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The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: From zero to gau mutra(Photo by John Moeses Bauan on Unsplash/Twitter@Rajeevsinghamm)

The Taste with Vir Sanghvi: From zero to gau mutra

UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2021 06:34 PM IST
  • In this week's The Taste, Vir Sanghvi writes, "India gave the world the number 'zero' but today we are losing our scientific edge and falling prey to obscurantism and superstition"
Parliament building(File photo)
Parliament building(File photo)

2001 Parliament attack: When terror struck India’s temple of democracy

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2020 08:54 AM IST
Senior Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) leader LK Advani who was then the home minister called the attack “the most audacious, and also the most alarming, act of terrorism”.

‘One who took the party to masses,’ PM Modi meets LK Advani on his birthday

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2020 11:25 AM IST
He is an inspiration to millions of party workers, PM Modi wished Advani at the latter’s residence on the occasion of his 93rd birthday.
Paratroops guarding the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya on October 20, 1997. A special CBI court acquitted 32 people accused of conspiring to demolish the Babri Masjid in 1992.(HT Photo/Sanjay Sharma/HT Archives)
Paratroops guarding the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya on October 20, 1997. A special CBI court acquitted 32 people accused of conspiring to demolish the Babri Masjid in 1992.(HT Photo/Sanjay Sharma/HT Archives)

In 2,300-page judgment, court picks holes in CBI’s evidence

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Pawan Dixit
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 12:45 AM IST
Differences in FIRs, lack of voice recordings against accused, newspaper reports, photos weakened the CBI’s claim that there was prior conspiracy
Residents walk past Hanuman Garhi temple, after a special CBI delivered its verdict in the 1992 Babri mosque demolition accused case, in Ayodhya, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.(PTI photo)
Residents walk past Hanuman Garhi temple, after a special CBI delivered its verdict in the 1992 Babri mosque demolition accused case, in Ayodhya, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.(PTI photo)

‘Was a divine act’: Who said what after verdict in Babri demolition case

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 07:45 PM IST
The CBI court acquitted all the 32 accused, including former deputy prime minister LK Advani, former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Uma Bharti, former union minister Murli Manohar Joshi and ex-Rajasthan governor Kalyan Singh, saying the demolition of the mosque was a spontaneous act and not a pre-planned one.
BJP Leader LK Advani at his Delhi residence after the verdict in the Babri Masjid demolition case. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
BJP Leader LK Advani at his Delhi residence after the verdict in the Babri Masjid demolition case. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

Babri demolition case: LK Advani, 31 others acquitted; no local testified

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Pawan Dixit and Manish Chandra Pandey
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 04:28 PM IST
Ruling out the criminal conspiracy theory, the court held that the demolition on December 6, 1992 was a spontaneous act and not pre-planned.
Scenes outside the special CBI court after the Babri Masjid demolition verdict in which all 32 accused were acquitted. (HT Photo)
Scenes outside the special CBI court after the Babri Masjid demolition verdict in which all 32 accused were acquitted. (HT Photo)

‘No justice, Muslim Board should appeal’: Asaduddin Owaisi on Babri verdict

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 03:48 PM IST
Describing it as a black day in the Indian judiciary, Asaduddin Owaisi alleged that this judgment was given only to satisfy the Hindutva ideology.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has welcomed the verdict given by the special CBI court in Babri Masjid demolition case.(PTI Photo)
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has welcomed the verdict given by the special CBI court in Babri Masjid demolition case.(PTI Photo)

Babri Masjid demolition case verdict: Shiv Sena welcomes acquittal

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 02:37 PM IST
The special CBI court said that the Babri Masjid demolition was not pre-planned and acquitted all the accused.
Senior BJP leader LK Advani, one the accused in Babri mosque demolition case, addresses media after the verdict by the special CBI court, outside his residence in New Delhi.(PTI)
Senior BJP leader LK Advani, one the accused in Babri mosque demolition case, addresses media after the verdict by the special CBI court, outside his residence in New Delhi.(PTI)

LK Advani, acquitted in Babri case, says ruling vindicates ‘my and BJP’s belief in Ram Janmabhoomi movement’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 03:32 PM IST
Babri Masjid Demolition case: One of the 32 accused, LK Advani said he ‘wholeheartedly welcomed’ the judgment by special CBI court. “The judgement vindicates my personal and BJP’s belief and commitment toward the Ram Janmabhoomi movement,” Advani said.
BJP MP Ram Vilas Vedanti .(HT photo)
BJP MP Ram Vilas Vedanti .(HT photo)

‘Justice done’: Leaders hail special CBI court verdict in Babri demolition case

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 04:34 PM IST
Delivering the verdict, judge SK Yadav said that the demolition of the mosque was not pre-planned, but a spontaneous act. He also said that “there is no conclusive proof against the accused.”
Murli Manohar Joshi and LK Advani were among the 32 accused acquitted by the special CBI court in the Babri demolition case on Wednesday.
Murli Manohar Joshi and LK Advani were among the 32 accused acquitted by the special CBI court in the Babri demolition case on Wednesday.

