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Representational image | Women stitch the Indian national flag for Independence Day, at Khadi Gramodyog Samyukta centre, Hubli | PTI

A new freedom struggle for India must be based on a new nationalism. No short-cuts will do

Pratap Bhanu Mehta is right about death of secularism. But he doesn’t answer why the entire spectrum of Hindu public opinion turned against secularism.

20 days since soldiers’ death in Galwan, ‘patriot’ Ajay Devgn decides it’s movie material

India’s stand against Chinese aggression is at best foggy, with military talks still underway. But actor-producer Ajay Devgn couldn't wait lest Akshay Kumar claimed the subject.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation Tuesday | Photo: ANI

Why the LAC clash with China won’t upset Modi’s political math

Unlike Kashmir, the issue of Aksai Chin lacks public discourse. It had never been a part of the BJP’s political propagation until recently.
People suspected of Covid-19 being transported to various hospitals after Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin, Delhi | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Coronavirus was a test of secular nationalism. Then Tablighi Jamaat became the scapegoat

The Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin would concern any country. But PM Modi must immediately rein in his media and social media supporters communalising it.
School children carrying Indian flags

One thing India can teach the West is this — you can be a liberal and a nationalist

People in the West might cringe at the word ‘nationalism’, but it is for us Indians as ‘vishwaguru’ to show them that it need not be a bad word.
Protesters outside Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Hate is hot in India. Colder ideas like constitutional patriotism must work harder to win

Constitutional patriotism is a modern concept anchored in the idea of the nation-state. The problem is that it depends upon imaginings as fuzzy as nationalism itself.
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Waah Kunal Kamra Waah: A comedian’s standup act kick-starts a liberal heckling wave in India

Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV is notorious for monologues masquerading as political debates. But when questioned by Kunal Kamra on an Indigo flight, the anchor couldn’t stand up.
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Who represents India’s Muslims? Thanks to CAA protests, we now know the answer

Without any political party's support, India's Muslims protesting CAA have asserted a new political identity and also settled the issue of representation.

Tough message for Modi: Political winds are shifting, from nationalism to economy, jobs

Modi's popularity hasn't waned, but mood of the people has begun to change in 5 months. Too many are hurting too deep & want the return of economic optimism.
US President Donald Trump speaks during the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, 24 Sept | Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

Keep sipping globalisation Kool-Aid and you won’t get Trump’s globalist vs patriot UN line

In 1986, a Stanford historian accused his peers of ‘dereliction of duty’ because they had ‘abandoned study of the nation’. It’s time to take note.

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People waiting to enter a supermarket have their identity documents checked by staff in Singapore (Representational image) | Photo: Roslan Rahman | Getty Images/AFP via Bloomberg

Don’t ignore the good news on Covid-19 from Asia

The perception of an Asian advantage often falls prey to essentialist thinking — that somehow the East's values, politics and culture is letting it do things the West can't.
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.


An army convoy moving towards the Zojilla pass in Drass (representational image) | ANI

These are the measures China has proposed to ease tensions at LAC in Ladakh

Over a series of meetings, China has made several suggestions to de-escalate tensions at the border, but India has rejected them since they boost Beijing's strategic position.
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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.