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Nawaz Sharif during a recent public gathering in Pakistan

Sharif’s ouster shows Pakistani Establishment is a banyan tree keeping a viceregal control

Under Pakistan's viceregal system, the purpose of elections is merely to identify intermediaries between the people and a permanent state establishment.

‘Demonetisation was political stimulus for the ruling party’

ThePrint Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta and Associate Editor Ruhi Tewari speak about the the first anniversary of demonetisation of high value currency notes, on what it achieved.
BJP workers display a banner during their Anti-black Money Day rally to mark the first anniversary of 'Demonetisation' announcement in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The WhatsApp Governance

After sharp shifts on strategic policies, demonetisation without data, debate, de-risking or war-gaming marks Modi’s governing style.

Pradyuman’s ‘new murderer’ at Ryan School: A story of crime and prejudice

CBI says it wasn’t the bus conductor who slit Pradyuman’s throat in Gurugram’s Ryan International murder case; it was a Class XI student of the school.
A representational image depicting interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma, Mehbooba Mufti and the Army

In the name of interlocution

Kashmir interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma has little political room for manoeuvre, but his appointment is a masterstroke in political management.
Cars in traffic in smog

Innovation needed to end stubble burning, but Delhi does little to stop pollution in NCR

There is an urgent need to encourage innovation and educate farmers rather than taking punitive action against already stressed farmers. It is that time of...
Trump and Jinping at a press conference table at the G20

Engaging and managing the dragon is a tough proposition

As President Trump prepares for his visit to China and East Asia, Jeffrey Bader, Kevin Rudd and Graham Allison offer different perspectives on China.
The Rs 1000 rupee note and Rs 2000 rupee note introduced before and after demonetisation respectively

A year of NaMo’s DeMo: All that we have achieved in the last 365 days

After the drama, we are now looking back not-so-fondly at demonetisation. We still have no answer to why there is a Rs 2,000 note and no Rs 1,000 note.
Representational image of digital payments

A year after demonetisation: Still a cash economy, but mobile payments heating up in India

The spike in digital payments settled down, but growth has continued across the board and that is even after the cash returned to the economy.
MGNREGA won’t make stubble burning go away, says govt panel

Only innovative solutions that don’t burden farmers can end stubble burning

From mixing the stubble into soil, to making manure and use in the packaging industry, there are a lot of ways in which the problem of paddy residue can be solved.

On Camera

PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah

Is RSS wary of Modi-Shah? A quiet ‘support’ to Raj Thackeray in Maharashtra signals so

BJP emerging as single-largest party in 2019 won’t be enough for Modi because many, including some in RSS, see a ‘threat’ in his return.
CJI Gogoi

Is Supreme Court handling sexual harassment allegation against CJI Ranjan Gogoi correctly?

Two advocates Monday wrote to the Bar Council of India criticising it for its support to CJI Ranjan Gogoi and called the hearing a ‘travesty of justice’.


Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.