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‘Just kill 20,000 Bengalis’: Zulfikar Bhutto’s advice to Yahya Khan before 1971 war

In their book 'The Vortex', Scott Carney and Jason Miklian depict a real-life picture of circumstances that preceded the 1971 Bangladesh war.

Crushed into submission, Dalit identity seldom came to fore—but Valmiki changed the script

In Exploring the Margins: Caste, Class and Gender Identity, Suresh Kumar explores how Dalit writers enunciate their ‘self’— like Om Prakash Valmiki in Joothan.

Closeness to Indira Gandhi made bigwigs call RKD ‘Dhawan Saab’. He even made her offer namaz

In 'Leaders, Politicians, Citizens', journalist Rasheed Kidwai talks of the influence that R.K. Dhawan, a die-hard Nehru loyalist, had on Indira Gandhi.

‘Congress has committed suicide’— Why Nehru’s secular ideals angered UP workers of party

In ‘Claiming Citizenship and Nation’, Aishwarya Pandit writes that Congress workers in UP felt betrayed by their ‘anti-Hindu’ leaders and started drifting to RSS, Hindu Mahasabha.

Modi carried friendship band to Africa, except it is a 10-point guide for mutual engagement

In ‘The Harambee Factor’, former Indian ambassador to African Union Gurjit Singh talks about how under Modi ministry, Africa has been receiving a lot of economic support.

1970s India was all about ‘coffee pe charcha’. And it began at Delhi’s Indian Coffee House

In 'Brewing Resistance', Kristin Victoria Magistrelli Plys talks about the integral role of the Indian Coffee house at Connaught Place in shaping the protest of 1975.

EDM singer-songwriter Ritviz’s story shows what ‘creative courage’ means—life as a canvas

In 'Unstoppable', Manthan Shah carries out analyses of what makes champions tick—grit, courage, determination, creativity & empathy.

Ads don’t win you elections. Advertising BJP was conscious choice: Piyush Pandey

In the last couple of decades, there have been many debates about the role of advertising and the ethics in advertising. Does advertising manipulate...

When T.N. Seshan praised me after ‘most difficult election in Independent India’ – Punjab 1992

In An Intent to Serve, IAS officer Tejendra Khanna writes about his career as Delhi LG, and as chief secretary of Punjab during the President’s Rule years.

Shiv Kumar Sharma was first musician to play santoor on lap. It wasn’t a background instrument

Shiv Kumar Sharma’s biographer Ina Puri writes that few know he provided tabla accompaniment to Ravi Shankar, Begum Akhtar before turning to the santoor.

On Camera


Attendees pose for a group photo at the 48th G7 Summit on 26 June | PTI

G7 infra plan a lifeline developing nations can’t ignore but first crack this code, like BRI

Silk roads are getting bumpier but Beijing will maximise its pursuit of global leadership as long as it perceives that Washington seeks to deny it any.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


Army personnel give military honours to the soldiers of Territorial Army's infantry 107 battalion who lost their lives in the Manipur Landslide, 2 July 2022, Siliguri | Credits: ANI Photo/ ANI Pic Service

A look at the Territorial Army — The Indian military’s task force hit by the Manipur landslide

The Territorial Army, a part-time military organisation for Indians who may have other jobs, is essentially a volunteer force that can be quickly mobilised in the defence of a state.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.