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Sri Lanka declares emergency after authorities confirm 7 suicide bombers involved

The Sri Lankan government said it won't disclose the details of the 24 arrested suspects to prevent them from getting publicity.

Morarji Desai, the prime minister for whom time in PMO was ‘tougher than prison’

Morarji Desai, India's first non-Congress PM, was the only Indian who won the Bharat Ratna & Pakistan's highest civilian award — the Nishan-e-Pakistan. 
File photo of Indira Gandhi with younger son Sanjay Gandhi | Keystone/Getty Images

Kissa Kursee Ka: A parody that sent Sanjay Gandhi to jail and laid bare Indian politics

Directed by Congress and Janata Party MP Amrit Nahata, Kissa Kursee Ka was made during the Emergency, and irked the Gandhi clan like nothing else.
Priyanka Vadra, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Robert Vadra

Grand old party of Indian politics has sadly been taken captive by a dynasty: Arun Jaitley

The finance minister also said that the ‘slave’ mentality of senior leaders in Congress makes them sing the song scripted by the dynast.
Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed

President who took a tranquiliser after signing away India’s democratic rights to Indira

On the 42nd death anniversary of former president Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, a look at his career-defining moment that warped India's democracy.
George Fernandes with Arun Nehru (C)

George Fernandes was born a Lohiaite, and died one, says Arun Jaitley

George Fernandes was an extra-ordinary leader, a Parliamentarian that many dreaded facing, and above all, a dissenter, Union minister Arun Jaitley wrote in memory of him.
In this Dec 30, 2004 photo the then JD (U) President George Fernandes briefs the media after visiting the Tsunami affected areas in New Delhi | PTI

George Fernandes, the socialist who wanted to be a priest but ended up a rebel

George Fernandes was a trailblazer of sorts in politics, making socialism fashionable for an entire generation of Indians.

Congress’ behaviour in Karnataka makes no political sense

ThePrint view on the most important issues, instantly.
Suchitra Sen and Sanjeev Kumar in a still from Aandhi | YouTube

With 2019 elections approaching, Gulzar’s Aandhi is the film to watch again

Suchitra Sen and Sanjeev Kumar-starrer Aandhi was banned by Indira Gandhi govt during the Emergency.

The cruel truth is that Jayaprakash Narayan was let down by his own followers

On JP’s 116th birth anniversary, reposting my trip down memory lane to 1977-78, and conspiracy theories about why his health deteriorated in the Emergency era.

On Camera

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Is AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal also guilty of treating Muslims as an unthinking votebank?

Days after Delhi voted in the Lok Sabha elections, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal said the Muslim vote “shifted” to the Congress at the last minute.

Defence

A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA

Break-in at IAF’s Paris office handling Rafale procurement, cops probe espionage angle

The IAF's office in Paris houses the team that coordinates with Dassault Aviation on manufacture of Rafale jets and the weapons package onboard the aircraft.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.