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Mahant Raju Das of Hanuman Garhi Mandir and a local Muslim leader Babloo Khan at Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas in Ayodhya | PTI

A Dalit laid first brick for Ram Mandir. Now, Modi must appoint a Dalit woman as its priest

Modi knows the importance of symbolism. The whole process of Ayodhya closure lacks his signature touch.
delhi air pollution punjab haryana stubble burning

Curbing Delhi pollution is govts’ job. Supreme Court must not burn its hand in stubble fire

Supreme Court needs to wake up and see its orders banning stubble burning in Haryana and Punjab don’t do anything on the ground.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi after Haryana and Maharashtra poll results | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Article 370, Ayodhya: Modi & Shah are done with political tasks. Now, it is economy’s turn

Between now and the next budget, India could see some of the biggest economic reforms in Modi 2.0.

In Brazil for BRICS summit, Modi’s mind will be on Maharashtra and eyes on Sri Lanka

Few other places have had such a grip on India’s imagination like Sri Lanka, and not just because of the Ramayana connection.
Pilgrims at the Kartarpur Sahib | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Why Kartarpur corridor won’t go the same way as Vajpayee’s Delhi-Lahore bus diplomacy

The last one year saw India-Pakistan ties hitting an abysmal low. Yet, in the middle of prevailing hostilities, Kartarpur corridor became a reality.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Ayodhya to Kashmir – Modi is now Mr Closure for all of India’s historical wrongs

What really stood out in Narendra Modi's first term – welfare and rural outreach – seem less prominent now. There is a Ram Mandir to build.

Don’t cheer for Mastodon yet, it can turn out to be another Twitter

The odds are currently against Mastodon’s success, but they improve a teeny-weeny bit with every new user and every new toot.
The women contingent of Assam rifles during the Republic Day parade rehearsal

Assam Rifles operational control shouldn’t be under home ministry. Don’t mess with the best

The move will affect the Assam Rifle’s operational efficacy. Unless it is simply about the oldest Indian governmental ailment – empire building.
All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) members and farmers at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi | Ravi Choudhary/PTI

Why and how ideology is central to winning elections in India

The disappearance of the term ‘post-ideological’ tells you a lot about the centrality of ideology in electoral politics.

Add to cart? How Amazon rigs its shopping algorithm

For the hundreds of thousands of companies that sell on Amazon’s platform, ‘winning the Buy Box’ is everything.

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Era of ‘borderless’ innovation is over. US, India, China using national security to box tech

Security is now bleeding the economies of US and China, with flow of capital, people and technology being disrupted.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Will joining Shiv Sena-NCP alliance help revive Congress or damage it further nationally?

The political deadlock in Maharashtra continues even as Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray met senior leaders of Maharashtra Congress.


Special Forces of the Army | Commons

Army wants officers to deactivate Facebook accounts, stay away from WhatsApp

The Indian Army advisory says WhatsApp is a vulnerable platform and Facebook has turned out to be a crucial source of collecting intelligence.

Imran Khan’s fantasy to revive Khalistan isn’t happening because Sikhs aren’t gullible

India isn’t made of porcelain. Kartarpur Sahib is open. It’s our moment of collective joy. Switch off that TV neurosis on the ‘return of Khalistan’.