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Ladakh stand-off is a wake-up call on the power imbalance between India and China

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
Lack of social distancing measures as people queue up at Golden Temple. | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Lack of public discipline behind Rajkot Covid spike and no mask, distancing at Golden Temple

A recap of some of the best on-ground reporting of the Covid-19 pandemic from ThePrint’s reporters and photojournalists.

‘God won’t let anything happen to us’ — No masks, social distancing at Golden Temple amid Covid

Devotees fail to wear masks or maintain 6-foot distance at Golden Temple in Amritsar. Even the sewadars, granthis and those distributing langar not seen following Covid-19 protocols.
A sewadar gives prasad to a devotee at Golden Temple. None of them is wearing a mask. | Photo: Praveen Jain/ThePrint

No 6-ft distance, no masks, no screening — how Golden Temple is operating in pandemic

The Golden Temple had remained open even during the lockdown. There was no distribution of prasad during that period, amid far fewer visitors.
File photo of the Golden Temple in Amritsar

MHA allows Amritsar group to accept foreign funds to run langar for Golden temple devotees

With the granting of the FCRA registration, the organisation can now take foreign contributions to help run langar services and help the poor and needy.
File photo of the Golden Temple in Amritsar

Saunf bowls at restaurants, prasad at temples: Indian traditions in a post-Covid world

In India, physical contact with others is practically a given — be it a quick stop for gol gappas or prasad at a temple. But post-Covid, this could change.
File photo of the Golden Temple in Amritsar

Guru Arjan Dev, the martyr whose death changed the course of Sikhism

The fifth Sikh guru, credited with compiling the Adi Granth, was a staunch advocate of tolerance, equality and pluralism.
File photo of the Golden Temple in Amritsar

Congress, SAD come out in support of SGPC ban on TikTok videos inside Golden Temple

The SGPC had last week prohibited making TikTok videos inside the Harmandar Sahib after a clip shot inside the temple by a girl went viral on social media. 
File photo of the Golden Temple in Amritsar

No TikTok inside Golden Temple, SGPC warns after dance videos shot at Sikh shrine go viral

SGPC, the apex religious body of Sikhs, has pasted posters inside Golden Temple complex, warning devotees not to shoot TikTok videos.
File photo of the Golden Temple in Amritsar

Punjab assembly breaks glass ceiling, calls for women to perform kirtan at Golden Temple

Punjab assembly passes resolution urging Sikh bodies, the Akal Takht and SGPC, to allow women to perform kirtans.

On Camera

Why French President Macron’s clash of civilisations with Islam is misguided

Macron seems oblivious to a deepening problem at home: The old French model, which claimed to be superior to all social systems, is unsuited to an increasingly multi-ethnic society.

Revival in demand & business activity push Indian economy’s animal spirits up in September

Economists attributed the recovery to pent-up demand after a strict lockdown imposed in March hit the consumption of goods and services.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the biannual Army Commanders Conference in New Delhi Wednesday | Indian Army

China lacks ‘honest intent’, be prepared for any eventuality, Rajnath Singh tells Army

Speaking in Delhi, the Defence Minister told military commanders that the government will strongly back reforms in the armed forces including setting up of theatre commands.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.