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Police personnel on patrol in Chandrauli, UP, after BJP and SP workers clashed during voting for block panchayat polls Saturday | ANI

Clashes in 17 districts, ‘cops attacked, women harassed’ — how UP polls erupted in violence

While Samajwadi Party accused ruling BJP of using police and state machinery to turn the polls in its favour, BJP blamed opposition for triggering the violence.

NHRC constitutes committee to look into complaints of post-poll violence in West Bengal

Calcutta High Court also dismissed West Bengal government's plea for recalling its order that directed NHRC to examine violence that erupted after state assembly elections in May.
Calcutta High Court

Calcutta HC dismisses Bengal govt’s plea, NHRC to proceed with probe on post-poll violence

The plea sought a recall of the order passed over PILs alleging displacement of people, physical assault, destruction of property and ransacking of businesses after Bengal polls.
File photo of West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar during an interaction with media personnel. | PTI

Jagdeep Dhankhar has few options, abdicating his duty in Bengal is not one of them

Mamata Banerjee, like other non-Congress, non-BJP state leaders, have no higher authority to report to. Delhi doesn’t scare her.

West Bengal violence shows how police act as a private army of politicians

To say that the Election Commission was in charge of the police during polls in West Bengal is only an alibi. The law doesn’t stop functioning during elections.

On Camera

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Between British colonisers and Indian immigrants, how Zimbabwe’s cricket culture grew

Cricket was played as a colonial inheritance, and then as a legacy of Indian identity, before it became a way to find place in nationalist Zimbabwean sporting culture.
Ather Energy’s electric scooters at its experience centre in Bengaluru’s Indiranagar | Photo: Angana Chakrabarti/ThePrint

Electric scooters are becoming a rage and Bengaluru’s Ather has quietly raced ahead

Nearly three years since it launched its first scooter in 2018, Ather Energy’s revenues have increased from Rs 11.7 crore in FY19 to Rs 48.8 crore in FY20.   

Defence

An ordnance factory in India (Representational image) | Broadsword

What is essential defence services Bill and how it will impact ordnance factories and others

Strike proposed by employees’ federations of ordnance factories from 26 July, against Modi govt decision to corporatise them, perhaps triggered introduction of the Bill.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Like them or not, Taliban are a reality. India can deal with them if BJP resets its politics

Befriending the Taliban is possible, and pragmatic. It’s just that it calls for a big reset in the BJP’s domestic politics — a formula that goes beyond polarisation.