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Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) with BJP chief J.P. Nadda and Union minister Piyush Goyal at the party's National Executive meeting in New Delhi Sunday | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

BJP’s ‘all is well’ in the national executive is ignoring key party problems

There are many questions BJP legislators and other leaders, who aren’t in the close circles of high command, are asking, though not aloud.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah flags off a campaign vehicle during Mera Pariwar Bhajpa Pariwar campaign in Lucknow on 29 October 2021| PTI

Amit Shah is wrong. Modi’s re-election doesn’t depend on Adityanath’s 2022 win

BJP’s media-minders frantically started calling journalists Friday, asking them to ignore or at least underplay Amit Shah’s statement. They too knew he was wrong.
Logos for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), left, and the Indian National Congress (INC) party are displayed on a computer at the Boom Live office in Mumbai | Bloomberg

BJP to Congress, Shiv Sena and RJD — super Saturday awaits parties in assembly bypolls

It’s not often that bypolls hold so much significance and can change political dynamics in several states. That’s the beauty of the 30 October bypolls.

Rahul Gandhi’s impending return as president is a win-win for both Congress and BJP

CWC choice of Rahul Gandhi as party president isn't about the fight against BJP. It was about the Gandhi dynasty’s crown jewel, Congress, and they have secured it.
Illustration by Manisha Yadav

Why PM Modi picked politicians with criminal charges to assist Amit Shah in home ministry

Delhi Police commissioner Rakesh Asthana wants to better the force’s image in public. It doesn’t really matter — look at India’s home ministry.

Dilemma for Congress’ G-22 – Stay for tomatoes or switch to TMC where Mamata brooks no dissent

G-22 members must feel stuck. The Gandhis won’t let them survive and the members' loyalty and core ideological beliefs won’t let them quit. That's where Mamata Banerjee comes in.
Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi

Congress-mukt Bharat is not just BJP’s dream anymore. Other parties want it too

There is a reason why TMC, BSP to DMK, most regional parties are ditching Congress coalition plans.
File photo of Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu | PTI

Congress got the messaging right in Punjab but the Gandhis and Sidhu can’t celebrate yet

If Channi succeeds in doing what Amarinder couldn’t do in over four years, it would be difficult for the Gandhis to boot him out. That will trouble Sidhu.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah at BJP headquarters | Kamal Singh/PTI

8 of 20 CMs picked by Modi-Shah had to vacate seat. But it’s not a bad strategy

Vijay Rupani, Rawat, Yediyurappa told to go. It’s not about Modi-Shah’s talent-spotting skills.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Why is Justice Akil Kureshi not in Supreme Court? A little bit more transparency, my lord

People have a right to know if government’s objections to appointments were driven by larger cause of justice or political considerations.

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How to deal with misinformation in end-to-end encrypted texts? Answer is not traceability

There is a false binary between encryption and public safety. Give users better products while protecting their texts.

RBI leaves key policy rate unchanged, retains GDP projection at 9.5% for FY22

This is the ninth time in a row that the MPC has maintained the status quo. RBI had last revised its policy repo rate on 22 May 2020 in an off-policy cycle to perk up demand.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in New Delhi Monday | ANI

Why Rajnath raised China’s Ladakh aggression at 2+2 dialogue with Beijing’s friend Russia

India and Russia’s maiden 2+2 dialogue comes at a time when New Delhi’s ties with Washington are on an upswing while its oldest ally — Moscow — gets closer to Beijing.   

Yes, UPA’s dead. But here’s what Mamata, PK are saying about Congress & why that’s right too

Even in its second successive annihilation by BJP, Congress retained a solid block of 20% votes. That’s why all of BJP’s victims want the Congress at the core of their challenge.
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