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These are India’s 34 most powerful political families

Dynastic politics is not the hallmark of just the Gandhi-Nehru family. It has now become an integral part of Indian polity, cutting across party divide and region lines.
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SAD seeks Sidhu’s dismissal after its leaders burn photo of him hugging Pakistan army chief

Akali Dal leader Majithia demanded to know the clear stand of Congress and Punjab govt on condemning Pakistan's prime minister & army chief.
Sukhpal Singh Khaira

Punjab rebel parties plan to fight Lok Sabha polls on common symbol, will be first to do so

The Punjab Democratic Alliance, mainly a collection of AAP and SAD rebels, says even the BSP has offered to be a part of the tie-up.
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Akalis boycott NDA meet, blame RSS interference & BJP’s treatment of allies

SAD leaders insist RSS must stop meddling in Sikh affairs, and BJP’s attitude towards allies must improve. Ruling party downplays the boycott.

Akalis deface Rajiv Gandhi statue: Poll ploy or revival of call for justice post-Sajjan case?

Two Akali Dal youth leaders were arrested for blackening a bust of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in Ludhiana to protest against his alleged complicity in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. On Wednesday, riot victims vandalised a Rajiv Chowk sign board in New Delhi. ThePrint asks: Akalis deface Rajiv Gandhi statue: Poll ploy or revival of call for justice post-Sajjan case? Akalis are on a sticky wicket, and want to become the champions of Sikh causes Jaswinder Singh Bhatia Chairman, 1984 Sikh Katleaam Welfare Society Whatever Shiromani Akali Dal is now saying or doing -- demanding the revocation of Bharat Ratna bestowed upon former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi or vandalising his statue in Ludhiana -- is just another attempt to play vote bank politics in the name of the victims of the 1984 genocide. The Akalis are on a sticky wicket politically, and want to reinvent themselves by becoming the champions of Sikh causes. I distinctly...
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Akali Dal members allegedly vandalise Rajiv Gandhi’s statue in Ludhiana

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh blamed Shiromani Akali Dal for the act.
Manjit Singh G.K.

Delhi Sikh shrine body chief refuses to resign despite orders from Akali Dal chief

At a meeting of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee Thursday, fresh elections for the executive committee were announced.
Sikh devotees leave for Pakistan to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji | PTI

Congress, Akalis, Sikh religious body can’t come together even in the name of Guru Nanak

Congress government in the state, the SGPC and Centre to all hold separate events to begin year-long tribute celebrations.
Sukhbir Badal with Akshay Kumar and Yo Yo Honey Singh during the unveiling of league Franchisees names and logos of World Kabaddi league in 2014

Akshay Kumar & Sukhbir Singh Badal are friends who bonded over their love for kabaddi

Bollywood star Akshay Kumar & former Punjab deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal have both been summoned for questioning in the 2015 sacrilege row.
Classroom in India

Twice-bitten Punjab govt still has no clue on what its history textbooks should say

New books commissioned by Captain Amarinder Singh’s Punjab govt have also been withdrawn, after SAD accused them of insulting Sikh Gurus & many discrepancies.

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Electoral bonds are a constitutional hazard but transparency alone isn’t the solution

Supreme Court’s role in setting a reform agenda for political funding has to be limited and not extend to managing how parties function.
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Is Supreme Court handling sexual harassment allegation against CJI Ranjan Gogoi correctly?

Two advocates Monday wrote to the Bar Council of India criticising it for its support to CJI Ranjan Gogoi and called the hearing a ‘travesty of justice’.

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Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
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Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.