Following is the list of references used in the book ‘Sanghi Who Never Went To A Shakha’. It is being replicated here as many readers with the paperback edition of the book wanted an easier way to check the web references (as opposed to typing the entire URL in the browser).

The non-web references have been included too so that reference numbers match with those in the paperback edition.

List begins:

  1. ‘Facebook’s failure: Did fake news and polarized politics get Trump elected?’ by Olivia Solon, The Guardian (10 November 2016);
  2. Past Election Results—Election Commission of India;
  3. ‘The truth about Tipu Sultan’ by Vivek Gumaste, Rediff (14 November 2018);
  4. ‘How history was made up at Nalanda’ by Arun Shourie, The Indian Express (28 June 2014);
  5. ‘I felt reduced to a vagina: Swara Bhasker slams Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat’, India Today (28 January 2018);
  6. The concept of ‘Moral Relativism’ is often applied to argue that actions of many Islamic rulers were not barbaric or bigoted. It puts forth the view that there are no universal or absolute set of moral principles, and thus one should refrain from passing moral judgments;
  7. Venkat Dhulipala, Creating a New Medina, Cambridge University Press, New Delhi, 2015, p. 87
  8. ‘Walk The Talk with Sharad Pawar’ by NDTV (22 November 2013);
  9. ‘Why “Sufism” is not what it is made out to be’ by Zahra Sabri, Herald (28 May 2018);
  10. ‘Pariahs turn priests in temples’ by Arun Kumar, The Times of India (8 July 2007);
  11. ‘Lawyer for Muslim parties in Ayodhya case tears up map of Lord Ram’s birthplace in court’, by PTI, ThePrint (16 October 2019);
  12. Santosh C. Saha (Ed.), Fundamentalism in the Contemporary World: Critical Social and Political Issues, Lexington Books, Maryland, US, 2004, p. 273
  13. Mu․hammad ibn A․hmad Bˉır ˉunˉı, Alberuni’s India (v. 1), Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., London, UK, 1910, p. 22
  14. ‘After Caravan article stamps ‘caste’ on martyr’s coffins, CRPF says ‘we identify ourselves as Indians’’, Times Now (22 February 2019);
  15. ‘Customer buys Bhagwat Purana, Amazon seller also sends a book on why the Hindu scripture is “irrelevant” as a “special gift”’, OpIndia (8 June 2020); https://
  16. ‘Whistleblower says Cambridge Analytica “worked extensively” in India, names Congress as client’, by Devika Bhattacharya, The Times of India (27 March 2018);
  17. Jawaharlal Nehru’s address as Congress President (29 December 1929), Congress Presidential Addresses, 1911–1934, G.A. Natesan & Co., Madras, 1934, p. 884;
  18. ‘In Nehru vs Patel-Prasad on Somnath, a context of Partition, nation building’ by Uma Vishnu, The Indian Express (9 December 2017);
  19. ‘Soviets paid Congress, CPI, CPI-M members even in Rajiv Gandhi era: CIA’ by PTI, The Economic Times (30 January 2017);
  20. ‘Holy men stir up riots in Delhi’ (archive), by Inder Malhotra, The Guardian (8 November 1966) ;
  21. ‘Those Unshod Hooves’ by Omair Ahmad, Outlook India (3 March 2008); https://
  22. ‘Cong workers used to loot poll booths for dad, me: Kirti Azad’ by Piyush Tripathi, The Times of India (21 February 2019);
  23. ‘Bihar makes mockery of election’ by Tara Shankar Sahay, Rediff (16 February 1998);
  24. More about the rise and fall of Lalu Yadav can be read in books such as The Brothers Bihari by Sankarshan Thakur, Harper Collins, New Delhi, 2015
  25. Private caste armies in Bihar, South Asia Terrorism Portal;
  26. ‘Gujral and allies did not protest “Saraswati Vandana” when he was PM, says Joshi’, Rediff (23 October 1998);
  27. ‘How True Is The Wire’s Claim That Sadhus Lynched In Palghar Were Tribals and Non-Hindus?’ by Swati Goel Sharma, Swarajya magazine (24 April 2020);
  28. ‘Narendra Modi on Islamic Terrorism on The Big Fight after 9/11’, YouTube;
  29. Professor R.P. Misra (Ed.), Rediscovering Gandhi: Hind Swaraj, Volume 1, Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi, 2007, p. 175
  30. Karl Marx in New York Herald Tribune, 1854;
  31. ‘Shahbaz gives details of SIMI training camps’ by Apurva, The Indian Express (30 August 2008);
