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File photo of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor | PTI

By siding with Sabarimala devotees, Shashi Tharoor has failed the liberal in him

Shashi Tharoor has displayed the dexterity and flexibility of a skillful politician by making a U-turn on Sabarimala.
File photo of Sabarimala temple | PTI

How saviours of Ayyappa are gaslighting women over Sabarimala

Religion and God are often used as pawns for negotiating behaviour, for justifying actions, thoughts and beliefs.
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What Kerala’s communists stand to gain from two women entering Sabarimala

The women — Bindu, a lawyer, and Kanakdurga, who works with the state govt, entered the inner sanctum of Sabarimala shrine early Wednesday.
Agasthyamuni idol at Agasthyarkootam, Kerala | Commons

Another Sabarimala-like crisis is brewing in Kerala

Neyyar tribals are up in arms against a HC verdict that allows women trekkers on Agasthyarkoodam peak as they believe it to be the abode of a celibate god.
The chief priest opens the 'sanctum sanctorum' of the Sabarimala temple, Nov 2018 | PTI

If Supreme Court has to intervene at Sabarimala, it must do so for all religions

On Sabarimala, Supreme Court cannot force Hindus to abandon traditions that cause no harm.

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Rahul Gandhi at the press conference | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Communists who once sided with BJP now irked over no alliance with Congress in West Bengal

With a chequered history, where the Left Front had ‘aligned’ with the BJP, it is impossible for the CPM cadre to adjust themselves with the Congress.

Rahul Gandhi’s Rs 72,000 income pledge: Are populist freebies the only way to win elections?

Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday pledged to give Rs 12,000 per month to every family in India if the Congress is voted to power in the 2019 elections.

Defence

A Chinook helicopter

India inducts Chinook helicopters, adds muscle to military along China border

Each Chinook helicopter can lift 45 soldiers, artillery guns or even light armoured vehicles to high altitudes. It can also fly through narrow mountain valleys.
National Interest

Why Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is in danger of morphing into a clueless NGO

Congress has questions but no answers, ‘leaders’ but no winners. Weeks before polls, it’s behaving like a virtuous, anti-establishment NGO just doing its thing.