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File photo | Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra | PTI

Chorus grows from Congress-mukt Bharat to Gandhi-mukt Congress. But where will the family go?

Gandhis will be judged by how well they facilitate the end of their own dynastic hold on the party, while remaining on call should the need to step back in arise again.
PM Narendra Modi virtually addresses a gathering after unveiling the statue of Swami Vivekananda at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University | Photo: PTI

Listen to Modi’s speech carefully. You’ll know why JNU needed a Vivekananda statue

With JNU speech, Modi has again proved he is a political mastermind who can lift an occasion to an event of national significance.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.
PM Modi virtually addressing the people of West Bengal during Durga Puja | PTI

Modi is the only Indian mass leader after Gandhi who has used religious symbolism so well

Modi’s two Navratri addresses to the nation deserve closer attention. They were a complex amalgam of carefully crafted and thoughtfully arranged messaging, just like Brand Modi.
Arun Shourie | YouTube

Arun Shourie, crusader against corruption faces corruption charge — it happens only in India

Arun Shourie, who was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1982 and the Padma Bhushan in 1990, is an outstanding Indian change-agent and leader.
Advocate Prashant Bhushan | Photo: ANI

Unity is not conformity — India should know that as Prashant Bhushan is convicted for contempt

India is a criticism-surplus society, but one trip to China or Singapore will tell you why its much better than a robotic society.
File photo | The Rashtrapati Niwas, now IIAS, in Shimla | Commons

For India to fulfil its destiny, politics can’t decide future of educational institutes

Shimla’s Viceregal Lodge, which houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, was where the future of India was decided. Now, it’s crumbling.
File photo of US Senator Kamala Harris | Facebook

Hinduphobia makes Kamala Harris’ identity a liability. So she is ‘Black’ in US media

No wonder the wealthy and influential, but largely Democratic, Indian-American community has not yet welcomed Kamala Harris’ candidature as warmly as might be expected.
PM Narendra Modi at 74th session of the UN General Assembly | PTI

Modi can build ‘atmanirbhar’ India, but only going local won’t help the cause

The idea of ‘atmanirbhar’ India is old wine in a new bottle. While pushing us to be world leaders, Modi shouldn’t repeat the mistakes of George Fernandes and Indira Gandhi.
PM Narendra Modi at a rally in Delhi's Ramlila Maidan on 22 December, 2019 | Photo: PTI

Three-week lockdown is PM Modi’s surgical strike against coronavirus

What is extraordinary about Modi’s lockdown is its magnitude. Never before in history has a curfew been imposed on such a large number of people.

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A file photo of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai | Photo: Commons

Peng Shuai saga shows Communist Party doesn’t want US-style #MeToo movement in China

Peng, a former Wimbledon champion, has disappeared since she penned a social media post accusing former Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual misconduct.
A Paytm All-In-One POS payment device at a medical store | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Paytm’s tumultuous ride continues as stock sinks again ahead of earnings call

Ahead of the results Saturday, Paytm’s shares dropped as much as 7.7% in early trading Friday. The company's quarterly and half-yearly results will also be announced over the weekend.

Defence

Navy chief commissions INS Vela, calls it ‘potent platform’ for spectrum of operations

This is the fourth of the six submarines the Navy is inducting under Kalvari class submarine Project 75 and the second major induction in less than a week.

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.
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