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THE DEMOLITION, THE VERDICT AND THE TEMPLE: THE DEFINITIVE BOOK ON THE RAM MANDIR PROJECT By Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay Speaking Tiger, Rs 699 The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and its political arm, the Bharatiya Janata Party, are hopeful that the ‘inauguration’ of the incomplete Ram temple at Ayodhya would consolidate the Hindu vote in favour of the incumbent regime in the run-up to the general...

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The totalitarian project behind the electoral bonds scheme
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Example 1: Ajay Mishra Teni, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, is the BJP member of the Lok Sabha from the Kheri constituency in Uttar Pradesh. In October 2021, his son, Ashish Mishra Monu, allegedly drove into a crowd of protesting farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri, killing four farmers and a journalist. The junior Mishra is under trial for murder. The government led by Prime Minister Narendra...

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Sreedhar Ramamurthi was a scientist as well as an activist who worked to ameliorate the condition of those impacted by reckless mining all over India. He worked with many others who shared his ideals about the need to conserve the planet with care. He was no starry-eyed social worker who believed he could change the world overnight. He was down to earth and practical about what could be achieved...

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Here is a tentative list of entities in corporate groups that purchased electoral bonds and the controversies surrounding some of these groups. We know that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got more than half the funds from the redemption of bonds between 2018 and 2024. One of the companies that bought the bonds is Future Gaming and Hotel Services. This company bought bonds worth Rs 1,368 crore...

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নির্বাচনী অর্থ সংগ্রহের বিষয়ে সরকারের চালু করা নির্বাচনী বন্ড 'অসাংবিধানিক' বলে বাতিল করেছে সুপ্রিম কোর্ট। গত ১৫ ই ফেব্রুয়ারি, প্রধান বিচারপতি ডি ওয়াই চন্দ্রচূড়ের নেতৃত্বাধীন পাঁচ বিচারপতির বেঞ্চ তাঁদের রায়ে বলেছেন, নির্বাচনকে সামনে রেখে কোন রাজনৈতিক দল কার থেকে কত টাকা চাঁদা পেয়েছে - তা ৬ ই মার্চের মধ্যে জানাতে হবে। যেহেতু পুরো টাকাটা লেনদেন হয়েছে ভারতীয় স্টেট ব্যাংকের মাধ্যমে ফলে সেই তথ্য...

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A bureaucrat, sometimes described as a civil servant, is, more often than not, a sophisticated slave of his political masters. Not all are, however, equally supine. Among them, a minority displays a strong spine. The privileged lot belonging to the elite IAS who are supposed to hold up the proverbial “steel frame” of the country, are a mixed bunch of the subservient (the majority) and the...

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