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Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

Kashmir and CAA protests forcing foreign leaders to take a second look at PM Modi’s India

Bangladesh ministers have made their displeasure clear. The US and France have raised concerns on Kashmir clampdown and Japan’s Shinzo Abe cancelled a trip.
Congress protest

Priyanka Gandhi has gone from Congress ‘Brahmastra’ to Congress liability like brother Rahul

Much like Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka chooses to waltz into issues and situations as per whim, with little coherence or perceptible dedication.
People in the US carry placards calling for pro-immigration policies | Photo: Pixel

Why hostility to immigration runs so deep

Advanced nations have welfare states and are unlikely to abandon them any time soon. Instead, it seems likely that many will try to shut the gates to foreigners.
Protestors with the Indian tricolour at Jama Masjid | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Two reasons that can keep CAA-NRC protests from evolving into a larger anti-Modi movement

How do you get Hindus, farmers, workers to join and keep alive the protests against Modi government? JP and Morarji Desai had lessons.
Constitution during a road show in Varanasi

Ambedkar said protests were unconstitutional. But what about protests to restore Constitution?

The anti-CAA/NRC protests in India are public agitations that demand adherence to the Constitution, not a departure from it.
BJP supporters and leaders taking out a procession in support of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) | Twitter

India attracted the world once. But it wasn’t because of its ambition to be a Hindu Rashtra

The Indian example has always been a sense of wonder: a post-colonial country that was able to sustain democracy, avoid military rule, and protect its territory with little social strife.
Amit Shah in Kolkata

Modi govt’s trip for envoys to J&K exposes rift between home and external affairs ministries

If Modi government intended the envoys to see the situation in Kashmir ‘first-hand’, it needed to do more than letting the diplomats spend 3-4 hours there.
File photo of External Affair Minister S. Jaishankar | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

India’s Indo-Pacific strategy must take along the neglected side: Eastern nations

Although India’s Look East and now Act East policy paid attention to them, the eastern neighbours were just seen as economic and strategic partners for a long time.
File photo | PM Narendra Modi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Indian economy is sinking and Modi govt knows what will work. So what is it waiting for?

Four quick-impact reforms are already on the Modi government’s agenda. It is time for the BJP to heed its own advice.
Narendra Modi

Why Hindutva is incompatible with economic growth

Hindutva seeks to reshape society on its own terms, but economic growth needs freedom.

On Camera

File photo of Sheik Hasina Wajed | David Greedy/Bloomberg News

As Modi govt doubles down on CAA, long-time friend Bangladesh moves closer to China

Opposition’s misinformation campaign has generated enough negative publicity. Modi govt will be in bigger trouble if Bangladesh’s rumour mills become active.

Has CDS Gen Bipin Rawat overstepped his brief by speaking on ‘de-radicalisation camps’?

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat said that India has de-radicalisation camps for the young. He also said that 10-12 years old from Kashmir were being radicalised.

Defence

Asif Ghafoor

‘Twitter General’ Asif Ghafoor is no longer Pakistan military’s spokesperson

Asif Ghafoor has been sent to Infantry Division. Major Gen. Babar Iftikhar will be new director general of Inter-Services Public Relations, Pakistan military’s publicity wing.

Under Modi-Shah, BJP is back to being the Bharatiya ‘Baniya’ Party

BJP under Modi-Shah is returning to its protectionist, anti-MNC, technophobic old notions, underlining that strong governments can also be more risk-averse.