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Profile of a new Hindutva warrior and how ASI is spending more on itself

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint in the last 24 hours.
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ASI spent more on its swanky new office than it did on 3,686 monuments in 2017

An ASI official, however, said the comparison was not fair, since the building's construction was a 'one-time affair'.
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ASI finds corpses, ‘chariots’ at contemporary Harappan site, royalty angle being explored

The discovery in Uttar Pradesh's Sinauli could alter the understanding of contemporary Harappan culture, says Archaeological Society of India; scholars dispute chariot claim.
A image showing the Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain and the inside of the temple.

SC isn’t interfering with worship at Ujjain Mahakaleshwar temple

Temple authority adopts expert recommendations to protect the lingam; court approves but its unofficial gag order leads to confusion.
The government has proposed a new antiquities bill that officials say is a cause for worry

Draft antiquities bill triggers jubilation and alarm

Bill seeks to do away with requirement of a licence for selling antiques; some ASI officials claim government buckled under pressure from art dealers

On Camera

Priyanka Vadra, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Robert Vadra

Not Gandhi dynasty, but a Narasimha Rao-like figure can save the Congress now

The Congress needs someone who can re-build its image and appeal as a credible opposition without totally sidelining the Gandhi family.
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With Lok Sabha elections over, how can India and Pakistan now repair fractured ties?

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering appointing a national security adviser to revive backchannel diplomatic talks with India.

Defence

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RAW & IB chiefs, cabinet & defence secretaries — the key appointments awaiting new govt

The new govt will also appoint the IAF chief after incumbent Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa retires in September. 
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If Pragya Thakur wins this Thursday, Modi is in for an embarrassing 5 years

Never has one constituency had such a bearing on Indian nationalism and the pretence of a Gandhian polity. So what if PM Modi doesn’t forgive her in his heart?