Book Excerpts

Instagram app | Omkar Patyane | Pexels
In ‘No filter’, Sarah Frier chronicles Instagram’s rise as a photo-sharing app that competed with Facebook and Snapchat & how it shaped influencer culture.
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In ‘Labouring women’, economist Jayati Ghosh writes about what Indian policymakers are getting wrong in their measure of poverty.
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In ‘Mission Bengal’, Snigdhendu Bhattacharya traces Hindu nationalism, hurt and anger to 19th-century Bengal.
Lalu Prasad Yadav with Nitish Kumar
In ‘The Battle for Bihar’, Arun Sinha writes about Nitish Kumar’s struggle to move into his official residence as chief minister, and the reluctance of Lalu Prasad Yadav.
The book ‘Religion and Secularities Reconfiguring Islam In Contemporary India’ explores the relationship between Islam, civil society & the state.
Representational image | A sadhu holds a Rudraksh, a string of beads considered auspicious among Hindus, in Ayodhya | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
In ‘A New Idea of India’, Harsh Madhusudan and Rajeev Mantri write that the flaw in Indian secularism today is that it can’t differentiate between State and society.
Xi Jinping
In ‘India's China Challenge’, Ananth Krishnan writes about Xi Jinping’s sweeping military reforms, and the complex relationship between the Communist Party and the PLA.
File photo | Salespersons arrange items at a shop in a mall in Jabalpur | PTI
In ‘Pragmarketism’, Trupti & Arvind Bhandari write about how Indian brands must innovate, not renovate themselves if they wish to thrive in the long term.
File photo | Rajneesh with Ma Anand Sheela | Facebook
In ‘Nothing To Lose: The Authorised Biography of Ma Anand Sheela’, Manbeena Sandhu writes about the struggle to get enough land for ‘Osho’ or Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh’s ashram in India.
File photo | Muhammad Ali Jinnah | Wikimedia Commons
In the book ‘Jinnah’, Ishtiaq Ahmed writes that Jinnah repeatedly dismissed as nonsense the idea that he was using the demand for Pakistan as a bargaining chip.

On Camera

As UN completes 75 yrs, why we need to now focus on young social entrepreneurs

UN and ESCAP have supported the social entrepreneurship movement in Asia and the Pacific in response to pressing issues, including Covid-19.
RBI Governor Shakikanta Das speaks Friday | Photo: ANI

Future rate cuts depends on moderation in inflation, says RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das

The reconstituted Monetary Policy Committee, which met from 7 to 9 October, had decided to keep the benchmark lending rates unchanged in view of the hardening of retail inflation.

Defence

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Navy demonstrates combat readiness with video of missile destroying ship in Arabian Sea

The missile was fired by frontline corvette INS Prabal as part of a mega naval drill involving aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, attack helicopters, and aircraft.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint Team

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.