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Toppling idols is just more ‘strategic madness’ from an election-obsessed BJP

The Sangh Parivar is paranoid of symbols, and with general elections around the corner, it is unlikely that this madness will decline in the next few months.
Nandlal Rajbhar with his wife

UP encounters: ‘Grabbed in front of dad’, killed & the ‘crime of being a low caste crook’

In notorious Azamgarh, the story is the same as the rest of UP. Only here, families allege that caste decides who dies, even if he is a petty criminal.
BJP’s media in-charge Anil Baluni | Facebook

BJP rewards spokespersons, bows to local factors in Rajya Sabha candidates’ list

Other key candidates include a retired army Lt Gen close to Congress’ ex-Haryana CM Hooda, and two of its own general secretaries.

Pranab Mukherjee to start a foundation that will study Constitution, push for smart villages

The former President’s foundation is set to be launched on 15 March in New Delhi, and is being funded by the Tata Foundation.
Amit Shah

Fired up by Tripura, Shah sets sights on Kerala by-election

In the 2011 assembly polls, the BJP secured 4 per cent of the total votes in the constituency. In 2016, it got 30 per cent, but lost to CPI(M).

Protect Indian languages, end preference to English, says RSS

Decline in the use of Indian language words, use of words of foreign languages is a serious challenge, says top decision-making body of RSS.

I will monitor fight against corruption daily, says Tripura’s new BJP chief minister Deb

Biplab Deb defends party against criticism on the Lenin statue issue, says ‘we don’t believe in vandalism’.

Former Delhi HC CJ says ‘unfair’ of Centre to block elevation of Uttarakhand chief justice

Justice A.P. Shah also says 4 judges who have questioned Chief Justice of India didn’t breach any code of conduct and had instead upheld constitutional values.

UP encounters: A thug who was ‘mentally unstable & begging’, a ‘rushed’ midnight cremation

Not far from Delhi, the police seem to be targeting dormant criminals, who are easy targets, to win rewards or to prove that crime is being curbed.
Indian Navy on board a naval ship

China has no reason to be angry about India’s naval exercise MILAN, Beijing still controls the region

Chinese reports in the ‘Global Times’ have portrayed MILAN as an inflammatory tactic, aimed at ‘spreading tensions from the land to the sea’

On Camera

Kota

India pioneered TV education, but smartphone classes during Covid let down its poor students

Trauma faced by students for being able to afford smartphones and laptops for online classes could have been avoided if the govt implemented the DTH scheme.
HDFC Ltd chairman Deepak Parekh

Why loan restructuring is any day better than a moratorium — HDFC’s Deepak Parekh explains

Deepak Parekh says at ThePrint’s ‘Off The Cuff’ that by giving a loan moratorium, the RBI is creating a problem for later on.

Defence

Women Army Officers outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi on 17 February (for representation only)

Army to call special selection board to screen women officers for permanent commission

Some women officers said the process is still ambiguous and more clarity is needed as many have been asked to undergo a junior command course next month.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.