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The Durga idol as a migrant worker created by artist Pallab Bhaumik | Source: Pallab Bhaumik

Stop outraging over ‘migrant’ Durga idol. Hinduism in Bengal doesn’t need rescuing

Before you tweet your outrage, educate yourself about Bengali culture first. Pallab Bhaumik’s depiction of goddess Durga as a migrant worker symbolises the spirit of women.
Another day of wait outside a branch of Aryavart Bank, a regional rural bank, in Piswan

Economists must stop looking at rural India as just labour supply tool post Covid: Yunus

Now is a good time to integrate the most crucial feature missing in the Indian micro-finance system — running it as a social business, writes Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus.
Rahul Gandhi interacting with migrant workers | Photo: ANI

Jobless workers’ crisis can be Congress’ suit boot ki sarkar moment. It can embarrass Modi

If handled astutely, the crisis affecting lakhs of poor labourers can help Congress corner Modi govt and come out of a deep rut of political irrelevance.
Daily wagers leaving Delhi-NCR for their native villages on foot on Yamuna Expressway on 27 March 2020

Like an MEA to help NRIs in crisis, India needs a system for its internal migrants too

The way special ‘Shramik Express’ trains were implemented shows many Indian states neither have political sensitivity nor administrative structure for migrants.
Workers in Bangladesh

Police violence makes migrant labourers forget caste, bond economically & politically: Study

US-based researcher's survey of migrant workers in Lucknow finds that police repression induces new forms of solidarities rooted in shared experiences.

India’s internal migrants had no say in 2019 polls. They probably won’t in 2024 either

Election Commission’s efforts towards ensuring millions of internal migrants can vote has been at best selective, as 2019 polls showed.

On Camera

Muslim women walk with their children in Iraq (Representational image) | Commons

Globalisation of revenge

Nobody looks more ridiculous in the whole Iraq situation than the Europeans. A bit of their hypocrisy was on show in New Delhi.
An Airbus Group SE A320neo passenger jet operated by IndiGo

IndiGo to trim fleet size over 2 years as Covid pandemic rages on

IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta said the airline hasn’t engaged in any 'major renegotiation' with Airbus SE on new deliveries, but it will keep returning as many as 40 older planes a year.

Defence

File photo of ships during the Malabar naval exercise

First phase of Quad members’ Malabar exercise from 3-6 November in Bay of Bengal

Last week, India had announced Australia will take part in the exercise along with US and Japan, making it a drill by all 4 member nations of the Quad or Quadrilateral coalition.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

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.