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Battle for Bihar: Complicated caste poll primer

It was June 25, 1975, a scorching day. Towards the evening, when the sun's fury had abated, Ravindra Kishore Sinha, then a young reporter, now a member of the Rajya Sabha and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national executive, walked into the room of the state's home secretary, R N Das, a 1962 batch IAS officer, in search of news. Very casually, as if he were preoccupied, Das said: "Ask your political friends not to sleep at home tonight." Sinha asked why.
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How Indian thought helped shape the Digital World

India has had a profound influence on the techno-scientific thinkers of our time – from physicist Werner Heisenberg to tech entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg. When Mark Zuckerberg revealed that he visited a Hindu temple when he was confused about the future of his company, the immediate interest is to identify that particular temple. But, perhaps, it was not the temple per se that did the magic for him. According to him, “seeing how people connected, having the opportunity...
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‘INS Kochi is proof India good at integrating different systems on one platform’

INS Kochi, which was commissioned by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar this week at Mumbai’s Naval Dockyard, signifies India’s exceptional indigenous capacity of system integration. This is one of the many firsts the huge stealth frigate can boast of. “Hardly any other country in the world has such a super-specialised skill,” Rear Admiral R.K. Shrawat (Retired), chairperson and managing director of Mazagon Dock Limited, told The Sunday Guardian.
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Misquoting RSS chief's quota quote: Media's Straw Man Fallacy

We should first review if the reservation policy has really benefitted the vulnerable or not. If the answer is yes, then the review is necessary to bring those who are yet not benefited within the ambit of benefit. If the answer is no, then the review is necessary to make changes in the policy and explore other options to benefit the dalits. The recent debate surrounding the interview of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to RSS mouthpieces...
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Leftist media’s confusing people, targeting Hindu groups – we’re against terrorists, not Muslims: Gadkari

There is a leftist media creating perceptions against reality. They have not been able to stomach Narendra Modi’s ascension as India’s prime minister. They have realised they can’t convince the public – so, they are trying to confuse them. We’re not discriminating on caste and creed – our agenda is ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’. We are against terrorists. We are not against Muslims.
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Battle for Bihar

