Sunday, 16 May, 2021

National Interest

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.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

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.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

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.
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.
Illustration by Soham Sen

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.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

How media has hit the self-destruct button in Arnab’s Republic-vs-other TV channels war

A weakened media at war with itself is ideal for the establishment to step in. There are no elder voices to listen to, no judge or referee to blow the whistle.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Modi is a true reformer, he’ll bury Vodafone ghost and campaign on reforms in Bihar

No politician sees economic reform as a vote-catcher; it’s the old, povertarian economy that gets votes. Can Modi bring farm and labour reforms centre-stage?
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?

On Camera

The ‘no mask’ rules in US just follow science

Evidence that vaccines protect others is of a stronger and more direct kind than evidence that masks do. So, getting vaccinated is more likely to help than wearing a mask.

Cairn Energy sues Air India, seeks to seize India’s overseas assets to recover $1.7 billion

Sources in the govt said India will take all necessary steps to defend itself against any such 'illegal enforcement action'.

Defence

Armed forces doctors arrive in Lucknow Monday | Twitter/@suryacommand

What’s DGAFMS, Indian military’s medical wing leading the fight against Covid

The Directorate General of Armed Forces Medical Service reports to the Department of Defence and not to the Department of Military Affairs or the CDS.

By the rivers of the heartland & across Vindhyas, proof which politics sucks & which works

Politics & economics are at the heart of Covid tragedy in UP, Bihar. The regional imbalance in political power, economic & social indicators is deeply troublesome.