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Coronation of George V in India, 1911 | Wikimedia Commons

When it comes to British rule, rich, powerful Indians were complicit every step of the way

In ‘Peace, Poverty and Betrayal’, Roderick Matthews writes that the initial strategy of the British in India was ‘oblige and rule’.

YourTurn/SubscriberWrites: Why we must defend everyone’s right to disagree, but not let it divide us beyond repair

Thank you dear subscribers, we are overwhelmed with your response. Your Turn is a unique section from ThePrint featuring points of view from its subscribers. If you are a subscriber, have a point of view, please send it to us. If not, do subscribe here: https://theprint.in/subscribe/ The intolerance to listen to opposing views is creating a divide in society that threatens our pluralism  In one of the popular Netflix shows, "Sacred Games," the character "Guruji" chants "Aham Brahamasmi," which translates into "I am the ultimate energy." In the show's context, those who recite this phrase believe that they are the absolute reality. If we look around the debates that we see today, we can see a similar belief.  A belief that I am right and what I know is the ultimate truth. There is no room for putting forward a different perspective in such an environment, and it is creating an unrepairable divide within...

Some Indian govt actions inconsistent with its democratic values, says top US official

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Dean Thompson made the remarks during a Congressional hearing on Democracy in the Indo-Pacific on Wednesday.
Representational image | Women stitch the Indian national flag for Independence Day, at Khadi Gramodyog Samyukta centre, Hubli | PTI

India’s most pressing challenge now is to shift the middle ground: Yogendra Yadav

Our cultural policies and politics must be guided by the quest for the Indian modernity that characterised our freedom struggle — not shallow or defensive ones.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | PIB

Every election now is a plebiscite on Modi. India’s party system is crumbling

If democracy is to survive Modi and Hindutva, we need two ideas of India.

What will India be like in 2030? New book tries to understand how this decade will pan out

Published by Rupa Publications, the book 'Decisive Decade' by Kiran Karnik will be launched on 2 June on ThePrint's ‘SoftCover’.
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SubscriberWrites: ‘Democracy 2.0’ — A new definition of democracy is needed in changing times

Civilisation constantly evolves and political definitions must evolve with them. Deepesh Salgia offers three new definitions for 'Democracy 2.0'
PM Narendra Modi | File photo: PIB

Vishwaguru to burning front pages – Modi’s festival of democracy is taking a beating

At the turn of the 21st century, India told the world that it no longer needed foreign aid. That India has been eclipsed by pictures of pyres on front pages.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March 2021 | Twitter @BJP4India

Bengal has stopped BJP’s Ashvamedha yagna — and given India an opportunity

Even in the victory, Indians must admit that the factors responsible for the BJP’s humiliating defeat in Bengal and Kerala do not add up to a grand story of reclaiming democracy.
Members of Dalit community display a portrait of Bhim Rao Ambedkar during 'Bharat Bandh' in New Delhi | PTI

Ambedkar said tyranny of majority is no democracy. Indians must read him again

Don’t just celebrate Ambedkar’s birthday. Follow the democracy he envisioned for India.

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File image of Reliance Industries chief Mukesh Ambani | Photo: Bloomberg

Mukesh Ambani says there is ‘no option’ but to make businesses green

The pivot towards a greener, cleaner version of itself won’t be an easy one for Reliance industries, which got about 60% of revenue from its hydrocarbon-fueled energy operations in FY20-21.

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Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, head of the Indian Air Force | Photo: ANI

Induction of Rafale aircraft into Indian Air Force to take place by 2022, says IAF Chief

IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria also said that some deliveries from France have been ahead of time, while minor delays happened with 'one or two' aircraft due to Covid-related issues.

China’s Wuhan story unravels as world’s finest, including from India, nail Covid lab-leak proof

The global hunt for where the virus behind pandemic came from shows science, democracy and a sense of inquiry can overcome politics, ideology and omerta codes.