Milan Vaishnav, Saksham KhoslOver the course of four weeks in October and November 2015, voters in the Indian state of Bihar will elect their next state government. In India, which has a staggered calendar of state and national elections, another poll is always right around the corner. Yet the upcoming vote in Bihar is widely seen as a referendum on the sixteen-month-old national government of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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At $30 bn, India world number one in FDI, a big boost for Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi must capitalise on the good news on the FDI and the competitiveness fronts to strengthen the India story by finding ways to facilitate reforms in areas like taxation and labour quickly. After a successful visit to the US which witnessed heightened expectations from India in the Silicon Valley in terms of growth in the digital technology and the startups domain, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been showered now with good news...
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Battle for Bihar: Complicated caste poll primer - Aditi Phadnis, Business Standard
NDA government has ushered in two big changes - AK Bhattacharya, Business Standard
How Indian thought helped shape the Digital World - Aravindan Neelakandan, Swarajya
The idea of Swachh Bharat - Anil Padmanabhan, Mint
Fail and pass - Tarun Khanna, Indian Express
Punish Dadri killers, don’t add fuel to fire - Pioneer
Small is beautiful, for minorities too - RK Sinha, Pioneer
Rein in self-proclaimed guardians of religions - Swapan Dasgupta, Pioneer
Owaisi and Ilk can take backseat, the change they're driving is not the sort India needs - Prabhu Chawla, NewIndianExpress
Modi's Digital India and the Binary Politics of BJP Isotopes - Shankkar Aiyar, NewIndianExpress
Congress’ jealousy of Modi is showing - Virendra Kapoor, Sunday Guardian
If Left doesn’t do God, it should try Godfather - MJ Akbar, Sunday Guardian
Bhagwat’s reservation remarks won’t affect Bihar elections - Pankaj Vohra, Sunday Guardian
‘INS Kochi is proof India good at integrating different systems on one platform’ - Vinaya Deshpande, Sunday Guardian
Rajasthan: All the right reforms - Aashish Chandorkar, Swarajya
Misquoting RSS chief's quota quote: Media's Straw Man Fallacy - Anish Gupta & Aaleya Giri, Pioneer
Good that Sushma Swaraj minced no words - Pioneer
Digital inclusion is as important as digital access - Jinoy Jose P, Business Line
Germany vital for India’s growth push - Jyotsna Suri, Financial Express
Now for the reality play - TN Ninan, Business Standard
Modi’s power drive - Gautam Adhikari, Times of India
Caste-based reservations need to be recast for the sake of a fairer society - Chetan Bhagat, Times of India
The FDI boost - Financial Express
Let’s track the small bangs - Bibek Debroy, Indian Express
Pak tests India's patience for talks - Vineeta Pandey, Pioneer
NSA talks must happen - Pioneer
Emerging powers on the prowl - Mayuri Mukherjee, Pioneer
Yakub Memon: A case for media as educators - V Raghunathan, Times of India
How Kalam’s role helped avert ‘Hindu bomb’ tag - Chidanand Rajghatta, ToI
Should politics simmer in caste cauldron? - Balbir Punj, NewIndianExpress
Why we need a time-use survey - Bibek Debroy, Indian Express
Indian Universities: Decline by degrees - Upinder Singh, Hindu
Narendra Modi’s Mann Ki Baat completes one year - Gyan Varma, Mint
UP NRHM scam probe touches Maya, what happens now? - Deeptiman Tiwary, IE
Cash brought in bag to homes of Digambar Kamat, Churchill Alemao: Goa police’s chargesheet in Louis Berger Bribery Case - Harsha Raj Gatty, Indian Express
If proof found against Sanatan Sanstha, will act on it: Devendra Fadnavis - P Vaidyanathan Iyer, Indian Express
Any Bihari will be CM…no leader from UP or Gujarat will, nor will anybody born in Italy, says Sushil Modi - Sheela Bhatt, Indian Express
Lynching planned to stoke unrest: Intel - Purusharth Aradhak, Times of India
BJP alone can restore Bihar’s lost glory: Shah - Priti Nath Jha, Times of India
Cong’s Punjab problem has Bihar deadline - Subodh Ghildiyal, Times of India
It's raining handouts in poll-bound Bihar - Kanchan Gupta, Pioneer
Modi's US visit to boost BJP election campaign in Bihar - Hari Shankar Vyas, Pioneer
BJP casts net wide for Rainbow coalition to exorcise caste ghost - Ajay Kumar, NewIndianExpress
Media trials can amount to propaganda - Pankaj Vohra, Sunday Guardian
BJP dents Lalu’s Yadav vote base - Navtan Kumar, Sunday Guardian
Key takeaways from PM Modi’s Banka rally in Bihar - Santosh Singh, Indian Express
Bengal on the brink of a second partition says Tapan Ghosh - Sahana Singh, Swarajya
Lalu Prasad back with his old divisive gameplan - Pioneer
Arvind Kejriwal lacks clarity on any strategy beyond Delhi - Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, Economic Times
CBI questions Mayawati to unearth ‘larger conspiracy’ in NRHM scam - Neeraj Chauhan, Times of India
Those who haven’t come clean on black money face consequences: Jaitley - Rajeev Deshpande, Sidhartha & Surojit Gupta, Times of India
Food security deadline over; UP, TN, Kerala to pay dearly - Dipak K Dash, Times of India
PM Modi conveys India's concerns to China on Lakhvi issue - Sachin Parashar, Times of India
The Neighbourhood/World

Industry must go beyond seminars and invest , Arun Jaitley  - Times of India

Muslims have experimented with everyone, will go with BJP now , Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi  - Indian Express

Most in Bose family junk crash theory , Surya Kumar Bose  - Times of India

Cricket’s game changer , Jagmohan Dalmiya  - Economic Times

Rahul needs a reality check , Amarinder Singh, Former Punjab CM  - Times of India

Bengal BJP’s new face , Roopa Ganguly  - Swarajya

BJP will emerge pre-eminent force in Bihar , Yogendra Yadav  - Times of India

Bagha Jatin, the forgotten hero , Jatindranath Mukherjee  - Pioneer



India is emerging as a global power, and it’s about time we acted like it. A global power means a country that can run its affairs smoothly when the PM is abroad. Unfortunately, our politicians are so concerned with maligning the PM’s trip that they are forgetting to work on issues that matter at home. Such a childish attitude will not hurt our PM - but could, one day, boomerang on India.
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Decades ago, growing up as a child of Indian diplomats meant a wrenching upheaval every few years. New country, new school, new friends, new culture. It also invariably meant cutting off ties, never seeing certain friends or places again for years, if at all ever again. It also often meant a growing disconnect from India...
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