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By choosing Modi & Yogi’s turf, Priyanka signals she’s a dynast with a difference

Priyanka's choice of political challenge & timing underline an audacity rare among risk-averse dynasties. But that won't be enough to revive Congress in eastern UP.

Give us back our staid, old & boring Supreme Court, dear Lordships

If SC introspects, it will see how its dabbling with CBI has been self-destructive. So bad the blame has now shifted from Modi govt to judiciary.

Go to Hampi, says NYT. You’ll see a treasure ruined again, with peanuts for restoration

Seeing Hampi might also persuade you to accept the idea of involving good corporates to preserve heritage differently. The New York Times tells the world...

Elevating Yogi Adityanath is becoming PM Modi’s biggest blunder now, not demonetisation

Yogi Adityanath is Modi-Shah’s Frankenstein’s monster who can divide but not deliver. He may also wreck Modi’s immediate political future.

Don’t get breathless over Kartarpur, Imran Khan has no power to wage war or peace

Imran Khan can’t defy the template for power set by his Army. Don’t waste time reading his intentions, his limitations are clear.

A verdict that shows it’s the Supreme Court of real India, not just its elites

The Supreme Court has masterfully separated elitist chaff from utilitarian grain. It deserves admiration for upholding a modern view of governance.

As if hounding Muslims wasn’t enough, BJP is now giving same treatment to Sikhs

By unleashing the propaganda machine against the Sikhs on Kartarpur Sahib issue, BJP is playing with fire that patriotic—and smart—Indians would rather not.

Gandhi family can’t decide fate of Rajiv’s assassins; 14 other Indians died with him

The Gandhi family may or may not forgive them, but they have no locus standi. India is a constitutional state, not a feudal or tribal one with blood money justice.

What Manmohan got right but Sonia & Modi got wrong: Good economics defeats bad politics

When Rahul Gandhi discovers virtues of Manmohanomics and Modi govt shies from growth rate comparisons, you know economic truth is striking back.

Modi should not allow Rafale jet deal to become another Bofors

Defence purchases should be demystified. But Modi govt is starting a new blood feud by being arrogant & bull-headed over the Rafale deal.

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Representative image of Army | ANI

Central Vista, old army uniforms—why this year’s Republic Day parade is a source of pride

Days of Mughal or British glory are over. Central Vista is Indian govt's modern structure, and uniforms are sources of pride.
A Chinese flag being raised in the Lujiazui Financial District of Shanghai | Photo: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

India among Asian destinations for investors fleeing Chinese real estate debt crisis

Both Goldman Sachs & CreditSights consider Indian companies attractive. While the first recommends high-yield renewables, the latter considers financial firms to well shielded here.


The photo of former PM Indira Gandhi with the three former service chiefs | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.