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File photo of finance minister Arun Jaitley outside parliament | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Congress & its friends have weakened the battle against extremism & terror: Arun Jaitley

The battle against terror has been weakened on account of Congress and its mahagathbandhan friends, Arun Jaitley writes.
Muslim women show their ink stained finger after casting their vote | Sheeraz Rizvi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

BJP wants to defeat the idea of Muslim vote bank by using Muslims

There is ample empirical evidence to suggest that the ‘Muslim vote bank’ is a myth.
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BJP’s 10 per cent reservation for upper castes is votebank politics, but will face legal issues

Implementation of the vote-catching decision, finalised by the Union Cabinet Monday, will require deft political maneuvering.
Voters in India | PTI

An individual voter is insignificant in our democracy, but a caste vote bank is invaluable

Identity politics can’t be brought to an end through legislation or actions of the election commission, but by endowing the individual with a strong voice.
Sealing drive protest

Politicians and their vote banks will make Delhi unliveable, says man behind sealing drive

Monitoring Committee chief Bhure Lal says unauthorised constructions and jhuggi clusters are allowed by politicians because of ‘vested interests’.

Once apolitical, Ram Rahim made himself indispensable to political parties

Once apolitical, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh became a political force as he began influencing elections to escape criminal cases.

On Camera

PM Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping | Commons

India must keep Beijing on tenterhooks, and wisely use its economic statecraft

A knee jerk disruption in trade ties will hurt Indian businesses, especially at a time when the economy is beginning to re-adjust to the new normal of Covid-19.
File photo of a Bharat Petroleum Corporation gas station in Mumbai

India’s fuel demand from cars to factories is beginning to bounce back

Provisional fuel sales in June climbed within 88% of 2019 levels from less than half in April in the midst of the world’s biggest lockdown, oil ministry said.

Defence

Indian Army (representational image) | Photo: PTI

India keeps tight watch on Pakistan as ceasefire violations rise at LoC amid China standoff

According to govt figures, April, May and June (as of 25th) have seen 387, 382 and 302 ceasefire violations, respectively — a three-fold rise since 2018.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

India must believe threat of war is real, even if Chinese build-up is coercive diplomacy

India invented coercive diplomacy with Op Parakram. But unlike Pakistan back then, it must never blink, be prepared for war, and wear out the Chinese.