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JNU gets the jitters as 270 former Armymen are brought in as guards

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JNU students on the edge as pvt guards replaced by ex-Armymen

The JNU administration has dismissed as routine its decision to hire former Armymen to provide security on its campus. The decision has stoked fears among students that it is an attempt to curb free speech and dissent, reports Kritika Sharma.

Mohan Bhagwat throws a challenge at Modi, revives ‘Swadeshinomics’ amid economic crisis

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s speech on Dussehra was not just about lynching and its view of secularism. Bhagwat’s take on the economy seems to be at odds with the Modi government’s recent moves and promises, and is unlikely to prevail over it, writes Shekhar Gupta.

What NRIs resettling in India after Trump throws them out need to know

Sandip Roy has some tips for NRIs who will be forced to return once “the white nationalism that Trump has unleashed goes on the rampage”. For one, he urges them not to “mention Bobby Jindal, Mehul Choksi or Vijay Mallya”, whose “stock is seriously down these days”.

In 5 years of Modi rule, FCI’s debt tripled to Rs 2.65 lakh crore

The Food Corporation of India, the agency that administers the National Food Security Act, has seen its debt zoom under the Modi government — to Rs 2.65 lakh crore in March 2019 from Rs 91,409 crore in March 2014, reports Remya Nair.

The BJP crack team that helps Amit Shah pass bills, win elections and everything else

Home minister and BJP chief Amit Shah has emerged as the pivotal figure in the Modi government’s second tenure. But he relies on a battery of trusted lieutenants to manage his affairs. Shanker Arnimesh reports on all of the BJP president’s men.

IIT-Delhi faculty calls Hindu religion a 20th century invention, triggers controversy

Kritika Sharma reports on the controversy stoked by IIT-Delhi assistant professor Divya Dwivedi, who said the Hindu religion was invented in the early 20th century “to hide the fact that the lower castes were the real majority of India”.

Why India of today looks more like Pakistan, Saudi Arabia or Israel

Zainab Sikander writes that India has, since antiquity, held a unique identity. She argues that the current push for one culture, one nation and one law is making the country resemble Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Israel.

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