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Pakistan PM Imran Khan with Gen Qamar Bajwa | @peaceforchange | Twitter

Why Pakistan is keeping mum about India-China LAC conflict

General Bajwa is being careful not to aggravate LoC. If Bajwa didn’t escalate after India’s revocation of Article 370, he won’t do so now.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

How fiscal regression can force Modi govt to take sub-optimal economic decisions

Govt is being sensible in asking for bigger RBI dividend & raising petroleum taxes. But Covid is increasing fiscal stress caused by preceding economic slowdown.
File photo of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra | PTI

The fundamental flaw in Priyanka Gandhi’s Uttar Pradesh strategy 

We don’t know who the Congress party’s chief ministerial candidate is. Priyanka Gandhi or Ajay Kumar Lallu?
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan holds a Cabinet meeting after its expansion, in Bhopal, on 2 July 2020 | Twitter

Madhya Pradesh’s new cabinet shows that a slow ‘Congressisation’ of the BJP is happening

In episode 512 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta discusses how the BJP is resembling the Congress in terms of having an all-powerful central command and weak CMs.
A Black Lives Matter protest in Minnesota, US, earlier this month | Reuters via ANI

Wearing masks during Covid not just matter of life or death, but your political leanings

In Donald Trump’s America, wearing masks have become the symbol of a raging debate between Liberals and Conservatives about public safety vs individual freedom.
A teacher in a Delhi school | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint.in

Heaters, pre-boards, digital data — How Himachal Pradesh improved 2020 board exam results

For four years Himachal Pradesh’s board results kept declining. Then the trend was reversed — without changing examination model or scoring guide.

Why you shouldn’t fixate on V-, U- or W-shaped economic recoveries

When recessions arrive, people always try to jam them into Vs, Ws, Us, Ls or even bathtubs. But whatever the shape, the recovery is going to be painful.
Police personnel block the road near the residences of former CMs Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar

Stop using ‘militant’ for ‘terrorists’ who kill cops. Police officers have families too

When a writer realises that acknowledging political motives of a terror outfit might risk his/her job, he/she chooses to stick with the word ‘militant’.
File image of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who has quit the Hurriyat Conference | Photo: ANI

Geelani blames Pakistan but quitting Hurriyat has Modi govt written all over it

It is possible that Pakistan ISI will see the leadership vacuum in Hurriyat as an opportunity to take over the outfit and regroup terror modules. Delhi needs to be vigilant.

Modi govt needs to come clean on China. India must win information wars too

The Modi govt should not dither in accepting what has happened. A strategic communication is needed to counter China, which is gaining ground with its narrative.

On Camera

20 days since soldiers’ death in Galwan, ‘patriot’ Ajay Devgn decides it’s movie material

India’s stand against Chinese aggression is at best foggy, with military talks still underway. But actor-producer Ajay Devgn couldn't wait lest Akshay Kumar claimed the subject.
Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator, Financial Times

India should spend more to revive demand, not worry about deficit: Economy expert Martin Wolf

Speaking at ThePrint's OffTheCuff, Chief Economics Commentator at The Financial Times Martin Wolf said India can afford to increase its debt-to-GDP ratio to 90%, but should avoid borrowing in foreign currency.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets soldiers who were injured in Galwan Valley clash, during his visit to Ladakh, in Leh on 3 July 2020 | ANI

Army slams ‘malicious’ claims on Leh hospital visited by PM, says troops get best treatment

Army said troops injured at Galwan are being treated in a repurposed hall that is part of the hospital complex as some wards have been made isolation facilities.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.