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A deadpan interview with Citizen Urvish
India

A deadpan interview with Citizen Urvish

Satirist Urvish Kothari tells Devansh Dixit that he is an ordinary citizen in a country of extraordinary lies.

Raj Bhavan's messaging in Rajasthan and J&K is yet another reminder of gubernatorial overreach in contemporary Indian politics
Politics

Raj Bhavan's messaging in Rajasthan and J&K is yet another reminder of gubernatorial overreach in contemporary Indian politics

It is extremely doubtful whether any canon of gubernatorial propriety allows a Governor to say that the chief minister of the state which he ceremonially heads is running a ‘police state’ as Dhankar did early in May this year.

BJP's Mukul Roy says no differences with leadership, reports of joining TMC 'malicious and misleading'
Politics

BJP's Mukul Roy says no differences with leadership, reports of joining TMC 'malicious and misleading'

Roy, addressing a press conference, scotched speculation about him returning to the Trinamool Congress.

Delhi Police cites UAPA to block website opposing draft EIA 2020; site back online after cops 'withdraw' notice
India

Delhi Police cites UAPA to block website opposing draft EIA 2020; site back online after cops 'withdraw' notice

Running an online campaign against the controversial Draft EIA 2020, FridaysforFuture.in was blocked by the Delhi Police, saying it depicted "objectionable contents and unlawful activities or terrorist act, which are dangerous for the peace, tranquillity and sovereignty of the India"

Arrested for sedition in UP's Azamgarh district, maulana says he tried to defuse CAA, NRC protest, not instigate it
India

Arrested for sedition in UP's Azamgarh district, maulana says he tried to defuse CAA, NRC protest, not instigate it

Events are related to the sit-in protest called by a group of women in UP's Azamgarh district to protest against CAA and NRC. The FIR contradicts Rashadi’s version. Dubbing the protesters 'rioters', the FIR said that in spite of warning them about the Section 144, which prohibits gathering of more than 3 people, they did not withdraw the protest.

The home minister's detractors are wrong; Amit Shah was as busy as ever during the lockdown, doing what he does best
Politics

The home minister's detractors are wrong; Amit Shah was as busy as ever during the lockdown, doing what he does best

Home Minister Amit Shah has been seen on the front page of newspapers after a significant gap of time. He is back to doing what he revels in: campaigning for elections. And he’s doing it in his typical no-holds-barred style. No expenses barred either.

Amit Shah admits Centre 'may have fallen short' in dealing with COVID-19 crisis, questions what Opposition parties did
India

Amit Shah admits Centre 'may have fallen short' in dealing with COVID-19 crisis, questions what Opposition parties did

Somebody was interviewing people abroad in English on how to fight the coronavirus, Shah said in an apparent jibe at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, and added that the Congress never did anything during disasters that the country has faced over the years except for 'interviews'.

In virtual rally, Amit Shah slams Mamata Banerjee over 'culture of political violence' in Bengal, claims state govt patronises corruption
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In virtual rally, Amit Shah slams Mamata Banerjee over 'culture of political violence' in Bengal, claims state govt patronises corruption

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday attacked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the alleged culture of political violence in the state

Concerted action in wake of Cyclone Amphan, COVID-19 should focus on building strong public infrastructure in Bengal
India

Concerted action in wake of Cyclone Amphan, COVID-19 should focus on building strong public infrastructure in Bengal

After Cyclone Amphan battered coastal and deltaic West Bengal on 20 May, the mammoth task of picking up the pieces can justifiably be said to have just begun. It took the Centre some time to react, but after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s aerial survey on 22 May coordination seems to have been established.

COVID-19 Lockdown: 50% of stranded migrant labourers have less than Rs 100; 97% didn't get cash transfer from govt, finds report
India

COVID-19 Lockdown: 50% of stranded migrant labourers have less than Rs 100; 97% didn't get cash transfer from govt, finds report

With no cash-relief for migrant workers, the SWAN report said 64 percent have less than Rs 100 left with them. With no change since 14 April, about 78 percent of people had Rs 300 or less left with them and 74 percent of people had Rs 200 or less left with them. “This is out of 9,981 stranded workers for whom we have this data,” the report added. Over 97 percent (out of 10,383) have not received any cash relief from the government.

