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A protest demanding justice for the victims of Kathua and Unnao rape cases

Death penalty is not justice, it is revenge

Even if a rapist is sentenced to death, men will not stop raping. They will only stop when they learn to stop regarding women as sexual objects
President Xi Jinping and PM Narendra Modi

In between lakeside lunches, Modi should tell Xi that India wants peace on the border

India has objected to CPEC passing through POK. China will have to reciprocate our stand on ‘One China’ policy and terminate CPEC project.
Illustration by PealiDezine.

India Inc is set to see achche din for the next three years

An upswing in corporate performance and investment should last at least three years. I wrote last week that the new financial year would be a...

From the internet’s birthday to defining what Indian beauty is, Biplab Deb seems to know it all

Tripura's CM is back in the news again, and as usual, it's not because of politics
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No, social media does not change the way we vote

A young student speaks up about the growing influence of social media in the way our democracy works.
Bangalore Club

When a Fabindia kurta-pyjama was too unsophisticated for Bangalore Club

Bangalore Club, I must admit, felt rude even to me, a shameless reporter trained to gate-crash where not expected. But friends tell me I am in good company.

The ‘Bahujan unity’ model is the only way to counter the BJP-RSS at national level

If you follow Phule and Ambedkar’s vision, it is clear that top-down approach of Indian leftists and liberals, who consider caste to be merely a part of culture and not a fundamental base, won’t work.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Xi Jinping, President of China in Wuhan

Modi-Xi bhai bhai does not mean Hindi-Chini bhai bhai

In a world increasingly enamoured of strongman leaders, the length of a bear hug between Modi and Xi seems to count for more than the number of agreements signed.

The Kathua rape case has brought up disturbing memories of Jammu’s history

In all the din about the Kathua rape outcry, a warning masquerading as a historical reminder has gone largely unnoticed.
Venkaiah Naidu

Oops! Vice-President relied on a dissenting SC judgment to reject the impeachment motion

Have you ever seen a film producer or crew promote a film by declaring that they had copied a past film that bombed miserably at the box-office? You didn’t; because nobody would publicly say anything like that.

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File photo of Smriti Irani | Facebook

Smriti Irani’s makeover: From being most disliked Modi minister to dynasty slayer in Amethi

After causing the biggest upset in 2019 elections, Smriti Irani has ensured she can no longer be ignored by PM Modi and Amit Shah.

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.


Ministry of Defence building

On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.