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Ravindra Jadeja must stop being a ‘Rajput boy’ and grow up to be a cricketer

The fact that Jadeja’s clip was going viral on the eve of Ambedkar Jayanti shows how far India stands from realising Ambedkar’s dream of a casteless society.
Mughal ruler Aurangzeb

Little-known fact: Aurangzeb had more Rajput administrators than Akbar

In 'Understanding Mughal India', Meena Bhargava writes about how Aurangzeb patronised several Hindu institutions & was supported in the war of succession by Rajputs.
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How elite medieval Rajputs ignored Hindu laws to practice polygamy

Rawal Bapa married 140 women and Raja Udai Singh of Marwar married 27. Marriage for the Rajputs was about producing male heirs and consolidating state power.

Without our tales of bravery, we Rajputs would be just a bunch of non-intelligent losers

Any turning wage-slave worm, flashes the boss the middle finger, quits to become a stand-up comic or open a river-rafting camp is channeling his inner Rajput.

Indian liberals have also been guilty of protecting Muslim community sentiments

The individual right of an Indian citizen to express their views on Padmavati should take priority over community reactions.

Padmavati highlights a need to democratise the freedom of expression

The problem arises when interpretations are established as “ultimate truth”—closing all possibilities of further excavation of a story like Padmavati.

The battle over Padmavati is pointless, but a win-win for all its participants

For the Hindu Right, the controversy over the film keeps the akhand jyoti of Hindu-Muslim conflict burning at a time when election season is beginning to pick up.

Talk Point: Should concerns of a particular community come in the way of Padmavati’s release?

The debate around the historical accuracy of fictional cinema like Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film Padmavati raises critical questions, once again, about barring art for hurting ‘public sentiment’.

Talk Point: Sacrifice of Padmavati is a virtue that must not be made the subject of entertainment

I firmly believe that the movie Padmavati must be banned. It insults the character of a woman who has been viewed a great example of sacrifice

Talk Point: Anger over ‘Padmavati’ has to be placed in context of popular memory & public history

Rani Padmini's sacrifice elevated her to the status of a goddess in popular perceptions. And hence the veneration by all, and not just by her fellow Rajputs.

On Camera

A file photo of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. | Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

How France-Turkey’s probable but unlikely conflict has been shaped by Erdogan’s politics

In episode 604 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains the recent France-Turkey conflict and the deeper implications of this row.
The Reserve Bank of India | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Banks have not a signed a single agreement for RBI’s debt recast scheme for high value loans

Tepid response to the debt recast scheme is being seen because there is lack of awareness and reluctance by banks, say bankers.

Defence

Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
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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.