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Modi govt mustn’t hesitate to make Covid vaccine free for Indians. It only costs Rs 80,000 cr

Serum Institute CEO Adar Poonawalla asked if the government is willing to pay Rs 80,000 crore to vaccinate all Indians. The money isn’t such a big deal.
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Cool NRI cousins were once the gateway to the world. Now they’re chanting Mera Hinduism Mahan

An Indian-origin influencer went viral on social media recently for decrying hate against unfair treatment of Hindus and being bullied for wearing a bindi.
An immigration counter at the Indira Gandhi International Airport

With 60% increase, Indians largest diaspora to get Australian citizenship in 2019-20

Out of the over 200,000 people who became Australian citizens in 2019-2020, 38,209 were Indians, followed by 25,011 Britishers, 14,764 Chinese and 8,821 Pakistanis.
A group of people pose for pictures at Marine drive during Cyclone Nisarga, in Mumbai on 3 June 2020 | Shashank Parade | PTI

What pandemic? For some Indians, Unlock 1.0 means Covid crisis is over

As Covid-19 cases continue to rise, some in India are less worried than two months ago. The masks have come off.
A passenger outside the Mumbai international airport | Representational image | PTI

India plans to expand repatriation from 15 May to bring back citizens from more countries

As part of the second phase of repatriation, Indians stuck in Germany, Spain, France, Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia, Thailand, among others, will be brought back.
A liquor shop in Delhi | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Indians bottomed up 40 days of social distancing. Now states count on them to fill coffers

The violation of social distancing norms across India during liquor sale shows the challenges Modi govt has to face ahead once the economy opens up more.
A doctor checks the temperature of a migrant worker as part of the screening process. (representational image) | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Indians seem to have genetic and regional advantages in fight against coronavirus

Epidemiological data indicates Indians may have better chance at fighting coronavirus. But it’s important to keep viral loads in check & below threshold.
Commuters wait for a train at Rajiv Chowk Metro station

Coronavirus or not, Indians still can’t respect personal space

It has been a week since coronavirus has been making headlines but people travelling in Delhi Metro continue to 'share' a fifth of a seat.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump | @narendramodi | Twitter

56% Indians have confidence in Donald Trump, but 48% disapprove of his trade policies: Study

According to a study by Pew Research Center, a significant proportion of Indians feel Donald Trump will do 'the right thing regarding world affairs'.
Joshua Reynolds | George Clive and his Family with an Indian worker | Wikimedia Commons

Manuals for European women, satires, paintings: How British Raj depicted Indian workers

European women residing in India wrote several ‘housewives’ manuals for newcomers. One section specifically focussed on the dos and don’ts with regard to ‘servants’.

On Camera

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
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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.