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Rahul Gandhi’s citizenship row a desperate headline-hunting attempt by Modi & Shah

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Minister Dharmendra Pradhan ‘abused me, forced me’ to quit NSDC – Indian Army veteran

An Indian Army veteran who joined Skill India writes that Dharmendra Pradhan was not pleased when he was questioned in keeping with rules he had himself laid down.
Women officers in the Indian Army

Army opens ‘risky’ roles for women but Indian Navy won’t have women sailors anytime soon

Indian Navy is examining ways to induct women sailors, but officials say 'infrastructure in not adequate' currently for such a move.
Women officer contingent of the Indian Army | Getty Images

Army begins process to induct women as military police for the first time

The move comes nearly two years after Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said the armed force would begin recruiting women as jawans.

Maharashtra’s ‘military village’ says no one cares for it even in this ‘Balakot election’

Every family of Apshinge village has someone in the Army, but veterans here say soldiers today are just political pawns and Modi shouldn’t ask for votes in the name of Balakot.
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Maneka Gandhi’s ‘Dyer’ warning for Muslim voters, and varying ‘degrees’ in poll heat

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Mother questions Army’s Shaurya Chakra process, says ‘unsung hero better than insulted one’

Meghna Girish wants to know why a recommendation for Shaurya Chakra for her son Major Girish, killed in 2016 in J&K, was changed to an official report mentioning a soldier's gallant action.
Indian soldiers

Swift & sustained retaliation — what Indian Army is discussing at commanders’ meet

In address to top commanders, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat highlighted the changing threats India faces and his vision to counter them.
Dhanush, also known as the 'Desi Bofors' on display at the event | Ministry of Defence

Indian Army gets some indigenous firepower as it inducts ‘Desi Bofors’ Dhanush today

The Gun Carriage Factory in Jabalpur handed over 5 of the 114 guns that the Army has ordered.
Indian Army soldiers | Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

Terrorists barge into Army jawan’s home & kill him in Jammu & Kashmir’s Sopore

Police said Army jawan Mohammad Rafi Yatoo, who sustained multiple gunshot wounds, was rushed to a hospital but died of his injuries.

On Camera

A file photo of 19th century singer-performer Bangalore Nagarathnamma

Bangalore Nagarathnamma, the singer who took to Sanskrit and feminism in 19th Century India

European record companies participated with artists like Nagarathnamma, a devadasi, at a time Indian society hounded them in name of morality.
elections

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

Defence

An AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force

IAF workhorse AN-32 gets a fuel that’s green and creates jobs for tribals

The IAF will now run its AN-32 transport aircraft on a blended bio-fuel partly derived from trees. It plans to widen the experiment over the next two years.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi era begins in politics as caste factor fades. Here’s why he won’t be easy to beat

BJP's Mandir politics has subsumed Mandal under Modi-Shah and created a pan-Hindu vote. Modi's challenger has to invent a new politics.