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On Camera

BJP supporters celebrate after emerging victorious on the counting day of Gujarat Municipal Corporation polls, in Ahmedabad, on 23 February | PTI

What Gujarat civic polls say about evolving national politics & fortunes of BJP, Congress, AAP

With new entrants like AAP and AIMIM in Gujarat, the Congress vote is now 'going abegging', says Shekhar Gupta in Episode 690 of #CutTheClutter.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses a press conference in New Delhi Thursday | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Budget 2021 marks directional change for Indian economy, says Nirmala Sitharaman

Ahmedabad: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday said this year's budget has negated the notion that welfare state is a socialist prerogative, and added that it has given a directional change to the Indian economy, wherein the government trusts wealth creators and citizens. She lauded the reform of faceless assessment for direct and indirect taxes, saying that tax terrorism will be a thing of the past, but also warned that "technology terrorism" will now gain ground. "This is a budget for new decade. This budget clearly says- private sector we trust you and you are welcome to participate in the development of the country. It's a budget in which we are recognising what a government can do or how far it can do...So it's a budget that gives directional change to the Indian economy," Sitharaman said while addressing a meeting of intellectuals organised by the BJP. "We inherited a system from the USSR, where glories of socialism were spoken about...That only...

Defence

Representational image | Indian soldiers at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | PTI

India, Pakistan agree to observe ceasefire along LoC, pull back specialised offensive units

India and Pakistan aim for peace along LoC, with New Delhi being ‘cautiously optimistic’. There will, however, not be any let-up in anti-infiltration and anti-terror operations.
Illustration by Soham Sen

India’s challenge is to avoid two-front war, but can Modi put politics aside for strategy?

India must break out of strategic triangulation with China & Pakistan. Before that, it must decide if it’ll let domestic electoral interests limit its strategic options.