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Defacement of Gandhi statue a disgrace, says Donald Trump

The statue, located across the road from the Indian Embassy, was vandalised on the intervening night of 2-3 June during the protests against George Floyd's death.

‘Our sincere apologies’ — US ambassador after Gandhi statue vandalised in Washington DC

The statue outside Indian embassy in Washington D.C. was desecrated with spray paint amid the ongoing protests against the killing of George Floyd.
Migrant labourers in line to board a bus in Mumbai's Dharavi to railway station Tuesday | PTI

Pratap Bhanu Mehta’s mock migrant debate, Rakesh Sood says India-Nepal relations need reset

Today's political, economic & strategic punditry from MV Rajeev Gowda, Indira Rajaraman, Nishikant Dubey & more.
Vinayak Damodar Savarkar | Savarkar.org

Gandhi admired Hindutva icon Savarkar as ‘lover of truth’, addressed him as bhai 

Thursday marks the 137th birth anniversary of V.D. Savarkar, one of the most prominent ideologues of Hindutva in the 20th century. 
People stand in a queue to take free essential commodities during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Prayagraj on 8 April | ANI

Gopalkrishna Gandhi on Mahatma Gandhi during crises, Manu Joseph unhappy with essential goods

Today’s political, economic & strategic punditry from Aruna Sundararajan, Suyash Rai, Rahul Verma and many more.

Shaheen Bagh couldn’t get CAA revoked. But Gandhi’s satyagraha didn’t meet its goal either

Neither the Salt March nor Bardoli satyagraha achieved their stated goals, but Gandhi found them to be successful. He might have approved of Shaheen Bagh too.
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On 90th anniversary of Dandi March, Congress to take out ‘Gandhi Sandesh Yatra’

The 27-day yatra will begin at Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram on 12 March. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are set to be part of it.
Vallabhbhai Patel

When Delhi rioted, Sardar Patel busted fake news and wanted a Hindu newspaper banned

During the post-Partition communal riots in Delhi, it became Sardar Patel's job to quell rumours and take the Delhi Police to task.
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Stop ‘prabhat pheris’, the British told Gandhi. It’s a vulgar nuisance, threatens civic order

In 'Singing Gandhi's India', Lakshmi Subramanian writes about why Gandhi insisted on supporting musical processions despite the controversy over them in 1930s.
Union minister Prahlad Singh Patel at the inaugural session of an event held in New Delhi to commemorate the death anniversary of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar | Twitter: @prahladspatel

Savarkar raised issues of social importance before Gandhi did: Union minister

On Savarkar death anniversary, Union Minister for Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel says the Hindutva icon hasn’t got credit in history for his work.

On Camera

Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala | Commons

Padmanabhaswamy verdict can reduce the rich temple to go to Communists with a begging bowl

The Supreme Court has also ordered a 25-year audit of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Even scam-tainted promoters or companies have not had to face such long-term audits.
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After luring Google & Facebook, Mukesh Ambani plans to build a global digital company

Mukesh Ambani unveiled a slew of services from Jio, including a 5G network as early as next year and a mega video-streaming platform.

Defence

The new SiG 716 G2 rifles in use with the Indian Army | By special arrangement

Rifles, missiles, ammunition, drones — armed forces on shopping spree amid LAC tensions

Unprecedented emergency powers given to armed forces under the capital budget, for purchases of new equipment and systems, are likely to ease bottlenecks.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.