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How US bill on Tibet can check Chinese excesses, but why India’s hands are still tied

If India takes any stand on Chinese interests whether in Tibet or South China Sea, it would bear the brunt of Chinese retaliation.
A toy figurine of the Ant Group Co. mascot sits on a desk at the company's headquarters in Hangzhou, China, on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Jack Ma's Ant Group is seeking to raise $17.5 billion in its Hong Kong share sale and won't seek to lock in cornerstone investors, confident there will be plenty of demand for one of the largest equity deals in the financial hub, according to people familiar with the matter. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Ant Group — A $280 billion unicorn that just had its legs broken

Less than two months after the dramatic cancellation of its blockbuster IPO, Ant executives are left in charge of a company whose own narrative is now unclear.
Farmers protesting at Singhu border | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Why the farmers’ protest is led by Sikhs of Punjab

The Khalistan movement in the 1980s may have limited support for Punjab’s Sikhs in the battle with the Indira Gandhi govt. But in Modi govt's farm laws, they have a worthy cause.

NDA just lost its 19th ally since 2014, but here’s why Modi-Shah pretend they can’t care less

The only way to look at Modi’s and Shah’s seeming indifference to departing allies has to be in the context of the BJP’s expansion plans and its willingness to shed unwanted, extra baggage.

Work to biting nails to Netflix – What we learned and unlearned in 2020

Maybe we’ll still cough in public, not share spoons, or work from home sometimes. But we won't take our lipsticks, luxury and loneliness for granted.
File photo of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson | Photo by Stefan Rousseau- WPA Pool/Getty Images via Bloomberg

Boris Johnson delivers a Brexit — and a personal victory

The UK and the EU had very different priorities. But the fact that they both are declaring victory at the end of contentious negotiations is remarkable diplomatic accomplishment.

Virtual to cardboard audiences, DIY training — 2020 pushed athletes to keep sports alive

Covid-19 actually reminded sports fans what to expect from their favourite athletes — to adapt to adverse situations and use them to your favour.

2020 was a do-over or die moment for museums. But there’s a new divide now

Museums like the Smithsonian have mounted shows on the Spanish flu, but Indian museums show no drive to document, collect, or preserve India’s Covid story.
PM Narendra Modi at the virtual interaction with farmers Friday | ANI

Why Indian agriculture needs reforms but cannot be forced upon farmers

In episode 648 of #Cut the Clutter, Shekhar Gupta talks about the PM's approach towards farmers and the opposition parties, while listing out the benefits of agriculture reforms.
Google search engine displayed on a laptop (representational image) | Pexels

Google analysed billions of search requests in 2020. Here’s what it found

Google’s Year in Search 2020 provides a snapshot of the fears, anxieties, distractions, and obsessions of an extraordinary year.