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Sardar Patel wanted RSS to be merged into Congress but Nehru & Golwalkar stood in way

It was also ironical that in December 1948, the RSS’ first mass agitation was based on Mahatma Gandhi’s principles of non-violence.
A file photo of Sardar Patel with Jawaharlal Nehru

What Sardar Patel said on Ayodhya is relevant to mediation today

Sardar Patel wrote that Ayodhya issue can be resolved peacefully with ‘willing consent’ of Muslims, and was clear against giving advantage to any group.
Jawaharlal Nehru | Baron/Getty Images

The many plots to kill Jawaharlal Nehru from 1948 to 1955

The attempts on Nehru’s life made headlines in local and international media.
The bust of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at Godhra | Khandubhai Parmar

Seven decades before Statue of Unity, Nehru had unveiled a Sardar Patel statue in Godhra

Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel shared mutual respect as comrades in the Independence movement and disciples of Mahatma Gandhi.
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How the opposition can beat Narendra Modi in 2019, and how it can’t

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week. There are two ways opposition can beat Modi in 2019 — and mahagathbandhan is not one of them According to ThePrint Editor-in-Chief, there are two ways Narendra Modi could be defeated in 2019: First, the opposition builds the voter discontent against him into anger over the next six months; second, it can engage Modi in many small, state-level battles, instead of fighting him in one national election with one general at the head of one opposition "army". The first is possible, but unlikely. The second strategy is what has brought Rahul Gandhi and Chandrababu Naidu together. Why Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali ads have gone missing from your TV The once-ubiquitous adverts of Baba Ramdev’s Ayurveda and FMCG company have seen a drastic reduction on the TV airwaves, and the firm has dropped out of the list of top-three advertisers in the...
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The idea of a ‘Hindu rashtra’ is further along than it has been before, says Ramachandra Guha

Historian Ramachandra Guha believes if Sardar Patel was alive, he would never approve of making the 182-metre statue, says Patel had no PM ambition.
Narendra Modi infront of Sardar Patel's Statue of Unity | @PMOIndia/Twitter

Between Sardar Patel and Urjit Patel, TV news channels forgot Sri Lanka

Punsters had a field day when Narendra Modi dedicated Sardar Patel’s statue to the nation.
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Has Sardar Patel eclipsed Indira Gandhi today or is he finally getting his due in history?

A ₹2,989-crore “Statue of Unity” of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, touted as the tallest statue in the world, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the leader’s 143rd birth anniversary. Today also happens to be former PM Indira Gandhi’s death anniversary. ThePrint asks: Has Sardar Patel eclipsed Indira Gandhi today or is he finally getting his due in history? What Patel achieved was far beyond anything Indira Gandhi did and is finally getting his due Hindol Sengupta Author, The Man Who Saved India: Sardar Patel and his idea of India There is no question of an eclipse because there is no comparison. The odds that Sardar Patel battled to bring the princely states into the union of India, and especially considering the state of his health at that time, cannot in any way be compared with Indira Gandhi's tallest moment, the victory in the Bangladesh war. Indira Gandhi was a powerful Prime Minister at that...
PM Narendra Modi in front of the Statue of Unity | @PMOIndia/ Twitter

The inside story of how ‘Statue of Unity’ helped make Narendra Modi Prime Minister in 2014

It was more crucial than Chai Pe Charcha or 3D hologram rallies.
Sardar Patel with his family | Courtesy: Sardar Patel National Memorial, Ahmedabad

The political dynasty nobody is talking about: Sardar Patel’s

Sardar Patel’s four family members fought Lok Sabha elections.

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File photo | Dimple Yadav (R), Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav (L) at a rally | Facebook/Dimple Yadav

Why Dimple Yadav touching Mayawati’s feet still riles upper caste Indians

Dimple Yadav’s gesture challenges the class system of Hindu society which categorises women and backwards of all castes as low and inferior.
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Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

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IAF men face action in Kashmir Mi-17 chopper crash as probe ‘almost confirms’ friendly fire

Six IAF personnel, one civilian were killed as an Mi-17 chopper was shot down in Kashmir on 27 February while Indian and Pakistan air forces were locked in a dogfoght 100 km away.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.