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VARIETY

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Independence day 2018, Lynchings, Pm speech, Narendra Modi

The PM did not speak of lynchings in his Independence Day speech. It is time we start speaking up

When the political class abandons its responsibilities, civil society needs to step up.

POLITICS

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Kashmir, Lok Sabha election 2019, Modi speech, Independence day 2018

Modi at Red Fort: With his word-bank drying, the PM delivered yet another election speech

Unlike his usual self, the Prime Minister's energy level today was way down.

POLITICS

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National register of citizens, Narendra modi speech, Narendra Modi, Independence day 2018

How PM Modi's Independence Day speech set the agenda for 2019 Lok Sabha polls

The speech made an impact because the Prime Minister's claims were backed by impressive and undeniable figures.

POLITICS

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RSS, Pluralism, Freedom, Independence day 2018

India at 71: The idea of independence

It is not merely individual choice, but the availability of plural worlds and alternatives.

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.

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.

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.