Minority & Religious

Members of All Assam Muslim Yuba Parishad (S) during a protest against BJP leader Subramanian Swamy in Dibrugarh.

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A devotee walks carrying a Lord Buddha statue during the Samyak festival when dozens of Buddha statues are paraded through the streets at Lalitpur, Nepal, Buddhists make up about 10 percent of the population in Nepal, which is predominantly Hindu.


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with the delegation of Imams during a meeting at Delhi Secretariat in New Delhi.

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VHP members protest against US Prez Obama's religious intolerance remark on India during the Virat Hindu Samajotsava sammelan organised in Bengaluru.

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A man performs evening rituals on the eve of the Makar Sankranti during Magh Mela at Sangam.

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AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi addressing a huge public protest meeting of Muslims in Beed in Maharashtra.

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Archbishop Kuriakose Bharanikulangara, Bishop of the Fridabad Syrop-Malabar Catholic Eparchy speaks as Anil Couto, Archbishop of Delhi looks on at a press conference regarding killing of innocent children in Paeshawar, Pakistan, and recent incidents of targeted violence and attacks on Christians, in New Delhi.

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Shaban Bukhari (C), the son of Delhi's Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari (R) being garlanded after being formally anointed the Naib Imam of the 17th century mosque at a ceremony in New Delhi.

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Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi taking charge as the Minister of State for Minority Affairs, in New Delhi.


Grooms of Dawoodi Bohra community during a marriage ceremony in Surat.

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Muslims perform a morning prayer marking the Eid al-Adha holiday on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia.


Haj pilgrims being seen off by the relatives as they leave fpr Jeddah, from Taj-ul-masajid in Bhopal

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Union cabinet votes to give minority status to Jain community, sixth such to be designated. On the anvil for some time, process speeded up after it gets Rahul G backing.

Yemeni Shiite protesters holding a large representation of a Palestinian flag chant slogans to demand the government to step down and to support Palestinians, while attending a demonstration in Sanaa, Yemen.

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Palestinians look at a crater made after a house was hit by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza in the northern Gaza Strip on Aug. 22, 2014.

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A Palestinian boy holds a toy gun as he participates at a Hamas rally in Gaza City

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In this Saturday, July 19, 2014 photo, the church of Mary is seen abandoned after Islamic militants closed it and brought the cross down from the rooftop in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has condemned the Islamic State extremist group's actions targeting Christians in territory it controls, saying they reveal the threat the jihadists pose to the minority community's "centuries-old heritage."

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This Saturday, July 19, 2014, photo, shows an empty house of a Christian family with Arabic writing that reads, "Long live the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Muslims are happy with the return of Mujahideen. God is Greater," in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has condemned the Islamic State extremist group's actions targeting Christians in territory it controls, saying they reveal the threat the jihadists pose to the minority community's "centuries-old heritage."

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Lebanese Christians, Sunnis, Shiites and Druse clerics gather during a sit-in as they pray in solidarity with the people in Gaza and Christians of Mosul, Iraq, who have fled militants of the Islamic state group, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, July 24, 2014.

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Jain devotees at the main shrine atop Shatrunjaya hills.

Apoorva Salkade

Virag Sagar Maharaj

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BJP National Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi with former Union Minister Arif Beg at the BJP Minority Cell National Executive meeting in Bhopal.

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Images allegedly showing ISIS men executing Iraqi soldiers

AFP (From Outlook 30 June 2014)

Counter Attack Shia militiamen chant anti-ISIS slogans in Baghdad on June 13


A Sri Lankan Muslim man leans against a letter box as he waits out side a closed shop during a shut down protest in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Muslims have shut down their shops in Sri Lanka's capital to protest attacks by hard-line Buddhists on Muslims and are demanding the government punish those responsible for the violence.

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Mahant Narendra Giri Ji Maharaj and other sadhusafter casting their votes in Allahabad.

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Devotees offer prayers at the Sacred Heart Cathedral on the occasion of Good Friday in New Delhi.

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AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal meeting Muslim leaders at Madanpura in Varanasi.

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AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal with people during an election campaign ahead of Lok Sabha elections in Varanasi.

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Afghani Sikhs after voting in the polls in Afghanistan that saw high turnout despite Taliban threats, across 6,423 polling centres in Afghanistan under tight security.

