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File image of NCP chief Sharad Pawar (right) and Maharashtra minority affairs minister Nawab Malik | Photo: ANI

Pawar breaks ranks with Congress, says China grabbed 45,000 sq kms of Indian land post-1962

The NCP chief's comments came in response to a query about Rahul Gandhi's charge that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had surrendered Indian territory to the Chinese aggression.
File photo of Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray with his deputy Ajit Pawar | ANI

Why Uddhav Thackeray needs to watch out for Ajit Pawar, not Rahul Gandhi or Sharad Pawar

Rahul Gandhi may be distancing himself from Maharashtra’s Covid struggle & Sharad Pawar seems to be taking the lead, but the threat lies elsewhere.
Newly sworn-in Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray, his son and Yuva Sena Chief Aaditya Thackeray acknowledge their supporters, at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. | PTI

‘Baba, you have to accept the challenge’: Aaditya Thackeray said after Pawar wanted Uddhav as CM

In Checkmate: How BJP Won and Lost Maharashtra, Sudhir Suryawanshi writes about why Uddhav Thackeray took it upon himself to secure the future of his family and his party.
Sharad Pawar addresses the media in New Delhi

Maharashtra govt’s crisis, and how only Sharad Pawar can salvage it now

In episode 480 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta talks about the crisis in Maharashtra govt as the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance struggles with the rising Covid numbers.
Sharad Pawar addresses the media in New Delhi

Sharad Pawar has taken lead role in Maharashtra Covid crisis, and Shiv Sena doesn’t mind

Senior Shiv Sena leaders say they don't see Pawar’s role as interference, adding that his experience is valuable.
Sharad Pawar addresses the media in New Delhi

Sharad Pawar’s 5 suggestions for Modi govt to help states maintain economic balance

Sharad Pawar, whose party NCP is in power in Maharashtra, has suggested among other steps extension of RBI's loan deferment policy to state debts.
Sharad Pawar addresses the media in New Delhi

NCP tells MPs to help govt agencies fight Covid-19 & not return to Delhi for Parliament

The budget session of Parliament is currently in progress and many MPs had returned to their respective constituencies during the weekend.
Sharad Pawar addresses the media in New Delhi

Sharad Pawar now eyes Mumbai — NCP to launch mega mission today to win 2022 civic polls

Sharad Pawar's NCP has only 9 seats in cash-rich BMC. It will try to reach an understanding with MVA allies Sena & Congress, but could also go it alone on all 227 seats.
Sharad Pawar addresses the media in New Delhi

Sharad Pawar opposed NIA takeover of Bhima-Koregaon case but ‘handover was his idea’

The Elgar Parishad-Bhima-Koregaon case pertains to caste riots that rocked some parts of Maharashtra just as 2018 dawned. 
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray (centre) with cabinet ministers Jayant Patil of the NCP (left) and Balasaheb Thorat of the Congress | Photo: ANI

Uddhav Thackeray says Sharad Pawar taught him how to form govt with few MLAs

Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray formed the government in Maharashtra after the BJP, which was the single largest party, failed to cobble up a majority.

On Camera

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

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.