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How Nehru’s friend Jayanti Dharma Teja went from Lutyens’ darling to international fugitive

Before Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, and Mehul Choksi, there was Jayanti Dharma Teja — scientist, shipping magnate, and alleged scamster who led the Indian government on a wild spin.

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.

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PM Modi pays tribute to Dr Rajendra Prasad on his birth anniversary

What explains Modi’s silence as states fight on, relations with Centre...

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Whether it's Karnataka-Maharahstra or Assam-Meghalaya, Modi govt's reluctance to get dragged into border disputes is self-defeating.
A cashier checks Indian rupee notes inside a room at a fuel station in Ahmedabad | Reuters file image

Rupee falls to 81.75 against dollar, loss on stop losses and...

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The rupee was down 0.5% to the dollar and has been an underperformer among Asian peers. The offshore Chinese yuan was up 0.9%, leading Asian currencies higher.

Defence

Russian President Vladimir Putin with Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Photo Credit - Reuters)

In western arms sanctions on Russia, China’s arms industry could stand...

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The arms export embargoes on Moscow could create an opportunity for Beijing to supply arms to countries like Myanmar, which are heavily dependent on Russian arms.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Gujarat election is anything but dull. BJP’s political neurosis about AAP...

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Gujarat is the only state where Modi is directly in contention. Even if he wins, the team that runs him closest has much to gain.