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A supporter meets Rahul Gandhi during his road show campaign for the parliamentary elections, in Nagaon.

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Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid Maulana Syed Ahmed Bukhari addresses a convention on Lok Sabha elections in New Delhi.

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Life could be easier Padamchand and his wife Vimla

Amit Haralkar

The simple life Sadhvi Dharna Ratna at the Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology in Delhi

Sanjay Rawat

Ornations Sanjay Kasliwal, owner of Gem Palace, Jaipur, typifies the successful Jain businessman

Narendra Bisht

Mount Girnar The site of dispute between Jains and Hindus

Blessed visit The Jain Samaj delegation with Rahul Gandhi


At the lord’s feet Bahubali worship

AFP (From Outlook 10 February 2014)

Trudge to Shravanabelagola Devotees climb the Vindhyagiri hill for the once-every-12-years Mahamastakabhisheka ceremony of the 58.8 ft tall, 1,800-year-old statue of Gomateshwara


Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with the Jain community delegation led by Acharya Lokesh Muni (4th R) following the community's inclusion in minority at 7RCR in New Delhi.

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Only connect Bohra community members at the funeral of Syedna Burhanuddin


Bohra community members participate in the funeral procession of their spiritual leader Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin in south Mumbai.

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Footwears are seen lying on the ground after a stampede during funeral procession of Bohra community spiritual leader Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin in south Mumbai. Eighteen people were killed, most of them due to suffocation, and 40 injured in the stampede.

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Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary shakes hands with an internally displaced boy at Say Tha Mar Gyi camp in north of Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar. Mary visited the camp and other relocation sites of the Buddhists, who become displaced following sectarian violence.

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People exchange greetings after Christmas prayers in Beawar Rajasthan.

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Photo of the Sikh professor at Columbia University who was allegedly attacked by a group of men who called him "Osama" and "terrorist" in an assault which the police is investigating as a hate crime.

Photo Courtesy-Columbia University Website (new.sipa.columbia.edu)

BJP activists hold a demonstration against 20 percent reservation to minorities in welfare schemes of Uttar Pradesh, in Lucknow.

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Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit at Imam Sammelan in New Delhi.

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Indian tribal women of the Banjara community shout slogans demanding their rights during a protest outside the venue of a public hearing held by the National Commission of Scheduled Castes in Bangalore.The commission is responsible for recognizing the communities who suffer from social, educational and economic backwardness arising out of age-old practice of untouchability and safeguard their interests according to Indian constitution.

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A Shiite woman prays at the Imam Moussa al-Kadhim shrine at Kazimiyah district of Baghdad, Iraq. Tens of thousands of Shiite pilgrims are converging on a golden-domed Shiite shrine in northern Baghdad to commemorate the death of a revered Shiite Muslim saint. Security is tight after a wave of deadly attacks.

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A vendor sells rose petals to devotees outside the shrine of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti during the Urs festival, in Ajmer.

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Egyptian Christians chant anti-Muslim Brotherhood slogans during a funeral service, at the Saint Mark Coptic cathedral in Cairo, Egypt.

AP Photo/Amr Nabil

A Pakistani Christian woman reacts after her home was damaged by an angry Muslim mob in Lahore, Pakistan

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The poem penned by Inspector Sujata Patil published in the in-house journal of Mumbai Police about 2012's Azad Maidan violence has stirred up a controversy and put the cops in a tight spot. An NGO 'Muslim-e-Hind' has sought the registration of an FIR in the matter.

Pakistani Shiite Muslims chant slogans next to the bodies of their relatives awaiting burial, who were killed in Thursday's deadly bombings, at a protest rally in Quetta, Pakistan. Shiites in a southwestern Pakistani city hit by a brutal terror attack refused to bury their dead in protest, demanding that the government do something to protect them from what has become a barrage of bombings and shootings against the minority Muslim sect.

AP Photo/Arshad Butt

FILE -In this Sept. 8, 2012 file photo, a Pakistani police officer and a Christian volunteer escort a young Christian girl accused of blasphemy, towards a helicopter following her release from central prison on the outskirts of Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The case filed against a young Pakistani Christian girl, who was detained for three weeks after being falsely accused of blasphemy by an Islamic cleric, was today dismissed by a court, amidst global condemnation.

