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Modi-Shah’s poison has met its match in Mamata Banerjee’s poison

Modi & Shah are street fighters trying to win Bengal through Hindu-Muslim polarisation. But Mamata has the same instincts and she's taking them on.

Not just SP/BSP, but Congress crossing 100 can defeat Modi. Its diffidence isn’t helping

Decisive phase of polls begins with Congress & BJP in direct fight in about 150 seats. Fighting by itself, Congress looks like a lonely hare caught in glare of headlights..
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.
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Imran Khan’s ‘support’ for Modi shows BJP has walked into its own Pakistan trap

Modi & the BJP hope to return to power by exploiting the fear of Pakistan. Imran Khan has turned the tables and become a factor dividing Indian public opinion.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s Modi vs 20 strong state leaders and there is no wave in the air

India has about 20 strong state leaders, whose voters no national leader can take away. Even Modi & his oratory can’t swing a majority in more than 7 states.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi’s 2019 mantra: Forget achhe din, fear terror, Pakistan, Muslim

Modi isn’t going to voters on his track record but on the fear of the terrorist across the border and the Muslims within. It’s a battle on his terms.
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Why Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is in danger of morphing into a clueless NGO

Congress has questions but no answers, ‘leaders’ but no winners. Weeks before polls, it’s behaving like a virtuous, anti-establishment NGO just doing its thing.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?

Kitney aadmi thhey? The most juvenile question to arise from the 90-hour India-Pakistan war

India needs to invest in its military to scare Pakistan to peace and work on its own people to understand the realities of war.
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Pakistan’s 50-year self-destruction in blood-feud with India & how Imran Khan can halt it

Imran Khan can carry on as in the past, or take fresh guard and begin a new innings. It will be risky, but there is a chance of success if he dares.

On Camera

Dead men talking

Reporting on Lanka's blood-soaked years, I watched names disappear from my notebook.
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Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

Defence

File photo of commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Vimal Verma | By special arrangement

Bimal Verma files petition against KB Singh’s appointment as next Navy chief

He filed a petition in the Armed Forces Tribunal and contended that it should call for the service records of both him and Vice Admiral KB Singh and compare them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.