Tuesday, 20 November, 2018


Sharp and latest opinion on politics, policy and current affairs.

File image of Telangana CM K. Chandrasekhar Rao | Twitter

There’s no UPA vs NDA in Telangana, yet it can prove to be the defining state for 2019

Neither the Modi magic nor the RBI-CBI issues are at the forefront in Telangana.
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath | PTI

How Nehru and Yogi Adityanath differed on naming cities — from Chandigarh to Prayagraj

The story of renaming begins with the namkaran of India itself after Independence. 

This Asian nation might revive faith in democracy

Malaysia shows that demagoguery doesn’t have to be the inevitable consequence of elite misrule.
China debt

Want to see your dystopian future? Look at China

If people in China don’t recognise the danger of a snooping government, they might eventually be unable to protest against it.

Why covering the environment is one of the most hazardous beats in journalism

Journalists who cover environment are at heightened risk of murder, arrest, assault, threats, self-exile, lawsuits and harassment.
Suchitra Sen and Sanjeev Kumar in a still from Aandhi | YouTube

With 2019 elections approaching, Gulzar’s Aandhi is the film to watch again

Suchitra Sen and Sanjeev Kumar-starrer Aandhi was banned by Indira Gandhi govt during the Emergency.
A truck taking troops and portrait of Shaitan Singh

Remembering Rezang La, a poignant moment of military courage on the western front

In the darkness of defeat in the east, just over a hundred soldiers of 13 Kumaon fought the Chinese to the last man in 1962.
Protests being held against Asia Bibi in Pakistan

Pakistan’s Asia Bibi episode shows injecting extremists into politics is a bad idea

Imran Khan government's reluctance to confront clerical power makes its earlier promises ring hollow.
Shekhar Gupta and Balasaheb Thackeray

I asked Balasaheb Thackeray, “Are you a mafioso?” — and lived to tell the tale

Bal Thackeray was India’s only purely parochial leader. He was also his own brand manager and a man deeply in love with himself.
Image of the Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

How the Supreme Court took it upon itself to become a daily criminal investigation monitor

Supreme Court’s priorities expose its lack of confidence in every other institutional process except for its own.
amritsar attack

Do Amritsar & Kashmir violence signal internal security crisis like ‘90s under Ajit Doval?

Three people were killed in a grenade attack at a Nirankari prayer hall in Amritsar Sunday. The same day, a terrorist attack at a CRPF camp in Jammu and Kashmir...
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint.in

How CBI went from being a caged parrot to a wild vulture

India’s premier anti-corruption agency has defied two decades of reform and become an embarrassment with its bosses calling each other thief.