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PM Narendra Modi leaving to receive Gotabaya Rajapaksa at Hyderabad House

Economy to Citizenship Bill – Accusations pile on PM Modi, but he could not care less

As 2019 draws to a close, Modi remains difficult to dislodge. And the Citizenship Bill won’t diminish his image in south Asia either.
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa (left) meets PM Narendra Modi (right)

Modi hoped Rajapaksa trip will shift focus from Maharashtra loss. But Pragya Thakur happened

It is more than likely that PM Modi is furious with Pragya Thakur’s repeated reference to Gandhi’s assassin Godse. So why doesn’t he say so publicly?
File photo | Narendra Modi, Sheikh Hasina and Mamata Banerjee at inauguration of Bangladesh Bhavan, at Santiniketan, May 25, 2018 | PIB

Why Modi has to douse many fires this week and skip photo ops with Hasina & Mamata

PM Modi won’t certainly be happy with the manner in which the map of India is fast changing colour.
File photo | PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

History is offering two closures: Kartarpur & Ayodhya. And Modi has a starring role in both

Despite misgivings on Pakistan, Modi realises his support of the Sikhs in this deeply emotional moment will earn goodwill and votes.
File photo | PM Narendra Modi at Kevadia on Sardar Patel's 144th birth anniversary | ANI

Modi makes civil servants pledge ‘One Problem, Total Solution’. But his big test awaits

Modi believes he is completing Sardar Patel’s agenda on Jammu & Kashmir and putting India back on the right path to democracy by scrapping Article 370.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi after Haryana and Maharashtra poll results | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Modi’s glitter intact after Haryana & Maharashtra wins, but there’s news for Amit Shah

In the other tent, the Congress high command remained silent, no pat on the back for its workers in Maharashtra & Haryana.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Hyderabad House in New Delhi | Photo: Graham Crouch | Bloomberg

Modi and Xi are unequal leaders who won’t tango in Mamallapuram but size each other up

There is virtually no comparison between the economic strength of India and China. And yet, Modi is employing all his resources to stand eyeball-to-eyeball with Xi.
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina at Palam Airport, Delhi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Amit Shah vilifying Bangladeshis while PM Modi rolls out the red carpet for Sheikh Hasina

Modi knows and Hasina knows there’s no question of throwing even one Bangladeshi out of India – in any case, Hasina believes there are none.
Narendra Modi

In the US, Modi out-Trumped Trump & forced RSS to swallow its protectionist agenda

RSS is aware that only lack of money in people’s pockets can hurt Modi government – not Rahul Gandhi or Sharad Pawar or Mamata Banerjee.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi | File photo | Kamal Kishore | PTI

As Narendra Modi meets Donald Trump, big test is to keep the quiet in Kashmir

On the eve of his US visit, Modi has pressed Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to cut corporate tax, a move that has already generated a positive buzz.

On Camera

Excise duties & Robin Hood politics — why fuel prices are rising despite low global rates

In episode 668 of Cut The Clutter, ThePrint’s Shekhar Gupta narrates the story of fuel pricing in the country to unpack why prices have risen drastically.
File image of a woman walking past buildings under construction in Noida, Uttar Pradesh | Photo: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

India considers easing rules to attract FDI in construction sector

Plan to allow 100% foreign direct investment in animation, visual effects, gaming & comics sector could also find mention in Modi govt's budget to be presented on 1 Feb.

Defence

Col Quazi Sajjad Ali Zahir (retd) | Twitter | @tanvi_madan

Col Quazi Zahir, 1971 hero Padma Shri awardee who still carries Pakistan Army’s death warrant

Col Quazi Sajjad Ali Zahir joined the Pakistani Army in 1969. But upon hearing atrocities committed by Pakistan Army in East Pakistan, he fled the country & reached India.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

7 reasons why Modi govt is in retreat on farm reform laws

Farm reform could’ve been high point of Modi’s second term. But lack of patience, understanding and contempt for history have turned it into a disaster.