raise their voice against the menace of Love Jihad. A few months back, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also attested the very fact of Love Jihad in Kerala. The southern states are a major victim of this peril.