  32. ‘Rajdeep says sorry for calling Parliament attack a “great day”, but then, it WAS a great day for vultures’ by Nupur J. Sharma, OpIndia (5 December 2018);
  33. ‘Doc’s testimony nails lie in Naroda Patia fetus story’, The Times of India (18 March 2010);
  34. ‘They wanted hope but got hype’, by Sanjay Pandey, The Times of India (17 April 2002);
  35. Self-written account by reporter Damayantee Dhar recalling her ordeal, Facebook (11 January 2018);
  36. ‘The full story from Hauz Qazi: A vandalised temple, a missing Hindu boy, and a community losing faith’ by Nupur J. Sharma, OpIndia (3 July 2019);
  37. ‘Aligarh, Unnao, Kanpur violence was not communal, UP DGP busts lies about Jai Shri Ram attacks’ by Kumar Abhishek, India Today (18 July 2019);
  38. ‘Junaid Khan lynching: Punjab and Haryana HC says dispute was over seat sharing, rules out communal angle’, DNA (17 April 2018);
  39. ‘A Woman Claimed She Did Not Get A House Because She Was A Muslim. Turned Out To Be A Lie!’ by Kunal Anand, (5 March 2016);
  40. ‘Don’t want police probe: Muslim boy who was forced to say “Jai Mata Di”’, Hindustan Times (30 March 2016);
  41. ‘I hate Hindus, wanted to spark communal tensions’, by Munish Pandey, Mumbai Mirror (13 October 2016);
  42. ‘Wendy Doniger: Partition may have been averted had Gandhi been less reverential toward cows’ by Amitava Kumar, (20 November 2015);
  43. ‘Latif was state BJP’s first whipping boy’, The Times of India (12 June 2008);
  44. ‘Advani salutes “secular” Jinnah’, by Radhika Ramaseshan, The Telegraph (4 June 2005);
  45. ‘Antulay raises doubts over Karkare’s killing’, by PTI, The Economic Times (17 December 2008);
  46. ‘RSS & 26/11: Digvijaya flags it off again, this time in Mumbai’, The Indian Express (28 December 2010);
  47. ‘Reckless TV coverage of 26/11 operation put national security in jeopardy: Supreme Court’, The Times of India (30 August 2012);
  48. ‘Live TV coverage put national security in jeopardy, says Bench’, The Hindu (29 August 2012);
  49. Archived homepage of Chyetanya Kunte’s blog that displays the apology as his latest post (1 February 2009);
  50. ‘Cash-for-vote: BJP to boycott CNN-IBN’, Hindustan Times (1 August 2008);
  51. Number of internet users by country, 1990 to 2016 (Our World in Data);
  52. ‘I’ll be very unhappy if Commonwealth Games are successful: Aiyar’, The Times of India (28 July 2010);
  53. ‘“Paid News”: The Buried Report’, by Paranjoy Guha Thakurta and K. Sreenivas Reddy, Outlook India (6 August 2010);
  54. Archived version of ‘TAPPED and TRAPPED’ by J. Gopikrishnan, The Pioneer (28 April 2010);
  55. ‘Who’s Afraid of MediaCrooks’ by Anand Ranganathan, Newslaundry (28 January 2013);
  56. ‘Tell me what should I tell them?’, Open magazine (18 November 2010);
  57. ‘Pitched battle over “people’s war” at JNU’ by Manash Pratim Gohain, The Times of India (11 April 2010);
  58. ‘Kashmir riots over Qur’an “burning” leave 13 dead’ by Maseeh Rahman, The Guardian (13 September 2010);
  59. ‘Team Anna removes Bharat Mata backdrop from Ramlila Maidan over alleged links with RSS’ by IANS, India Today (21 August 2011);
  60. ‘Swami Agnivesh web clips spark row’, The New Indian Express (28 August 2011);
  61. Rajdeep Sardesai has confirmed the veracity of this video clip by repeating the same in his book 2014: The Election that Changed India’, Penguin Books, New Delhi, 2014
  62. ‘Minute by the Hon’ble T. B. Macaulay, dated the 2nd February 1835’ (published on site maintained by Prof. Emerita Frances W. Pritchett, Columbia University)
  63. H.Y. Sharada Prasad, Madhavan K. Palat, Ravinder Kumar and Sarvepalli Gopal (eds.), Selected Works of Jawaharlal Nehru, Second Series, Volume 24, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, New Delhi, 1984, p. 283
  64. ‘Justice Katju: Whatever his motives, Periyar helped the British’ by Markandey Katju, The Week (18 September 2018);
  65. ‘The brown man’s counter-apartheid’ by Chandra Bhan Prasad, Seminar magazine (February 2006);
  66. ‘The British Empire is “something to be proud of”’ by Will Dahlgreen, YouGov (26 July 2014);
