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US summit of democracy is like ‘ashwamedha yagya’, India can offer alt vision to pause China

India might have been dubbed a ‘democratic backslider’, but it could offer a new vision of democracy based on Dharma and the Bhagavad Gita.
Another view of Modi at the BJP headquarters in 2019 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Three lessons for Modi-Shah in below-par performance in assembly polls

Modi, Shah have outstanding innings with the Congress as the principal challenger. But assembly election records fail.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses the media before her meeting with Congress President Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi Wednesday | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

The ’90s are back in Indian politics with coalitions, Mamata. Only it’s a shiny rip-off

Being anti-BJP or anti-Modi, however, won’t be enough to stitch together a ‘common minimum programme’ — another ’90s cliché.
China's national flag | Representational image | Bloomberg

This Nagaland hashtag trended on Weibo. And Xi wants China’s religions to first follow CCP

Chinascope — The Week Behind The Wall is everything you need to know about what’s happening in China this week.
Also read: Sandwiched between Xi, Putin, Imran in Bishkek, Modi learnt an important political lesson

Putin’s visit is a defining moment for India-Russia ties. It’s a telling message to China

Russian president’s visit comes at a time when geopolitical friendships are in a state of flux. But Putin and Modi won’t loosen their very special embrace.
Representational image | Shillong, Meghalaya | Wikimedia Commons

Ajit Doval is wrong. Civil society not dangerous, we pushed back militants in Meghalaya

Ajit Doval thinks civil society is the new frontier of war. But ‘Shillong We Care’, a small group of citizens, stood up to militants and extortion.
Bagmane Tech Park in Bengaluru. | Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

US and China trade disputes are an opportunity. India could become the next tech hub

Bengaluru did not become a tech innovation hub overnight. It shows key policy changes that are required in India to foster an innovative ecosystem.
A young worker at her office desk, Bengaluru

All workplaces and managers are faced with one problem today — what to do with millennials?

Workplaces want to know how to get millennials to work and not quit. At Indian School of Business, we surveyed thousands of managers to understand the problem.
Representational image | PM Modi and RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat at Ram Janambhoomi Pujan | ANI

There’s a crisis in Hindutva politics. It comes from its success

The unprecedented electoral triumph of BJP under Modi has created an impression that Hindutva is invincible. But it’s intellectually bankrupt now.

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Illustration by Soham Sen

All political talk in India is obsessing over 2024. The real deal is 2025

Much was made of Mohan Bhagwat's meeting with media editors recently, but not too many took note of his talks with book publishers a few months ago.
A tennis ball manufacturing unit at the Anand & Anand factory in Jalandhar | Shubhangi Misra | ThePrint

Jalandhar’s Rs 2,000-cr sports goods industry says Covid shut 40% units, govt says no distress

ThePrint visited Jalandhar, where workers and business owners in the sporting goods industry are sending distress signals. Government officials say concerns are overblown.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in New Delhi Monday | ANI

Why Rajnath raised China’s Ladakh aggression at 2+2 dialogue with Beijing’s friend Russia

India and Russia’s maiden 2+2 dialogue comes at a time when New Delhi’s ties with Washington are on an upswing while its oldest ally — Moscow — gets closer to Beijing.   

Yes, UPA’s dead. But here’s what Mamata, PK are saying about Congress & why that’s right too

Even in its second successive annihilation by BJP, Congress retained a solid block of 20% votes. That’s why all of BJP’s victims want the Congress at the core of their challenge.
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