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Meet Shah’s minders tasked with ensuring BJP’s victory

After the BJP lost the recent assembly polls, one of Shah’s first acts was to appoint new prabharis before the Lok Sabha election. Radhika Ramaseshan reports on the significance of this post that doesn’t exist in the BJP’s constitution. The multi-tiered hierarchy of the Bharatiya Janata Party is designed to allow a measure of decentralisation to co-exist with […]

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Whose Song Is It Anyway?

Vande Mataram, the ode to Bengal, continues to stir controversy. In one way or another, all art is political. And any visible shift in the social and political discourse of the times has artists at the forefront. But what is a little puzzling is how a song which was meant to be an enchanting elegy […]

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CPI(M), RSS unleashing violence: Chennithala

The CPI(M) and RSS were unleashing violence and spreading unrest in the State, alleged Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala. Speaking to media persons here on Sunday, Mr. Chennithala said the law and order system of the State had collapsed and the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was behaving like the secretary of the CPI(M). Referring […]

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Explained: Mandir demand and the law

VHP, RSS have demanded legislation to allow building Ram temple in Ayodhya. If the govt attempts this, what steps can it take? Can the Supreme Court then intervene? What the law says, and some precedents Over the last several days, the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), the RSS, a few prominent BJP leaders and religious figures […]

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December 4, 1978, Forty Years Ago: Aligarh riots

The role of K K Navman, the local Janata leader, has been mentioned. The Minorities Commission has found that the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) was involved in the recent Aligarh riots. It has demanded its immediate removal from the city. In its 20-page report submitted to the prime minister the Commission suggested the formation of […]