Book Excerpts

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.
Shah Rukh Khan in a still from 'Om Shanti Om' | Red Chillies Entertainment
In ‘Muscular India’, Michiel Baas writes that it took 3 movies and a magazine to popularise a new body ideal among Indian men. And it was very different from the pehlwan body type.
A view of the Bhutanese landscape. | Photo: Pixabay
In ‘The Good Country Equation’, Simon Anholt writes about Bhutan’s dilemma of increasing foreign revenue without losing its socio-cultural and environmental capital.
An activist waves a LGBT pride flag after the Supreme Court verdict | Kamal Kishore/PTI
In ‘Sex and the Supreme Court’, Saurabh Kirpal writes about how marriage equality will fulfil the Constitution makers’ promise to all Indians.
Aadhaar Card
In ‘The Making of Aadhaar’, former UIDAI CEO Ram Sewak Sharma writes about why the counter-intuitive decision to make Aadhaar a digital ID and not a smartcard worked.
Rahul Dravid
The strength of Bombay cricket was built on the shoulders of coaches like Vasoo Paranjape, Rahul Dravid writes in the book 'Cricket Drona' by Jatin Paranjape and Anand Vasu.
In ‘The Sinking Middle Class’, David Roediger writes about how Democrats and Republicans praise the middle-class as America’s heart. But numbers tell a different story.
Representational image | Jahangir Entertains Shah Abbas ca 1620 | Wikimedia Commons
In 'Tasting Difference', Gitanjali Shahani writes about the Mughal foods and traditions that early Western travellers considered 'ugly' and disturbing.
Puja Changoiwala’s book 'Gangster on the Run' is about criminal-turned-marathon runner Rahul Jadhav, whose pseudonym ‘Bhiku’ was inspired by the 1998 film Satya.
In ‘The Fear of the Visual?’, Sasanka Perera decodes why couples usually didn’t smile in old wedding photos, not just in India but all over the world.

On Camera

File image of a sign outside the Income Tax office | Photo: Brent Lewin | Bloomberg

Govt extends deadline for filing income tax return till 31 December

Earlier in May, the govt had extended the date for filing ITR for FY2019-20 from 31 July to 30 November to give compliance relief to taxpayers.

Defence

Representational image | A flying drone

Army shoots down surveillance drone after it crosses the LoC in north Kashmir

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone, fitted with cameras, was spotted by the alert troops in the Keran sector. The drone was seized and further investigation is on.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

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.