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After the death of Ebrahim Raisi and members of his entourage was officially confirmed, supreme leader Imam Sayyid Ali Khamenei appointed Mohammad Mokhber, the first vice-president as Iran's new interim president.

Geopolitics

Though PM Modi claims that India's national security has been strengthened under his rule, facts show how it has been suffering, especially due to the excessive use of security agencies for political gimmicks.

Benjamin Netanyahu-led Israeli cabinet approved a $5bn plan to rebuild settlements in Gaza. But who will benefit from this plan? What awaits Gaza, which is destroyed by the genocidal attacks of Israel?

Why did Iran attack Israel? Just to create optics? Or did it gain anything significant from this attack?

While the Xi-Biden summit in San Francisco has raised hopes of breaking the ice in the China-US bilateral relations, however, the attitude and the record of the US raise questions on the longevity of such talks.

Deep dives

India and Iran signed a decade-long pact on Chabahar Port — the first overseas port India will manage.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's conspicuous silence on the Israeli aggression in Gaza and selective blaming of Hamas-led Palestinian opposition has jeopardised India's geopolitical interests. Can India's standpoint on the conflict be justified, especially its bitter opposition to Palestinian resistance?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi skipped the recent BRICS extraordinary summit on Israeli war crimes in Gaza and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar attended in his place. In this summit, India remained tight-lipped about Israeli war crimes and didn't demand an immediate ceasefire, unlike other member states. This has exhibited India's intention to stand with Israel despite its rhetoric-mongering in favour of Palestine.

India's stand on the Israel-Palestine conflict took a U-turn after the hospital bombing in Gaza due to growing resentment in the Middle East.

Politics

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won in three out of five states where assembly elections were held in November and December. The BJP's victory in the assembly elections has posed a serious challenge to the Opposition camp and its INDIA coalition.

The CPI has objected to the Congress fielding Rahul Gandhi from Kerala's Wayanad and asked him to contest against the BJP instead. Can Rahul Gandhi do that?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'One Nation, One Election' proposal has stunned the Opposition and can adversely impact India's federal structure, benefitting the ruling BJP.

Although the INDIA coalition's two-day-long Mumbai meeting concluded with much fanfare, no concrete roadmap for the parties emerged from it.

Economy

India's exports surged to a record high of $778bn in FY 2023-24 backed by a growth in service exports. Merchandise exports, however, experienced a marginal downfall.

Can the G20 bring forth a global consensus in the future against the unilateral sanctions imposed by the West, which hinder free global trade? Russian experts have different opinions on this issue.

After its Adani story, an OCCRF report on Vedanta exposed how the mining giant ensured that the government tweaks environmental norms for it.

A new report published in the UK-based newspapers allege that Gautam Adani's family members hold shares of Adani Enterprises bypassing rules.

Society

Understanding how Islamophobia has been spread among Kolkata's Bengali Bhadralok community over decades, which bolstered the Hindutva camp in West Bengal.

The Babri Masjid demolition may be a blot for many in India and the secular camp may lament it, however, it has become a blessing for the BJP even after 31 years, as the party aims to sweep the 2024 general elections riding on the Ram Mandir wave.

The Bihar caste survey has become an albatross around the neck of the BJP. It can neither tolerate nor oppose it due to political compulsions.

A scuffle between two groups of students on Independence Day turned into a major incident of communal violence in Bansberia of West Bengal's Hooghly district.

Culture

The conspicuous silence of the celebrities on Gaza genocide contrasts starkly with Met Gala's glamour, sparking online movements to divest their power.

Adipurush is a controversial film that despite scaling heights of success within three days of release, smacks all propaganda.

Legendary filmmaker Mrinal Sen's centenary celebrated in Kolkata's Russian Centre for Science and Culture (Gorky Sadan) by eminent artists.

The West Bengal government banned the film "The Kerala Story", promoted by the BJP, in the state, sparking a slugfest with the saffron party.

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