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There are some big messages emanating from the third shuffle of Modi's ministerial council. As Radhika Ramaseshan notes in this piece, "it must have been a long pull for the Modi-Shah duo to convince the Sangh about the need to take in the other professionals and give the cabinet the "new look" it required to brace itself for the PM's "New India" template." Read more about the key takeaways from the strategic cabinet reshuffle of the Modi government.
Shivam Vij writes on why demonetisation's failure didn't benefit the opposition. Despite a blunder so big, why does Narendra Modi remain popular? The answer lies in the failure of opposition leaders to communicate effectively with India's voters, he writes.
In a blog, Sumana Khan says, "My Name Is Khan And I'm Not A Muslim." She explains that she's not a Muslim, and her surname is a relic from the colonial era. However, she has decided not to change it, even if it means she's more likely to be denied a visa to the USA. "I wish to carry my name as it is because in this bigoted world we need people to take the right stand against stereotypes and biases and not be forced to bend to them."
India is reportedly willing to 'move on' after the Doklam border stand-off and work towards normalising the relationship with China. This news comes just a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping. The bilateral meeting between the two leaders on Tuesday is likely to focus on repairing the damage done, and would dwell on "confidence-building" measures.
The Narendra Modi government picked Nirmala Sitharaman as India's first full-time woman defence minister, delivering the biggest surprise in a Cabinet recast that saw nine new ministers being sworn in. The new cabinet list also includes a former home secretary, a retired diplomat, a former Mumbai police commissioner and an ex-Army chief.
The Supreme Court will today hear a plea against the Centre's move to deport illegal Rohingya Muslims, who have entered India after fleeing ethnic violence in Myanmar.
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Some education institutions in the country including some of the IITs are planning to launch courses on "India's glorious past". According to a report in The Telegraph, IIT Bhubaneswar is likely to add courses on "Indian heritage", "Vedic science", Indian philosophy and Sanskrit to its course for BTech students.
Probably this is one of the biggest ironies of our times. Pahlaj Nihalani, the former CBFC chief, who believed that the word 'intercourse' was not suitable for a film and kissing can only last for a set duration has now decided to present the sequel to Neha Dhupia-starrer 'Julie', an erotica.
An Indian man from Punjab and his parents have been arrested from Florida's Hillsborough county for abusing and beating his wife. According to reports, the 33-year-old Devbir Kalsi used to regularly beat his wife because she was 'disobedient'. In fact, the man's parents travelled from India to their home in Florida to "counsel and discipline" his wife.
Is India learning to behave like a superpower? Shashi Shekar, in this editorial for Hindustan Times, argues that the standoff with China and its resolution proves that. "When the occasion demands, they can put up stiff resistance and push back the Chinese. This is a clear sign of a shift in India's military strategy," he writes. Shekhar points out that the tact and maturity that India has displayed over the last few months is a sign of its new-found confidence.
In The Telegraph, Manini Chatterjee writes that while Modi remains the party's supreme leader for now, Amit Shah is almost equally important in the party ranks and certainly more fearsome. She argues that the cabinet reshuffle proved that it is he who seemingly decides the minister's fortunes and can make or break them. She says it's the 'making of a duopoly'.
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