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    Rama - integral across the length and breadth of India

    Renditions of the Ramayana abound. One might say there are as many versions as there are narrators, giving rise to the rich narrative tradition known as Ram Katha. Each language in India, each region and caste group, has its own and unique version. As historian R S Sharma observed, the ancient epic was "studied with the same zeal and devotion in the land of Tamils as in the intellectual...

    • 18 hrs ago
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    FPJ Edit: All eyes on CBI in Sushant death case

    The tussle between the Mumbai police and the Bihar police on the events leading to the mysterious death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in Mumbai on July 14 has led the Centre to accept the Bihar government's plea for handing over the probe in this high-profile case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

    • 18 hrs ago
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    The colour of a conquest, writes Jagdish Rattanani

    A 22-kilogram silver brick marks the symbolic laying of the foundations of what we are promised will be a grand temple to Lord Ram at the spot in Ayodhya where the disputed Babri Masjid once stood. Some will see it as the culmination of a long battle to reclaim the site or to protect it, depending on the point of view.

    • 2 days ago
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    Sport as diplomacy in India-Pakistan ties

    Is Partition over? The answer is a clear no. As much as being born in hope, Pakistan also began its existence in incandescent rage. The partition of minds between Indians and Pakistanis, and Hindus and Muslims, in both nations bakes us daily. A millennium of co- existence, fractured by disruptions of sacred geographies, has failed to resolve the subcontinent's dilemmas.

    • 2 days ago
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    FPJ Edit: August 5-Not a day of majoritarian triumphalism, please

    On Wednesday, August 5, the prime minister will perform bhoomi puja for the construction of what is billed as the grandest temple to Lord Rama at the once disputed site in Ayodhya. Will that apply closure to the long-festering communal strife over the centuries-old mandir-masjid dispute? In one way, it should.

    • 2 days ago
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    FPJ Edit: Hooch deaths bare fissures in Punjab Congress

    The hooch tragedy in Punjab which has already claimed over 100 lives, leaving many more blind and crippled, has yet again ignited the factional fight within the ruling Congress. Two Rajya Sabha members of the party, including Pratap Singh Bajwa, sought a CBI inquiry into the tragedy, alleging complicity of the State authorities.

    • 2 days ago
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    Tang Guocai, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Mumbai writes on colonial history and the question of Hong Kong

    Recently, some Western politicians have found new accusations against China's National Security Law for Hong Kong SAR, after scapegoating China to conceal their failure in containing COVID-19. They tried to beautify colonial history and deliberately undermine China's sovereignty over Hong Kong. I believe that...

    • 3 days ago
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    FPJ Edit: All eyes on the 'epochal' event in Ayodhya on August 5

    Amit Shah is the most high-profile politician to be infected with the coronavirus. The 55-year-old Union Home Minister on Sunday got himself admitted in a private multi-disciplinary hospital in Gurgaon, Haryana, and advised everyone who had been in touch with him to self-quarantine himself. A number of ministers, top bureaucrats and aides have as a matter of abundant precaution...

    • 3 days ago
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    Is India praiseworthy in the war against COVID-19?

    In his speech delivered 'virtually' on July 27 to flag off 'high-throughput' testing facilities in Mumbai, Kolkata and Noida, Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that India is in a 'better position than other countries' in the war against coronavirus pandemic. Claiming that his decision to go for a nationwide lockdown at the 'right time' saved India from...

    • 3 days ago
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    FPJ Edit: Amar Singh died embittered and dejected

    Independent Rajya Sabha member, Amar Singh, who died in a Singapore hospital after a prolonged kidney ailment on Saturday, was one of the more colourful politicians who at one time exercised a disproportionately high influence in the fragmented national polity. Given his gift of the gab, his ability to befriend VVIPs from the diverse worlds of Bollywood, finance, sports, and even media, Singh...

    • 4 days ago

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