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(From left to right) Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, BSP supremo Mayawati and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. | Photo: ThePrint

How Mayawati, Priyanka or Akhilesh could defeat Yogi Adityanath in Uttar Pradesh in 2022

The challenge before the three opposition leaders in UP is to convert a four-cornered contest into a two-cornered one.
Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra before they were detained while on their way to Hathras in UP, on 1 October 2020 | Congress | Twitter

Taking BJP on Hathras easy for Rahul, Mayawati, Akhilesh. But on Babri case, they won’t talk

Babri and Hathras are not either/or battles. If one is about giving voice to women and Dalits, the other is about Muslims. Both need to be fought.
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav with Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati | PTI

Mayawati, Akhilesh vocal on Hathras gang rape but quiet on Babri demolition verdict 

Both SP and BSP leaders say their party’s official stand on the Babri Masjid verdict is yet to come out.
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Another gang rape-death of UP Dalit woman surfaces, in Balrampur, amid Hathras outrage

A 22-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly gang-raped by two men in Balrampur Tuesday. Family alleges she had sustained broken bones, but police say there weren't any such injuries.
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Samajwadi Party moves to hashtag politics, Akhilesh ‘monitoring’ #NoMoreBJP, other campaigns

Apart from its usual strategy of aggressively hitting the streets to protest, Samajwadi Party is now also seeking to bolster its online campaigns to counter BJP on several issues.
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Akhilesh Yadav’s politics has fallen silent. ‘UP ka ladka’ must hit the headlines

Akhilesh Yadav has vanished. Even the more erratic and prone-to-disappearing Rahul Gandhi is sustaining an aggressive campaign against Modi.
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BJP acting in vengeful way against youth, says Akhilesh on decision to hold NEET, JEE exams

In an open letter, SP leader Akhilesh Yadav said BJP has forgotten people are out of homes due to compulsion and now are forcing those who are inside to come out in the name of exams.
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To understand UP’s U-turn from Bahujans to Brahmins, last 3 elections are key

The ongoing clamour in Uttar Pradesh to become the voice of the Brahmins shows the diminishing returns of focusing solely on Bahujan politics.
A file photo of Akhilesh Yadav, president of the Samajwadi Party

Opposing Ram in 1990s was easy. Yadavs’ secularism will be tested with Krishna in 2020

BJP's Krishna janmabhoomi movement in Mathura will be an agni-pariksha for cow-belt leaders such as Tejashwi Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav.
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SP, BJP, Congress — A guide to how Rahul Gandhi can renew aging party

The Congress is in the middle of a battle of generations again. But Sanjay and Rajiv Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav and Modi can give the party a few lessons.

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Plastic pollution in water bodies

Banning glitter is not going to save the oceans

Humans release 1.5 million tons of primary microplastics into the ocean annually, a sum equivalent to one disgorged plastic bag for every person each week.

Karnataka High Court stops Franklin Templeton debt funds closure without investor consent

Franklin Templeton shut six of its fixed-income and credit-risk funds run in India in April, locking in Rs 308 billion of investor monies following a liquidity crisis.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.