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In N-E the RSS meets its enemies: Bangladeshi Muslims, Christian missionaries & separatists

How should we comprehend the results of Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya? Merely a routine exercise of electoral upheaval, or something more fundamental?
Interlocutor’s first day in Valley a ‘no-show’, but hopes afloat

New interlocutor at crucial stage of ULFA peace talks baffles security experts

Kashmir peace negotiator Dineshwar Sharma relieved of Northeast duty; former top R&AW officer to handle talks with ULFA and 2 Manipur rebel outfits.
Bamboo forest

Bamboo’s no longer a tree: Change in forest law sows seeds of hope among NE farmers

Northeast accounts for 66% of India’s bamboo stock; currently there is negligible export of bamboo from India due to legal hurdles.
People visiting NSK

It’s clear NRC isn’t enough to protect Assam’s indigenous population

There is an urgent need for protective legislations which can bar illegal immigrants from acquiring land and enjoying other government benefits.
BJP president Amit Shah kicks off campaign in Meghalaya

Amit Shah highlights Congress’ ‘failures’ in Meghalaya, kicks off poll campaign in NE

The BJP addresses rally in West Garo Hills, Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma’s stronghold; development will be his party’s biggest priority in NE.
Tibetan refugee

China luring Tibetan refugees in India to work as its spies, Intelligence Bureau warns

IB issues alert that many refugees settled in northeast India are being paid and offered jobs by China in exchange for strategic information.
Northeast activists claim they were not consulted before drafting Transgender Bill

Neglected by Centre, NE transgender activists push for state-level welfare bodies

Northeast activists claim they were not consulted by experts before drafting Transgender Bill 2016, due to be tabled in winter session of Parliament.
BJP supporters at a rally in Tripura

Three states in hand, BJP’s next target in Northeast: Tripura

After its landslide victory in the 2016 Assam assembly election, BJP’s performance in the Northeast has been on an upswing.
Representational image of the Chinese military | Commons

The jugular as the Achilles’ heel

China reminds us of internal vulnerabilities close to Doklam. Most can be fixed if BJP puts national interest above politics. SHEKHAR GUPTA

On Camera

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden (R) and US President Donald Trump speak during the first US presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on 29 September

Trump-Biden debate had no highlights, only lowlights

The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and his democratic challenger Joe Biden must have been one of the nastiest presidential debate in US history.
File image of Department of Economic Affairs Secretary Tarun Bajaj | Photo: ANI

India will not meet its Rs 2.1 lakh crore disinvestment target in 2020-21, DEA secretary says

Govt retains its Rs 12 lakh crore borrowing limit for the full financial year, which means it can borrow Rs 4.34 lakh crore in the second half.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Ordnance factories hit back at Army claims, cite export orders, accidents of other equipment

In a statement, OFB said only 19 per cent of the accidents involving defence ammunition between January 2015 and December 2019 could be attributed to the board.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.