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‘Tales from 15th Finance Commission’ book launch was less on policy, more on Bharat Darshan

Apart from Commission members, the panel at the book launch also had Sushil Kumar Modi, Manpreet Singh Badal and Palanivel Thiagarajan.

Hridayesh Joshi’s Aitken ka Himalaya — ‘books are not translated, they find translators’

At the Press Club of India, it wasn't the author Bill Aitken launching his book 'Footloose in the Himalaya' but Hridayesh Joshi opening the pages of his first translated book.

Chanakya’s existence, Ashoka’s politics—new book has stories and counter-stories on Mauryas

Devika Rangachari’s book straddles the famous Mauryan empire, bookended by the most popular Mauryans: Chandragupta Maurya and Ashoka.

4 tents, 9 men, one dog—How 2013 brought back border conflict between India and China

In 'Understanding the India-China Border: The Enduring Threat of War in the High Himalayas,’ Manoj Joshi unpacks what is happening on the India-China border and the implications for the future.

Marx, movies, memories—Saeed Mirza’s book on Kundan Shah, rats and the conspiracy of silence

Launched at an event in Delhi this Saturday, ‘I Know the Psychology of Rats’ is Saeed Mirza’s ode to his beloved friend and filmmaker, Kundan Shah.

South Delhi folks talking to South Delhi people. Queer literature needs to travel deep

The panel at the launch of book Queer Sapien had Supreme Court lawyer Saurabh Kirpal. He talked about lengthy judgments, which are never translated in India languages.

Biography of Asia’s richest man Gautam Adani is out. Only 20 show up at book launch

In his book, R.N. Bhaskar writes that aligning of the Adani group’s interest with national interest worked for the industrialist.

The Right is writing now: Sanjeev Sanyal at Vikram Sampath’s Bravehearts of Bharat launch

The panel discussion at the book launch dwelled on shifting the dominant historical narrative and ending the focus on 'overemphasised' parts of Indian history.

Packed cells, poor facilities, no rights—new book shows huge gaps for women in Indian jails

From UAPA-charged Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita to V. Geetha, panellists at the book launch gave new insights into what happens to women inside jails in India.

Mohsina Kidwai book launch was all about Shashi Tharoor and Congress coterie

My Life in Politics glides over some hard facts about Indian politics at the turn of the century, discussing the rise of Sangh Parivar, Babri Masjid demolition.

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Rahul Gandhi in Srinagar, where the Bharat Jodo Yatra has culminated | Rahul Gandhi/Twitter

Bharat Jodo Yatra has worked more for Rahul Gandhi. Congress’ walk...

In such a buzz-creating yatra, not one new Congress leader was born. Pramod Mahajan, M. Venkaiah Naidu, Modi emerged from Advani's and Manohar Joshi’s yatras.
File photo of trade unions protesting the Modi government's labor codes in Bhubaneswar | ANI

Economic Survey says govt’s labour codes ‘in tune with market trends’....

Four labour codes, amalgamating 29 laws, were passed in 2019 & 2020. But central, state govts have yet to notify the laws that will cater to around 40 crore unorganised sector workers.


Representational image | Nuclear submarine INS Chakra | Indian Navy

Budget 2023: Defence eyes big boost for more firepower, submarines, drones

Private sector is also hoping for a high budgetary allocation for defence capital expenditure since it will translate into more acquisition programmes fructifying.

Return of the Muslim: From Modi ‘sermon’ to Pathaan to Bharat...

Most key Hindutva/RSS objectives have been achieved, and Modi & BJP now need social calm, at least till summer of 2024. A de-escalation of some sort is on.