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Ajit Jogi played in Congress’ big-boy league, convinced each camp he was their ‘utility’ man

Ajit Jogi liked telling tales about ‘Diggy raja’, whom he loved to hate, but couldn't achieve much in MP politics. Luck finally smiled on him with Chhattisgarh's creation in 2000.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during Dussehra celebrations, at Dwarka in New Delhi. | PTI

RSS had a swagger under Vajpayee. Former pracharak Modi has tamed it

Labour reforms in BJP-ruled UP and MP drew a whimper of a protest from RSS labour wing, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh. Then Gujarat and Goa followed suit.
File image of BJP leaders (from left) Narendra Modi, L.K. Advani and Amit Shah at a 2019 function | Photo: PTI

From 2 Lok Sabha seats to 18 crore members, 10 biggest milestones of BJP’s 40-year journey

Beginning with less than 8% votes in 1984, the BJP has formed the central govt 5 times, and now rules India with a commanding 303-seat majority.

How is Modi’s BJP different from the one founded by Advani-Vajpayee 40 years ago?

Forty years ago, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani founded BJP. Today it's led by Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo, who have won two general elections with full majority.
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Praised by Vajpayee, chosen by Modi, Harsh Vardhan will be tested by coronavirus

Is Harsh Vardhan up for what could be the biggest test of his political – and perhaps also medical – career? BJP's search for a Delhi face is not over yet.
Sheep in Ladakh | Representational image | Flickr

1965 – The year China accused Indian troops of stealing 800 sheep and 59 yaks

1965 was a year of heightened diplomatic sensitivities and brittle India-China relations, writes Probal Dasgupta in his new book Watershed 1967.
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Eyes moist, heavy voice: Atal Bihari Vajpayee was helpless after meeting 10 Kashmiri Pandits

Former IAS officer Jarnail Singh writes in his book 'With Four Prime Ministers' about the meeting former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee had with Kashmiri Pandits.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Vajpayee-Advani to Modi-Shah: This was India’s decade of political power duos

If Advani was the Loh Purush, Vajpayee was the Vikas Purush, the Hriday Samrat. But the question arises: is Modi the real Loh Purush or is it Amit Shah?

Why Vajpayee govt chose to swap 3 terrorists with 160 passengers of IC 814 two decades ago

For 55 minutes, when it seemed that the hijacked plane could land in Amritsar, the crisis management group in Delhi acted without urgency.
Description board of project Rohtang Tunnel at Solang, Himachal Pradesh. | Commons

‘Atal Tunnel’ will change fortunes, help promote tourism, says PM Modi

Once opened, the Rohtang tunnel will provide all-weather connectivity to remote border areas of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh which are otherwise cut off from the rest of the country during winters.

On Camera

Budget 2020 is now useless. Modi govt must present a new one

Covid has ensured Modi govt won’t meet 20% growth in tax collection target. That would be a terrible assumption to make in a pandemic-hit economy.

Can schools & students be trusted with Covid norms or should classes begin as curve flattens?

Over two lakh parents across India have opposed the Ministry of Home Affairs’ plan to reopen schools in July.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Chinese troops present in sizeable numbers at LAC, India has done what’s needed: Rajnath

Defence Minister says India and China perceive LAC differently, leading to regular jostling; Beijing ‘should seriously deliberate’ and resolve the issue amicably.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.