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A graphic featuring Jawaharlal Nehru, Narendra Modi, and Atal Bihari Vajpayee | Siddhant Gupta | ThePrint

Would Nehru have more Twitter followers than Modi? Decoding personality traits of Indian PMs

In ‘Narcissus or Machiavelli’, Nishant Uppal writes that American scholars have established personality-behaviour linkages for US presidents, but none exist for Indian PMs.
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Morarji Desai had stolen PMO documents. Was set to reveal classified secrets

In his memoir 'A Rude Life', journalist Vir Sanghvi recounts gripping details of politicians, actors, public figures and the media landscape.
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India needed a crisis to reform. It got one in 1991, thanks to Nehru & Indira’s Soviet model

India’s turn to a centrally planned economy began in the 1950s under PM Jawaharlal Nehru. But by 1991, the economy came to a grinding halt and faced a massive crisis.
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West read Emergency wrong. India’s democracy mattered little to US, UK, Russia

Archival documents on the Emergency show the incredible ease with which national capitals across the world pivoted to the new realities of India’s constitutional autocracy.
A street vendor carries Bangladeshi national flags in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s freedom wasn’t all about Indian military. Public diplomacy played a huge role

India's efforts to end the 1971 Bangladesh crisis is remembered as a great strategic and diplomatic triumph. But little is known about the role played by civil society members.

Nehru went to cabinet on Kashmir, but Modi’s decision-making is different

For a leader, the ability to take decisions speedily is a virtue but equally important is to weigh in the possible consequences.
File photo of former Congress MP Captain Satish Sharma at an election rally in Rae Bareli | Photo: PTI

Capt Satish Sharma, the Gandhi family loyalist who wasn’t apologetic about luxuries in life

Former Union minister & Congress MP Capt Satish Sharma died in Goa, where he had been residing for the past few years, Wednesday night.
Motilal Vora (right, front) with Sonia Gandhi and other Congress leaders | File photo

Motilal Vora, the Gandhi family loyalist, ‘uncle’ figure & chronicler of Congress history

Vora, who died Monday aged 93, had been with the Congress since Indira Gandhi’s time. He was considered among the most 'consistent and loyal' party workers.
Indira Gandhi

Plea seeks 1975 Emergency proclamation be held unconstitutional, SC issues notice to Centre

A 94-year-old has filed the petition, citing her personal experience of her family's rights being infringed upon. Supreme Court says prima facie, it doesn't see any merit in case. 
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‘The walls are closing in again’ – Why I’m losing hope in India

A disturbing arbitrariness has crept into policymaking, institutions have decayed and the economy’s structural deficiencies have worsened.

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A black rhino being airlifted

Why scientists are hanging rhinos upside-down from helicopters

We need to protect rhinos. And this experiment has already won the 2021 Ig Nobel Transportation Prize.
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Advent to buy Eureka Forbes from Shapoorji Pallonji Group for Rs 4,400 cr

The sale provides an opportunity for the Shapoorji Pallonji Group to reduce debt and focus on core real estate operations after its businesses were hammered by the pandemic.

Defence

Representative image | From left to right: File photo of Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, Army chief Manoj Mukund Naravane, Navy chief Karambir Singh and Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Defence ministry plans uniform retirement age for army, navy & air force, more years of service

The move is expected to help cut salary, pension bills & address issues of re-employment & staff shortage. India is the world's third-largest defence spender, but much of it is on wages.

Modi at 71 has zero challenge. But one CM is emulating him, a divisive, rising BJP star

Yogi has put high command in a tough situation. If he doesn’t win UP next year, it will set back BJP’s prospects in 2024. If he wins, it will be seen as his win as much as theirs.
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