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Sabarimala: The Indian god who bars women from his temple

The Sabarimala temple in the south Indian state of Kerala this week opened its doors to women of all ages for the first time after a historic Supreme Court ruling. However no women devotees have yet entered as violent protesters have blocked their way. Two women – journalist Kavitha Jagdal and social activist Rehana Fathima – managed to reach the main temple premises on Thursday. More than 100 policemen protected […]

Rahul Gandhi slams Narendra Modi at Rajasthan rally, says demonetisation and GST 'destroyed economy'

Taking his attack against Prime Minister Narendra Modi to poll-bound Rajasthan, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax, which he referred to as Gabbar Singh Tax, had destroyed India’s economy. Addressing a rally in Dholpur’s Mania area, Rahul said the prime minister had declared during elections that he wanted to be a ‘chowkidar’ but never clarified who he wanted to guard. The Congress […]

Imran Khan 'disappointed at arrogant response by India', takes shot at 'small men' in 'big offices' who lack vision

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday said that Pakistan’s offer of “friendship” to India should not be considered as its weakness and the Indian leadership should shun “arrogance” to hold peace talks. Khan had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking to re-start bilateral talks on key issues including terrorism and Kashmir. India initially agreed to a meeting between Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah […]

PM Modi betrayed India, dishonoured blood of our soldiers, says Rahul Gandhi after Hollande's stunning Rafale claims

Former French President Francois Hollande’s stunning claims on Rafale deal sparked a major political storm in India on Friday. In an interview to a French investigative news site Mediapart, Hollande claimed that it was the Indian government that had proposed the name of Anil Ambani’s company for the Rafalde deal and that it had no choice in this matter. The statement gave the Congress ultimate fodder in the election year […]

Lynching in name of cow unacceptable: Mohan Bhagwat

On the last day of the three-day lecture series, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said lynching in the name of the cow is unacceptable. Bhagwat, while answering queries from several in the audience, spoke of several issues, ranging from section 377 to Article 370, from casteism to Hindutva. “Violence is completely unacceptable and strict action should be taken. Gau raksha should be done in a Constitutional way, but gau rakshaks should […]

Price rise may prove costly for Modi govt in 2019 polls, says Baba Ramdev

Yoga guru Ramdev on Sunday cautioned that price rise across the country, if not controlled soon, may prove costly for the Modi government in the next general elections. Ramdev also said he would not campaign for the BJP in the 2019 elections, unlike in 2014 when he actively worked in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Many laud the policies of the Modi government, but some need correction now… Price […]

Telangana polls: BJP borrows from H'bad history to recast PM as Vallabhbhai Patel, paints KCR as 'new Nizam'

The BJP is on a casting spree in Telangana. Its pre-election production in India’s youngest state borrows liberally from the events surrounding the liberation of Hyderabad on 17 September, 1948. The kingdom of Hyderabad joined the Indian Union 13 months after India gained independence. This was made possible through ‘Operation Polo’, mounted by the Indian forces that marched into Nizam’s territory. Taking its hero worship of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel a […]

USA warns other countries not to have economic activities with Iran post Nov 4

The United States has warned of having a “fundamentally different set of rules” to deal with the countries continuing to have economic activities with Iran after its sanction against Tehran becomes fully operational on November 4. “Make no mistake about it, come November 4 (and) there will be a fundamentally different set of rules with respect to anyone who deems it necessary to engage in economic activities with the Islamic […]

PM Modi's chances of getting re-elected in 2019 has fallen down to 50%: Analyst Ruchir Sharma

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s chances of getting re-elected in the 2019 elections have slipped from 99 per cent in 2017 to 50 per cent , says economic analyst Ruchir Sharma, noting that a fragmented opposition is showing signs of coming together. The BJP won with 31 per cent vote share in 2014 because the opposition was fragmented, seat share was disproportionate and its vote was concentrated, said the New York […]

Rahul Gandhi says note ban deliberate

An aggressive Rahul Gandhi on Thursday launched a two-pronged offensive against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on demonetisation and Rafale deal, terming them as huge scams which were committed to help his “crony capitalist friends”. In a no-holds-barred attack on Mr Modi, the Congress chief alleged that the noteban “scam” was deliberately inflicted on common people by the PM who owes an answer to the country on why he did so, […]