Talk Point

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an event organised by a Tamil newspaper where he commented on press freedom.

Talk Point: PM’s statement on press freedom resembles a familiar game of intimidation

The political executive has always had an uneasy relationship with the press. It extols its virtues while trying to curb its freedom, says lawyer Gautam Bhatia.
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Talk Point: It isn’t the government’s business what editorials are talking about

Whether the Prime Minister's statement on press freedom is a “threat” for dissenting media houses will depend on what media houses consider their jobs to be.
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Talk Point: Indian media can’t be intimidated if it’s factually accurate & truthful

The PM’s statement on press freedom is not a veiled warning; it is a statement that anyone who values a free, vibrant, and credible media would agree with.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Talk Point: PM’s veiled warning for press is unnecessary amid prevailing self-censorship

Many media houses have practically become government PR agencies, instead of fulfilling their function of holding the government accountable, writes Congress MP Rajeev Gowda.
Amit Shah at Gujarat

Talk Point: Congress can’t rule over Gujarat or India by invoking casteism

By invoking casteism, one cannot rule over the country or state. People know the real Congress and will not let them divide our country on caste.
Rahul Gandhi visiting Gujarat

Talk Point : Caste groups siding with Congress will throw up surprises in Gujarat polls

The tide has quietly turned, and the Gujarat elections are all set to throw up major surprises.
Modi with priests at Akshardham Temple, Gujarat

Talk Point: Congress will find it tougher to handle a ‘caste mela’ in Gujarat

Unlike the BJP, where Amit Shah makes all the decisions, one isn’t sure who holds the baton in the Congress with regards to alliances.
Rahul Gandhi waves to voters in Gujarat

Talk Point: Caste groups could take Congress to victory in Gujarat

Now, for the first time in decades, caste combinations seem to be drifting away from the BJP, thanks to the rise of Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakore and Jignesh Mevani.
Rahul Gandhi addressing the crowds in Surat

Talk Point: Clever caste equations won’t take Congress to victory in Gujarat

The Congress would put up a fight in Gujarat and show the Prime Minister's clout has reduced. But just forming a rainbow caste coalition won't be enough.

Talk Point: Can Congress use caste to challenge BJP in Gujarat elections?

Ahead of the crucial Gujarat elections, the Congress party has been actively seeking out powerful leaders of different caste communities. Can Congress use caste to challenge BJP’s ‘Hindutva-Vikas’ in Gujarat elections?

On Camera

Sri Lankan soldiers inspect the damage inside St. Sebastian's Church, Sri Lanka | Tharaka Basnayaka/Bloomberg

Sri Lanka attacks mark birth of terrorism 3.0

Terrorism 3.0 is defined by the Islamic State — a globally dispersed, highly lethal, financially capable, deeply innovative organisation.

Sri Lanka terror attack: Did the world let its guard down on ISIS?

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the serial suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, which have killed more than 300 people till last count.

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.
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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.