Book Excerpts

Members of the media | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg
Who funds elections is an open secret, but nothing much is written about it in the media, write Jaishri Jathwaney & Samir Kapur in their book ‘When India Votes’.
A wedding procession in India. Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images
In his book ‘Hindu Rashtra’, writer Ashutosh explains how education and constitutional knowledge is resulting in greater Dalit assertion.
Rajat Gupta exits federal court in New York, following his sentencing, 24 Oct, 2012 | Louis Lanzano/ Bloomberg
In his memoir Mind Without Fear, former head of McKinsey Rajat Gupta talks about his conviction in the 2012 insider trading case in the US.
Women’s growing aspirations will result in greater independence and fewer children, suggest the authors of the book ‘Empty Planet’.
ISRO engineers | Pallava Bagla/Corbis via Getty Images
Mars Orbiter Mission allowed Indians to see women scientists upfront, dispelling long-held stereotypes of the fuzzy-haired Einsteinian male scientist.
Latest news on the Opposition | ThePrint.in
In their book The Verdict, authors Prannoy Roy and Dorab R. Sopariwala write how the ‘divide and rule’ strategy has been paying electoral dividends in India.
Arun Jaitley and Narendra Modi at a conference in New Delhi | Kuni Takahashi/Bloomberg
A country in need of over 10 lakh jobs each month has its prime minister, Narendra Modi, latching on to flawed analysis to claim that all is well.
Prosecuting diplomat Devyani Khobragade opened Preet Bharara to charges of betraying his Indian roots, the former US Attorney writes in 'Doing Justice'.
Hangman's noose
There is little evidence to prove that countries which have abolished the death penalty have a greater incidence of crime than those that have retained it.
Bears
Anthropologist Radhika Govindrajan explores why tales of bears having sex with women tell us more than just about feminine expressions of desire, in her book 'Animal Intimacies'.

On Camera

Workers at a construction site in Delhi (representational image) | Ruhani Kaur/Bloomberg

India’s caste problem has a silver lining: urbanisation, and inter-caste marriage

Unlike villages, search for partners in cities shifts its focus from family and caste networks to friends and professional networks.

IAS poll observer: With Modi breaking rules, should EC give him special security treatment?

The Election Commission has suspended an IAS officer who had inspected PM Narendra Modi’s chopper in Odisha’s Sambalpur Tuesday.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.