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Is it good for Indian democracy when artistes, celebs & economists endorse parties as groups?

Nine hundred artistes including Vivek Oberoi and Shankar Mahadevan have appealed to Indians to vote for PM Narendra Modi.
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SC electoral bonds order: Some transparency or conveniently postponing the controversy?

The Supreme Court has refused to put a stay on electoral bonds and asked the political parties to submit details of funds received through bonds to EC by 30 May.
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Is it time for India to re-examine the need for Official Secrets Act in 2019?

The Official Secrets Act, which the Modi government wanted to use against the Rafale ‘stolen’ papers, is a law that punishes breaches of national security.
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SC order on ‘stolen’ documents: Did Modi govt miscalculate by being opaque on Rafale deal?

The Supreme Court has agreed to allow petitions challenging Rafale deal based on defence ministry documents accessed by The Hindu newspaper.
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With 35A debate, is Kashmir more about domestic politics & less about strategic interests?

PM Narendra Modi Tuesday said that Articles 370 and 35A act as hindrance in the development of J&K, where people ‘want a change’.

Is BJP manifesto strong enough to make voters bring back Narendra Modi in May 2019?

The BJP’s manifesto, Sankalp Patra, for 2019 Lok Sabha election puts terrorism and national security as PM Narendra Modi’s topmost priority in a re-election bid.
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Can we hold TikTok responsible for the spread of pornography in India?

TikTok, the 15-second video sharing app, has come under the scanner for 'spreading pornography'.

Contesting from 2 constituencies simultaneously: Waste of resources or democratic freedom?

Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Wayanad and Amethi has led to a debate on politicians wasting public money.

Now that RBI’s Shaktikanta Das has accepted the slowdown, how can we revive the economy?

The Reserve Bank of India Thursday cut the benchmark repo rate by 25 basis points to 6 per cent in its first bi-monthly monetary policy review.
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What matters more to Indian voters in elections: campaign slogans or party manifestos?

As slogans like ‘Main bhi chowkidar’ and ‘Chowkidar chor hai’ occupy voters' mindspace, the Congress' Tuesday released its ambitious manifesto, which PM Modi called a 'deception document'.

On Camera

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Google, Apple stop TikTok downloads: Is HC order quashing small town India’s creative joy?

Google and Apple have blocked downloads of the video-sharing app TikTok in India in compliance with the Madras High Court order.

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.
National interest

Imran Khan’s ‘support’ for Modi shows BJP has walked into its own Pakistan trap

Modi & the BJP hope to return to power by exploiting the fear of Pakistan. Imran Khan has turned the tables and become a factor dividing Indian public opinion.