Sheikh Saaliq

Sheikh Saaliq is an author at Religion News Service.

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Dispute over mosque becomes religious flashpoint in India

By Krutika Pathi and Sheikh Saaliq — May 26, 2022
NEW DELHI (AP) — A group of Hindus seeks access to pray inside the Gyanvapi mosque, arguing it was built on top of the ruins of a medieval-era temple that was razed by a Mughal emperor.

Huge gatherings at India’s Hindu festival as virus surges

By Neha Mehrotra and Sheikh Saaliq — April 12, 2021
NEW DELHI (AP) — The Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, is one of the most sacred pilgrimages in Hinduism.

Death toll rises to 22 from Delhi riots during Trump trip

By Sheikh Saaliq and Emily Schmall — February 26, 2020
NEW DELHI (AP) — At least 22 people were killed and 189 injured in three days of clashes in New Delhi that coincided with U.S. President Donald Trump's first state visit to India, with the death toll expected to rise as hospitals continue to take in the wounded, authorities said Wednesday.

New violence erupts in Indian capital over citizenship law

By Ashok Sharma and Sheikh Saaliq — February 25, 2020
NEW DELHI (AP) — Black smoke rose into the sky after protesters set fruit and vegetable shops and a Muslim shrine on fire in the Bhajanpur area in New Delhi's northeast, witnesses said.

Muslims in fear as police crack down in India’s heartland

By Sheikh Saaliq — January 7, 2020
MEERUT, India (AP) — A crackdown on protests against a new citizenship law has been the harshest in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, where Muslims comprise 20% of the population.

Across India, opposition building against citizenship law

By Sheikh Saaliq and Emily Schmall — December 17, 2019
(RNS) — Critics say the legislation, which for the first time conditions Indian citizenship on religion, violates the secular constitution of the world's largest democracy.

India to bring supplies to Kashmir; Pakistan to go to UN

By Sheikh Saaliq — August 10, 2019
NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities enforcing a strict curfew in Indian-administered Kashmir will bring in trucks of essential supplies for an Islamic festival next week, as the divided Himalayan region remained in a lockdown Saturday
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