‘Babri demolition was spontaneous, not pre-planned’: CBI court acquits all 32 accused

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 01:58 PM IST
Sadhvi Ritambhara, Vinay Katiyar, Champat Rai, Jai Bhagwan Goyal, Acharya Dharmadas, Lallu Singh, Ram Vilas Vedanti and Pawan Pandey were present in the special CBI court hearing the Babri demolition case.
The Supreme Court had fixed September 30 as the deadline for the trial court to pronounce its judgement in the nearly three-decade old case.(PTI)
The Supreme Court had fixed September 30 as the deadline for the trial court to pronounce its judgement in the nearly three-decade old case.(PTI)

Babri verdict: BJP leaders Advani, Joshi, Bharti unlikely to be present in court

Lucknow | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 02:00 PM IST
Babri Masjid Demolition Case Verdict:  The Supreme Court had fixed September 30 as the deadline for the trial court to pronounce its judgement in the nearly three-decade old case.
Key accused and senior leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti have been acquitted in the Babri Masjid demolition case.(HT file photo)
Key accused and senior leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti have been acquitted in the Babri Masjid demolition case.(HT file photo)

Babri Masjid demolition case live: Satyamev Jayate, tweets Yogi Adityanath after Babri verdict; jabs Congress

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 04:34 PM IST
Babri Masjid Demolition Case Verdict Live Updates: Former deputy prime minister LK Advani, former Union minister MM Joshi, former Union minister Uma Bharti and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh were among the 32 accused acquitted in the case investigated by the CBI.
Heavy security deployment has been made outside special CBI court where the verdict in Babri Masjid demolition case will be delivered on Wednesday.(PTI FIle)
Heavy security deployment has been made outside special CBI court where the verdict in Babri Masjid demolition case will be delivered on Wednesday.(PTI FIle)

Babri Masjid demolition verdict: On high alert, UP police told to prevent gatherings

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 02:03 PM IST
Babri Masjid demolition verdict: BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh are unlikely to be present in the court during the delivery of verdict.
A sunrise view from Ram Ki Pedi, at Ayodhya.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
A sunrise view from Ram Ki Pedi, at Ayodhya.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)

Babri demolition case verdict today, D-day for Advani and 31 others

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Pawan Dixit and Manish Chandra Pandey
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 02:07 PM IST
Babri demolition case: LK Advani, MM Joshi,Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh may attend via video conference.
The court called the Allahabad high court’s February 12, 2001, verdict dropping the charges “erroneous”.(ANI)
The court called the Allahabad high court’s February 12, 2001, verdict dropping the charges “erroneous”.(ANI)

CBI court to pronounce Babri verdict tomorrow: All you need to know

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Pawan Dixit
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 01:55 PM IST
The demolition in December 1992 triggered some of the deadliest riots since partition and left about 2,000 dead
Senior BJP leader L K Advani is among the accused in the case (File Photo/PTI)
Senior BJP leader L K Advani is among the accused in the case (File Photo/PTI)

Babri demolition case: Accused may seek exemption from appearance in court

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Pawan Dixit
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 02:40 PM IST
Some of the 32 accused – including senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi -- may ask the court to allow them to appear via video conference, citing their advanced age and the coronavirus pandemic, their lawyer said.
On November 9 last year, the apex court had paved the way for construction of the Ram temple at what was known as the disputed site till then. The court also ordered the government to allot land for the construction of a mosque elsewhere in Ayodhya. (HT Photo)
On November 9 last year, the apex court had paved the way for construction of the Ram temple at what was known as the disputed site till then. The court also ordered the government to allot land for the construction of a mosque elsewhere in Ayodhya. (HT Photo)

‘Acquit all in Babri case for unity’: Muslim litigant Iqbal Ansari

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 11:26 PM IST
The special CBI court in Lucknow will deliver its verdict in the Babri demolition case on September 30, in which veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalyan Singh and Uma Bharti, among others, are the accused.
Senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi are among the accused in the case.(PTI Photo)
Senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi are among the accused in the case.(PTI Photo)

Babri Masjid demolition case verdict on Advani, Joshi, Bharti on September 30

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Pawan Dixit | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2020 04:27 PM IST
The Babri Masjid Demolition case has been lingering on for a long time.
Flags put up across the city on the eve of the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Ram Janmabhumi temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.(HT photo)
Flags put up across the city on the eve of the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Ram Janmabhumi temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.(HT photo)

