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On Shillong stage, tips on VIP traffic control, rap on racism and a journalism lesson

Meghalaya home minister James Sangma apologises for "bulldozing his way" through city traffic, tells audience how to curb VIP culture. Shillong: The sixth edition of Democracy Wall in Shillong saw an unexpected but welcome high point when James Sangma, Meghalaya's home minister, apologised to the people for "bulldozing his way" through the city's traffic and condemned the VIP culture prevalent in India. "If there is a case where public servants/politicians are breaking traffic rules, please click a picture and send a video across. We shall take action. I apologise for bulldozing our way through ghastly traffic in the city,” Sangma said, responding to an audience question. The audience member's uninhibited question to Sangma -- who holds six more portfolios, including the law -- and his unassuming reply sum up perfectly the essence of Democracy Wall: Free speech. The setting for ThePrint’s interactive campus initiative this time was the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU)....

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The river Ganga in Varanasi

Five reasons that are stopping Ganga from becoming clean

The bureaucracy is capable enough to prove to the govt that Ganga has been completely cleaned. But that, we know, would be far from truth.

Revival in demand & business activity push Indian economy’s animal spirits up in September

Economists attributed the recovery to pent-up demand after a strict lockdown imposed in March hit the consumption of goods and services.

Defence

A file photo of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper at the 2+2 dialogue in Washington in December 2019. | Photo: ANI

The 3 foundational agreements with US and what they mean for India’s military growth

Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement, the last of the key foundational agreements between India & US, was signed Tuesday. LEMOA was signed in 2016 and COMCASA in 2018.
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.