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Head of the Tehreek-i-Labaik Yah Rasool Allah Pakistan (TLYRAP) religious group Khadim Hussain Rizvi (C), offers Friday prayers on a blocked flyover bridge

Dear Pakistan Army, I would have made an excellent DG ISPR: Khadim Rizvi’s letter from heaven

In my life, people thought I was against the Pakistani Army. Reality is I was just their fauji.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint Team

Why Kashmiris, Palestinians are left pondering what realism, better governance could’ve brought

As Arab countries start dealing openly with Israel, Palestinians are left holding Gaza and carved up areas of West Bank. It’s no different in Kashmir.
The moment of the Hand of God Goal, 1986 | Wikimedia

Why the English still can’t let go of the ‘Hand of God’ goal

In England, the continuing anger that Maradona “got away with it” in 1986 comes out of the ashes of empire.
A BSF Jawan stands guard at border | Representational image | ANI

BSF vs Army turf war won’t make India safer. Pakistan exploits security fault lines

After the Nagrota encounter, retired Army officers have strongly advanced the case for placing the border guarding forces under its command.

What does ‘anodyne’ mean? Not what you think

Although ‘anodyne’ was far more common in the 19th century than it is now, the word has had an upsurge lately, doubling in frequency since the mid-1990s.
(From left) Union Home Minister Amit Shah, national BJP president J.P. Nadda and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath | Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur

Why Hyderabad’s municipal polls are key to decoding BJP’s approach to politics

In episode 627 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta talks about BJP's political tactics and Amit Shah's 'P-2-P approach'.
RBI Governor Shakikanta Das speaks Friday | Photo: ANI

RBI must relax norms for small lenders. Big corporates will bring predatory culture

Connected lending across the world has resulted in a lender-borrower mismatch, turning the business sour and unprofitable.
File photo | Former Police Commissioner of Delhi, Neeraj Kumar | ThePrint

Why I told Richie Mehta to make ‘Delhi Crime’, but didn’t visit the sets

Neeraj Kumar, the former Delhi Police Commissioner, writes about his role in the making of Netflix’s ‘Delhi Crime’. And why the police mannerisms are on point.

Pakistani TV asks if it’s time to accept Israel. The answer is above Imran Khan’s paygrade

The idea of recognising Israel is a hard sell for the people of Pakistan who have been brought up for over 70 years on the idea of having permanent enemies — India and Israel.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath | Photo: ANI

What UP govt’s new anti-conversion law says, and origin of ‘love jihad’

In episode 626 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta talks about the 'love jihad' law in UP and how it compares to other anti-conversion laws in other states.

On Camera

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot addressing media outside Fairmont hotel in Jaipur on 20 July 2020 | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Can Ashok Gehlot be the next Ahmed Patel for Congress? Conditions apply

With the loss of Ahmed Patel and Tarun Gogoi, Congress has a big problem. And very few candidates to solve it.
The Great State Ale Works' newly opened bar in Pune (Representational image) | Bloomberg

India’s craft beer craze could boost Australian barley farmers hit by Chinese tariffs

Microbrewery owners in India say there’s a lot of business interest in the beer industry. Any additional demand from brewers would mean a boon for Australian barley prices.

Defence

BrahMos supersonic cruise missile | File photo: ANI

BrahMos’ ‘first import destination’ Philippines hints deal may be delayed, cites Covid hit

Roman Babushkin, the Deputy Chief of Mission at Russian Embassy in India, had said this month that BrahMos Aerospace was looking at exporting the missiles to other countries.

Shambles over farmers’ protest shows Modi-Shah BJP needs a Punjab tutorial

Modi-Shah BJP has tended to patronise Punjab & Sikhs, instead of being a respectful partner. Its strategy to tackle protests farm laws crisis has given Sikhs the good fight they love.