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Xi has thrown the gauntlet at Modi. He can pick it up like Nehru, or try something new

Modi, like his predecessors, tried to break out of India-Pak-China triangulation and failed. Whatever he decides to do next will mean new compromises.
Indian and Chinese soldiers during a military exercise in Meghalaya last year | Representational image | ANI

As India and China clash, JFK’s ‘forgotten crisis’ is back

Nehru had asked Kennedy for 350 United States Air Force jets and 10,000 crewmen to join the war on India’s side and bomb China.

India-China dispute: Why Trump’s offer makes no sense, and Nehru’s lost opportunity

In episode 481 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta lists out why Trump's offer to mediate between India and China is a classic case of 'begaani shaadi mein abdullah deewana'.
Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru

Nehru wanted Jayaprakash Narayan as his political successor, not Indira Gandhi

After Nehru’s death in 1964, Lal Bahadur Shastri’s instincts that neither Indira Gandhi nor JP would put a claim to prime ministership turned out to be accurate.
Jawaharlal Nehru, July 1957 | Flickr

Nehru told Raja Rao: Enough of Rama, Krishna — 3,000 yrs of deities got us slavery, poverty

In an essay, compiled in the book The Meaning of India, Raja Rao wrote about meeting Nehru in Germany, taking Evian bottles for his wife and talking about gods.
File photo of PM Modi taking a dip at the Sangam in Prayagraj during the Kumbh Mela | narendramodi/Instagram

Liberals blaming Modi for unscientific India should recall Nehru’s pujas at Independence

Nehru never embraced rationality even when he had the right historical moment to do so. Liberals today must not pretend the problem began in 2014.

Dhool Ka Phool: Nehruvian secularism of Yash Chopra’s first movie is worth remembering today

The story of a Muslim man raising a Hindu child born out of wedlock is not only a plea for communal peace, but also questions the sexist mores of the times.
Jawaharlal Nehru, July 1957 | Flickr

Blame British, not Nehru for India’s ‘damaging’ socialist stand on economy after Independence

The fact that the private sector of the time looked to the government to raise investment levels indicates that Nehru had less elbow room than currently claimed.
India's first PM Jawaharlal Nehru

How a Hindu party wanted Ram Mandir but didn’t raise it in India’s first election under Nehru

The Ram Rajya Parishad, founded in Rajasthan in 1947, was formed to revive Ram Rajya, dharma and the old order.

Is Congress defending Jawaharlal Nehru as well as it protects Sonia and Rahul Gandhi?

The legacy of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru has been systematically dismantled over the years – through articles, memes and WhatsApp forwards.

On Camera

Representational photos | Hindu priests perform evening prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi | Kanishka Sonthalia/Bloomberg

Want to preserve secularism in India? Well, preserve the Hindu ethos first

Secularism in the Indian context would mean maintaining equidistance from  all religions. Unfortunately, that equidistance never happened.
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Mukesh Ambani is now world’s fourth richest man, overtakes Europe’s wealthiest

Reliance's shares have more than doubled from a low in March as its digital unit got billions in investments from companies including Facebook Inc. and Google.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Artillery guns, assault rifles, AFVs — Here’s a list of 101 items MoD won’t import in future

Contracts worth almost Rs 4 lakh crore will be placed with the domestic industry within the next six to seven years.
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Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.