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How boorish treatment of Kohli by Ganguly’s BCCI takes Indian cricket back to an inglorious past

Ganguly is BCCI chief, Dravid is coach, Laxman heads NCA. And Kohli, all-conquering (in Tests) captain, is now in firing line. It’s hard to decipher, and infuriating for fans.

Nagaland massacre shows AFSPA is a deadly addiction. Does Modi govt have the courage to kick it?

Much of the Northeast doesn't need a tough law such as AFSPA. No government will dare repeal it, but it can at least be imposed very selectively.

Yes, UPA’s dead. But here’s what Mamata, PK are saying about Congress & why that’s right too

Even in its second successive annihilation by BJP, Congress retained a solid block of 20% votes. That’s why all of BJP’s victims want the Congress at the core of their challenge.

What farm laws retreat by Modi govt tells us about ruling India like a CM with brute majority

No matter how dominant BJP is, India is a federation of states and it has CMs in only 12. Agriculture is largely a state issue, and most of India doesn’t follow it unquestioningly.

There’s much to question Hindutva/RSS about, calling it ISIS is more a rant than politics

Salman Khurshid isn’t the first to succumb to pre-siesta intellectual laziness. Congress leaders taking the cue must read up on ISIS and learn electoral politics all over again.

Crook, TRP-hunter, idiot, clown: How Indian journalist fell from hero to zero for Bollywood

Hindi cinema’s portrayal of journalists has gone from hero in the 1950s to manipulator, even joker. It reflects abuse & trolling they face on social media, especially women.

Aryan Khan-Wankhede story nudges IPS-IRS-IAS officers to call out those who violate their oath

We see what madness for fame and stardom has done to some people from the All India and Class I Services. Even as most others work sincerely, in relative anonymity.

Aryan Khan isn’t a show to enjoy. NDPS is a weapon vengeful state could use on you or your kids

The draconian Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has been handed over to people who are prone to misuse it. The story we see unfolding on our TV screens is of its blatant misuse.

Mohan Bhagwat is right, China is the big threat. But his prescription to counter it is flawed

India can fight China, but it needs peace & stability at home. It can't take on Beijing while re-lighting old fires like NRC or polarising Hindus & Muslims to win elections.

Why Lakhimpur Kheri to Kashmir via Punjab is the road India cannot risk taking

Key to handling troubles in Kashmir is Punjab at peace. 30 years back, familiar & evil outside forces were given an opening to set fire to both. India can’t let this happen again.

On Camera

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Demonstrators attempt to enter the US Capitol building during a protest in Washington, D.C., U.S., on 6 January 2021 | Eric Lee | Bloomberg

Texas attack shows a long, violent struggle for America’s soul is inevitable

The shock of Covid 19—both economic and cultural—has strengthened the maniacal conspiracy culture with which the American Right is suffused.
A visual representation of the digital Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin alongside US dollars | Photo: Dan Kitwood | Getty Images via Bloomberg

Joe Biden administration set to put itself at centre of US cryptocurrency policy

An executive order is being drafted which will soon set in place a govt strategy empowering US federal agencies to assess risks and opportunities posed by the digital assets.

Defence

German Navy chief Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach | Twitter: @chiefdeunavy

China ‘not that nice country’, giving money to dictators & killers: German Navy chief in India

Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach later issued a clarification, saying comments were his 'personal view' and not German defence ministry's, and expressing them was a 'mistake'.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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