National Interest

Situation normal, but all locked up: How Modi govt has risked incapacitating India

India needed to get back to work in stages, instead of extending the induced coma of the lockdown and allowing selective opening up in our colour-coded country.

Coronavirus has brought India’s almighty Centre back, and Modi’s unlikely to give up control

Four decades of federal evolution made India more secure, but Covid-19 has made Centre give itself extraordinary powers, which have pushed states to beg.

Covid hasn’t gone viral in India yet, but some in the world & at home can’t accept the truth

India isn’t going through a picnic. But our drains aren’t filled with bodies, hospitals haven’t run out of beds, crematoriums and graveyards not out of wood or space.

Why a total lockdown of India after 14 April will be counter-productive

Modi’s 3-week lockdown has worked. An overdose of it can hurt more than help. It should be systematically loosened or de-escalated.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Journalism in the time of corona: This is the biggest story of our lives

A billion-plus people expect us to be around, watching, reporting, editing, recording this for posterity, blowing the whistle on injustices and state failures.

India’s elite Socialism, Scindia’s non-AC Range Rover & the low income country trap

A unique brand of hypocritical, self-destructive socio-populism is our national ideology. It’s a game of who can look more socialist. Today, Modi tops everyone.

Why Modi proves strong leaders don’t always bother about good economics

Data & the feel after 6 years under PM Modi proves a strong leader doesn’t necessarily give us decisive economic leadership unmindful of immediate political risks.

Why the root of Delhi’s Hindu-Muslim riots is a malevolent creeper planted by Supreme Court

The top court wrote a diabolical chronology and playbook through its Assam NRC order, and the BJP turned it into an all-conquering, polarising dog-whistle.

On Camera

File photo of Army Chief General M.M. Naravane at Leh to review security situation and operational preparedness along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh | Photo: Twitter/@adgpi

High-tech drones could have neutralised Chinese intrusions at LAC but India didn’t have them

With both China and Pakistan having the capability to manufacture drones, it is only a matter of time before non-State actors start using them too.
File photo of Narendra Modi | Kamal Kishore | PTI

India can still become a $5-tn economy by 2024, PM Modi shows hope despite Covid setback

Government’s push towards investment and infrastructure will drive recovery, five indicators show India is on path of economic recovery, says PM Modi.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the biannual Army Commanders Conference in New Delhi Wednesday | Indian Army

China lacks ‘honest intent’, be prepared for any eventuality, Rajnath Singh tells Army

Speaking in Delhi, the Defence Minister told military commanders that the government will strongly back reforms in the armed forces including setting up of theatre commands.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

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.