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Why many Hindu priests are upset with Mohan Bhagwat, say RSS chief ‘no shankaracharya’

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‘Mohan Bhagwat no shankaracharya’ — why many Hindu priests are upset with RSS chief

Referring to the ongoing controversy over Varanasi’s iconic Gyanvapi masjid, Mohan Bhagwat had said last week that there was ‘no need to search for a Shivling in every mosque’, reports Shikha Salaria.

 

From tomatoes to wheat, Indian crop forecasting is in the grip of a Raja Todar Mal problem

India’s U-turn on wheat exports is a result of incorrect estimates derived from an archaic crop forecasting system devised 4 centuries ago by emperor Akbar’s finance minister, reports Sayantan Bera.

 

Samrat Prithviraj is so focused on Muslim invaders that it forgets the king himself

Every recent Akshay Kumar film has been the same but in different outfits. The business strategy of selling nationalism probably needs revision, writes Tina Das.

 

Modi moved heavens to mend ties with Arab world. But Nupur Sharma, Tejasvi Surya hurting it

Ironically, it’s the Arab world–littered with autocracies and undemocratic regimes–that’s teaching India a lesson in harmony as it celebrates its 75th birthday, writes Jyoti Malhotra.

 

Soon Pakistan will be next Sri Lanka. What it means for India as China’s debt trap grows

When Pakistan goes bankrupt in a few months, China could be looking for an alternative route to ports in the Indian Ocean. Can Delhi alter the South Asian geopolitics, writes Seshadri Chari.

 

Defence preparedness improved in eight years of Modi, but military must begin to punch hard

Rather than be perturbed by the controversy surrounding the Rafales, the Modi government should quickly move in and decide on more fighters for the Air Force, writes Snehesh Alex Philip.

 

The Great Damagers: Why Pakistan will debate which dictator harmed it more, Musharraf or Zia

Dictator Musharraf badly damaged Pakistan: Assassination of Benazir, 26/11 attacks in India and the US Navy SEALs raid that killed Osama in Abbottabad. But he believed he was a democrat, writes Shekhar Gupta in this week’s ‘National Interest’.

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