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In times of BJP & CAA, Aaditya Thackeray must do more than save trees, plogging, 24×7 Mumbai

When Shiv Sena left BJP, Aaditya Thackeray found freedom to follow his own agenda. With 24X7 nightlife for Mumbai, the Thackeray scion’s party has only just begun.
Jogendra Nath Mandal | Commons

BJP claims CAA helps Dalits. But lives of Jogendra Nath Mandal & Ambedkar say otherwise

Ambedkar and Mandal resigned from Indian and Pakistani cabinets in 1950-51. Their letters hold the key to understanding the debate around CAA and BJP's push for it.
The digital payment service PhonePe, (Representational Image) | Photographer: Samyukta Lakshmi | Bloomberg

UPI’s rapid growth proves India can build world-class payments infrastructure from scratch

Three years ago, even banks did not give Modi govt's Unified Payments Interface much odds of success. Now, UPI is one of the fastest-growing payment platforms in the world.
Illustration by Arindam Mukherjee | ThePrint

Before Modi govt can hope to fix India’s economy, it should fix how it manages Budget

In recent years, Budget management under Modi govt has been challenging because of the economic slowdown, and GST implementation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Assocham event in New Delhi on 20 December | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Modi used to be toast of the world, now his ministers are damaging Brand India by lashing out

From The New York Times to The Economist, the world is beginning to paint India with the same brush on CAA and Kashmir just eight months into Modi’s second term.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan with Gen Qamar Bajwa | @peaceforchange | Twitter

Pakistan’s long-ailing democracy is now completely dead, thanks to its political parties

Pakistan, in the aftermath of General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s tenure extension, signals a total reverse of American political scientist Francis Fukuyama’s ‘End of History’ thesis.
Shaheen Bagh | ThePrint

Shaheen Bagh not just a local protest, it’s India’s Tahrir, Taksim Square: Umar Khalid

We Muslims shall not stop at just safeguarding our citizenship. We have the right to be Muslim too. And Shaheen Bagh is testament to that.
An employee walks past gantry cranes loading shipping containers onto trucks from the Cosco New York container ship docked at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port, operated by Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), in Navi Mumbai. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

India blames external forces for exports mess but problem is internal. Budget 2020 can help

To boost exports, India must accept its challenge is internal, even though it keeps raising fingers at unfavourable external factors like trade protectionism.
A thermal screeening device checks passengers arriving in India from China including Hong Kong in view of outbreak of Novel coronavirus (CoV) in China | PTI

China gives us hope why coronavirus won’t be as deadly as SARS in 2003

The outbreak of coronavirus emanating from China’s Wuhan city reminds one of the severe acute respiratory syndrome epidemic that had spread around the world.

Bhopal gas leak: Supreme Court can now undo collusion between Union Carbide, Indian govt

In 1989, Union Carbide and Indian govt together reduced the number and extent of injury that Bhopal gas leak caused. A curative petition is now before Supreme Court.

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File photo of the CBI M Nageshwara Rao

Ban foreign donations to Indian NGOs: Ex-CBI acting chief writes in RSS mouthpiece

About Rs 2 lakh crore in foreign ‘donations’ has been pumped into India in last two decades. Why do foreigners' have this unrequited love for Indians?

Homoeopathy for coronavirus: Is AYUSH commitment to alt meds healthy or promoting quackery?

AYUSH ministry issued a health advisory Wednesday for the prevention of coronavirus infections through homoeopathy and ayurveda.


Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane

Army will pull forces out of internal security duties in Northeast: Gen MM Naravane

Working on a plan for the next 18-24 months on how to draw down regular forces from security duties in Northeast, Army Chief General M.M. Naravane says.

The world has a message for Modi: Brand India is severely damaged

India’s image — and by extension Modi’s — has been damaged by a combination of identity politics and economic decline. But the world isn’t writing us off, not yet.