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Police personnel guard the statue of rationalist leader E V Ramasamy, popularly known as 'Periyar', in Chennai | PTI

Periyar’s legacy serves as a reminder for Dravidian parties to be caste conscious

After he quit Congress, Periyar joined the Justice Party that was later named Dravidar Kazhagam; he was associated with the Self-Respect Movement.
CM Siddaramaiah unveiling the state flag | Twitter

Karnataka has unveiled its own flag: Is it legal and why does it want one?

Many see Siddaramaiah's unveiling of a state flag as a political decision ahead of the state elections.
A Delhi Police constable in New Delhi | PTI

Today is International Women’s Day, but many Indians celebrate it on 13 February

Many Indian groups celebrate Women's Day on the birth anniversary of this remarkable woman freedom fighter instead.
Punjab National Banks South Mumbai branch. | PTI / Shashank Parade

PNB’s long journey from being the first swadeshi bank to the Nirav Modi fraud

The image of Punjab National Bank, whose clientele once included Nehru, Shastri and Indira Gandhi, has taken a major hit with the Nirav Modi fraud.
Sridevi attends the "English Vinglish" premiere

Dubai Police closes case, says Sridevi accidentally drowned after losing consciousness

The Dubai Public Prosecutor's office closed the investigation into Sridevi's death, confirming the forensic report findings that she died of accidental drowning.

‘Do they roam naked?’: Debunking myths about Nagas & India’s oldest separatist movement

ThePrint brings you an explainer on the people and culture of a region, which is witness to India’s oldest separatist movement.
Gulbarga Fort

What you should know about Bahmani empire that the BJP doesn’t want celebrated

The Bahmani sultanate, despite what the BJP believes, influenced Karnataka greatly.
The Mahadayi or Mandovi river

The Mahadayi water war, and why it is again becoming an issue around election season

The dispute with Goa is over 40 years old, and involves Karnataka’s demand for 24 tmcft of water to be diverted from the Mahadayi for its drinking needs.
Immunization

Complete rollout of world’s largest healthcare scheme to take 1.5 years

First phase may be launched on 15 August;, 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres to be set up by 2022.
Screengrab of video showing SPS Rathore at the Panchkula function

The long battle to bring ex-DGP SPS Rathore to justice for molesting Ruchika Girhotra

The former Director General of Police was sentenced to six months in jail for molesting Ruchika Girhotra. That legal battle took over two decades.

On Camera

Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala | Commons

Padmanabhaswamy verdict can reduce the rich temple to go to Communists with a begging bowl

The Supreme Court has also ordered a 25-year audit of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Even scam-tainted promoters or companies have not had to face such long-term audits.
JioGigaFiber

After luring Google & Facebook, Mukesh Ambani plans to build a global digital company

Mukesh Ambani unveiled a slew of services from Jio, including a 5G network as early as next year and a mega video-streaming platform.

Defence

The new SiG 716 G2 rifles in use with the Indian Army | By special arrangement

Rifles, missiles, ammunition, drones — armed forces on shopping spree amid LAC tensions

Unprecedented emergency powers given to armed forces under the capital budget, for purchases of new equipment and systems, are likely to ease bottlenecks.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.