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Newsmaker of the Week

Twitter’s masthead has a new name—Elon Musk. What it changes for you

Musk does signal that he wants citizen journalism to flourish on Twitter and that local news outlets should get way more prominence.

Congress without a Gandhi gives party a chance to recreate the ‘double engine’ model

Mallikarjun Kharge's appointment to the Congress' top post makes the chair of party president accessible to all, and gives Rahul Gandhi an address to direct the complaints to.

Ambedkar to AAP—mass conversions still bristle Indian politics. Delhi event is nothing new

If one looks at mass conversions in India over the last four decades, a large number of Dalits are embracing not just Buddhism but also Islam and Christianity.

Gujarat Garba threats had been building up. But the ‘ruined’ celebration was unexpected

VHP and Bajrang Dal have been passing diktats against Muslims' entry at Garba venues. But things didn't change much on the ground—until police and politics got involved this year.

Congress choice for chief is between ‘think tomorrow’ Tharoor and ‘president not leader’ Kharge

As the Congress presidential election reaches its final stage, the onus is with the Gandhis. Will this be a new Congress or will the family writ continue to loom large?

Unlike Karnataka hijab row, Iran’s goes beyond Islam. The regime is under attack

The protests in Iran following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini have morphed into anti-government demonstrations with calls to end the Islamic Republic and remove Ali Khamenei from power.

Gyanvapi case reopens the politics of religion that Supreme Court had sealed shut in Ayodhya

Supreme Court in 2019 made it a legal and constitutional duty of the government to protect places of worship in India. But courts in Mathura and Varanasi have taken a different path.

Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra has many questions for Rahul Gandhi. But no easy answers

Critics say it's a bad strategy to not cover election-bound Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh in the yatra. Congress argues it wants to consolidate the existing voter base.

Hemant Soren’s political fate may be uncertain, his image as a shrewd politician isn’t

Political analysts say Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren has shown he can handle the game of nerves and keep the BJP guessing. Alliance leaders couldn't be happier.

Ghulam Nabi chose ‘azadi’ over Gandhi coterie. But how far can he go without Congress umbrella?

At 73, Ghulam Nabi would have liked to be ‘Azad’ of such considerations after leaving Congress. But old politicians are like old bankers—they never lose interest.

On Camera

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Air India brings new policy, now pilots can fly after retirement

Air India crew hide greys, follow strict makeup while global airlines allowing tattoo, piercing

Many airlines expect their crew to follow strict dress codes and decorum, but Air India’s commandments even instruct members on what to say and not to say on social media.

51 cow universities, old pension scheme, jobs — what RSS affiliates want from 2023 Budget

Welfare schemes and ‘self-reliance’ figure high on Sangh organisations’ wishlists for finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman ahead of the Budget, which she will present on 1 February.

Defence

A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.