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How militants in Kashmir have fallen in their own trap after Modi govt’s security clampdown

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

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An unintended effect of Modi govt’s Kashmir lockdown – militants caught in their own trap

The unintended consequence of the communications blackout was that the security forces couldn’t react even if they wanted to, but the “contradictions of purpose” brought upon by the Narendra Modi government with its 5 August move have started impacting the militants in the Valley, writes Abhijit Iyer-Mitra.

Tough message for Modi: Political winds are shifting, from nationalism to economy, jobs

Modi’s popularity hasn’t waned, but the mood of the people has begun to change in the last five months. Too many are hurting too deep, and people want economic optimism to return, writes Shekhar Gupta.

There is still hope for Congress. But first, Rahul Gandhi must quit politics

Rahul Gandhi has single-handedly weighed his party down, serving as nothing but an albatross around the neck. The only hope for the Congress now is to convince the voter that Rahul Gandhi isn’t there at all, and if they vote for the party, they do not run the risk of promoting Gandhi, writes Ruhi Tiwari.

BJP clips Nitin Gadkari’s wings in Maharashtra, keeps him on fringes of poll campaign 

Union Road Transport & Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, 62, was pretty much the face of the BJP’s 2014 campaign for the Maharashtra assembly election, but his outreach this time has been restricted to his home turf of Vidarbha. Read the report by Neelam Pandey to know more.

Why Essar Steel insolvency case is back in Supreme Court, mocking hope of swift resolution

Since the first RBI order in June 2017, the Essar Steel insolvency case has shuttled between NCLT, Gujarat HC, NCLAT and the Supreme Court, writes Apoorva Mandhani.

Kalki Bhagavan, guru who started as LIC clerk & now has ‘undisclosed income’ of Rs 500 cr

Kalki Bhagavan, who recently faced I-T raids, is a self-styled guru who calls himself a ‘spiritual supermarket’ and promises instant nirvana. Read the report by Rohini Swamy to know about this man. 

What the last imam of Babri Masjid told me a few months before the demolition

“Ayodhya means a place without war, but I knew that this act would lead to bloodshed not just here but across the entire Awadh region, which we consider Ram’s Janmabhoomi, and even outside”  — this was what the last imam of Babri Masjid Haji Abdul Gaffar told Shikha Trivedy a few months before the demolition of the mosque on 6 December 1992. Read on to know more.

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