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Why Rahul Gandhi is a misfit in Kapil Sibal’s public limited company

Kapil Sibal’s article about the brand value of a public limited company becomes an interesting political read if you apply the Congress context to it.

To beard or not to beard — Modi and Rahul Gandhi’s makeovers mirror their politics

World over, beards are sending messages about politicians like Trudeau and Beto O’Rourke. And Modi’s white beard and Rahul Gandhi’s clean-shaven look are no different.

Five elements make up Modi’s charisma. 4 are beginning to lose lustre

Considering the astute politician Modi is, he knows well his popularity and electoral victories are not just about his image as a protector of Hindu interests.

Sachin Pilot’s rebellion triggers battle royale in Rajasthan — Scindia vs Scindia, BJP vs Raje

Jyotiraditya Scindia is only doing BJP’s bidding. But it could well be the intention of Vasundhara Raje’s detractors to cut off her nose to spite the face.

Why a Modi govt ordinance looks like Operation Kamal to Uddhav’s alliance in Maharashtra

The Reserve Bank’s oversight of the cooperative banks gives the ruling party at the Centre a huge advantage in Maharashtra.
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Modi’s chest-thumping ministers, and not Congress, are an irritant in dealing with China

If PM Modi had launched ‘surgical’ and air strikes to punish Pakistan in 2016 and 2019, his ministers are now outdoing him in pounding China with verbal strikes.

How Modi-Shah’s BJP is becoming a victim of their OBC reservation plot

Over two years after Modi govt’s ‘final’ deadline to Justice Rohini Commission for OBC sub-categorisation, India’s backward classes await a report. Why is the BJP hesitant?

Doklam team of Jaishankar-Doval-Rawat let Modi down but he has an option

If a survey was conducted today, Modi would still get most votes as the leader Indians trust to tackle China. But any attempt to hide facts can shake this trust.
BJP workers in Kolkata

How coronavirus helped Modi-Shah’s BJP make the transition from post-truth to pre-truth

For BJP leaders, facts no longer matter on Covid crisis, economy, jobless labourers. Whatever they say become the facts, or so they think.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi | File photo | Kamal Kishore | PTI

What PM Modi may want to learn from Jawaharlal Nehru

Nehru put aside political differences for the larger national goal to have three adversaries in his first cabinet. Does Modi have it in him to send out a similar message?

On Camera

UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath | ANI

Yogi Adityanath’s Operation Durachari is another bad idea. Just like the Anti-Romeo squads

Whatever Yogi Adityanath’s masterstroke is, the central principle appears to be public shaming—it can unleash dangerous social vigilantism.
A Harley Davidson dealership (Representational Image ) | Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

Harley-Davidson riding away reflects poorly on both US icon and Modi’s ‘Make in India’

Modi’s ambitious plans to ‘Make in India’ could have been helped by a symbolic gesture to hold on to Harley, a premium manufacturer with an outsize brand.

Defence

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India, China working on Ladakh peace formula — alternate week patrolling, after disengagement

Patrolling in alternate weeks has been the established practice in the Northeast, and has worked well, barring the occasional face-off.
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If Modi is a true reformer, he’ll bury Vodafone ghost and campaign on reforms in Bihar

No politician sees economic reform as a vote-catcher; it’s the old, povertarian economy that gets votes. Can Modi bring farm and labour reforms centre-stage?