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Akshay Kumar

From Padman to PM Modi interview, Akshay Kumar is on a nation-building project

Even someone as hyper-nationalistic as PM Modi needs an Akshay Kumar midway through the Lok Sabha elections.

This is not an easy time to be the Election Commission of India. Here’s why

EC banned Modi biopic, took his government on over electoral bonds, but it’ll be slammed for ‘letting’ BJP blatantly use armed forces in polls.
NaMo TV being shown on Tata Sky | ThePrint

NaMo TV – the confused channel orphaned by I&B ministry and DTH operators

It's odd that BJP hasn't openly admitted ownership of NaMo TV since many political parties, across India, own TV channels.
Shatrughan Sinha

Bollywood stars and their readymade support base: Why Indian politics can’t do without them

Jaya Prada, Shatrughan Sinha and Urmila Matondkar made big political moves this week and parties hope to cash in on their brand value.
Gautam Gambhir

Left-hander turns right: Gautam Gambhir pads up for BJP weeks before Lok Sabha elections

From joining the war cry against Pakistan to attacking Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Gautam Gambhir had long made known which way the wind was blowing.
Former Indian cricketer S Sreesanth at Supreme Court | PTI

Mercurial cricketer and entertainer Sreesanth is back in the spotlight this week

The Supreme Court has set aside a life ban imposed on the cricketer by the BCCI.
Supreme Court functions overnight

The two comments that landed Attorney General K.K. Venugopal in the spotlight this week

Attorney General Venugopal’s comments about ‘stolen’ Rafale documents and lawyer Indira Jaising raised quite a few eyebrows.
People celebrate with a Tricolour as they wait for the arrival of IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman at Attari-Wagah border near Amritsar | PTI photo

Not just Abhinandan’s story: Next time you cheer for soldiers, remember their families too

I have known Wing Commander Abhinandan’s parents for a long time. What they have gone through is the story of every soldier’s family.
BJP-Shiv Sena alliance

Not Opposition unity, but BJP’s critical mini-gathbandhans stole the thunder

The BJP moved swiftly and deftly to secure its allies this week while the rival camp looked unsure.
Masood Azhar

Pulwama attack proves JeM chief Masood Azhar’s 2014 public address wasn’t a ‘one-time event’

‘Ailing’ Pakistan-based terrorist is being ‘constantly moved’ from one military hospital to another to avoid detection.

On Camera

Congress headquarters

One in three people at Congress rallies may not have voted for the party: Lokniti-CSDS

Survey data from BJP and Congress rallies during 2019 election suggest that huge crowds are deceiving and don’t translate into votes in favour.

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.


An AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force

IAF workhorse AN-32 gets a fuel that’s green and creates jobs for tribals

The IAF will now run its AN-32 transport aircraft on a blended bio-fuel partly derived from trees. It plans to widen the experiment over the next two years.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

The Mandal-Mandir era is over, make way for Modi

BJP's Mandir politics has subsumed Mandal under Modi-Shah and created a pan-Hindu vote. Modi's challenger has to invent a new politics.