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A Bhartiya Kisan Union member protests against three ordinances passed by the Centre, in Sri Muktsar Sahib | PTI

Farmers’ protest a big challenge for Modi. Bigger than demonetisation, GST

Rural distress has been on the rise, stoking farmers’ anger. And politics has added fuel, making it a lethal cocktail.
Representational image of a vaccine shot | RF._.studio | Pexels

There’s light at the end of the Covid tunnel — the glimmer of a vaccine needle

With Pfizer, Moderna as well as developers of Sputnik V and CoronaVac citing over 90% efficacy of their vaccines, the world finally has a reason to hope 2021 will be different.
BJP President J.P. Nadda left) and PM Narendra Modi right) addressing the crowd | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

From JP to BJP — the many hues of politics and governance in Bihar

Gandhi’s Champaran to JP movement to backing BJP — Bihar is India’s cradle of democracy.
Election officials wearing protective masks count military absentee ballots for the 2020 Presidential election in Georgia, US, on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. | Photographer: Elijah Nouvelage | Bloomberg

Greatness of US’ maze-like electoral system can’t match Indian voting. Just look at the delay

For Indians stoically used to multiple phases of polling — three in just the ongoing Bihar assembly election – the spectre of delay in the world’s oldest democracy seems baffling.
The French President Emmanuel Macron | Marc Piasecki/Getty Images

Not just Macron’s politics, it’s France’s brand of secularism that always clashed with Islam

President Emmanuel Macron's vow to defend French laicite from 'Islamist radicalism' goes beyond the tension highlighted by Prophet cartoon beheading.
File photo | West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee inaugurates a Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata, 18 Oct |PTI

Bengal’s Durga Puja 2020 is a petri dish of politics and pandemic, a perfect storm for BJP

Durga Puja is West Bengal’s biggest festival — it has also become Mamata Banerjee’s biggest problem now.
Actress-turned-politician Khushbu Sundar has resigned from the Congress | Twitter: @khushsundar

Stifled in DMK, Congress, can BJP tolerate ‘outspoken’ Khushbu?

DMK leaders say Khushbu Sundar's efforts to balance her cinema and political career worked against her. But for the new BJP entrant, her 'Muslim' side is as much a battle.
Lok Janshakti Party president Chirag Paswan has not committed to staying in the NDA for the Bihar elections | Photo: ANI

Bollywood to Bihar — LJP’s Chirag Paswan has 1 month to emerge from his father’s shadow

Some say Chirag Paswan doesn’t have a connect with his voters like Ram Vilas Paswan did. But he’s making all the right noises in Bihar before the polls.
Relatives and family members requested the police to at least take the body for few hours to the house, however, they refused | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

‘Drunk on power’ UP Police will break the system beyond repair

UP Police already seems to show little regard for rule of law and due process. Now it is also going to be empowered with a special security force that can search and arrest without a warrant.

Living in CBI-NIA’s shadows for long, NCB now enjoying newfound spotlight

Thanks to some Bollywood A-listers and their WhatsApp chats, the Narcotics Control Bureau now occupies the centre stage of many evening news shows.

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