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Former president Pranab Mukherjee (R) speaks as Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora looks on, during the first 'Sukumar Sen Memorial Lecture series', as part of tribute to India's first Chief Election Commissioner, at Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra in New Delhi, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. | PTI

Present wave of peaceful protests will deepen India’s democratic roots: Pranab Mukherjee

The former president said while India's tryst with democracy needs to be told time and again, 'complacency' enables authoritarian tendencies to gain ground.
Muslims protest against CAB and NRC in Howrah district of West Bengal on 13 December

Political turmoil to be the ‘new normal’ for the world in 2020, risk firm says

Verisk Maplecroft predicts ‘continued turmoil in 2020’ due to demonstrations & governments ill-prepared to address underlying social grievances.

Modi-Shah deserve acclaim for CAA, instead being attacked due to a conspiracy: Adityanath

Addressing a pro-CAA rally, Uttar Pradesh CM Adityanath said forces from 'afar' were resentful towards India and are using 'crooked' opposition parties to stir trouble.
West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh

‘Will be shot like in UP’ — Dilip Ghosh warns those involved in damaging public property

The West Bengal BJP chief slammed Mamata Banerjee for 'not opening fire and ordering lathicharge' on those allegedly destroying govt property during anti-CAA protests.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Praveen Jain/The Print

Narendra Modi is losing his political mojo

Urban India has put Modi on notice. His days of being India’s unifier are over: From now on he’ll have to keep one eye on the streets of his cities.
A student holds up a 'Free Kashmir' poster at a protest in St. Stephen's college, New Delhi. | Twitter

Delhi Police likely to act against student holding Kashmir poster at St Stephen’s protest

The woman was seen holding a poster that says ‘Kashmir Aazad Karo’ during a protest at St Stephen’s college against JNU violence, CAA.
Tamil writer, Nellai Kannan arrested

Tamil orator jailed for remarks against Modi and Shah ‘makes comments for cheap publicity’

Acquaintances of orator Nellai Kannan, also a former Congress leader, say he believes ‘provocation will make people listen to him.
Police personnel trying to douse a fire during anti-CAA protest in Muzaffarnagar on 20 Decembe

46 persons served notices for damaging public property in Muzaffarnagar anti-CAA protest

Authorities found the accused ‘involved’ in vandalism during an anti-CAA protest on 20 December. They have been asked to reply by 9 January.
Brick-bats lie on a road as Anti-CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) protestors clash with the police at Seelampur in New Delhi, Tuesday. | PTI

Delhi court grants interim bail to two in Seelampur violence case on medical grounds

Yusuf Ali and Moinuddin were granted bail for three weeks subject to each of them furnishing of a bail bond of Rs 20,000.
A 'Rangoli' against CAA and NRC seen outside the residence of the DMK President M K Stalin, in Chennai, Monday morning, Dec. 30, 2019. | PTI

Anti-CAA ‘kolam’ outside DMK chief MK Stalin’s house day after 8 detained for the same

Stalin had slammed the police and hit out at the AIADMK government after 8 people were detained briefly on Sunday for staging a CAA protest with kolams/rangolis.

On Camera

File image of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

Jaishankar’s moment to help Modi reset ties with Bangladesh, bury Shah’s ‘termite’ episode

Modi realises the India-Bangladesh relationship is special and wants to refurbish the bond that has been fraying since Amit Shah described illegal Bangladeshis as 'termites'.

Tata woos investors for digital platform as it seeks to compete with Jio, Amazon, Flipkart

Tata Sons is working with advisers to explore bringing in financial or strategic investors, including global tech companies, for its new digital entity.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh releases the New Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) at the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, in New Delhi on 28 September 2020 | @DefenceMinIndia | Twitter

Govt scraps offset policy for govt-to-govt deals, allows leasing of defence equipment

The new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, which was unveiled by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday and kicks in on 1 October, also cuts down procurement time.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.