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Boris Johnson was good to go long ago. But he stuck around out of delusion

Boris Johnson was hit by scandal one after another just like his predecessors Theresa May, David Cameron, Gordon Brown or Tony Blair. But he stands out because of his delusion.

India’s blasphemy beheadings have a new audience—and they’re sitting behind smartphones

Videos on social media have become a key feature of blasphemy killings. Each inspires communal competitors to stage a more macabre act of revenge.

Not Shinde vs Uddhav, Shiv Sena has an identity crisis. Choose Hindutva or get a makeover

In the see-saw game between the Shinde faction and the Uddhav group, no guess is a good guess. The big question for Shiv Sena is about its ideology.

ED summons to Rahul Gandhi a shot in arm for Congress. For cadre, this creates a problem

Congress has hit the streets over Rahul Gandhi's questioning by the Enforcement Directorate in the National Herald case. Not everyone's on the same page, though.

Mithali Raj came when nobody cared about women’s cricket. 23 years later, not much has changed

Mithali Raj's story will continue to inspire generations of women in a predominantly male sport. But her quiet sendoff shows why BCCI needs to step up.

More tourists doesn’t mean Kashmir is ‘normal’. ‘Naya Kashmir’ is still not in sight

Besides civilian killings, the entry of 'hybrid' or 'part-time' terrorists being recruited and trained online call into question Modi govt's claims about normalcy in Kashmir.

A tale of two summits: Quad under a Chinese shadow & Davos searching for a solution to Russia

Quad's message from Tokyo was of solidarity and the World Economic Forum's Switzerland meeting was more political than ever. Both were concerned about the health of geopolitics.

Gyanvapi row and Places of Worship Act were born together. Now each wants to end the other

The outcome in the Gyanvapi dispute will decide the future of not just religious structures, but also the foundational structures of religious freedom that India was built on.

With sedition, SC has dipped its toes in the civil liberties pool. Now we wait for the dive

Until the safeguards are laid down to prevent misuse of laws like UAPA, NSA or PSA, sedition’s departure might not have too much of an effect on ground.

India’s heat risk interventions still new. Heatwave in 2022 shows it needs to learn fast

Experts have warned India will face more frequent and intense heat waves in the coming decades, and if global warming doesn’t slow down, they’ll only get worse.

On Camera

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Representational image | Anindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg

Who is vocational education training for? Data shows over 84% Indian didn’t get any

Periodic Labour Force Survey data shows the situation is worse for women. And those who got the training, almost half of them accounted for self-learning or ‘learning on the job’.
Representational image | Rupixen/Unsplash

‘We are cracking down’— how Modi govt plans to make it tougher for states to fund freebies

The Narendra Modi government is looking at ways to check states’ spending on handouts like free electricity and rations. The first step is to tighten the noose on state borrowings.

Defence

Representational image | Indian Army soldiers during the Army Day Parade at Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Army looks to reduce troops by 2 lakh, deployment in Kashmir could be rejigged

The Army, which faces a shortage of about 1.35 lakh personnel, is aiming to reduce its strength from 12.8 lakh to around 10.8 lakh.

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.
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