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The Indian Constitution | Commons

Indians have put their republic on a pedestal, forgotten to practise it each day

Statues of Ambedkar often show him holding the Constitution in one hand, and his other arm outstretched, finger pointing forward. It’s more urgent than ever to follow that direction.
Farmers protesting at Singhu border prepare for the 26 January tractor rally, on Monday | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Long before farmers’ tractor parade, Babri Masjid movement also waded into Republic Day row

The non-observance and/or boycott call of Republic Day by a coalition of Muslim organisations in 1987 can't be compared with the farmers’ tractor parade of 2021. But there is a link.

Modi govt must hold firm on farm reforms, more than just laws are at risk

Latest reforms are India’s commitment to transition to a more environmentally sustainable & equitable growth model. If he loses the initiative, Modi will be making the same mistake twice.
File photo | Bangladesh Armed Forces contingent at Rajpath during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi | PTI

1971 to 2021 – We fought together, now Bangladesh Army marches with us on Republic Day

India and Bangladesh are celebrating 50 years of the 1971 Liberation War — one of the finest victories in modern military history.
Cloth masks | Flickr

Cloth masks may look better, but they don’t work better in thwarting spread of Covid-19

Cloth masks have been shown to be effective at stopping small particles, but they are highly unlikely to provide as much protection as surgical masks.
Former US President Donald Trump and Melania Trump board Air Force One during a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, US, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. | Photographer: Stefani Reynolds | Bloomberg

As evidence piles up, Trump’s impeachment trial to prove if Republicans believe in law & order

New evidence has emerged on how Trump was trying to turn federal agencies into puppets to help him subvert democracy, the Constitution & a fair election that he lost.
Representative image | Pradip Kumar Rout | Pixabay

India speaks 120 languages. But on internet, laws only in govt’s favourite Hindi and English

The right to access translated text is guaranteed by the Constitution of India, and is one of the core aspects of justice and open data.
File photo of Jack Ma, co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba Group | Commons

Hui Ka Yan & Jack Ma to Zhong Shanshan — Why China’s billionaires aren’t as rich as they look

Looking at Chinese billionaires’ paper wealth can be misleading, because the bulk of their riches comes from their stock holdings.

Forget TikTok. Clubhouse is social media next star

Voice-and-audio-based social networking startup Clubhouse has been attracting politicians, celebrities & experts. With its success, it may now be poised to upend social media space.
File photo | A crowd of migrant workers gather around the UPSRTC buses near the Delhi-Ghaziabad border | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Indians must have no confusion about how we reached impressive Covid herd immunity

India’s masses didn’t have the luxury to ‘work from home’ and follow social distancing, but they might have silently built India’s herd immunity.

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File photo | Protesters in Aden, Al Mansoora during the Arab Spring uprising in 2011 | Wikimedia commons

Arab Spring showed autocracy is anything but stable

The chaotic & unpredictable fashion in which regimes entered into crisis and collapsed shows that authoritarianism is both highly fragile and a major source of violent turmoil.
Coconut copra

Govt increases MSP for milling copra by Rs 375 per quintal, ball copra by Rs 300

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said this will benefit millions of farmers engaged in copra farming and impact the farmers of 12 coastal states.


File image of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Rajnath Singh speaks to new US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the two reiterated the commitment to deepen India-US defence cooperation and exchanged views on regional and global issues.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

7 reasons why Modi govt is in retreat on farm reform laws

Farm reform could’ve been high point of Modi’s second term. But lack of patience, understanding and contempt for history have turned it into a disaster.