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Accept 4 truths to counter BJP hegemony. They offer a formula to reclaim republic in 2024

The BJP may enjoy ideological dominance today, but counter-hegemonic politics has deeper cultural resources. If we are determined and intelligent, we shall win.

First Lady of ISIS, now ‘the other woman’ of US Rep, Tania Joya got lucky unlike many others

The question of repatriating ISIS members looms large—but if Tania Joya’s story is anything to go by, there was never a bomb under her burqa.

Narendra Modi is going to be around for a long time. Get used to it

Political parties have access to better and more detailed polls than we do. But, except for the BJP, they hardly ever pay them the attention they deserve.

Abki baar, lower the bar: How BJP won UP again with just rashan, bhashan, prashasan & emotion

What worked is that the BJP under Modi, Amit Shah and Adityanath have spun the aspiration of the people into something they feel but not see.

Why did Tamil merchants build Hindu temples in China? Answer lies in commerce

Indian Ocean history is full of violence. What's important is that its peoples developed long-term commercial strategies through diplomacy.

Films, YouTube, Ambedkar — Pa Ranjith is building a new world and it won’t be sidelined

Pa Ranjith is revolutionising the mainstream and he will not just stop at films — he now has YouTube shows on Dalit food, a media platform, library on Ambedkar, and a band with Arivu.

Peshawar attack shows Islamic State has come home — in arms of jihadists Imran Khan embraces

Throughout his years as PM, Imran Khan coddled the religious far-Right. Now it’s dragging Pakistan into abyss of sectarian warfare.

Ticket out of despair: How agents fuel the boom in Indians wanting to study medicine abroad

Networks of agents across cities and villages profit from aspirations and fears of medical aspirants. But with odds stacked against students in India, they represent hope to many.

This Gurugram village ditched agriculture for sports years ago. Now it’s reaping the benefits

15 years ago, Baliawas was like any other village in Gurugram, next to the oasis of development but carrying on with farming to sustain itself. Now it earns, and dreams, differently.

Preferential access, split-second info advantage: How NSE servers were ‘compromised for gain’

CBI has arrested ex-NSE chief Chitra Ramakrishna in bourse manipulation case, for ‘sharing’ crucial and confidential info with an individual she called ‘Himalayan yogi’.

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China curbs social media presence of Lankan embassy after its vessel was denied entry to Hambantota

Don’t just ‘keep a watch’ on China’s spy ship at Sri Lankan port. Emulate the enemy

China has made a larger point about the power shift in Indian Ocean region by docking the missile and satellite tracking ship Yuan Wang 5 at Hambantota Port.
Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.

Defence

Su-57, the Russian 5th generation fighter aircraft Photo by Snehesh Alex Philip

Russia wants to build next generation tanks, submarines with India

As the second regiment of the S-400 Triumf air defence system starts getting delivered, Russia said it expects the serial production of AK 203 rifles in Amethi to begin in late 2022-early 2023.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.
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