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Why Supreme Court’s verdict decriminalising homosexuality has Indian Army worried

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

Indian Army is worried now that men can legally have sex with other men

Homosexuality in the military is frowned upon in much of the world. Is the tide about to turn in India in the wake of the Supreme Court verdict on Section 377? There is confusion, or a lack of consensus, among military law experts whether the SC judgment applies to Indian defence personnel, reports Amrita Nayak Dutta.

There’s a humongous scam in the Rafale deal. It is called stupidity

Rafale deal is no scam. It’s just a glaring example of the BJP government’s pusillanimous, unimaginative, over-cautious and unsuccessful handling of defence purchases, Shekhar Gupta writes in his weekly column, National Interest.

This Delhi man was called a ‘pervert’ in viral post 3 years ago — and he’s still stuck there

Three years after he was labelled a ‘pervert’ because of an alleged incident of molestation on a Delhi road, Sarvjeet Singh, 28, is struggling to keep a job, has to appear at a police station every time he needs to leave the city and is yet to get a passport, reports Ananya Bhardwaj.

For mysterious reasons, Smriti Irani had put DD’s cash cow in the freezer. It’s back now

The I&B ministry under Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is set to restart a successful, money-making DTH service that was controversially shut down by his predecessor, Smriti Irani. The service, which is especially popular in rural India, lost almost Rs 70 crore in revenue due to Irani’s August 2017 decision, reports Amrita Nayak Dutta.

The nation wants to see Arnab Goswami apologise to me tonight

In this opinion piece, Pratishtha Singh writes that the morning of the 4 September brought news of some relief to her and her husband. They received an email from the NBSA that Arnab Goswami and Republic TV had been ordered to issue a public apology for what Singh calls the ‘most reckless kind of journalism’.

COMCASA is advantage India, but can we use it to regain strategic space in Indo-Pacific?

The signing of the COMCASA with the US gives India a series of advantages, writes Seshadri Chari. It allows the free flow of information with enormous strategic and security implications. But at the same time, it insulates India from data transfer and sharing without New Delhi’s consent.

At BJP national executive, about 3 crore members go ‘missing’

BJP chief Amit Shah’s estimation of his party strength has varied, from 9 crore members to 8 crore. This, after a 2015 declaration of 11-crore party members, writes D.K. Singh.

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