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India's first PM Jawaharlal Nehru

Nehru was way ahead of his time. Seeing him through a 20/20 lens is wrong

Nehru defined the spirit of India that shaped the nationalism of its people. Not the small-minded, vulgar and bigoted version we see on display today.
PM Narendra Modi addresses Army soldiers at Jammu and Kashmir's Nowshera, on 4 November 2021 | ANI photo

Why PM Modi in Army uniform distracts from India’s real goals

Putin, Erdogan, and Xi Jinping have all worn military uniforms. But it’s different when PM Modi does it.
File photo of a BJP rally in West Bengal | Photo: ANI

BJP version of Hindutva is rising but there is one aspect where it failed to convince Hindus

Muslims are often criticised for not conveying their nationalism in symbolic terms. Pew findings show this assumption is absolutely incorrect.

Pakistan is embracing Turkish cultural products unquestioningly. Here’s why

The conservative-populist leadership of Erdogan and Turkey’s economic growth has been cited as a model worthy of emulation by several Pakistani governments.

Off The Cuff with Nitin Gadkari

In conversation with Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said India’s road infrastructure will be comparable to the best of the US and Europe by 2024. There will be access-controlled expressways, green highways, public transport running on electricity and many other improvements, he said, adding that road projects worth Rs 24,000 crore are already being developed under the Bharatmala project. The Delhi-Mumbai expressway will be ready by 2022, Gadkari said. The Union minister said the need of the hour is expeditious decision-making and positive approach, as he cited an example of delayed payments to road contractors that in turn delay many projects. Gadkari said the "total system is corrupt" but he is not afraid of anybody as he does not do "any work, which is illegal or unethical". The minister also termed the allegations of Swedish bus manufacturer Scania gifting him bus as “totally baseless”....

Beyond Hindutva and nationalism, one element drives Modi’s success — last-mile delivery

PM Modi conceives of welfare programmes like Ujjwala, Awaas Yojana and Nal se Jal — and then ensures beneficiaries get it.
File photo of Covid vaccine Covaxin under development at Bharat Biotech facility in Hyderabad

Why Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin is the object of national pride & scientific scepticism

India, which makes more than 60% of the world’s vaccines, risking transparency with its hasty vaccine approval will directly affect drug pricing and global acceptance.
Romila Thapar

That Muslims enslaved Hindus for last 1000 yrs is historically unacceptable: Romila Thapar

The book ‘Inquilab: A Decade of Protest’ chronicles some of the most powerful speeches and articles by Kavita Krishnan, Romila Thapar, Kanhaiya Kumar, Mahua Maitra, and others.
Representational image for the Indian Army | Photo: ANI

Neo-nationalism defends Army’s rogue actions, but clean human rights record is key

The distinction between the govt and the military has got blurred, and neither is being held accountable for serious lapses with respect to national security.
Shaheen Bagh | ThePrint

Indian nationalism works in practice, but not in theory: Shashi Tharoor

In ‘The Battle of Belonging’, Shashi Tharoor writes that Indian nationalism is a rare animal — you can be many things and one thing
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.
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