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File photo of BSP chief Mayawat

Who trolls Mayawati on Twitter and what it says about Indians

Mayawati’s entry on Twitter ran into a wall of hate, with trolls swarming her timeline with casteist slurs and abuses on the four-time chief minister.
File image of Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's crown prince | Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Mohammed bin Salman’s India visit before elections puts Modi govt in a tricky situation

Modi govt spent a lot of energy to make India-Saudi relations stronger, but rapidly evolving geopolitics have created a difficult situation for New Delhi.
Bhupen Hazarika

No, Bhupen Hazarika wouldn’t reject Bharat Ratna even if he opposed Citizenship Bill

Bhupen Hazarika was concerned about Assamese people turning into a minority due to large-scale migration from across the border.

Indian Army’s new sniper rifle paired with old improvisation tactics will turn tables at LoC

Sniping is not a new phenomenon along Line of Control (LoC) and Indian Army’s improvisations have made up for lack of equipment.
Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey in New Delhi | Vijay Verma/PTI

Why India’s Parliament should avoid standoffs with Twitter on unimportant issues

Jack Dorsey has no stake in upholding the dignity of India’s Parliament. Our parliamentarians, on the other hand, are sworn to it.

Modi has reduced his cabinet to a rubber stamp, all decisions taken by PMO: Chidambaram

In an exclusive interview with ThePrint, senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram slammed Modi for his style of governance and said he feared he would change the Constitution if voted back to power.
File photo of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Narendra Modi | Jack/Twitter

For BJP, Twitter is the trusted ally that went rogue

Using Twitter to slam Twitter may sound absurd, but it shows how dependent the BJP ecosystem is on the microblogging site.
File photo of Robert Vadra | robert.vadra1/Facebook

What Robert Vadra’s colourful social media profile tells us about him

Vadra has been trying to change his image over the years, and he seems to have learnt some lessons from Salman Khan.
Queues outside an ATM after demonetisation was announced

It’s time policy makers acknowledge the real problem facing India’s shadow banks

The collapse of the highly rated infrastructure operator-financier IL&FS Group exposed the fault lines under Indian shadow banks’ impressive credit edifice.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi in Gujarat | PIB

Why just Indira and Priyanka Gandhi, media must psychoanalyse Narendra Modi too

Several political commentators have compared 'Indira Gandhi’s authoritarianism' with Modi’s 'autocratic and decisive style'.


An army soldier guards near the site of suicide bomb attack at Lathepora Awantipora in Pulwama

Here are Pakistan’s new strategies behind the Pulwama terror attack

Pulwama suicide attack, use of a Kashmiri attacker, and a pre-attack video is an attempt by Pakistan to reassert its equities over Kashmir dispute.
most favored nation

Revoking Pakistan’s MFN status: Proportionate reply or Modi exploring diplomatic steps first?

A day after the horrific attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama that killed at least 37 CRPF personnel, Narendra Modi government withdrew ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status for Pakistan, in place since 1996.


An army soldier guards near the site of suicide bomb attack at Lathepora Awantipora in Pulwama

Pulwama attack raises questions on Kashmir’s intelligence and security structure

Attack on CRPF convoy required getting explosives, rigging the vehicle and training. How did multiple security agencies in J&K fail to pick up on this?
A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation | Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Modi’s BJP is sliding down the Rafale slope. It must stop outraging and come clean

All the Modi govt needed to do was come clean on Rafale – ‘We dismissed bureaucratic objections as we wanted deal done quickly for IAF’.