Shinzo Abe’s influence was still evident long after he left office

In his record-breaking run as prime minister, Shinzo Abe never achieved his goal of revising Japan’s Constitution to transform his country into what the Japanese call a “normal nation,” able to employ its military to back up its national interests like any other. Nor did he restore Japan’s technological edge…

Will take back all 30,000 temples which were demolished, says Hindu right-wing leader in Karnataka

Amid the raging Gyanvapi mosque row, Hindu right-wing leader Pramod Muthalik said on Saturday that “all 30,000 temples which were demolished” will be “taken back”. Pramod Muthalik, head of right-wing group Sri Ram Sene, said in Karnataka, “We will take back all 30,000 temples which were…

‘Anti-national’ word first inserted in Constitution during Emergency, not defined in statutes: Govt in LS

The word ‘anti-national’ has not been defined in statutes but was first inserted in the Constitution during the Emergency in 1976 and subsequently removed a year later, Union minister Nityanand Rai informed Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Rai said this while replying to a question of Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi,…

‘BJP claimed double-engine govt, now has made a volte-face’: CPI(M) leader Manik Sarkar

Days after clashes between workers of BJP and CPI(M) in Tripura, and amid a push by the TMC to emerge as a power in the state, former chief minister and senior CPI(M) leader Manik Sarkar tells that attacks are taking place on CPI(M) workers since the party is regaining ground, and that Trinamool may still be at a…

‘Parliamentary democracy witnessing its darkest days but we are committed to protect the Constitution’: Fauzia Khan

The ongoing Parliament session has seen the acrimonious exchange between treasury and opposition benches. NCP Rajya Sabha MP Fauzia Khan urges the government to listen to the opposition when it raises issues like inflation, the rising rate of unemployment, national security and so on. Excerpts from an interview. Most…