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No, 21 Sikh regiment did not refuse to fight for India, and Republic TV never reported it

A doctored viral image on Twitter showed a purported Republic TV screenshot announcing this fake headline: '21 Sikh regiment refused to fight for India'.
Navjot Singh Sidhu

‘Khalistani’ Gopal Singh Chawla is a terrorist only on Indian TV channels

Intel sources say Chawla, the Pakistan gurudwara committee member whose photograph with Sidhu created an uproar, has never been a suspect in any terror case.
Family members of the victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots celebrate outside the Patiala House Court in New Delhi after the pronouncement of the first death punishment in the case | PTI

In a first for 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, Delhi court sentences convict Yashpal Singh to death

The court granted life term to co-convict Naresh Sherawat in the case.

This Kashmiri Sikh is using music to cross national and religious divides

Harkrishan Singh Sanam, from the militancy-hit Tral in Kashmir, has received a lot of appreciation from Indian and Pakistani artistes alike.
Navjot Singh Sidhu with Sushma Swaraj at Parliament House in New Delhi | Getty Images

As if hounding Muslims wasn’t enough, BJP is now giving same treatment to Sikhs

By unleashing the propaganda machine against the Sikhs on Kartarpur Sahib issue, BJP is playing with fire that patriotic—and smart—Indians would rather not.
Pakistan terror attacks

Pakistan condemns ISIS attack on Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan

"Distressed and grieved," says country's foreign office by attack that killed 19, 17 of whom belonged to minority Sikh and Hindu community.
Charanjeet Singh

Spate of ‘targeted killings’ has made Sikhs in Pakistan scared and angry like never before

Several killings in the last four years have raised worries that the Sikh minority in Pakistan might be the latest target of the country's religious extremist groups.
Shillong Clashes

When the marginalised strike back: Lessons to learn from Shillong

Fake news, lack of decisive police action and breakdown of local institutions led to the Shillong incident. The city can ignore all this and its minorities at its peril
communal clashes

Fear and suspicion in Shillong: How civic and political apathy led to a fractured society

After a week of violence, calm has returned to Shillong. But for how long? The root cause of the communal flare-up is yet to be addressed.
Lt Gen K.S. Brar (Retd) led Operation Blue Star in 1984 | YouTube

Once a soldier, always a soldier: The Sikh general who didn’t give Blue Star a second thought

As a division commander, Lt. Gen. K.S. Brar (Retd) led Operation Blue Star inside the Golden Temple from 3 to 7 June. He survived an attempt on his life by revenge-seeking Sikh assailants 28 years after the operation. Please do not forget that General A.S. Vaidya, the Army chief during Blue Star, was later assassinated while he lived in retirement in Pune, as was Indira Gandhi. Shortly after the attack on him, Brar spoke with me in detail on NDTV 24x7’s Walk the Talk about leading Operation Blue Star and the lessons learnt from it. I am sharing edited excerpts here: Shekhar Gupta: So here I am with an old general who sadly isn’t being allowed to fade away, although that might have been his wish. General K.S. ‘Bulbul’ Brar, ‘Bulbul’ to friends, these are odd circumstances. You and I only meet in odd circumstances. Lt. Gen. Brar: We met in...

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File photo of Smriti Irani | Facebook

Smriti Irani’s makeover: From being most disliked Modi minister to dynasty slayer in Amethi

After causing the biggest upset in 2019 elections, Smriti Irani has ensured she can no longer be ignored by PM Modi and Amit Shah.

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.


Ministry of Defence building

On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
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.