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A buffet of Modi govt failures but Congress still can’t breach the Teflon

Pegasus, Covid, farmer protests, price hike — comatose Congress just can't turn these issues into winnable campaign politics. Even a tractor ride to Parliament isn't taking off.

Pegasus list proves Rahul Gandhi’s undying importance

A substantial part of Modi's political and electoral energy is spent in dissing a leader who has ensured the Congress keeps sinking into a bottomless pit.

Smriti Irani’s Cabinet graph shows what is wrong with HR management in Modi govt

Smriti Irani has stuck to the script the past two years — delivered a big win, one that BJP can display for decades to come, and has not invited controversies.

UP 2022 do-or-die not just for Mayawati or BSP, but for the idea of ‘mainstream’ Dalit party

BSP changed the paradigm of Indian politics to become a truly mainstream party with Dalit agenda at its core. Its decline has more consequences than just Mayawati's irrelevance.

Is Punjab next Assam, MP? What Amarinder-Sidhu spat says about Congress in power

CM Amarinder Singh should be gearing up for Punjab election. But he is instead responding to Congress high command's summons and resolving petty intra-party conflicts.

To defeat Modi, an idea, ideology or joint show of hands isn’t enough. A face is needed

A third front that focuses just on being anti-Modi without any vision or consensus on a leader will be a non-starter.

Look beyond Chirag Paswan’s failure. Dynastic politics is what keeps regional parties afloat

What would happen to parties like SP, RJD and DMK if dynasties didn't exist? Insecure Indian politicians don't groom a second rung of leaders unless a family member is waiting in the wings.

With one speech and free vaccines, Modi is India’s messiah again. States blamed for failure

With his latest address to the nation, Narendra Modi once again projected himself as the messiah who swooped in to save Indians when state governments had seemingly failed.

Modi has a new Arvind Kejriwal to deal with. It’s Mamata Banerjee

Constant tussles with BJP govt help Mamata, Kejriwal raise their stature from being state satraps to national leaders, and show they can stand up to Modi's might.

Modi’s tears may not be real. But opposition’s mocking will only turn them into a weapon

If past election results and India’s politics ought to have taught Modi's rivals and critics anything, it should be that any personal attack against him only boomerangs.

On Camera

YourTurn

PM Modi at the MSME Idea Hackathon, 2022. | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

BJP, Modi’s ‘total politics’ stems from insecurity. They still don’t rule the power elite

Yogendra Yadav is wrong. BJP might have a hegemonic position in politics and economy, but it's not the same in moral and intellectual spaces.
The Reserve Bank of India logo | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

RBI intervenes with multi-pronged strategy in battle against rupee fall

The Reserve Bank’s challenges include crashes in forward dollar premiums to rising open interest in futures that adds to pressure on the currency.

Defence

The Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator | Photo: DRDO

‘Major milestone’: India conducts maiden flight of unmanned aircraft demonstrator

DRDO calls flight a significant step towards self-reliance in defence technologies; Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lauds achievement, says ‘it paves way for Aatmanirbhar Bharat in critical military systems’.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.
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