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Inside the track: From Mamata Banerjee’s pro-active role in putting anti-BJP front to Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s 1.5 lakh rakhis to women

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The ‘outsider’

The BJP-led government in Manipur has gone one step ahead of its Assam counterpart, passing a Bill proposing that all those who settled in the state after 1951 be barred from being recognised as permanent residents. They will either have to leave or seek special entry and work permits. The Bill has put the Central government in a quandary, particularly as it fixes a cut-off date 20 years before Assam’s disqualification date of 1971. In fact, Manipur became a separate state only in 1972. Governor Najma Heptulla, who is unlikely to clear the Bill in a hurry, rushed to Delhi last week to apprise Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the situation. The state government has reportedly buckled under pressure from the dominant Meitei community.

Echoing sentiment

A few cancellations put a damper on this year’s Mountain Echoes Literary and Cultural Festival organised by the Indo-Bhutan Foundation in Thimpu. The Indian Ambassador to Bhutan cancelled his customary dinner. Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje, whose state is a sponsor, hosted a dinner for the speakers, but did not show up herself. Senior........

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