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The Morning Wrap: The Man In The Limelight; Al Qaeda In Kashmir?

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28/07/2017 9:30 AM IST | Updated 28/07/2017 9:46 AM IST
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With Nitish Kumar's abrupt turnaround in favour the BJP, the stars have shone their light on Sushil Modi, who, as Radhika Ramaseshan writes, will be Kumar's only solace if the spectre of Hindutva ever comes to haunt him.

Two long-dead Bengalis have suddenly be brought into the centre of a debate on nationalism, especially one involving the compulsory singing of the national song in certain parts of India. Sandip Roy weighs in.

The Indian government brought 'stink bombs' from Israel to use them in Kashmir instead of pellet guns to deflect protestors but a trial run left them in dismay. None of the CRPF personal or the general public who were gathered moved an inch when one of the foul-smelling explosives burst. Can you guess why?

Main News

Beijing sent out a conciliatory signal after India's National Security Adviser Ajit Doval met China's state councillor Yang Jiechi on Thursday to bring the week-long tension between the countries over Doklam, in Sikkim border, under control.

The Supreme Court has directed that no arrests will be made or coercive action taken against those accused under Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code until has investigation has been carried out and the allegations have been verified.

Global terror group Al Qaeda is believed to have appointed Zakir Musa as the leader of its chapter in Jammu & Kashmir, according to the counter-insurgency cell of J&K police.

Off The Front Page

While it may have come as a surprise to even the most astute political pundits, Nitish Kumar's alliance with Modi is the result of a process that began seven months ago. Here's how it all came together.

In an interview with The Hindu, Gopalkrishna Gandhi speaks about contemporary politics, the effect of the Narendra Modi government in the last three years, and especially the right to criticise but to do it without being uncivil.

The Congress suffered yet another setback in Gujarat as three of its MLAs -- Balwantsinh Rajput (Sidhpur), Tejashree Patel (Viramgam) and Prahlad Patel (Vijapur) -- quit the party to join the BJP.

Opinion

Empowering women in India's workforce will have a significant impact on the growth of the economy apart from promoting gender equality, Ejaz Ghani writes in Mint.

One of Urdu's most original writers, Naiyer Masud, who died recently at the age of 81, captured the dignity of a dying culture in his impeccable yet experimental prose, Mahesh Verma says in The Indian Express.

There's a case to be made for why Indian cinema does not need Pahlaj Nihalani or the Central Board of Film Certification, Vidya Subramanian argues in the Hindustan Times.

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