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With Agnipath, PM Modi Repeats Mistakes Made With Farm Laws

To know why protests against the Modi government’s new “Agnipath” (armed forces recruitment) scheme have become the angriest in Bihar, it is instructive to take a morning walk in the historic Gandhi Maidan in Patna. Birthplace of the “JP Movement” in the early 1970s, in which venerable Jayaprakash Narayan led a mighty struggle of students and youth against Indira Gandhi’s …

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Opposition’s Weaknesses On Full Display With President Election

On July 18, India will hold its sixteenth Presidential elections, and on July 21, whoever is elected will drive into Rashtrapati Bhavan, the largest residence of any Head of state in the world. For five years, he or she will live in a 320-acre estate in the heart of New Delhi atop Raisina Hill, in a largely ceremonial role but …

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An Army Veteran’s 5 Suggestions For Agnipath Scheme

The die was cast days ago for future recruitment in the Indian Armed Forces with the announcement of the ‘Agnipath’ (or “Tour of Duty”) scheme by the Ministry of Defence, which is a radical change to how young people have been inducted into the armed forces as soldiers, sailors, and airmen thus far. From an earlier long-term commitment of 15 …

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Those involved in Agnipath protests won’t get police clearance

As young men take to the streets protesting against the Agnipath recruitment scheme, Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari said that he had not anticipated such a violent backlash. He also warned defence job aspirants participating in the stir that they may have to pay a high price at a later date. “We condemn this kind of violence. This is …

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