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Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams | Julian Finney/Getty Images

Serena Williams is a black woman throwing a tantrum – and yes, she can be both

Serena Williams overreacted in a world already rigged against reactions by women.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah during BJP National Executive Meeting | PTI

For BJP, NRC has become the national register of convenience

The party and government adopt a brazen note when they want to while claiming to be carrying out a ‘fair’ exercise. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Sunday adopted...
PM Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, finance minister Arun Jaitley and BJP senior leader LK Advani during BJP National Executive Meet | PTI

BJP won’t answer tough questions because it wants to rule India for 50 years

A day before Bharat Bandh, BJP national executive meet mentioned petrol price hike just once. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a clear message for his colleagues...
Swami Vigyanand at World Hindu Congress | Facebook/WorldHinduCongress

Radical left is bullying Hindus in the US

Silencing or suppressing a gathering where Hindus from across the diaspora participate is counterproductive.
An activist waves a LGBT pride flag after the Supreme Court verdict | Kamal Kishore/PTI

How the Section 377 ruling is linked to the problem of judges’ appointments

Hint: US Senator Kamala Harris’s grilling of Trump’s Supreme Court appointee Brett Kavanaugh can teach us something about it.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | PTI

Don’t confuse Narendra Modi’s & Mohan Bhagwat’s aggression for confidence. They are scared

With very little to show on the ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ front, PM and BJP have no option but to fall back on their Hindutva base.
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Overuse of the word ‘epidemic’ in healthcare warnings has become a common scare tactic

Health scares exist only because common-sense assumptions in healthcare do not grab the attention of editors at top news sites.
Witchcraft

Lessons from witchcraft-related violence in Europe can help stop murder of thousands

State-sanctioned witchcraft trials died out in Europe by 18th century, but the belief and associated violence lasted much longer.
Uyghur men perform prayers in Xinjiang province, China | Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

India and Pakistan silent on China’s horrific Muslim ‘re-education’ camps

Uyghur Muslims are reportedly being forced to consume pork and alcohol in China's camps as world remains silent

On Camera

Dozens of Indian start-ups join hands to end dominance of Google, Facebook

About 56 Indian entrepreneurs are considering establishing alternative to Google Play Store & ending supremacy of large tech corporations such as Facebook.

Defence

Lt General Taranjit Singh, Deputy Chief IDS (Operations) | ANI | Twitter

We are secular, says Indian Army on Pakistan’s ‘malicious campaign trying divide soldiers’

The Army said Pakistan has been carrying out a social media campaign for days now, trying to defame the institution.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.