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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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Heavy-handed tactics with Nepal are best avoided

Nepal and India share an open border and thus the ramifications of the political tumult being witnessed in the former are bound to spill over into the other side of the border. To assume, as the former PM of Nepal would have us believe, that India has nothing to lose will be misplaced, writes Nishant Rajeev for South Asia Monitor.

PV and me: He saw himself as an Indian Deng Xiao Ping

It was my privilege to have known and become friends with P V Narasimha Rao from the 1970s after he ended his tenure as Andhra’s Chief Minister (1971-1973) until his death in 2004 at age 83. Ours was a “quiet” friendship, writes Harold A. Gould.

Making sense of Balochistan

At the all-party meeting on August 13, PM Narendra Modi said: “There cannot be any compromise on national security, but we have to win the confidence of the people of J&K”. He directly blamed Pakistan-sponsored cross-border terrorism for fomenting unrest in the Valley. Significantly, he added that Pakistan must be exposed globally for atrocities in PoK (including Gilgit-Baltistan) and Balochistan. It was therefore inevitable that he would reiterate this during his address to the nation on Independence Day. 

Undo India's sporting tragedy

Despite the uplifting performances by gymnast Dipa Karmakar, wrestler Sakshi Malik and shuttler PV Sindhu, India's overall performance at the Olympics in Rio has been horrendous. Sports in India is broken, and we need to fix it.   
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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.