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Vikas and Pegasus together, as joblessness hovers above Statue of Unity

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.

Sardar Patel statue was built not to spite Nehru, PM Modi tells voters at Amreli

No one from Congress has visited the Statue of Unity despite Sardar Patel being a leader of their party, said PM Modi.
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.
Graphic by Arindam Mukherjee | ThePrint.in

The 12 controversies that Indian Twitterati loved in 2018

From ‘Lady Doritos’ to fitness challenges, from ‘Urban Naxals’ to ‘bird droppings’, here are 12 controversies that set Twitter alight in the year gone by.
The bust of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at Godhra | Khandubhai Parmar

Seven decades before Statue of Unity, Nehru had unveiled a Sardar Patel statue in Godhra

Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel shared mutual respect as comrades in the Independence movement and disciples of Mahatma Gandhi.
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Pritish Nandy refuses to believe he mistook another Sardar Patel statue for Statue of Unity

Nandy tweeted an image of a bronze sculpture of Sardar Patel, made by Jashuben Shilpi, to claim Statue of Unity has no resemblance to Patel’s actual face.
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Gujarat government plans air and rail connectivity to Statue of Unity

An airport will be built at Rajpipla town for tourists coming to see the 182-metre Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel statue.
Tourists at the site of Statue of Unity | By Special Arrangement

Crowds overwhelm Statue of Unity, expose teething issues at site

Authorities at the Statue of Unity were underprepared to deal with the influx as long queues spark heated arguments   
Narendra Modi infront of Sardar Patel's Statue of Unity | @PMOIndia/Twitter

India’s infrastructure could use a dose of ironclad resolve that got Statue of Unity done

Larsen & Toubro Ltd. took less than three years to erect the statue. By comparison, China needed 11 years to construct its Buddha.
The Statue of Unity near Sardar Sarovar Dam, Kevadiya | Siddharaj Solanki/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

India has Statues of Celebrity, Duality and of course, Gandhi’s Statues of Ubiquity

After Statue of Unity, it’s time to talk about India’s obsession with statues.

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People sit in an outdoor plaza in Gangtok, Sikkim (Representational image)

Sikkim stopped seeing drug users as criminals and look what happened

In 2018, Sikkim Anti-Drugs Act decriminalised illicit drug use and laid down elaborate provisions for detoxification and rehabilitation.
The Bombay Stock Exchange

Reliance, Maruti biggest losers as Sensex drops for fourth straight day amid gloomy outlook

BSE Sensex loses 0.8% while NSE Nifty 50 Index drops 0.9%. A gauge of IT firms rises 0.9%, but 16 out of 19 sector sub-indexes compiled by BSE drop.

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The Chinese flag (representational image) | Pixabay

China has more than doubled its military positions at LAC since Doklam, new report says

China is constructing at least 13 new military positions near its borders with India, including 3 air bases and 5 heliports, says a Stratfor report.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?