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Disagree with your neighbour’s political beliefs? Invite him to tea

It surely feels good to be right, but we owe it to democracy to admit when we are not.
Sheikh Haseena

Fighting her own students, Bangladesh PM Hasina shouldn’t take Modi’s support for granted

Bangladesh’s students have written the course of history, from 1952 to the present, in their own blood. School and college students have been out on...
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4 years of Modi rule convinced me that we need presidential system: Shashi Tharoor

Never has the separation of powers between executive and legislative organs been more necessary than today.
R K Dhawan

R.K. Dhawan stood by Sonia Gandhi when no one else did

Sonia, who had seen R.K. Dhawan serve the Gandhi family from close quarters, had reasons to be indebted to him.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embrace in Washington, DC | Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

India-US relations survived World War & Cold War. They may not survive Trump

Trump’s policies underscore discontent with globalism of past decades and a turn towards emphasising US’s narrower national interests. The mounting tensions over trade and tariffs...
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As BJP’s Hindutva grew, India’s pleasure-seeking middle classes looked away

It is futile for liberals to look for political space in this middle class – Gandhi and Nehru are, for them, just names from a lost world.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi | Manvender Vashist/PTI

Will Supreme Court stand up to Narendra Modi govt’s bullying?

The Supreme Court must focus on protecting judiciary’s independence than running the BCCI.
Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi needs to learn from RSS if he has to defeat BJP

Rahul Gandhi has turned out to be more conventional and much less imaginative than his mother Sonia Gandhi in his politics.
Amit Shah

By ignoring OBCs for party positions, BJP would repeat Congress’ fatal mistake

Share of upper caste vote within the BJP’s Hindu social coalition has continuously declined over the past two decades.
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Are Dalit women less or more mobile than upper caste women in India? Jatis hold the answer

Earlier studies have shown that higher the caste status, greater the subordination of women. But among Dalit sub-castes or jatis, the story is far more varied.

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Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, top right, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, top centre, Sundar Pichai of Alphabet, bottom left, and Tim Cook of Apple, centre left, swearing in during a US House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing, 29 July | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Bloomberg

Why Amazon, Apple, FB and Google are in the dock. It’s not just about economy

Even if the US Congress enacts new legislation, short of breaking up Big Tech, antitrust actions will not directly take on its bigger power.
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India’s poultry industry needs Rs 20,000 cr to recover from crash caused by Covid rumours

Chicken prices at the farm gate plummeted as much as 70% in March from January, forcing farmers to cull large numbers and causing huge losses.

Defence

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Russia offers India Sprut lightweight tanks amid stand-off with China

Russia's offer comes as China has deployed Type 15 light tanks while India has relied on the heavier battle tanks. Talks are on, but no immediate purchase is on the cards.
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Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.