  67. ‘Remembering Babuji’ by Sanjay Paswan, The Indian Express (9 July 2016);
  68. Sita Ram Goel, Hindus and Hinduism—Manipulations of Meanings, Voice of India, New Delhi, 1993, p. 18
  69. ‘Tyranny of distance’ by Rajdeep Sardesai, Hindustan Times (9 August, 2012);
  70. ‘Soldier memorial desecrated, police guns stolen, women cops molested, during Mumbai violence’ by Rashmi Rajput, NDTV (13 August 2012);
  71. ‘Making history, not repeating it’ by Javed Anand and Teesta Setalvad, The Indian Express (17 August 2012);
  72. ‘Bending over backwards’ by Madhu Trehan, The Indian Express (22 August 2012);
  73. ‘Prayers for Ajmal Kasab at mosque: Police launch probe’, by PTI, The Times of India (31 December 2012);
  74. Number of internet users by country, 1990 to 2016 (Our World in Data);
  75. ‘Pro-Modi stand stops D’Cruz book release’ by B. Kolappan, The Hindu (14 April 2014);
  76. ‘Chandan Gupta murder in Kasganj violence: Prime accused arrested, a day after Yogi Adityanath promised action’, Financial Express (31 January 2018);
  77. ‘Hindu Leader Kamlesh Tiwari Killed Over Remark Against Prophet, 5 Arrested: Police’, Outlook India (19 October 2019);
  78. ‘Mika Singh slams Sonu Nigam for his Azaan remark, suggests him to change his house’, India TV News (19 April 2017);
  79. ‘Uttar Pradesh: 2 boys beaten to death in communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar’ by Preeti Panwar, OneIndia (6 September 2013);
  80. ‘For the Nation’s Sake—The Congress deserves to give itself a second chance’ by A.M., The Telegraph (5 December 2013);
  81. ‘India crosses the moral line of no return if Narendra Modi becomes prime minister’ by Thane Richard, Quartz (10 March 2014);
  82. ‘Shashi Tharoor says all fine after Sunanda’s Twitter outburst’ by Adam Plowright, LiveMint (16 January 2014); Twitter.html
  83. Rajdeep Sardesai, 2014: The Election That Changed India, Penguin Books, New Delhi, 2014, p. 182
  84. ‘Now, Arun Jaitley too endorses Modi as PM candidate after Advani’ by PTI, Mumbai Mirror (26 April 2009);
  85. ‘Shri Modi’s exclusive interview with India TV’ (uploaded on 21 April 2014);
  86. ‘Interview with BJP leader Narendra Modi’ by Ross Colvin and Sruthi Gottipati, Reuters (12 July 2013);
  87. ‘Seventy years after Jogendra Nath Mandal decided to return from Pakistan over atrocities on Hindus, his prophecies have come true’, OpIndia (15 August 2020);
  88. ‘How Sushma Swaraj “Effectively” Intervened for Evacuation of Kerala Nurses from Islamic State Captivity’ by PTI, News18 (7 August 2019);
  89. ‘Over 103 Indian Arrested For Having Links With ISIS, UP Tops The List’, Outlook India (27 December 2017);
  90. ‘Teesta Setalvad apologizes for controversial tweet on goddess Kali with ISIS terrorist’, Daily Bhaskar (22 August 2014); NOR.html
  91. ‘Ahmedabad: HC quashes two FIRs against activist Teesta Setalvad for tweet on Hindu goddess’, The Indian Express (8 August 2019);
  92. ‘The female police officer who has written an outrageously communal poem has to be sacked. This kind of mind set should not be tolerated.’ Javed Akhtar’s tweet, posted on 15 January 2013;
  93. ‘The wrong song’ by Mihir S. Sharma, Business Standard (10 May 2013);
  94. Ramachandra Guha’s tweet, posted on 24 December 2014;
  95. Rahul Roushan’s tweet, posted on 19 December 2014;
  96. Such belief system has been termed as ‘Postmodernist neo-Marxism’ by the likes of Jordan Peterson, Canada-based academician and author;
  97. ‘Crying wolf: The narrative of the “Delhi church attacks” flies in the face of facts’ by Rupa Subramanya, Firstpost (17 February 2015);
  98. ‘Delhi gang rapist interview: Court blocks Leslee Udwin film’, BBC (3 March 2015);
  99. ‘Two “Bangladeshi nationals” held, one in Mumbai, for West Bengal nun’s rape’, The Indian Express (27 March 2015);
  100. ‘Data vs Data—is India really “Lynchistan”?’, OpIndia (2 July 2017);
  101. ‘Junaid Khan lynching: Punjab and Haryana HC says dispute was over seat sharing, rules out communal angle’, DNA (17 April 2018);
  102. ‘Bickering, mass fights for space on packed train took Junaid’s life’ by Paras Singh, The Times of India (4 July 2017);
