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RSS infested with people of Godse’s mindset but Nitish let it prosper: Lalu Prasad

In his autobiography Gopalganj to Raisina, RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav writes about Nitish Kumar’s many political flip-flops.
File photo of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee having a discussion with then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi | Arvind Yadav /Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Why many Muslims in Gujarat publicly supported Modi’s BJP after 2002

One of the characteristics author Raheel Dhattiwala found common among many Muslim testimonies in Gujarat was self-blame.
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Prime Minster Narendra Modi at tea time during the At Home reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Maximum schemes, minimum welfare: How the Modi govt fell into the same trap as UPA

‘Gareebon ka Neta’ Modi is going to go to the polls with exactly the same record that he accused the Congress-led UPA of: a polity of promises, and not performance.
File photo of Sanath Jayasuriya | Commons

How the cult of Sanath Jayasuriya pulled India-Sri Lanka cricketing ties from drifting apart

India took a long time to shake off the after-effects of Sanath Jayasuriya’s brutal assault. And yet everyone yearned for a Sanath prototype in the team.
Freda Bedi, with her husband B.P.L. Bedi at Srinagar, 1948 | Commons

Freda Bedi, the ‘English girl married to a Punjabi’, who joined India’s freedom struggle

Andrew Whitehead writes about the revolutionary Freda Bedi, who was jailed for supporting the Indian national cause over Britain’s and later became a Buddhist nun.
Members of the media | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

When paid news becomes the practice, media objectivity obviously takes a back seat

Who funds elections is an open secret, but nothing much is written about it in the media, write Jaishri Jathwaney & Samir Kapur in their book ‘When India Votes’.
A wedding procession in India. Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

Dalits vs Hindutva: The story of a ‘baraat’ in UP reveals what’s making BJP sweat

In his book ‘Hindu Rashtra’, writer Ashutosh explains how education and constitutional knowledge is resulting in greater Dalit assertion.
Rajat Gupta exits federal court in New York, following his sentencing, 24 Oct, 2012 | Louis Lanzano/ Bloomberg

Rajat Gupta: Even before my trial, Preet Bharara ensured people thought I was a criminal

In his memoir Mind Without Fear, former head of McKinsey Rajat Gupta talks about his conviction in the 2012 insider trading case in the US.

Indian women are seeing motherhood as a task, not a goal & that could lower our population

Women’s growing aspirations will result in greater independence and fewer children, suggest the authors of the book ‘Empty Planet’.
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ISRO’s women scientists who busted ‘Mars is for men’ and other such myths with MOM

Mars Orbiter Mission allowed Indians to see women scientists upfront, dispelling long-held stereotypes of the fuzzy-haired Einsteinian male scientist.

On Camera

IAS poll observer: With Modi breaking rules, should EC give him special security treatment?

The Election Commission has suspended an IAS officer who had inspected PM Narendra Modi’s chopper in Odisha’s Sambalpur Tuesday.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.