PoV

The hut in which Dinesh Pawar lives with his family in Jamde village, Maharashtra | By special arrangement

TikTok made rural India into DIY Eklavyas

Chinese apps like TikTok adored every rejected ‘unequal’ Indian. The mainstream elite and privileged people can cry anti-national all they want.

Tired of virtual intimacy, young people are now turning to ‘date drives’

Without restaurants and bars to go to, young people seeking intimacy have turned to their cars — the latest 'it' place to meet a potential love interest.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | ANI

Modi skips Eid in the line-up of Indian festivals. Act of omission or commission?

In his address to the nation Tuesday, PM Modi mentioned up to twelve upcoming festivals till the end of the year, but failed to mention Eid which is next month.
Representative image of a password | Wiki Commons

Google agrees remembering passwords is a pain. But its solution may not fix the problem

It takes many grandmothers and pets to come up with new passwords, but Google still wants users to stop reusing passwords.
CJI SA Bobde | Bar & Bench | Twitter

Indians are bored in lockdown. CJI Bobde’s Harley Davidson buzz proves that

CJI SA Bobde’s photo with a limited edition Harley Davidson went viral, but it took days for people to care about the custodial killing of Jairaj and Bennix.
Police personnel baton charge on the students of Jamila Millia Islamia University as they started pelting stones

Stop cheering police brutality. Citizens like Jayaraj and Bennix pay the price

Most Indians’ concept of justice involves violence. The common desire for the police to teach criminals a lesson feeds into acts of brutality seen in Tamil Nadu.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin | Getty Images

India doesn’t have a Russia problem. New Delhi must stop trying to fix it

India should stop letting it's decades old USSR ties interfere in policies of the present.
Representational image of Indian students abroad | Photo: Twitter | @nyuniversity

With Trump’s new H-1B rules and Covid crisis, Indians need a new ‘American dream’

Many Americans feel US President Donald Trump’s new visa laws will ‘Make America Great Again’. Indians must now forge new paths in their home country.

Dropping ‘Fair’ from Fair & Lovely won’t erase Indian racism

Johnsons & Johnsons, Hindustan Unilever, and even Shaadi.com, are introspecting their contribution to racism. But re-branding products is not enough.

Why Coronil working or not against Covid makes no difference to Ramdev or his Patanjali

After claiming to ‘cure’ homosexuality and manufacturing medicine that ‘helps’ women conceive a male child, Ramdev is back with Coronil, an Ayurvedic concoction for Covid-19.

On Camera

PM Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping | Commons

India must keep Beijing on tenterhooks, and wisely use its economic statecraft

A knee jerk disruption in trade ties will hurt Indian businesses, especially at a time when the economy is beginning to re-adjust to the new normal of Covid-19.
File photo of a Bharat Petroleum Corporation gas station in Mumbai

India’s fuel demand from cars to factories is beginning to bounce back

Provisional fuel sales in June climbed within 88% of 2019 levels from less than half in April in the midst of the world’s biggest lockdown, oil ministry said.

Defence

File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

India cautious of China on de-escalation at LAC, both agree on 72-hr observation window

There has not been any actual de-escalation since the third round of meetings between the corps commanders of the two sides Tuesday.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

India must believe threat of war is real, even if Chinese build-up is coercive diplomacy

India invented coercive diplomacy with Op Parakram. But unlike Pakistan back then, it must never blink, be prepared for war, and wear out the Chinese.