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We Are Not Compatible With Today’s India: Mehbooba Mufti

In her first press conference after her release from 14-month long detention, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti described the “struggle for the restoration of Article 370” and “resolution of Kashmir issue” as a long-drawn fight. Mehbooba, who had the erstwhile J&K state’s flag in front of her during her press conference, said she wouldn't contest polls as long as the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir was not restored. She said the government shouldn........

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Explained: What is MY formula?

MY stands for Muslim and Yadav, a formula wrought by RJD supremo Lalu Prasad to climb to power in 1990. The year earlier had seen the bloody riots in Bihar, in which over a thousand people were killed, many of them Muslims. The community felt betrayed by the Congress, led by its CM Satyendra Narayan Sinha, for its failure to manage the communal situation. Sinha did not even visit Bhagalpur after t........

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Ram Vilas Paswan: A National Leader Whose Political Playing Field Could Never Breach Bihar Border

when the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and Lalu Yadav ignored the Congress’s plan to fight the Lok Sabha polls in alliance. But within the paradigm of Dalit and subaltern politics, Paswan’s influence was compartmentalised to a state and a particular sub-caste. Though the Dalit leader from Hajipur burst onto the national scene with a record win much ahead of his contemporaries. Two Lok Sabha bye-polls, contested in the mid-1980s in fact determined the ........

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Jaswant Singh: The courteous scholar-politician who was often out of sync with his party

jaswant Singh, 82, was always somewhat of a misfit in the , a party he helped found in 1980, and which he ably represented as a nine-time parliamentarian and Minister with key portfolios in the Vajpayee years between 1998 and 2004. But the former Army Major with his liberalism, courteous old world military mannerisms, his interest in books and scholarship, and his outspokenness, was often out of sync with many in his party – the reason he was twice expelled from the BJP. At the time of his death, Singh was no longer in the party, b........

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PM Has Visited 58 Nations Since 2015 At Cost Of Rs 517 Crore: Centre

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited 58 countries since 2015 at a total cost of Rs 517 crore, the government said Tuesday in a written response to a question raised in the Rajya Sabha. Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said the Prime Minister had visited the United States and Russia the most - five visits each. PM Modi has also visited China - with whom India is engaged in a prolonged and serious border stand-off in eastern Ladakh - five times, he added. Among other countries visited by the Prime Minister are Singapore, Germany, France, the United Arab E........

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Birthday Wishes Pour In As PM Narendra Modi Turns 70

Birthday greetings poured in from leaders across India and the world as Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned 70. Twitter has been abuzz with birthday wishes for the Prime Minister and #HappyBirthdayPMModi trending. Various leaders across parties including Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi have tweeted their greetings for PM Modi. On the occasion of PM Modi's birthday,BJP has organised severa........

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China in unauthorized occupation of about 38,000 square km of land in Ladakh, action shows disregard towards bilateral ties: Rajnath Singh

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday asserted that China is in unauthorized occupation of about 38,000 square km of land in Ladakh, adding that its action shows its disregard towards our various bilateral agreements. Speaking in Lok Sabha, Singh stated that under a so-called Boundary-Agreement in 1963, Pakistan illegally handed over 5,180 square km of Indian land of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to China. "As this House is aware, China is in unauthorized occupation of about 38,000 square km of land in Ladakh. Also, under a so-called Boundary-Agreement ........

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Opinion: Why PM Modi Remains So Popular Despite Coronavirus Crisis

India's Covid-19 cases continue to climb, even as the economy tanks. China is pressing forward on the two countries' disputed Himalayan border, where dozens of Indian soldiers have been killed. Tax revenues have plummeted, state governments are unhappy and 21 million of India's rare salaried jobs vanished in the last few months. And yet Prime Minister Narendra Modi - who recently posted pictures of himself feeding peacocks in his serene garden - remains as popular as ever. How does Modi do it? W........

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Politically-sophisticated Network Tried to Influence 2020 Delhi Polls, Claims Sacked Facebook Employee

A former employee of Facebook has claimed that the social media giant ignored or was slow to deal with fake accounts that influenced elections around the world, including India. In a 6,600-word internal memo, written by former Facebook data scientist Sophie Zhang on her last day at the company, and obtained by BuzzFeed News, Zhang reveals how the platform was used to sway public opinion and manipulate elections. “In the three years I’ve spent at Facebook, I’ve found multiple........

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Congress Goes For An Overhaul: Azad, Kharge Dropped As General Secretaries, Special Panel Set Up To Assist Sonia

Weeks after the ‘letter row’ which brought in open the internal tussle of the Indian National Congress, the party bids for a structural and operational overhaul , dropping some key names from its list of general secretaries and and setting up a new special committee. Leaders like Gulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni, Moti Lal Vohra, Luzenio Falerio and Mallikarjun Khadge were dropped from the list of party’s general secretaries, the party announced.........

