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The government through the Women and Child Development Ministry has taken the stance that marital rape is not rape at all.

The government has refused to criminalise marital rape for all the wrong reasons

The government’s affidavit perpetuates the misconception that rape cannot be established without medical evidence.
Gauri Lankesh and the scene outside her house

Gauri Lankesh’s activism or journalism can’t be used to justify her brutal murder

Gauri Lankesh's brutal killing outside her home raises an uncomfortable question: why are people emboldened to kill in Karnataka?
A Google Earth image shows the site of the new nuclear facility in Blauchistan

Exclusive: Pakistan builds new tunneled nuclear weapons storage facility in Baluchistan

The new facility can store 30-60 Shaheen-III missiles, will bring entire India, even Israel into target range.
Protests after Anitha's suicide against NEET

Anitha’s suicide over NEET highlights why Centre can’t impose policies on Tamil Nadu

It is no surprise then that Tamil Nadu, which has a century-long tradition of social justice, was at the forefront of opposing NEET.
Amit Shah at public meeting in Tamil Nadu

Navigating Tamil politics will be Amit Shah’s biggest challenge

The new face of Tamil nationalism was visible during the Jallikattu protests and the Hindi imposition issue, may be a new offshoot of Dravidian ideology.
Demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes resulted in long queues to exchange them.

RBI data isn’t enough to argue if demonetisation was a success or failure

It's premature to decide whether demonetisation is a success or failure, write economists Jagdish Bhagwati, Vivek Dehejia and Pravin Krishna.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi stands with the President, Vice President and his council of ministers in Rashtrapati Bhavan on 3 September, 2017.

Cabinet reshuffle is not about governance, but elections and party consolidation

It is not really the performance but caste and electoral consolidation that drives this round of musical chairs.
Nirmala Sitharaman being sworn in as defence minister during the cabinet reshuffle in the Narendra Modi government on 3 September, 2017

With women, gen-next leaders and new entrants, the cabinet reshuffle eyes 2019 and beyond

With less than two years to general elections, the BJP is rewarding performance, fine tuning social equations, and making course corrections.
Nepal PM Sher Bahadur Deuba's four day visit to India

Nepal PM Deuba unlikely to fulfil the promises he made during his Delhi visit

The new Nepal PM has promised a lot during his visit to India. But given the political scenario at home he's unlikely to fulfil them.
A picture of TN Ninan, chairman of Business Standard Private Limited

At the two-thirds mark

The Modi government gains in political strength and popular support even as the economy swings downward. Can the two continue to move in opposite directions?

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A file photo of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. | Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

How France-Turkey’s probable but unlikely conflict has been shaped by Erdogan’s politics

In episode 604 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains the recent France-Turkey conflict and the deeper implications of this row.
Rupee (Representational image) | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg File photo

Tax revenues decline 22% in April-September, at one-fourth of full year target

Tax revenues declined 22 per cent from the year-ago period to Rs 4.58 lakh crore and were at 28 per cent of the full year target of Rs 16.36 lakh crore in the April-September period.


Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
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.