Babri demolition case: Accused likely to file written reply today

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Pawan Dixit
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 02:52 PM IST
Senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Kalyan Singh are among 32 accused persons in the Babri Masjid demolition case
Ayodhya: Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat during the Bhoomi Pujan for the construction of Ram Temple, at Ram Janambhoomi site in Ayodhya.(PTI)
Ayodhya: Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat during the Bhoomi Pujan for the construction of Ram Temple, at Ram Janambhoomi site in Ayodhya.(PTI)

Bhoomi poojan in Ayodhya will establish self-confidence for making India self-reliant: Mohan Bhagwat

Ayodhya | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 05, 2020 06:21 PM IST
There are many people who worked hard and some even sacrificed their lives for the temple, many may not be here physically, Bhagwat said remembering Singhal and spiritual face of the temple movement late Paramhans.
Uma Bharti will be attending the Ayodhya event, while LK Advani and MM Joshi have been extended a video invite for the same.
Uma Bharti will be attending the Ayodhya event, while LK Advani and MM Joshi have been extended a video invite for the same.

A video invite for LK Advani, MM Joshi for Ram temple ceremony in Ayodhya

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2020 03:47 PM IST
The ground-breaking ceremony that marks the beginning of the construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya is likely to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and a host of senior RSS and BJP leaders.
Preparations underway for Ram Mandir’s Bhoomi Pujan in Ayodhya.(PTI photo)
Preparations underway for Ram Mandir’s Bhoomi Pujan in Ayodhya.(PTI photo)

Babri demolition case: LK Advani deposes before CBI court

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2020 03:00 PM IST
The special CBI court is recording the statements of as many as 32 accused in the case after examination of the prosecution witnesses.
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi are among the 32 accused in the case.(File photo)
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi are among the 32 accused in the case.(File photo)

Murli Manohar Joshi, LK Advani to appear via video in Babri Masjid demolition case

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2020 01:57 AM IST
Surendra Kumar Yadav, CBI Judge (Ayodhya case), ordered Pradhan, Joshi and Advani to record their statements through video conferencing on July 22, 23 and 24 respectively.
Vice president Venkaiah Naidu presents flower to senior BJP leader Lal Krishan Advani at his Residence in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT file photo)
Vice president Venkaiah Naidu presents flower to senior BJP leader Lal Krishan Advani at his Residence in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT file photo)

Venkaiah Naidu pays tribute to BJP patriarch LK Advani on Guru Purnima

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2020 06:25 PM IST
In a Facebook post, Naidu wrote about the gratitude and indebtedness towards his gurus who shaped his perspectives and life at various stages of his long journey.
LK Advani stays at an allotted bungalow on Prithviraj Road while Bitta, who has been targeted by terrorists in the past, stays on Talkatora Road.(HT file photo)
LK Advani stays at an allotted bungalow on Prithviraj Road while Bitta, who has been targeted by terrorists in the past, stays on Talkatora Road.(HT file photo)

Only two given accommodation for life

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2020 09:52 AM IST
In Advani’s case, this is a function of the significant positions he has held in government as well as an assessment of the security threats he faces, a senior government official said on condition of anonymity. In Bitta’s case, it is just the threat factor.
It is almost a truism that political discourse in India has hit a new low. You don’t need much to persuade you. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
It is almost a truism that political discourse in India has hit a new low. You don’t need much to persuade you. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

The Taste with Vir: The coarsening of political discourse

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2020 10:51 AM IST
Social media and news channels have made it okay to shout, fight and abuse.
In April 2017, the top court had ordered that additional charges of criminal conspiracy under section 120B of the IPC should be framed against the accused BJP leaders. (PTI file photo)
In April 2017, the top court had ordered that additional charges of criminal conspiracy under section 120B of the IPC should be framed against the accused BJP leaders. (PTI file photo)

Complete Babri trial against LK Advani, others by August 31: Supreme Court

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Murali Krishnan | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2020 08:55 PM IST
The top court also asked special judge SK Yadav to make use of video conferencing facilities to ensure that recording of evidence is complete and there is no inordinate delay in concluding the trial.
Senior BJP leader LK Advani got teary-eyed at the screening of Shikara.
Senior BJP leader LK Advani got teary-eyed at the screening of Shikara.

LK Advani gets emotional at Shikara screening, Vidhu Vinod Chopra is ‘humbled’. Watch video

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2020 06:53 PM IST
Filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra was seen consoling senior BJP leader LK Advani at the screening of his film Shikara.
Jagat Prakash Nadda took over as the 11th president of the BJP on Monday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Jagat Prakash Nadda took over as the 11th president of the BJP on Monday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

From Atal Bihari Vajpayee to Amit Shah: Tracing legacies of former BJP chiefs

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Smriti Kak Ramachandran
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2020 04:24 PM IST
So far of all the BJP party president’s only Atal Bihari Vajpayee became the Prime minister and LK Advani served as the deputy PM.
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