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Narendra Modi in traditional Nagaland headgear | Twitter

How Modi, Shah have shred Vajpayee & Jana Sangh’s principled opposition to ILP in Northeast

Vajpayee & Jana Sangh fought Nehru for quarantining fellow Indians in Northeast under Inner Line Permit. Their successors have strengthened & expanded it.
IK Gujral | Illustration: Arindam Mukherjee | ThePrint.in

His decency set him apart — why we can’t forget IK Gujral, India’s truly accidental PM

Remembering Inder Kumar Gujral, the soft-spoken but tough PM who had among the shortest & rockiest of all tenures, on his 100th birth anniversary.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Streetfighter ban gaya gentleman: How Arvind Kejriwal has become a changed politician

Arvind Kejriwal’s retreat from the fight with Narendra Modi is total. His focus is local issues & Delhi elections and this isn’t defeatism but excellent politics.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi has finished Pakistan’s ‘unfinished business’ of Partition

Article 370 is gone, now it’s time to fight the good fight — for rights of Kashmiris as fellow Indians and restoration of commerce & political activity in J&K.

Dear PM Modi, you’re spending too much time on Twitter and have got the media wrong

A vast majority of the media dotingly supports PM Modi. And while in power, he should be prepared to face some heat at least.
Supreme Court of India

The mess in India’s higher judiciary is, sadly, of its own making

The judiciary has become cocooned while being the supreme force for transparency elsewhere. The complainant against CJI Gogoi has laid bare this hypocrisy.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint.in

Modi shouldn’t trivialise nuclear weapons. His Diwali taunt at Pakistan is loose talk

Understated responsibility and strategic maturity has served India brilliantly. Now it shouldn’t lapse into the Pakistan style of nuclear loose talk.

Wing Commander Abhinandan being shot down is the real Rafale scandal

PAF had outranged and outgunned India’s best, and it’s only because of IAF’s training, awareness and some luck that Pakistan’s 27 February mission failed.
PM Narendra Modi at Gandhi Peace Prize award at Rashtrpati Bhawan in New Delhi | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

India has called Pakistan’s nuclear bluff again, but Modi cannot become complacent

Pakistan and the world will have to keep the redefined red lines in mind. But India can’t be complacent, because Pakistan’s compulsive bad habits return.

Hold the outrage over Modi hugging MBS, check these facts first

Narendra Modi has been wise not to let Pakistan and Pulwama ruin ties with Saudi Arabia. And he's only pursuing a Manmohan Singh initiative energetically.

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Illustration by Soham Sen

All political talk in India is obsessing over 2024. The real deal is 2025

Much was made of Mohan Bhagwat's meeting with media editors recently, but not too many took note of his talks with book publishers a few months ago.
A tennis ball manufacturing unit at the Anand & Anand factory in Jalandhar | Shubhangi Misra | ThePrint

Jalandhar’s Rs 2,000-cr sports goods industry says Covid shut 40% units, govt says no distress

ThePrint visited Jalandhar, where workers and business owners in the sporting goods industry are sending distress signals. Government officials say concerns are overblown.


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.