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Interim president Sonia Gandhi and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi at the recent CWC meeting

Haksar’s advice to Indira Gandhi can help Sonia steer Congress in the right direction

Aspirational India is not looking for a wishy-washy, half-time leader. The Congress needs professional, committed and worthy politicians, not part-time dynasts.
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Morarji Desai saw this letter from Indira Gandhi as a brazen attack on his self-respect and resigned

In Morarji Desai: A Profile in Courage, Arvindar Singh writes about how 1969 was a turning point in Morarji’s life and in the history of India.
UP anti-CAA protest and police

UP Police didn’t become anti-Muslim under Yogi. Look at secular Congress’ bloody past

It was 1972 and Indira Gandhi was the PM and HM. Muslims were protesting a law curtailing autonomy of AMU. And then secular Congress set a template for state action.
Madhu Dandavate

Madhu Dandavate — two inches of foam that he gifted Indians and the letters he wrote

A physicist first and a politician later, Madhu Dandavate did not hold back from speaking truth to power. On his 96th birth anniversary, a look back at his legacy.
JNU students during a protest in New Delhi. | Photo: ANI

Indira Gandhi vs Morarji Desai: How JNU was at the centre of battle to capture academia

Under Indira Gandhi, JNU turned a deep shade of red because of curricula and faculty chosen by Education Minister Syed Nurul Hasan from a pool of pro-CPI teachers.
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How a case on Minerva Mills challenged and undid Indira Gandhi’s damage to the Constitution

The Minerva Mills case was as important as the Kesavananda Bharati case. And fighting it was Nani Palkhivala, India’s foremost constitutional litigator.
File photo | Sanjay Gandhi | Commons

Emergency-era censorship affected films so badly that even a spot of blood was cut out

Kishore Kumar's songs were taken off AIR. Stars such as Dev Anand were harassed. Even Raj Kapoor and Satyajit Ray were given advice on film-making.
File photo of Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Indira to Rahul — Why every Gandhi loves Ashok Gehlot, the perfect Congressman

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, unlike his deputy Sachin Pilot, played down Kota infant deaths. Instead, he preferred to praise Priyanka Gandhi’s comments on Yogi.
Indira Gandhi

For the first time, India is seeing secularism go from a top-down decree to a street slogan

When Gandhi talked about secularism, he was shown black flags. When Indira Gandhi amended the Constitution to add it, she was asked to clarify what she meant.
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US warns of serious respiratory problems with two top neurological drugs used in India

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

On Camera

Representational image of lockdown in Spain | Bloomberg

How Spain tragically bungled its response to coronavirus

Spain ignored the health crisis unfolding in Italy & dithered before imposing draconian lockdown measures that could have saved thousands of lives.

How is Modi’s BJP different from the one founded by Advani-Vajpayee 40 years ago?

Forty years ago, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani founded BJP. Today it's led by Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo, who have won two general elections with full majority.

Defence

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5 Special Forces men, 5 terrorists: How a deadly hand-to-hand fight at the LoC unfolded

Five commandos of the elite 4 Para were killed in action after they eliminated 5 terrorists from Pakistan in close combat in J&K’s Keran sector.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.