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PM Narendra Modi meditating in the Kedarnath Temple on his two-day visit to Uttarakhand

Modi’s Kedarnath visit shows he is India’s PM & Hindu pilgrim at the same time

The BJP’s 2019 campaign made no attempt at hiding the fact that it is a Hindu party, seeking the votes of Hindus.
A still from Game of Thrones | GameOfThrones/Facebook

Why Game of Thrones makes people with disabilities both happy and sad

Modi govt definitely got the idea of calling disabled people ‘Divyang’ from Game of Thrones.
Ministry of external affairs

Modi’s international activism apart, India’s new govt will have foreign policy challenges

Evidence suggests that India is still unable to shape its surroundings, both near and afar, to suit its interests.

Election Commission can learn from Supreme Court on what to do when there’s dissent within

The content of Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa’s dissent note against PM Modi is less important than making it part of public records.
Representational image| Amazon Inc. fulfillment center in Bengaluru, India | Ruhani Kaur | Bloomberg

India was about to align its e-commerce market with global rules, then it lost trust

Global economy is under a new industrial transformation, with digital technology leading the change but India wants to address its own rising aspirations.
A worker carries Bharatiya Janata Party flags for distribution ahead of an election campaign (representational image) | PTI

Unless Lok Sabha elections get shorter, parties like BJP will keep winning

Election Commission must aim to complete Lok Sabha election in one day to deny undue advantages to some parties.
PM Narendra Modi

Modi fans won’t believe this, but his decisions hurt India’s global standing

The BJP’s lurch toward hardline Hindu nationalism over the past two years carries costs for India.

Why Right-wingers and lapsed liberals hate Romila Thapar, the mother of history in India

The dislike for Romila Thapar is embedded in belief that Left-liberal monopoly on scholarship has denied Hindus their rightful place in history.
Priyanka Vadra, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Robert Vadra

Not Gandhi dynasty, but a Narasimha Rao-like figure can save the Congress now

The Congress needs someone who can re-build its image and appeal as a credible opposition without totally sidelining the Gandhi family.
File photo| Narendra Modi during an election campaign in Uttar Pradesh | PTI

If pollsters are playing safe this time, BJP’s final Lok Sabha tally can be higher

If your interest is in specific states, then there is still some suspense left for you on 23 May.

On Camera

Dead men talking

Reporting on Lanka's blood-soaked years, I watched names disappear from my notebook.
crash

Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

Defence

File photo of commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Vimal Verma | By special arrangement

Bimal Verma files petition against KB Singh’s appointment as next Navy chief

He filed a petition in the Armed Forces Tribunal and contended that it should call for the service records of both him and Vice Admiral KB Singh and compare them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.