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Why India went from copper exporter to importer in less than 2 years

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

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How shutting down of 1 plant turned India from copper exporter to importer in under 2 years

India’s copper imports have risen sharply in the last year-and-a-half. So sharply that a country which in 2017-18, was among the top five exporters of copper cathodes became a net importer beginning 2018-19, according to commerce ministry data. Read the report by Remya Nair to know more.

Do Muslims matter for Modi-Shah BJP, or India?

Indian Muslims have been denied their rightful place in the power structure as punishment for their voting choices. This is self-defeating, writes Shekhar Gupta.

Arvind Kejriwal is almost exactly the same package that Modi offers, minus Hindutva

From a personality cult to populist schemes, exaggerated claims and no checks on leadership, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal seems to be mimicking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s style and substance, writes TN Ninan.

Not just Hindutva, India’s useless ulema leadership has silenced Muslims today

India’s Muslims have not protested against the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict. It is not a sign of maturity or acceptance, but that of powerlessness, fear and resignation. But there is one key takeaway from this state of helplessness. The Muslim Ulemas have not only proved themselves consistently useless in safeguarding the constitutional rights of the community, but they have also been complicit in the erosion of these rights, writes Asim Ali.

After hostel fee hike, JNU will become India’s most expensive central university

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students have once again become a subject of intense public scrutiny due to their ongoing protests against the hike in hostel fee. With the revised fee structure that will come into effect next year, JNU is set to become the most expensive central university, report Kritika Sharma.

In Modi govt’s bid to break IAS hegemony, Indian Railway Service is the biggest beneficiary

The Narendra Modi government has, over the last few years, made a concerted effort to break the hegemony of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) over the civil services. But so far, it has been unclear just which other service has benefitted the most from the IAS’s diminishing dominance. The answer is the low-profile Indian Railway Service, reports Sanya Dhingra.

Gurinder Singh Dhillon — the music & film-loving Radha Soami head at heart of Fortis crisis

Gurinder Singh Dhillon, 64, leads the Radha Soami Satsang Beas, which boasts of a 20-million-strong following across 90 nations. The century-old spiritual organisation’s head is at the centre of one of India’s most high-profile business fiascos this year. How is a spiritual guru related to all this? Read the report by Nandita Singh to know.

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