Coronavirus Lockdown: Congress paying for stranded migrants' return train fare is humanitarianism wrapped in deft politics
India

Coronavirus Lockdown: Congress paying for stranded migrants' return train fare is humanitarianism wrapped in deft politics

The Centre’s decision to charge fares from migrants, which include a surcharge of Rs 50 — one a ‘superfast’ levy of Rs 30 and the additional charge of Rs 20 — has attracted, not surprisingly, condemnation across the board.

Akhilesh Yadav questions UP govt's handling of COVID-19 crisis, says 'BJP following its basic training, creating hatred against Muslims'
Politics

Akhilesh Yadav questions UP govt's handling of COVID-19 crisis, says 'BJP following its basic training, creating hatred against Muslims'

Akhilesh did not challenge the nation-level decision to impose a lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus, but added that the government should keep in mind the economic impact of prolonged restrictions.

Kannada actor Bullet Prakash placed on ventilator after being hospitalised for kidney and liver ailment
Entertainment

Kannada actor Bullet Prakash placed on ventilator after being hospitalised for kidney and liver ailment

Bullet Prakash has been a part of a number of popular films like the 2008 comedy-romance film Mast Maja Maadi, 2010's Aithalakkadi and 2014's Aryan.

Sixteen Stormy Days: Tripurdaman Singh's account of the First Amendment to Indian Constitution makes for a compelling read
Life

Sixteen Stormy Days: Tripurdaman Singh's account of the First Amendment to Indian Constitution makes for a compelling read

When did the executive branch begin to bend the judiciary to their (political) will in India and how? Sixteen Stormy Days, a new non-fiction book by Tripurdaman Singh, tries to answer this question — and address the long-term effects of the First Amendment to the Indian constitution.

Minority languages suffer from institutional neglect, biases as Indian govt saves its focus for 'classical languages'
Opinion

Minority languages suffer from institutional neglect, biases as Indian govt saves its focus for 'classical languages'

Minority languages suffer from institutional neglect since India’s states, founded on the principle of linguistic nationalism, view these languages with suspicion. The Central Government, on the other hand, saves its focus for English and Hindi, the undeserving recipient of nationwide propagation.

TMC says Parliament being treated 'like BJP's back office', alleges Modi, Shah didn't allow discussion on Delhi riots
Politics

TMC says Parliament being treated 'like BJP's back office', alleges Modi, Shah didn't allow discussion on Delhi riots

At least 47 people were killed and around 200 sustained injuries in the violence that hit northeast Delhi last month

JP Nadda asks BJP state chiefs not to hold Holi celebrations amid coronavirus outbreak as 28 cases reported across country
Politics

JP Nadda asks BJP state chiefs not to hold Holi celebrations amid coronavirus outbreak as 28 cases reported across country

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan had earlier confirmed that the country now had 28 confirmed cases of coronavirus

Electoral compulsion behind Mamata's volte-face on illegal immigrants: Owaisi's rising clout poses challenges for Bengal CM
Politics

Electoral compulsion behind Mamata's volte-face on illegal immigrants: Owaisi's rising clout poses challenges for Bengal CM

To understand the impulses at work that prompted Mamata to make such a statement, we need to put her comments in context of her opposition to the Centre's Citizenship Amendment Act. The Bengal chief minister has been a staunch and vocal critic of the Citizenship Amendment Act and has vowed not to let CAA (and NRC, if and when it is promulgated) be implemented in Bengal. This is curious.

On TMC turf, local issues threaten BJP's prospects in West Bengal civic polls; party’s ‘goli maaro’ sentiment will hurt it politically
Politics

On TMC turf, local issues threaten BJP's prospects in West Bengal civic polls; party’s ‘goli maaro’ sentiment will hurt it politically

Whether a poor showing in the municipal elections will augur a comfortable return to power for the Trinamool Congress is a matter of speculation.

Khambhat violence: Residents recall 2002 riots as communal clashes erupt in Gujarat town
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Khambhat violence: Residents recall 2002 riots as communal clashes erupt in Gujarat town

The riots in Khambhat come at a time when Delhi is reeling under communal violence after Hindu and Muslim protesters clashed over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens.