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Women in Mumbai look at a phone | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Future of democracy is literally in India’s hands — through smartphones

The smartphone is dramatically reconfiguring human character in India, and the long-term consequences for the country’s fragile democracy.
A still from the movie Dostana

Reduced to tears by an Indian aunty’s pesky questions? Here’s how you can fight back

Indian aunties don’t understand the concept of emotional autonomy and a youngster’s right to privacy.
Ziva Dhoni

Move over Taimur, Ziva Dhoni is the new star kid on the block

But Indian paparazzi’s obsession means they will continue to hunt for the next baby celebrity, like Shahid and Mira Kapoor's children Misha and Zain.
Workers at a construction site in Delhi (representational image) | Ruhani Kaur/Bloomberg

India’s caste problem has a silver lining: urbanisation, and inter-caste marriage

Unlike villages, search for partners in cities shifts its focus from family and caste networks to friends and professional networks.
A man waves the flag of Pakistan

Pakistani establishment is waging a new war: against its own media

Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission says media firms facing attack for reports that are critical of security and intelligence agencies as well as militants.

Pakistani generals want to restore their golden era & that’s why Musharraf’s team is back

Musharraf’s team was competent because it secured western assistance, pledging to fight terrorists while covertly assisting them at the same time.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi during in New Delhi, 2017 | Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

‘Shehzada’ Rahul & Ahmed ‘Mian’ aren’t routine jibes on Congress, they are Modi’s bigotry

This is not a diatribe on how Modi and BJP have lowered the level of political language in India; it is to point out how exactly they do it.

With Sadhvi Pragya Singh fighting election, BJP has won half the battle across India

As the Lok Sabha election pitch queers, all eyes will now be on Bhopal.
Ministry of External affairs

New Delhi finally gets Indo-Pacific wing but smaller regional powers are busy forum shopping

Indian foreign policy is far from being realist and has failed to devise methods to secure strategic alliances with smaller regional powers.
Sadhvi Pragya Thakur

Sadhvi Pragya’s nomination is no advertisement for Hindutva, whatever you may think of it

In opposition, the BJP used to stand for law and order, and its leaders were known for measured language. The ticket to Sadhvi Pragya goes against all that.

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Electoral bonds are a constitutional hazard but transparency alone isn’t the solution

Supreme Court’s role in setting a reform agenda for political funding has to be limited and not extend to managing how parties function.
CJI Gogoi

Is Supreme Court handling sexual harassment allegation against CJI Ranjan Gogoi correctly?

Two advocates Monday wrote to the Bar Council of India criticising it for its support to CJI Ranjan Gogoi and called the hearing a ‘travesty of justice’.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.