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As India commits to peace along LoC, onus on Modi-Shah to resist Pakistan bashing temptation

Diplomatic relations cannot be sacrificed for domestic politics and election thrills, and Modi-Shah's BJP seems to have a special fondness for doing that.

Beyond Hindutva and nationalism, one element drives Modi’s success — last-mile delivery

PM Modi conceives of welfare programmes like Ujjwala, Awaas Yojana and Nal se Jal — and then ensures beneficiaries get it.

Rahul Gandhi again misses the bus in Assam. His anti-CAA pitch too little, too late

Congress' criticism of the polarising CAA in Assam has been intermittent, confused and almost-reluctant. It was a potent tool to corner BJP with.

Not Yogi, but failure of Mayawati, Akhilesh, Rahul is UP’s big political story since 2017

Four years since the 2017 UP polls began on 11 February, the Opposition parties have remained exactly where they were, unable to take even one step forward.

Budget 2021 is Nirmala Sitharaman’s breakout moment, but long road to being Sushma Swaraj

It could mark the turning point for Sitharaman to be taken more seriously, after all the negative criticism she has faced as defence and finance minister.

This is Congress’ last chance to get its own Modi

Congress needs a genuine internal election, not a stage play directed by the Gandhis in which everyone else is reduced to a mere prop.

The only thing offensive about Tandav is its simplistic, tacky portrayal of politics

The representation of politics in OTT shows, from Mirzapur to Sacred Games, and Paatal Lok to Tandav, has been over the top and poor.

Not West Bengal, but it’s the Assam polls that is most crucial for Modi-Shah this year

Assam is litmus test for Modi’s political model. BJP breached the uncharted territory in 2016 but can it do a repeat?

BJP’s West Bengal dilemma — fight a Modi vs Didi battle or find itself a Sourav Ganguly

It is clear that the BJP is yet to firm up its West Bengal strategy on whether to fight with a CM face or do what it did in crucial elections like Uttar Pradesh.

Not Modi’s rise, not Rahul’s fall. Arvind Kejriwal is this decade’s biggest political story

With zero political base, no prior experience with elections & no affiliation to any established outfit, Arvind Kejriwal's performance has been a breakout.

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File photo of Sterlite copper unit at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu | By special arrangement

Shut since 2018 violence, TN Sterlite plant’s closure cost economy Rs 14,749 cr, says study

Copper plant in Thoothukudi was closed after protests turned violent & police firing left 13 people dead. Job losses one of major impacts, says study by NGO CUTS International.

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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