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Migrant labourers in line to board a bus in Mumbai's Dharavi to railway station Tuesday | PTI

Pratap Bhanu Mehta’s mock migrant debate, Rakesh Sood says India-Nepal relations need reset

Today's political, economic & strategic punditry from MV Rajeev Gowda, Indira Rajaraman, Nishikant Dubey & more.

Does the Jawaharlal Nehru-Sardar Patel ‘rivalry’ matter to India in 2020?

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar was attacked on Twitter after claiming that Jawaharlal Nehru did not want Vallabhbhai Patel in his cabinet in 1947.
Jawaharlal Nehru, M.K. Gandhi, and Sardar Patel in 1946 | Commons

Don’t hang Godse, said Gandhi’s sons. This is how Nehru, Patel and Rajaji replied

Many prominent Gandhians requested clemency for the Mahatma’s assassins. They pointed out that Gandhi wanted to abolish death penalty.
India's first PM Jawaharlal Nehru

When Nehru sat down for a tell-all on Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad & Netaji’s Hitler leaning

Ramnarayan Chaudhary was a veteran Gandhian, which is probably why Nehru opened up to him in a series of interviews between 1958 and 1960.
File photo | PM Narendra Modi at Kevadia on Sardar Patel's 144th birth anniversary | ANI

Modi makes civil servants pledge ‘One Problem, Total Solution’. But his big test awaits

Modi believes he is completing Sardar Patel’s agenda on Jammu & Kashmir and putting India back on the right path to democracy by scrapping Article 370.
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Ratan Tata joins Insta, Sardar Patel’s royal companions & Trump photoshopped K9 Conan

The most politically correct and incorrect tweets of the day from across the political spectrum.
PM Narendra Modi | File Photo | ANI

On his birthday, PM Modi says decision to abrogate Article 370 inspired by Sardar Patel

From Hyderabad Liberation Day to the 'Per drop more campaign', PM Modi remembered Sardar Patel, and lauded the former home minister's vision.
Nehru, Gandhi, and Sardar Patel sitting together

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.

On Camera

Lalu’s loyalty to secularism is Tejashwi Yadav’s biggest political test in Modi’s India

In 1990, when then BJP president L.K. Advani was carrying out his rath yatra unbridled, it was Lalu Yadav as CM who had dared to stop him from entering Bihar.
Representational image. | A five gram gold coin sits on a counter inside a Titan Co. Tanishq jewellery store in Mumbai. | Photo: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Tatas got panned for Tanishq ad. But this state govt is the largest shareholder in Titan

Titan was set up in 1984 as a joint venture between the Tata group and a state govt. While the Tatas own 25.02% stake, the state govt owns 27.88% stake in the company.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
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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.