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Pakistani bride Shabana Gill, 20, is flanked by relatives and friends while walking to a church for her wedding procession, in a Christian neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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Activists and supporters take out a protest rally against Bangladeshi nationals illegally staying in the northeastern Indian states during a twelve-hour general strike called by them in Guwahati, Assam. Assam has been simmering with tension since riots broke out between ethnic Bodos and Muslim settlers in late July. The violence killed nearly 90 people and 400,000 have found shelter in government relief camps. The Bodos and Muslim settlers, who mostly came from the former East Pakistan before it became Bangladesh in 1971, have clashed repeatedly over the years but the recent violence is the worst since the mid-1990s.

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Visitors walk on 272 steps to the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The caves are one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Murugan.

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A Pakistani Christian youth wearing a mask, stands in a vehicle in a Christian neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistani authorities arrested a Christian girl and are investigating whether she violated the country's strict blasphemy laws after furious neighbors surrounded her house and demanded police action, a police officer said.

AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen

Muslims pray at the Jama mosque on the first Friday of Ramadan in New Delhi.

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Union Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid addressing a press conference on financial and physical achievements of his Ministry during 11th Plan and Finanicial Year 2011-12, in New Delhi on Tuesday.

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A worker cleans a portrait of Bhim Rao Ambedkar, a key architect of the Indian Constitution, at a workshop in Hyderabad. The birth anniversary of Ambedkar, who is revered among the low-caste community as a hero even greater than Gandhi, will be marked on April 14.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee interacts with Muslim students after handing over scholarships to them during a programme for minority communities in Kolkata.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addresses the "Confrence on Problems and Issues of Dalit & Minorities" in New Delhi.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati waves as she receives a memento during "Muslim, Chhatriya and Vaishya" rally in Lucknow.

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Like lamb to slaughter? Bohra girls are circumcised at age 7

Amit Haralkar

People rush a shooting victim into hospital in Quetta, Pakista, after gunmen opened fire on minority Shiite Muslim pilgrims traveling through southwest Pakistan.

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People comfort a boy who lost a family member, outside a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, after gunmen opened fire on minority Shiite Muslim pilgrims traveling through southwest Pakistan.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (right) poses for a photo with minority community college students during Loans and Scholarship distribution programme of West Bengal Minorities Development & Finance Corporation, in Kolkata.

PTI Photo/ Swapan Mahapatra

Egyptian Coptic Christians chant angry slogans as they protest the recent attacks on Christians and churches, in front of the state television building in Cairo, Egypt.

AP Photo/Khalil Hamra

An Egyptian Coptic Christian with the national flag painted on his face chants slogans as he protests the recent attacks on Christians and churches, in front of the state television building in Cairo, Egypt.

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Newly elected Darul Uloom V-C GHULAM MOHAMMAD VASTANVI is to resign after his ‘pro-Narendra Modi comments’ on Gujarat creates a furore among other clerics, Deoband students.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi during a meeting with leaders of Dawoodi Bhora Samaj on the eve of Republic Day in Surat on Tuesday, January 25.

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Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Asim Azmi takes part in a protest meeting demanding release of Malegaon blast accused Muslims in the wake of Swami Aseemanand's statement, at Azad Maidan in Mumbai.

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Activists of West Bengal Trinamool Congress(minority cell) take part in a candle light protest march against West Bengal's CPI(M) government in Kolkata.

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Activists of West Bengal Trinamool Congress(minority cell) take part in a candle light protest march against West Bengal's CPI(M) government in Kolkata.

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Muslims youths Junaid, Rahim and Raees, who were acquitted in the Mecca Masjid bomb blast case, demand a public apology from the Government of India, during a media conference in Hyderabad.

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Members of the Telangana Minority Students Organisation shout slogans demanding a separate Telangana state in Hyderabad.

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Gujjar agitators sit on railway tracks during a dharna at Chokra Railway Crossing in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan.

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A man holds a burned page from an Urdu script Bible at his home in a poor Christian neighborhood at Teisar Town, on the northern edge of Karachi, in Pakistan. Bibles and holy books were burned in an April 22 attack on the neighborhood by a mob of men shouting pro-Taliban slogans, which left one child dead and several others injured.

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