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Immortalising a saint-reformer-revolutionary's teachings

The details of Guru's renunciation of family life, his mediation in the wilderness, his interaction with people of different strata of society, his building of temples and fight against untouchability fit into the making of a saint revolutionary.

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Dispelling the flawed fauji narratives

Indian constitutional mandate has ensured the supremacy of the democratic-civilian rule, even though the state has entrusted the armed forces with a wide and powerful latitude of manpower and weaponry (including nuclear).

India's BrahMos missile is making China jittery

The present Indian government has demonstrated clarity about its objectives in every field and is bold enough to call a spade a spade. In the BrahMos missile system India has found a strategic 'lever' to demonstrate its security and strategic concern to the Chinese regarding their efforts to counter Indian influence in South Asia, writes Sumit Walia for South Asia Monitor.

Getting Ready for the BIG Idea

While Finland and the Netherlands are about to pilot the Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) schemes, India’s Chief Economic Advisor, Arvind Subhramanian stated that Universal Basic Income (UBI) is likely to feature in India’s next economic survey. The schemes are government-backed guarantee that no one’s income should fall below the necessary level to meet their basic needs.

National discourse needed on LEMOA

Any national discourse on the strategic front, including – or, starting with -- LEMOA should thus consider the impact of LEMOA-like agreements on India’s ‘strategic independence’, nurtured through decades. It’s not a personality-driven political concern, but a reality-check of the present for the nation’s good in the future, writes N. Sathiya Moorthy for South Asia Monitor.

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Developing countries need support to combat climate change: India

Reminding the developed world of their commitments to developing countries, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said developing countries need support to combat climate change.


As countermeasure, India hikes import duty on 29 US products

In a retaliatory move against the recent US import duty hikes, India on Thursday raised customs duty on 29 products, including on iron and steel products imported from the US.