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"History Will Judge Your Silence": Kangana Ranaut Targets Sonia Gandhi

Kangana Ranaut also took another swipe at the Shiv Sena, invoking its founder Bal Thackeray. Actor Kangana Ranaut, in her fight against Maharashtra's ruling Shiv Sena, today targeted Sonia Gandhi, whose Congress party is part of the Sena-led coalition government. "History will judge your silence and indifference," she told the Congress president, calling the demolition at her office on Wednesday an act of "harassment" by the state government. "Dear respected honourable Congress president Sonia Gandhi ji, being a woman a........

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From Birbhum's 'Poltu' to President in Rashtrapati Bhavan: Pranab Da's Illustrious Journey in Politics

In the days of pre-independent India, young Poltu from the small village of Mirati in Birbhum District of West Bengal loved playing a game of politics. A group of his friends would dress up as Indians and other group as 'Britishers' for this game, in which, the Indian side would always win. , a freedom fighter who spent more than 10 years in British jails, for Poltu, everything was political from an early age. The evening discussions at Poltu's house always revolved around politics, and he would swallow every word of ........

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A Step Towards Simultaneous Elections? Prime Minister’s Office Holds Meeting To Discuss Common Voters List For All Polls In Country

In a significant development, Prime Minister's Office (PMO) earlier this month held a meeting to discuss the possibility of instituting a common voter's list for elections to all the local bodies, State Assemblies and the Lok Sabha, Indian Express. The meeting chaired by PK Mishra, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 13 August discussed two options. First, a constitutional amendment to Articles 243K and 243ZA that would make it mandatory to have a single electoral roll for all polls in the count........

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5 Reasons Why Rahul Gandhi Cannot Take On Modi For PM - by Ramachandra Guha

For general elections in India are now increasingly presidential. Can the person who so lamentably failed to take on Narendra Modi twice in succession succeed on his third try? A recent poll suggests he can't. This asked voters to choose their favoured Prime Minister, finding that while 66% nominated Narendra Modi, a mere 8% opted for Rahul Gandhi. "The nicest thing one can say about Mr Rahul Gandhi is that he is a well-intentioned dilettante. He has shown no signs of administrative a........

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PM Cares funds need not be transferred to NDRF, says SC as it dismisses plea

The Supreme Court Tuesday said the money deposited in the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM Cares) Fund need not be transferred to the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF). Dismissing a petition filed by NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation, the apex court said no order could be issued for transferring money from the PM Cares Fund. The NGO had seeking direction to the government to transfer fund........

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Home Minister Amit Shah Shifted to AIIMS from Home Isolation After Complaining of Fatigue, Body Aches

Union Home Minister Amit Shah was shifted to AIIMS late on Monday night after he complained of "fatigue and body aches". Shah, who was admitted to Gurugram's Medanta after he tested positive for coronavirus, had recently tested negative and was in home isolation. In a press release, AIIMS said the minister had been complaining of fatigue and body aches for 3-4 days and has been admitted for "post Covid care". "He is comfortable an........

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Kashi, Mathura Next? A Petition In SC Against Place Of Worship Act 1991 Sparks Fears Of Ayodhya Replay

Over 100 people are engaged in the ongoing work of the Kashi Viswanath Corridor project, a five lakh square feet area being developed to provide access to the temple. Loud, juddering earth-movers and heavy dumpers often drown out the sound of temple bells and conches in the labyrinthine quarter. New structures have sprouted in the lanes, replacing some heritage buildings, as serpentine bylanes are widened for........

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Rajasthan HC tells Speaker not to act against Sachin Pilot, rebel MLAs till July 24

In a three-day breather for Sachin Pilot and other rebel Congress MLAs, the Rajasthan HC on Tuesday asked the Speaker not to act against the rebel Congress MLAs till Friday.........

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Remembering Lalji Tandon: Vajpayee's 'Duttak Putra' Who Truly Embodied Lucknowi 'Tehzeeb' in Indian Politics

Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon breathed his last on Tuesday morning after a month-long struggle against acute illness, comprising multiple organ failures, at a super specialty hospital in Lucknow. He was 85. The veteran of Indian politics will, however, be remembered for long because of his good nature and social and political outreach that was never curtailed by his political ideology. ........

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Deja Vu: Sachin Pilot Too Being Sidelined And Persecuted, Says Scindia

As Rajasthan politics heats up over Congress Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot being summoned by the police of his own government, his old party colleague turned BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia has added to the intra-Congress tussle by saying that Pilot is being "persecuted" by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. In a tweet that has intensified speculation about the BJP's next move, Scindia said, "Sad to see my erstwhile colleague, Sachin Pilot, too being sidelined and persecuted by Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot. Shows that........

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