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Why SC’s ‘collective verdict’ on Babri Masjid is a worrying sign — for judiciary and India

In ‘Demolition and the Verdict’, Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay writes that the SC judgment on Ayodhya civil case raised eyebrows as the five judges were in almost complete agreement.

Making of Bangladesh’s climate-resilient town that could become an alternative to Dhaka

In ‘Race For Tomorrow’, Simon Mundy tells important stories of climate change and the environment around the world.

This is how Deve Gowda went about appointing IAS officers in his PMO

In ‘Furrows In A Field’, Sugata Srinivasaraju writes that Deve Gowda preferred credible and competent officers with diverse caste, religious and linguistic backgrounds.

In Bihar, gram sabha isn’t what you think it is. It’s a ‘Gram Sham’

In 'Last Among Equals', M.R. Sharan gives a glimpse into the ground reality of Bihar's politics, quite literally.

‘Modern institution or madrassa’ – Sir Syed’s fight for Aligarh Muslim University

In 'Aligarh Muslim University', Mohammed Wajihuddin writes about the role of the institution in the ‘making of the modern Indian Muslim’.

‘Senior Indian govt bureaucrat came and told me to go slow on NRC’: Ranjan Gogoi

In ‘Justice for the Judge’, former Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi gives a no-holds-barred account of his tenure in Supreme Court— from the ‘infamous’ press conference, sexual harassment allegation to NRC.

Before Deve Gowda, VP Singh was asked to be PM of United Front. He hid in his flat, car

In ‘Disruptor’, Debashish Mukerji writes that in 1996, United Front leaders chased VP Singh to be the PM for a second time. But he went into hiding.

Is ‘Vithal’ Shiva or Krishna? A Sant settled it & started 700-yr-old pilgrimage to Pandharpur

In ‘Where The Gods Dwell’, Neelesh Kulkarni writes that Vithal is, to his devotees, not a distant God but a friend and companion who is also a loved equal.

MHA’s telegram to Kerala that sums up the Indian State’s relationship with religion

In 'Governance by Stealth', Subrata K. Mitra examines the durability and roles of India's Ministry of Home Affairs.

Indian voters care about ideas. But they are not telling pollsters that

In ‘Whole Numbers and Half Truths’, Rukmini S writes why journalists can’t capture motivation of voters.

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Neeraj Chopra won Gold at Tokyo Olympics in 2021 | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Armed forces’ ‘sports for wellness’ rule cost India. Time to bring back ‘gladiator sportsmen’

Until 1970s, Indian armed forces allowed units to spare military training for some men to help them focus only on sports. Then came the outcry to ban sports competitions.
Reserve Bank of India building in Mumbai | Photographer: Kanishka Sonthalia | Bloomberg

Exotic forex derivatives make comeback in India as RBI pushes to deepen markets

RBI allowed lenders to offer derivative products this month. Banks like ICICI Bank & Axis Bank sold barrier forex options to customers including Reliance Industries & Supreme Petrochem.

Defence

File photo of IAF drone seen flying in Leh on 18 Nov 2020 | ANI

Indian firm gets foothold in prized global ‘kamikaze’ and armed drones market

Global demand for loitering munition & armed drones saw a jump after Azerbaijan was able to defeat superior Armenian armed forces in 2020 with the help of these systems.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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