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Doritos

Being a woman is expensive, uncomfortable business. Indra Nooyi can’t fix it with Dorito chips

Women have been taught to eat slowly, softly, in smaller bites - a construct of femininity designed to aid the creation of a fragile, waifish woman.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

For Narendra Modi, voters are like Pokemon. Gotta catch ’em all and gotta catch ’em young

Apart from the Exam Warriors book, the Modi app has a forum where kids can sign in and share their anxieties while being watched over by the PM

First Nepal, now Maldives: India needs to un-muddle its neighbourhood policy

India has much homework to do in countering the Chinese influence in the region. Its strategic objectives in containing China need to be better met.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh

India doesn’t need a ‘strong’ PM to boost growth. And that claim’s backed by data

Over the past 50 years, India’s GDP growth has improved every 10-15 years, though it hasn’t really had many economically enlightened leaders steering it.
Maumoon Abdul Gayoom

As Delhi puts troops on alert, remembering Indian officer who saved ex-Maldivian president

Ex-Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom is under siege again, now by his half-brother and current dictator. He has to be grateful to an Indian Naval officer for being alive.
Ceasefire violations on LoC

Pakistan has killed the LoC ceasefire, India’s response shouldn’t be half-baked

There is enough space for us to innovate between regular pinprick-type LoC actions and a low-intensity conflict limited to J&K.
A Sri Lankan airman at a helicopter base.

Sri Lankan officers must be welcomed back to Staff College in Tamil Nadu—for India’s sake

Since 2013, Sri Lanka armed forces officers haven’t been allowed to train in the southern state, but statecraft demands that this relationship be repaired.
Nawaz Sharif

A resurgent Nawaz Sharif is taking on the judiciary & army, but don’t count on him winning

Recent political turmoil in Balochistan assembly has sunk the hope of Nawaz Sharif's PML (N) of getting an absolute majority in the upper house.
Arun Jaitley

Don’t believe the BJP and Congress claims that they’re cleaning up poll funding

The larger lesson is clear: in an era when the Congress & the BJP can agree on next to nothing, they will gladly join hands to save their own skin.
A photo of Ankit Saxena, who was murdered in Delhi

Ankit Saxena murder shows it’s Muzaffarnagar everywhere now

We are living in the times of a 'hate epidemic' where the price of making the mistake of loving is paid by innocent lives such as that of Ankit Saxena.

On Camera

‘A rich Muslim’s expense on Umrah marriage can teach 3 lakh poor Muslim kids for 18 yrs’

Muslim scholars say 84% of Indian Muslims earn less than Rs 50 a day, and want the community to cut spending on lavish weddings, multiple pilgrimages.
t-series

Should Indians support Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series in YouTube subscriber race against PewDiePie?

Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series and vlogger Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie are fighting to attain the number one spot in terms of subscribers on YouTube.

Defence

Indian Army | representational image | Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Army personnel killed in firing by Pakistani troops in J&K’s Poonch district

The border skirmishes witnessed a spurt after India's air strike on JeM terror camp in Balakot in response to Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel.
National Interest

Why Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is in danger of morphing into a clueless NGO

Congress has questions but no answers, ‘leaders’ but no winners. Weeks before polls, it’s behaving like a virtuous, anti-establishment NGO just doing its thing.