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File photo of Aseemanand being escorted by police personnel | PTI

What Samjhauta blast acquittals mean for ‘saffron terror bogey’ in election season

BJP and RSS have every reason to feel vindicated by NIA special court's verdict acquitting Swami Aseemanand in Samjhauta Express blast case.
Sandeep Adhwaryu | Times of India

Last Laughs: What the acquittals in the Mecca Masjid blast case say about justice in India

The best Indian cartoons of the day, chosen by editors at ThePrint.
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Mecca masjid acquittals show that the NIA is a caged, blind and deaf parrot

In our present system, miscarriage of justice happens when Muslims are the victims and when the Muslims are the accused. For Monday’s acquittal of the accused in the Mecca Masjid blast, my complaint is against the NIA’s biased and compromised prosecution. They deliberately conducted the investigation in such a manner that the court had to acquit the suspects. I do not blame the judge for giving the judgment that he gave. I blame the NIA. There has been a pattern since the BJP government assumed office in 2014. In the Mecca Masjid bombing case, all the witnesses, about 50 of them, have turned hostile. In the Sohrabuddin murder case too, every witness turned hostile. The NIA closed the 2008 Modasa (Gujarat) bomb blast case in 2015 saying they didn’t have enough evidence. Former special public prosecutor Rohini Salian named an NIA officer who told her to go soft on a particular case....

TalkPoint: Mecca Masjid blast – is there a pattern to ‘Hindu terror’ acquittals or has justice prevailed?

Experts weigh in on the acquittal of the ten persons accused of 2007 bombing of the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad. The incident was considered to be another case of alleged 'Hindu terror.'

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If Joe Biden wins US presidential election — prepare for an epic policy hangover

As pleasant as it might be to have a president who isn’t actively destroying the country, there are many areas where Biden will need a better plan & political will to make progress.
President Xi Jinping (centre) with other leaders of the Communist Party of China | Representational image: Reuters via ANI

China to reveal how it plans to steer economic growth through the 2030s

China’s Communist Party is expected to release two policy blueprints at the end of 4 days of meetings -- Their 5-year plan & a longer strategy document that stretches until 2035.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the biannual Army Commanders Conference in New Delhi Wednesday | Indian Army

China lacks ‘honest intent’, be prepared for any eventuality, Rajnath Singh tells Army

Speaking in Delhi, the Defence Minister told military commanders that the government will strongly back reforms in the armed forces including setting up of theatre commands.
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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.