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Nehru vs RSS-backed Organiser: A battle that led to curbs on our freedom of expression

The first amendment to the Constitution, brought in by the Nehru govt, drastically curbed freedom of speech, and was primarily due to a battle between him and RSS-backed Organiser.

Real fight for National Archives should be about what it doesn’t contain, not the relocation

Nehru's core template for recording history was unity, Modi’s is uniformity. But history, at best, is an 'argument'.
National Archives of India interiors | Commons

Emotion or evidence – liberals crying for National Archives just don’t get Hindutva history

Nehruvian scholars must return to how Jawaharlal Nehru himself viewed history.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint File Photo

What Rahul Gandhi should know about Congress-RSS ties before he attacks ‘Sangh Parivar’

Over the last six decades, the RSS and senior Congress leaders have come face to face on several occasions. Rahul Gandhi must know what that history looks like.
A boy wears a face mask with the Indian flag on it, at Delhi's Jama Masjid | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Modi to launch ‘Azadi Ka Amrut’ event on Dandi anniversary in grand run-up to 75th I-Day

Govt’s planned 25-day celebrations will include exhibitions on freedom fighters including Gandhi, Patel and Netaji. First PM Nehru missing in list of names.
Students visit Yerawada jail in Pune | Source: Maharashtra prisons dept PRO

Gandhi, Sanjay Dutt, Kasab — Pune’s Yerawada jail, open to public, has many stories to tell

Yerawada jail was opened to public on 26 January, making it the first prison in Maharashtra to do so. Other prisons with historical significance likely to open up too in boost to 'jail tourism'.
File photo | Gandhi at the Indian National Congress annual meeting in Haripura in 1938 with Congress President Subhas Chandra Bose | Wikimedia Commons

Not really Nehru, it was Gandhi and Congress ‘Right’ who made Bose resign as party president

In ‘Nehru & Bose’, Rudrangshu Mukherjee writes about how Subhas Chandra Bose had no choice but to resign from Congress in his second term as president.
Jama Masjid, New Delhi

How ‘Muslim zones’ and ‘mini-Pakistans’ came about in Delhi

In ‘Contested Homelands’, Nazima Parveen chronicles how Patel and Nehru disagreed on Delhi’s post-Partition areas with ‘Hamare log’ and Muslims.
Jawaharlal Nehru, July 1957 | Flickr

Britain had become paranoid of India-US friendship. Nehru’s letter to Roosevelt didn’t help

In ‘A Matter Of Trust’, Meenakshi Ahamed writes that Nehru had reached out to US President Roosevelt for American help in the lead up to World War-II
File photo | Royal Enfield- Bullet 350 | Wikimedia Commons

Indian Army wanted Royal Enfield Bullets — Nehru ensured they were ‘made in India’ first

In ‘Indian Icon’, Amrit Raj traces the journey of Royal Enfield setting up an Indian company with Madras Motors because the Army wanted hardy bikes.

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A Covid patient being taken in an ambulance in Ahmedabad, Gujarat | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Pandemic paradox: Rich Indians buying Merc SUVs while the poor sell houses to pay Covid bills

Brisk sales of luxury cars and soaring net worth for billionaires amid widespread joblessness and depleted savings reflect a lack of fiscal imagination in India.
Surgical masks. | Photo: Pixabay

Covid essentials get GST relief, but rift between Modi govt & Congress-ruled states persists

Punjab FM termed exclusion of Congress-ruled states from GoM that decided GST rate cuts on Covid goods as 'preposterous'. Sitharaman said groups not constituted on political affiliations.


The Ministry of Defence at South Block in New Delhi | Commons

Under new policy, India could declassify military operations within 25 years unlike earlier

The new policy, formulated Saturday, mandates constitution of a committee headed by defence ministry's joint secretary and comprising representatives of Services among others.

China’s Wuhan story unravels as world’s finest, including from India, nail Covid lab-leak proof

The global hunt for where the virus behind pandemic came from shows science, democracy and a sense of inquiry can overcome politics, ideology and omerta codes.