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Representational image of a farmer | Photo: Samyak Pandey | ThePrint

How Modi govt’s 3 contentious farm bills have exposed SAD, Congress & BJP’s hypocrisy

In episode 571 of #CutTheClutter, ThePrint’s Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta declutters the bills and explains the changes it will bring to farmers and for end customers.

Chudail cartoon is YouTube hit even as Kangana Ranaut, Rhea Chakraborty are victimised

Women are killed because people label them as chudails. But Indians didn’t see the problem when Farhan Akhtar shouted ‘chudail alert’ in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
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Stop this kolaveri against English-speaking Indians. They didn’t ruin idea of India

English is as desi as any Indian language. Maligning English speakers won’t solve India’s problems, no?
A man leaves the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Wednesday

Milton Friedman was wrong, an economy is not meant to only serve shareholders but everyone

Shareholders' capitalism has over the years been used to justify bamboozling customers, squeezing workers, avoiding taxes and lavishing stock options on executives.
A general view of the Rajya Sabha during the monsoon session of Parliament | Photo: ANI

Polymer sheets, MPs in masks, no Gandhis and Amit Shah — Monsoon session has a new look

The last five days saw Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla and Rajya Sabha chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu frequently ticking off MPs for speaking with their mask pushed to the chin.

Modi govt can bring real agriculture reforms only by working with states

There is a real risk that the Indian agricultural sector will be left in a state of greater regulatory ambiguity and economic uncertainty, and that farmers will suffer more.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Lesson from Ladakh — India & China were both rising together until China just raced away

China is different now, might think India is ‘arrogant’ for pretending parity. Ladakh stand-off should be a wake-up call on what’s real, not illusory, power.
A Bhartiya Kisan Union member protests against three ordinances passed by the Centre, in Sri Muktsar Sahib | PTI

The disappearance of ‘samanvaye’ from Indian politics 

Farmers today are facing what students, Muslims and Kashmiris have just faced: unilateral policymaking that does not believe in creating consensus. 
File photo of PM Narendra Modi and former PM Manmohan Singh | PTI

Modi govt was handed weak data institutions by Congress, but it ruined them further

The BJP’s 2014 manifesto promised ‘real-time data’. Now, the Modi government has no data on migrant workers’ deaths during Covid pandemic.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with special forces personnel in Ladakh Friday | By special arrangement

How Depsang Plains is new catchword in India-China standoff & why Rajnath not talking about it

In #CutTheClutter episode 570, Shekhar Gupta explains strategic importance of Depsang Plains, Daulat Beg Oldie & answers the important question — has China occupied territory in India?

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Pakistan Army getting desperate over Imran Khan. Media airing Nawaz Sharif speech is a sign

The duo of General Bajwa and ISI DG Faiz Hameed have managed to drag the military deeper into politics, but their hybrid government formula is not working.
Mukesh Ambani | Pankaj Nangia/Bloomberg

Investors continue to flock Mukesh Ambani, now KKR to invest $754 million in Reliance Retail

US private equity group KKR will hold a 1.28% stake in Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Retail, valuing India’s biggest retailer at Rs 4.2 lakh crore or $57 billion.


Representational image for India-China relations | File photo: Bloomberg

India, China say won’t send more troops to Ladakh frontlines, agree to avoid misunderstandings

India and China issued a joint statement after senior Army officials of the two sides held commander-level talks as part of the countries’ first military-diplomatic dialogue.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?