Friday, 18 January, 2019

National Interest

Illustration by Soham Sen

Rahul Gandhi’s discovery of his inner Brahmin is smart and audacious politics

Rahul Gandhi is audacious to mix his religion with Congress politics. He can win or perish, but can’t retreat from this Chakravyuha.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint.in

How CBI went from being a caged parrot to a wild vulture

India’s premier anti-corruption agency has defied two decades of reform and become an embarrassment with its bosses calling each other thief.
Illustration by Arindam Mukherjee | ThePrint

India has a new political divide —Majority kanwarias vs elite Halloweeners

Modi-BJP govt draw their instincts from the street and respond likewise. This has flummoxed the Congress and isolated the critical elite.
Illustration by Arindam Mukherjee

There are two ways opposition can beat Modi in 2019—and mahagathbandhan is not one of them

Only way to defeat Modi-BJP in 2019 could be through local battles against strong leaders, as it makes psephological sense despite ideological contradictions.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

No Ajit Doval, from Indira to Modi, majority govts are overrated. Don’t fear coalitions

A secure, majority government like Modi’s, makes politicians complacent, arrogant and create unsustainable personality cults.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Supreme Court cannot become the priest between Indians and their Gods

Sabarimala verdict is an example of why the Supreme Court shouldn't intervene in religion.
Ajit Doval

The new Doval Durbar reduces India’s layered security system to a top-down Caliphate

Ajit Doval is now India’s all-powerful security boss. But this concentration of power disrupts our layered security system.

Rafale isn’t Modi’s Bofors scandal — at least not yet

The opposition campaign on Rafale has many limitations – no V.P. Singh, no smoking gun, no story, no slogan.

HAL doesn’t fly because Sukhois aren’t Rafales

If they were, the Great Indian Bureaucrat would be the Marshal of the Air Force. Bofors mummified our defence acquisitions, Rafale could entomb it now.

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

The Rafale deal is just a glaring example of the BJP government’s unsuccessful handling of defence purchases.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint.in

Rahul Gandhi’s pitch that Modi is the worst doesn’t mean Congress is the best

Which constituency is Rahul Gandhi addressing? How exactly does he define his base? Or, does he even know what his base is?