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Appu Ghar, India’s first amusement park, was all about the thrill of something new

From bumper cars to the bhoot bangla, Appu Ghar's rides may not seem like much today, but for children in the '80s, it was wonderland.
File photo of former Indian president Pranab Mukherjee | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Notes from Indira, 1980 poll analysis — ‘treasure trove’ at Pranab Mukherjee’s Delhi home

Over 8,000 books, truckloads of documents were part of the former President’s treasure trove found by his daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee at his official residence.
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When Ma Anand Sheela met Indira Gandhi to talk of ‘land woes’ and Osho’s ashram

In ‘Nothing To Lose: The Authorised Biography of Ma Anand Sheela’, Manbeena Sandhu writes about the struggle to get enough land for ‘Osho’ or Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh’s ashram in India.
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Arun Shourie, crusader against corruption faces corruption charge — it happens only in India

Arun Shourie, who was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1982 and the Padma Bhushan in 1990, is an outstanding Indian change-agent and leader.
Pranab Mukherjee used to smoke a pipe, which he gave up later in life | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Pranab Mukherjee — ‘man who knew too much’ but was a Rahul Dravid-like ‘wall’ for Congress

Pranab Mukherjee could’ve become PM in 1984 and 2004, but didn’t. Instead, he became a Rahul Dravid-esque ‘Wall’ for the UPA, before being elected President.
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Fort Modi is impregnable despite China, Covid, job losses. Only one leader can defeat him

Critics wonder why voters aren’t turning against Modi. But a well-entrenched Indian leader has never been defeated by a rival; only Modi can do that to himself.
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Indira Gandhi wanted to give Ayodhya a facelift to show she wasn’t just courting Muslims

In The RSS and the Making of a Deep Nation, Dinesh Narayanan writes about Indira Gandhi’s plans for Ayodhya and political outreach to the Hindu heartland after 1980.
Rahul Gandhi | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Congress’ counter to BJP shouldn’t just be cultural assertion, but economic alternative too

To reclaim its space, the Congress has no option but to listen to the aspirational voices of precisely those sections of society that feel excluded.
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Unlike Indira Gandhi, this is why Modi era isn’t producing strong new foes

Unlike the Emergency, the processes of democracy have been left intact by Modi, preventing the opposition from highlighting the seriousness of the situation.
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Modi displayed statesmanship by not mentioning China in his speech under public pressure

In episode 510 of #CutTheClutter, ThePrint’s Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta recalls leadership lessons from John F. Kennedy, Jawaharlal Nehru & Indira Gandhi.

On Camera

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Bal Thackeray’s father and Ambedkar used Navratri festivities to counter Brahmin Ganesh utsav

Keshav Sitaram Thackeray ‘Prabodhankar’ had joined BR Ambedkar in a movement to allow ‘untouchable’ to worship alongside Brahmins during Ganesh utsav in Mumbai.
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In ‘Diwali bonus’, govt waives interest-on-interest even for those who didn’t opt for moratorium

After its affidavit to SC, govt orders issues waiver norms including cashback by 5 November. All standard accounts up to 29 February eligible for benefits.

Defence

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Navy demonstrates combat readiness with video of missile destroying ship in Arabian Sea

The missile was fired by frontline corvette INS Prabal as part of a mega naval drill involving aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, attack helicopters, and aircraft.
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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.