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File photo of Raj Thackeray at Lonar Lake in Buldhana district | Facebook

The loneliness of Raj Thackeray — to ally or not, to contest elections or not

Raj Thackeray, who has seen his MNS get sidelined in Maharashtra politics, was hoping to be part of opposition alliance. Now he's unsure if his party should even contest.
File photo of Rohini Sindhuri Dasari | indicivil.blogspot.com

This Karnataka IAS officer is taking on the politically mighty, transfers be damned

In the last couple of years, Rohini Sindhuri Dasari has had run-ins with Congress minister A. Manju and the CM’s brother H.D. Revanna. But she’s undeterred.

On edge of election season, Dharavi makeover project looks set for takeoff again

Since the Dharavi redevelopment project was conceived in 2004, successive state governments seem to have taken major decisions just ahead of elections.
File photo of Devendra Fadnavis | ThePrint

Devendra Fadnavis is the Pramod Mahajan of Shiv Sena-BJP alliance 2.0, almost

Devendra Fadnavis has emerged as the troubleshooter of the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance, his handling of tensions reminiscent of Pramod Mahajan for many.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh during the Budget session at Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh

Allama Iqbal to Thomas Piketty: Punjab’s Budget has poetry to match the numbers

Reciting couplets has almost become a tradition in Budget speeches as it helps break the monotony of a lengthy text full of statistics.
File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray

Shiv Sena-BJP quarrel goes back to elder brother being outperformed by chhota bhai

Shiv Sena and BJP first contested an election together in 1984, but have shared a more than uneasy relationship in the recent past.
BJP MP Kirit Somaiya

The Mumbai MP who could stand between a possible Sena-BJP alliance in Maharashtra

BJP MP Kirit Somaiya is a vehement critic of the Shiv Sena but what has really rattled the Sena rank and file, is his targetting of chief Uddhav Thackeray.
File image of Mohanlal | @Mohanlal/Twitter

Why actor Mohanlal cannot become politician Mohanlal

Actor Mohanlal has reiterated that he will not enter politics, and the pressure to stay away appears to have come from an unusual source — his fan associations.   
File photo of Sanjay Nirupam | Facebook

The Mumbai Congress chief who just can’t shed his ‘outsider’ tag

Sanjay Nirupam, the one-time North Indian face of the Shiv Sena, has politically served more time in the Congress but has never lost the 'outsider' tag. 
Aerial view of Jang-e-Azadi Memorial | By special arrangement

This freedom fighters’ memorial is providing cheer to people & moolah to Punjab govt

The Jang-e-Azadi Memorial at Kartarpur doesn’t take a single paisa from Punjab treasury, and has received almost 4 lakh visitors in the last 3 years.

On Camera

Bank notes | Getty Images

Electoral bonds are a constitutional hazard but transparency alone isn’t the solution

Supreme Court’s role in setting a reform agenda for political funding has to be limited and not extend to managing how parties function.
CJI Gogoi

Is Supreme Court handling sexual harassment allegation against CJI Ranjan Gogoi correctly?

Two advocates Monday wrote to the Bar Council of India criticising it for its support to CJI Ranjan Gogoi and called the hearing a ‘travesty of justice’.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
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.