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PM Narendra Modi

Environment is the most under-reported disaster of Narendra Modi government

The new BJP manifesto for 2019 Lok Sabha elections provides no respite from this ongoing assault.
In this May 4, 2014 file photo Priyanka Vadra is seen during a road show in Amethi

Why Priyanka Gandhi must take Modi head-on in Varanasi

Priyanka Gandhi will not win, but at least it will look like there’s an opposition in the country.
A vocational training centre | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

One ally that will help the new BJP or Congress govt create jobs – Artificial Intelligence

The new-age Skill India needs to be digital in nature, focused on jobs of tomorrow and powered by AI.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | Paul Miller/Bloomberg

Bleak record on economy – the reason Modi’s BJP has returned to communal politics

Voters have to ask themselves why & what this angry, polarising, ugly campaign foretells for the nation if the BJP wins again.

Samsung stumble risks killing folding phones at birth

Samsung’s foldable phones failed within 2 days – an ominous sign for smartphone industry banking on the technology for next growth spurt.
Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal wants real change, not Mamata Banerjee’s ‘poriborton’

After years of misrule, people of Bengal have shown their trust in the leadership of Narendra Modi.
A view of Parliament building, New Delhi | Bloomberg News

Study shows Indian politicians are spending less and less time in legislative assemblies

Politicians in India are expected to help their voters in practical matters by negotiating with the local administrative bureaucracy, attending local social functions, and networking with influential people.
Election Commission

This election, EC has failed the litmus test of appearing to be fair: Yogendra Yadav

The Election Commission may have surrendered its moral authority as a neutral and no-nonsense referee in the political slugfest.

Rubbing salt on our wounds: Malegaon residents on Sadhvi Pragya fighting election

BJP seems to have not thought about the message this would send to all the world leaders with whom Modi often takes up the issue of terrorism.

India should be cautious of Saudi Aramco’s interest in Reliance refinery for a few reasons

India has a dangerous addiction to imported crude, and it should be wary of getting too cozy with its dealer.

On Camera

tiktok app

Google, Apple stop TikTok downloads: Is HC order quashing small town India’s creative joy?

Google and Apple have blocked downloads of the video-sharing app TikTok in India in compliance with the Madras High Court order.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
National interest

Imran Khan’s ‘support’ for Modi shows BJP has walked into its own Pakistan trap

Modi & the BJP hope to return to power by exploiting the fear of Pakistan. Imran Khan has turned the tables and become a factor dividing Indian public opinion.