In his last speech as President of India, Pranab Mukherjee drew upon the wealth of his public life and political acumen to give a few things for the nation to reflect upon, especially during these times.
China has hinted that its top diplomat Yang Jiechi and Indian NSA Ajit Doval may hold a bilateral meeting this week on the sidelines of the BRICS NSA Summit even as it warned New Delhi to shed "illusory thinking" and immediately withdraw troops that Beijing says have crossed into Chinese territory.
India faces a "real danger to freedom of expression", says Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, a veteran journalist, who quit as editor of Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) after he was asked by the trust that manages the internationally respected journal to withdraw two articles critical of the government for favouring the Adani business group.
In a major crackdown against terror funding in Kashmir Valley, the National Investigating Agency (NIA) has arrested seven Hurriyat leaders in Srinagar. Among those who were arrested include Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Gilani’s son in law Altaf Fantosh. Fantosh was last month questioned by the sleuths in connection with its investigation in funding of terror and subversive activities in the Valley. He was also questioned about his properties, including his residences in the Valley and in Jammu.
When the women of Morthala village in Rajasthan sat down to eat, it was usually after the rest of the family had finished eating -- the men first, the children next and them last. But now that is changing due to a two-year project aimed at breaking this tradition.
Eight Jammu and Kashmir policemen, including an Assistant Sub-Inspector, were beaten up by some army men in civvies when asked to stop at a check post in Ganderbal district.
Only the naive will believe that the elevation of a Dalit, Ramnath Kovind, as the President is of seminal importance either for the community or for the party which chose him.
Kerala Congress legislator M. Vincent was on Saturday arrested, a day after being charged with sexual harassment and stalking of a 51-year-old woman who attempted suicide earlier this week. A court here sent him to 14 days judicial custody.