7 thinktanks in 7 days: After NY, Jaishankar works on Washington

S Jaishankar is jousting with Washington DC’s most prestigious talk shops: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Atlantic Council, Center for Strategic & International Studies, The Brookings Institution, and the Heritage Foundation. This, after having already engaged with the Center for Foreign Relations and Asia Society in New York on the sidelines of UNGA.

Live: PM Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

India is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi today. Stay here for all live updates.

As China flexes muscles, India kicks off military drill

India has quietly kicked off a major combat exercise to test its new integrated battle groups (IBGs) for mountain warfare in Arunachal, even as China showcased its military might with strategic bombers, fighters, supersonic drones and the world’s longest range inter-continental ballistic missile Dongfeng-41 at its 70th anniversary parade at Beijing on Tuesday.

SC reverses dilution of SC/ST Act

The dilution of the stringent provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act had sparked angry and violent protests by Dalits across the country. A vote in Parliament undoing the ruling triggered an upper caste backlash against BJP governments in assembly polls in end-2018 and saw the Centre legislating a quota for economically weaker sections (read upper castes).