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Video calls, diamonds, bags worth lakhs — ‘love affair’ of actor Jacqueline & ‘conman’ Sukesh

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2 meetings, video calls, gifts — inside story of actor Jacqueline & ‘conman’ Sukesh ‘love affair’

Alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar allegedly got in touch with actor Jacqueline Fernandez from inside Tihar Jail in 2021 through a go-between to begin seven-month ‘love affair’, reports Ananya Bhardwaj.

‘Brownie never hurt us before’—Pit bull case shows India’s misplaced obsession with fancy dogs

In India, an increasing number of people are spending thousands on expensive dog breeds. They lack the knowledge to train them, reports Shikha Salaria.

How India is trying to win the semiconductor race, fighting decades of challenges & setbacks

India lagged in semiconductor revolution of the 1980s, while countries like China and Taiwan raced ahead. Some start-ups are doing cutting-edge work, but there’s a long way to go, reports Regina Mihindukulasuriya.

Summoning Sonia Gandhi to ED will raise public sympathy. BJP knows it, wants it

Modi’s BJP would much rather have Congress as the main opponent than fight regional leaders who are more street-smart and politically nimble, writes Zainab Sikander.

Why Dhankhar and Murmu are perfect fit in Modi’s Mission 2024

Modi knows he can bank on Jagdeep Dhankhar when opposition members in the Rajya Sabha start reading the rule book. Draupadi Murmu, a tribal face as India’s President, works wonderfully for the BJP in about a dozen Assembly elections leading to the 2024 Lok Sabha election. writes D.K. Singh.

Chola period wasn’t golden age of Tamils. Modern obsession with their glory is misplaced

Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan is another attempt to reclaim the medieval Chola dynasty as icons of muscular nationalism, writes Anirudh Kanisetti.

Sack of the Hindu caravan, and future of Indian secularism

For too long was the burden of protecting India’s secularism outsourced to its 14% Muslims. It’s time that burden shifted to the Hindus, writes Shekhar Gupta in this week’s ‘National Interest’.

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