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Modi is popular, BJP keeps winning, but India’s indicators & global rankings are alarming

Govt’s own NFHS, as well as many global non-Left institutions’ rankings have shown a drop in India’s development indicators. This will begin to hurt soon.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Fallacy of too much democracy: No economic freedoms can thrive without political freedoms

We hold China in awe because it has a per capita GDP five times India’s. But the history of economic and democratic growth coincides almost everywhere else.
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Thatcher or Anna moment? Why Modi’s choice on farmers’ protest will shape future politics

Modi can retreat like Manmohan Singh did under pressure from the Anna Hazare movement, or push farm reforms in Margaret Thatcher's style.

Shambles over farmers’ protest shows Modi-Shah BJP needs a Punjab tutorial

Modi-Shah BJP has tended to patronise Punjab & Sikhs, instead of being a respectful partner. Its strategy to tackle protests farm laws crisis has given Sikhs the good fight they love.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint Team

What the amazing rise & sudden death of a ‘Holy Warrior’ tell us about Islam & politics in Pakistan

Khadim Hussain Rizvi was the face of Pakistan’s radical Islamist politics. His sudden death, however, will not end the mass appeal of religious fundamentalism.
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How Modi has made a ‘Nehruvian’ half-blunder on China & ignored investing in the military

Modi assumed the Chinese won’t be a military threat and risk their economic interests. He was only half-right — that there wouldn’t be a conventional war.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Trump may lose, but Trumpism has arrived in US – it’s more about populism, not performance

The triumph of Trumpism is the big takeaway from US election, not Biden’s probable victory. Rising wokeness is the fuel driving this populist demagogy.
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5 reasons for the crisis in global Islam

If tens of crores of Muslims across the world feel they are victims of mass Islamophobia, their holy prophet shown deliberate disrespect, it is a sense of crisis and siege.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.
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NDA is sacrificial horse as Modi-Shah complete their Ashwamedha & redefine Indian politics

You like Modi-Shah’s new plan, good for you. If you don’t, you will need more than viral tweets to challenge this Ashwamedha.

On Camera

Excise duties & Robin Hood politics — why fuel prices are rising despite low global rates

In episode 668 of Cut The Clutter, ThePrint’s Shekhar Gupta narrates the story of fuel pricing in the country to unpack why prices have risen drastically.
File image of a woman walking past buildings under construction in Noida, Uttar Pradesh | Photo: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

India considers easing rules to attract FDI in construction sector

Plan to allow 100% foreign direct investment in animation, visual effects, gaming & comics sector could also find mention in Modi govt's budget to be presented on 1 Feb.

Defence

Colonel Mohammad Mohtashim Hyder Chowdhury, leader of the Bangladesh contingent that participated in the Republic Day parade | PTI

Defence ties with India to get ‘new dimension’ — Bangladesh contingent leader after R-Day march

Colonel Mohammad Mohtashim Hyder Chowdhury tells ThePrint participating in India's Republic Day parade will have 'positive impact for the future'.
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7 reasons why Modi govt is in retreat on farm reform laws

Farm reform could’ve been high point of Modi’s second term. But lack of patience, understanding and contempt for history have turned it into a disaster.