National Interest

Rahul Gandhi

Dear Rahul, soft Hinduism can be a winner, but not with soft nationalism

Rahul Gandhi is fighting BJP’s hard Hindutva with soft Hinduism. But fighting hard nationalism with soft nationalism will be disastrous.
Illustration by Arindam Mukherjee

Urban Naxal is the new enemy & ‘Useful Idiot’ BJP needs for 2019

BJP needs to seek a vote against 'somebody'. Adding Maoists to Muslims, the 'tukde-tukde' thread will tie in nicely for 2019.
Imran Khan, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Nawaz Shariff

Outing a personal secret as a lesson for Imran: Featuring Vajpayee, Nawaz & a bit of me

Nawaz Sharif made a dramatic bid for peace with Vajpayee but was tripped by Pakistan’s army. It won’t be different for Imran.

Finally, Bollywood has courage to look at Muslims as regular Indians & not terrorists

Anubhav Sinha's Mulk breaks Bollywood’s Sunny Deol-ised mould of the Muslim as a terrorist. It makes you feel an ordinary Muslim family’s fears, dilemmas and anger.
Poster of Dil Chahta Hai | @excelmovies/Twitter

Ah, the sweet smell of poverty!

Forget what Dil Chahta Hai, we’re wired to rubbish the rich
Illustration by Arindam Mukherjee

Amit Shah & Modi are playing with a fire that doesn’t distinguish between Muslim & Hindu

Assam will be a key issue for BJP in the upcoming 2019. elections But it could end up as a toxic cocktail that targets Hindus as well.
Illustration by Arindam Mukherjee | ThePrint.in

When Rahul says ‘Happy Birthday’ & turns India’s entire political science on its head

Charming enemy’s best friend shows political rules are being rewritten. Only objective: Anybody but Modi, even if it isn’t me.

You can take Rahul out of Pappu but not the Pappu out of Rahul

A Rahul Gandhi who hugs his inner Pappu is Narendra Modi’s clear challenger and target for 2019.
Illustration by Arindam Mukherjee | ThePrint.in

He had everything, but Modi missed a brilliant chance to fix the messy Indian military

Modi government had a rare chance to reform and modernise India’s military. But it blew the chance and settled instead for tinkering.
Illustration

Bollywood’s Royals: Brave heroes on screen, spineless zeroes off it

Hindi cinema is the richest, starriest business in our popular culture. Why is it also the most pusillanimous,going with the wind?

On Camera

Africa has a new health care crisis — obesity

The recently published Global Wellness Index set alarm bells ringing when South Africa scored poorly for life expectancy, alcohol use, depression and diabetes.

PUBG players arrested: Overreaction by police or is addiction a public concern?

The Gujarat police arrested several PUBG lovers, many of them students, for playing the banned video game.

Defence

1 soldier killed as Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in J&K’s Rajouri

Pakistani troops have violated ceasefire over 110 times along the LoC since January.
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?