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The open threat by 500 Hindu seers to march to Ayodhya on 21 February to lay the foundation for Ram Temple exposes the perils of riding the tiger of Hindutva politics by the Sangh Parivar. This will force PM Modi to demonstrate his commitment to wait for the judicial verdict.

Rafale talk during Rahul Gandhi’s visit to ailing Manohar Parrikar seems a bit desperate

Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s much-publicised meeting with ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar now appears to have been more about political opportunism than political niceties. Even in a free-for-all and bitterly contested election, dragging Rafale into this visit will be seen as a little too desperate and perverse.

Statistics panel resignations only reinforce doubts over India’s official economic data

Two independent members quitting the National Statistical Commission for being bypassed on critical data is alarming. Doubts have been growing over India’s official economic data and the resignations only justify them. Political expediency should make way for transparency on GDP and jobs data before India’s credibility is hurt irreversibly.

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