  103. ‘IndiaSpend Pulls Down Its Hate Tracker; Swarajya Showed It Was Strongly Biased Against Hindu Victims’ by Swati Goel Sharma, Swarajya magazine (13 September 2019);
  104. ‘There Was No 2G Scam. So Modi Has Little Over Manmohan Now’ by Mihir Swarup Sharma, NDTV (21 December 2017);
  105. ‘Congress goes for image makeover; to celebrate all religious festivals’ by Vishal Kant, The Hindu (14 August 2014);
  106. ‘Lynchistan: Hindus silent as a wave of violence against Muslims sweeps India’ by Samar Halarnkar, Quartz (26 June 2017);
  107. ‘Kathua Ground Report: Why Villagers Are Not Convinced On Fairness Of Probe’ by Swati Goel Sharma and Arihant Pawariya, Swarajya magazine (27 April 2018);
  108. ‘With Its Distrust, Alienation and Fear, Akhlaq’s Village Provides Glimpse of “Hindu Rashtra”’ by Arfa Khanum Sherwani, The Wire (9 April 2019);
  109. ‘Death of accused in Dadri lynching case triggers protests in his village; effigy’s of Akhilesh burned’ by PTI, Firstpost (6 October 2016);
  110. ‘Video of Rohith, ABVP leaders spat goes viral’, Deccan Herald (20 January 2016);
  111. ‘Full text: Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula’s suicide note’, The Times of India (19 January 2016);
  112. ‘JNU event footage authentic, says report’ by Shubhomoy Sikdar, The Hindu (11 June 2016);
  113. YouTube clip of Barkha Dutt interviewing an injured Kashmiri stone-pelter for NDTV;
  114. ‘I am proud to be “anti-national”, says Rajdeep Sardesai’, by Rajdeep Sardesai, Hindustan Times (20 February 2016);
  115. ‘No more polls in future if Modi comes to power again: Kejriwal’, The Hindu (25 March 2019);
  116. ‘Let us hope the darkness has passed’ by Arundhati Roy, The Guardian (14 May 2004);
  117. ‘1984 riots: US court issues summons to Sonia Gandhi for “shielding” Congress leaders’ by PTI, The Indian Express (4 September 2013);
  118. ‘64 MPs urged Obama to keep visa ban for Modi’ by Narayan Lakshman, The Hindu (23 July 2013);
  119. ‘Shekhar Gupta admits that journalists chose to ignore the positive effects of Modi government’s welfare schemes’, OpIndia (31 May 2019);
  120. ‘False Cases Of Harassment In The Name Of “Jai Shri Ram” Multiply’ by Sumanti Sen, The Logical Indian (29 July 2019)
  121. ‘Delhi riots : Police complaint against Wall Street Journal for spreading “communal tension”’ by IANS, The New Indian Express (29 February 2020);
  122. ‘Students protesting fee hike behind campus violence, JNU admin tells HRD Ministry’ by Sumi Sukanaya Dutta, The New Indian Express (7 January 2020);
  123. ‘It’s Time We Absolve Jinnah’ by Sharjeel Imam, The Wire (7 May 2018);
  124. ‘Jamia “shero” hailed by Barkha Dutt celebrates Moplah massacre, when Muslims massacred thousands of Hindus in 1921 in the name of Islam’, OpIndia (17 December 2019);
  125. ‘”This is fascism”—Flak for Bloomsbury on social media as it withdraws book on Delhi riots’ by Soniya Agrawal, ThePrint (23 August 2020);
  126. ‘From Devi In Hijab, Om As Nazi Symbol To “Kaafiro Se Azadi”: Recent Protests Show Hindutva-Hate Is Hindu-Hate’ by Yaajnaseni, Swarajya magazine (8 January 2020);
  127. ‘India Today accused of sharing “Islamophobic” graphic on coronavirus and Tablighi Jamaat event’, The Free Press Journal (4 April 2020);
  128. ‘”Attacks Hindu Belief”: IIT Kanpur Complainant On Faiz’s “Hum Dekhenge”’ by Mirza Arif Beg, Outlook India (2 January 2020);
  129. ‘Faiz Ahmad Faiz and the de-Islamisation of a Muslim revolutionary’ by Sharjeel Imam and Saquib Salim, Sabrang (4 February 2017);
  130. ‘Here’s why 1 lakh Muslims are demanding death penalty for Kamlesh Tiwari’, DNA (12 December 2015); 1-lakh-muslims-are-demanding-death-penalty-for-kamlesh-tiwari-2154898
  131. ‘T M Krishna: The Musical Urban Naxal’ by Sandeep Balakrishna, The Dharma Dispatch (3 October 2018);
  132. ‘Ram temple existed before Babri mosque in Ayodhya: Archaeologist KK Muhammed’ by Kumar Shakti Shekhar, The Times of India (1 October 2019);
  133. RSS’s tweet, posted on 8 October 2019;
  134. ‘Vision and Mission’, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (22 October 2012);