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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New books commissioned by Captain Amarinder Singh’s Punjab govt have also been withdrawn, after SAD accused them of insulting Sikh Gurus & many discrepancies.
File photo of Shiromani Akali Dal leader Sukhbir Singh Badal | @officeofssbadal/Twitter

Sukhbir Badal’s offer to resign does nothing to heal the rift in Shiromani Akali Dal

Akali Dal veterans leading revolt against Sukhbir Badal are unconvinced by his offer. They say his decisions have led to party losing its core Sikh vote bank.
Manjit Singh G.K.

Punjab’s Akali Dal crisis reaches Delhi, gurdwara body president steps down

Manjit Singh G.K. was assaulted twice in the US by members of Sikh diaspora who are angry at way Akali Dal handled Guru Granth Sahib desecration cases.  

Sikh radicals at rebel AAP rally sparks fears party is flirting with separatists again

The AAP rally saw pro-Khalistani slogans being raised, and the presence of Khalistan inscribed flags.
Sukhbir Singh Badal

Akali Dal old guard revolts against Sukhbir, party unity in tatters

Leaders upset at way party is being run by ‘overconfident’ Sukhbir and ‘rash’ Bikram Singh Majithia. Akali Dal also under fire over desecration row
Harsimrat Kaur Badal | Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Why is Harsimrat Kaur Badal so angry?

Harsimrat Badal now says that foreign affairs minister Sushma Swaraj ticked off Navjot Singh Sidhu and he apologised to her.
Sukhbir Singh Badal

HC allows Akali Dal to hold ‘Pol Khol’ rally tomorrow

The Punjab and Haryana High Court also directed the government to ensure adequate security so that there is no trouble after the rally

Akali Dal’s gamble could end up pushing away its core Sikh vote base

The party refused to take part in a special assembly session on the 2015 desecration issue, allowing its opponents a free run. 

After being attacked in New York, Akali leader challenges ‘Khalistan supporters’

In a video after the assault, Manjit Singh GK challenged international pro-Khalistan group ‘Sikhs for Justice’ to a 'fair fight'.

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Is AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal also guilty of treating Muslims as an unthinking votebank?

Days after Delhi voted in the Lok Sabha elections, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal said the Muslim vote “shifted” to the Congress at the last minute.

Defence

A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA

Break-in at IAF’s Paris office handling Rafale procurement, cops probe espionage angle

The IAF's office in Paris houses the team that coordinates with Dassault Aviation on manufacture of Rafale jets and the weapons package onboard the aircraft.
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.