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A file photo of actor Deepika Padukone at ThePrint's Off the Cuff. | ThePrint

Bollywood is the new JNU and Deepika Padukone the new opium of distraction

Even selfies with Prime Minister Narendra Modi are no longer a shield for Bollywood stars and filmmakers.
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.
Bookstore_book shelves

Are you anti-national, seditious, or simply inconvenient? Your bookshelf holds the answer

Indians today should ditch the books that Sharjeel Imam, Akhil Gogoi, Umar Khalid and Kanhaiya Kumar read and stick to Chetan Bhagat.
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Kangana, Raveena Tandon want Swachh drug-free Bollywood — they should start with its lyrics

Will the war against Bollywood’s alleged drug problem end in the beeping out of all mentions of intoxicants from hit songs like ‘Pehla Nasha’ or ‘Dope Shope’?
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath addresses a BJP campaign rally for the upcoming Delhi polls Monday

Who does Yogi Adityanath fear the most? There’s method to Sanjay Singh sedition madness

AAP MP Sanjay Singh was involved in a survey conducted by the party in which 63% participants said the Yogi Adityanath government was ‘casteist’.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Umar Khalid who? Kanhaiya Kumar’s strange silence over his JNU comrade’s arrest

Except for a vague post on Facebook — Kanhaiya Kumar has been quiet on his former JNU ally and Tihar Jail comrade Umar Khalid’s arrest in the Delhi riots case.

Chudail cartoon is YouTube hit even as Kangana Ranaut, Rhea Chakraborty are victimised

Women are killed because people label them as chudails. But Indians didn’t see the problem when Farhan Akhtar shouted ‘chudail alert’ in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
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Stop this kolaveri against English-speaking Indians. They didn’t ruin idea of India

English is as desi as any Indian language. Maligning English speakers won’t solve India’s problems, no?
Amitabh Bachchan with a loss of over 4 lakh followers was one of the biggest losers | Facebook/@AmitabhBachchan

Hey Alexa, will Amitabh Bachchan be Uncle Anushashan or Silsila’s romantic rebel?

It will be a treat to have the most powerful man in Bollywood do your household chores. As long as Amitabh Bachchan doesn’t make Alexa spout superstitious mumbo-jumbos.
File photo | Sushant Singh Rajput | Facebook/SushantSinghRajput

Justice for SSR campaign is now a free-for-all abuse circus. BJP IT cell has been overtaken

Behind the campaign to get ‘justice’ for Sushant Singh Rajput is a troll army that has replaced middle-class Indians who were grieving the loss of a young Bollywood actor.

On Camera

File photo | RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.

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.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

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?