Modi Monitor

File photo of Arun Jaitley | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Arun Jaitley is returning to North Block, but Modi may’ve moved chess pieces in his absence

Industry is thrilled with Prime Minister’s comments in Lucknow, which called out the hypocrisy around wealth creation.
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How Arun Jaitley persuaded Narendra Modi to soften his stand on homosexuality in India

Arun Jaitley has for some time been going against his party's grain and arguing that Section 377 should be scrapped.
PM Narendra Modi bows in front of B.R. Ambedkar's portrait on Ambedkar Jayanti in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh

How Narendra Modi is playing with history to co-opt Ambedkar again

S.P. Mookerjee and B.R. Ambedkar were colleagues in Jawaharlal Nehru’s first government, but never had a cordial relationship. 
Paramilitary stands guard

As PMO releases surgical strikes videos, questions over timing remain

With the surgical strikes video now featuring the PM, attempts at politicising the army in the name of nationalism are being made.
Amit Shah and Narendra Modi

Kashmir in governor’s hands, BJP set to focus on 2019 strategy with Modi to lead the way

In a month, the PM has gone from recalling Vajpayee’s ‘Kashmiriyat’ ideals to sanctioning the BJP pull out of the coalition government.
Shujaat Bukhari

A ‘fit’ Modi has no time to speak on Shujaat Bukhari killing

The Prime Minister can reach out to ordinary people by offering condolences on Shujaat Bukhari’s murder.
Narendra Modi and Pranab Mukherjee

A message for the PM from ‘mentor’ Mukherjee’s Nagpur speech

The PM can hardly ignore the lesson in pluralism and nationalism from a man he professes to admire so much.
PM Narendra Modi with the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo at the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta | PIB

Modi shores up support in southeast Asia but loses key political battle in India

If the BJP had given a few token seats to Muslims in Uttar Pradesh, both during the Lok Sabha and assembly elections, the slogan...
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | PTI

After Karnataka loss, Putin brings a smile to Modi’s face while Kohli leaves him sweating

It is in Modi’s interest to push a Modi vs The Rest narrative, and keep the opposition off-kilter so that it isn’t able to push its own regional strengths.
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Congress can learn from PM Modi that politics is hardly a kitty party

Modi’s sheer determination to win Karnataka may have actually seeded the Congress with some of the fight he has so clearly displayed these last few years.

On Camera

File image of PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping | Wikimedia Commons

China’s on India’s side in Pangong, Hot Springs. ‘Difference in perception’ line suits it

China has, over the years, specialised in salami slicing. In Sept 2017, then Army chief Bipin Rawat had cautioned that China was silently taking over territory.

Harsh Vardhan questions Delhi govt: Is Arvind Kejriwal failing in handling Covid-19 crisis?

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday raised concerns about rising Covid cases and low testing levels in Delhi.

Defence

File image of soldiers of the Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army | Photo: ANI

India, China army commanders to meet tomorrow. These are the issues 14 Corps chief will raise

14 Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh is scheduled to meet China’s Southern Xinjiang Military District chief at Chushul-Moldo border personnel meeting point Saturday.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.