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Girl escorted by police

How about calling Hadiya’s case ‘Kerala Hindutva case’ instead of ‘Kerala Love Jihad case’?

The media continues normalise a right-wing coinage and turn identities of marginalised people into click-bait commodities.
Hadiya in Supreme Court

Hadiya case is all about our old neurosis over Muslim men, invaders, seducers

The case will affect the future of interfaith marriages that are legally challenged by families.
Hadiya at Supreme Court

Hadiya case shows that instead of fighting terror, the NIA has become a marriage bureau

Instead of fighting terrorism, the NIA seems to have become part of a marriage bureau, which is very unfortunate.
Narendra Modi (left) and Rahul Gandhi (right) on the campaign trail in Gujarat

BJP & Congress have made the same mistake in the run up to the Gujarat elections

National level leaders today are like banyan trees under which nothing grows; several states are experiencing the same leadership deficit.
From left to right- Hardik Patel, Jignesh Mevani and Alpesh Thakor

The rise of the angry young men who can demolish Modi this election season

Hardik Patel, Jignesh Mewani and Alpesh Thakor might appear to offer hope, but the real reform is structural.
India media

If Sunanda Pushkar’s death can be probed by TV anchors, why the silence on Justice Loya?

The media should have come together and demanded a fresh inquiry into the mysterious death of judge Brijgopal Harkishen Loya.
Shiv Sena supporters protesting against Pakistan.

Among 26/11 casualties: Honour among journalists

One collateral damage of 26/11 was to the old professional bonhomie among journalists of India and Pakistan. It led to the rise of the constantly warring commando-comic channels on both sides. That wound has festered in the following nine years instead of healing.
Pakistani security forces clash with protesters.

Islamist protests are a tried and tested way to bring change in government in Pakistan

Saturday was a day of chaos worsened by partial media blackout, restrictions on social media and continuous circulation of conspiracy theories via WhatsApp in Pakistan.
A candle light rally to protest against terror attacks in Mumbai at Gateway of India in 2008

Lesson from 26/11: Terror kills, not democracy

Our governance sucks but the solution is not to secede from it but challenging and changing the system from within.
Pakistani security forces clash with protesters.

Pakistan’s crackdown on religious protestors is another triumph for the military

The Army’s rapidly amassing power shows that democracy in Pakistan—which has scored major successes over nine consecutive years of civilian rule—is imperiled once again. 

On Camera

Muslim women walk with their children in Iraq (Representational image) | Commons

Globalisation of revenge

Nobody looks more ridiculous in the whole Iraq situation than the Europeans. A bit of their hypocrisy was on show in New Delhi.
An Airbus Group SE A320neo passenger jet operated by IndiGo

IndiGo to trim fleet size over 2 years as Covid pandemic rages on

IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta said the airline hasn’t engaged in any 'major renegotiation' with Airbus SE on new deliveries, but it will keep returning as many as 40 older planes a year.


File photo of ships during the Malabar naval exercise

First phase of Quad members’ Malabar exercise from 3-6 November in Bay of Bengal

Last week, India had announced Australia will take part in the exercise along with US and Japan, making it a drill by all 4 member nations of the Quad or Quadrilateral coalition.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.