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The Morning Wrap: BJP's Double Standards; Nitish Kumar To Be PM Candidate For 2019?

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29/03/2017 8:04 AM IST | Updated 29/03/2017 9:11 AM IST
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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has made anti-beef politics a hallmark of its identity, decided to make an exception for the sale and consumption of the meat in India's Northeast, should it come to power in the three states that go to election next year. Is the party's 'ideology' then all a sham?

The Indian right-wing internet's hatred for Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb is frequently expressed. But what does history say about the ruler, who is accused of being a tyrant and a bigot? Historian Audrey Truschke's fascinating new biography sheds light on a complex and important character.

In yet another shocking incident of racism, African students in Greater Noida were beaten up by an angry mob inside a shopping mall. The outrage seemed to have been sparked by the death of a teenager from a suspected drug overdose, which was blamed on the Nigerian nationals.

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Soon after his appointment, the Army chief General Bipin Rawat had warned that civilians trying to disrupt combat operations against militants in would be treated as overground members of terror outfits. Now, the army in Jammu and Kashmir, fired at civilian sympathisers of a terrorist, killing three of them, on Tuesday.

After resisting the idea for years, the Supreme Court has ordered CCTV cameras to be installed, without any provision for audio recording, in at least two districts in all states and Union territories to record court proceedings.

After being denied permission, twice, to fly on Air India for his violent behaviour, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad finally boarded the Rajdhani Express to proceed to Delhi on Tuesday afternoon. Earlier he had made headlines by hitting an Air India staffer with his footwear for being denied a business class seat.

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Reports suggest that Janata Dal (United) has started officially projecting party leader and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar him as the prime ministerial candidate for the 2019 general elections. The JD(U) wants all secular forces to unite and contest under his leadership.

British Prime Minister Theresa May signed the historic letter that will launch Brexit when it is delivered to Brussels today, a photo released by her office showed. The letter, which will be delivered by British envoy Tim Barrow, will officially signal the beginning of Britain's departure from the European Union.

You'd think foreign dignitaries landing up in Chennai would have their priorities sorted -- and they do. But instead of meeting important political leaders or bureaucrats they mostly seem to want to meet superstar Rajinikanth, the undisputed king of Tamil cinema.

Opinion

Reacting to the trend of hailing Indian culture as the cure for every social malady, Pratap Bhanu Mehta says a deep exposure to the true tenets of Bharatiyata may help eradicate prudishness, machismo, homophobia. Read his column in The Indian Express.

While the nation is reckoning with horrific incidents of racist attacks on African nationals, the history of bigotry and xenophobia has a long and hallowed articulation in Bollywood movies, writes Dhrubo Jyoti in the Hindustan Times.

In The Hindu, PJ George attempts to provide answers to the million-dollar question: what are the ways in which we could be happy Indian citizens? "Happiness could be booking a Tatkal ticket, a bribe you didn't have to pay, or even an Aadhaar number," he writes, charting the big and small ways in which it can enter our lives.

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