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Story Posted on 14-08-2018

ART & CULTURE

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Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, India at 71, Independence day 2018

A man who shaped independent India - but didn't dominate it

On Independence Day, a look at one of India's most powerful, and self-effacing, leaders. An edited excerpt from 'The Man Who Saved India' by Hindol Sengupta.

VARIETY

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C rajagopalachari, Narendra Modi, India at 71, Independence day 2018

Independent, yet feudal - 'India's icons' reveal the mindset that still colonises us

Instead of admiring those who created infrastructure and knowledge for us, we worship only those who represent power. This has dented our Independence, making us callow, even at 71.

VOICES

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Freedom of Expression, Shehla Rashid, Tukde tukde gang, Umar Khalid

Freedom elusive on Independence Day: Why the likes of Umar Khalid get attacked

'A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government' is an idea clearly lost on independent India.

VARIETY

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India at 71, Government schemes, Pm speech, Independence day 2018

Things you won't find about India in PM Modi's Independence Day speech

Don't let the stream of live coverage fool you into wasting your time with someone else's 'fact-checks'. It's your Independence Day, reclaim it.

VARIETY

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Job growth, Ram Nath Kovind, Population explosion, Two-child policy

Why India should not delay implementation of two-child policy

Children can't just be produced because families need more hands to earn unless we can ensure they get the best care possible, including quality education and nutrition.

VARIETY

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Shah Rukh Khan, Aspirational Indian, Entertainment, Bollywood

From fleeing home to stealing bikes: How Bollywood aspirants do weird things to break into the studios of dreams

Why Bollywood with all its vices of casting couch and nepotism is still a dream of many.

POLITICS

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Freedom, Fake news, India at 71, Independence day 2018

A new Independence, and a new partition

On our 71st Independence Day, we face a new narrative of us versus them, which is only leading to echo chambers. We need to listen to each other much more, and push away only words of hate.

VOICES

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Knowledge, Freedom, India at 71, Independence day 2018

Be truly free - Break bonds of history, ties of sentiment

India wriggles miserably between confusions over the West and hazy sentiment about its own past. In the process, it's losing its grip on both. Independence Day should liberate us from this sorry scene.

POLITICS

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Freedom, India at 71, 72nd independence day, Independence day 2018

India at 71: The well-kept secret about independence

To restrict this to the celebration of a political event is a myopic understanding of what 'independence' is.

POLITICS

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Alagiri, MK Stalin, Karunanidhi, DMK

Succession battle in DMK: Does Alagiri's challenge pose a serious threat to Stalin?

Only an electoral victory can silence Stalin's critics.