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For RSS, this Lok Sabha election is more about defeating the radical Left

The RSS is looking at the 2019 Lok Sabha polls as one of the crucial battles which will have an impact on its larger war of ideology with the Left.
File photo of Aseemanand being escorted by police personnel | PTI

What Samjhauta blast acquittals mean for ‘saffron terror bogey’ in election season

BJP and RSS have every reason to feel vindicated by NIA special court's verdict acquitting Swami Aseemanand in Samjhauta Express blast case.
Manohar Parrikar

What bothered Manohar Parrikar about defence ministry: the ‘atmosphere of suspicion’

A friend reminisces how Manohar Parrikar wanted to do something about the overwhelming tendency in the ministry ‘to first say no to everything’.
Manohar Parrikar

How Manohar Parrikar became my friend over chats about a moped, red shirt & green tea

This reporter first met Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who passed away Sunday, at Panaji in 1999, when the Lok Sabha elections were underway.
File image of Goa CM Manohar Parrikar | Wikimedia Commons | Glenn Fawcett

Manohar Parrikar, the man known for his simplicity, wit and love for fish

As the four-time Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar dies at 63, a reporter reminisces about his interactions with the former defence minister.
RSS members in a gathering | Facebook | RSSOrg

Material mindset causing ‘unchecked desires’, stress and divorce, says RSS

In a resolution passed at its top policy making body's meet, RSS says ‘distortions and rigidity have crept in our society’ with time.
A member of the border security force guards the Babri Masjid |Robert Nickelsberg/Liaison

‘No room for negotiation’: BJP & RSS are not game for ‘mediation’ in Ayodhya case

For BJP, RSS and other affiliates like VHP, the Ram temple issue has been a consistent, aggressive and intense agenda.
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Attack on Kashmiris will harm idea of India in J&K more than anything, says Omar Abdullah

Former state CM Omar Abdullah was reacting to a video on Twitter showing two Kashmiri men being beaten up by a group of men in Lucknow.
Mehbooba Mufti

Ban on Jamaat-e-Islami will have ‘dangerous consequences’, says former J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti

Former J&K chief minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said the ban was an "act of vengeance" by the Centre, and added that one cannot imprison an ideaology.

There’s a way to make immigration great again, writes Raghuram Rajan

Left unchecked, populist nationalism will undermine the liberal democratic market system that has brought developed countries the prosperity they enjoy.

On Camera

File photo of Narendra Modi at the Dhola Sadia Bridge, across River Brahmaputra, in Assam | PIB

Under Modi government, the PMGSY road scheme is connecting every last Indian

Beneficiaries of the programme from Manipur, Meghalaya and Odisha talk about how their lives were transformed thanks to the newly built roads.

Rahul Gandhi’s Rs 72,000 income pledge: Are populist freebies the only way to win elections?

Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday pledged to give Rs 12,000 per month to every family in India if the Congress is voted to power in the 2019 elections.

Defence

A Chinook helicopter

India inducts Chinook helicopters, adds muscle to military along China border

Each Chinook helicopter can lift 45 soldiers, artillery guns or even light armoured vehicles to high altitudes. It can also fly through narrow mountain valleys.
National Interest

Why Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is in danger of morphing into a clueless NGO

Congress has questions but no answers, ‘leaders’ but no winners. Weeks before polls, it’s behaving like a virtuous, anti-establishment NGO just doing its thing.