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Eighteen & disenchanted — why a college student, now a successful Delhi lawyer, joined PFI

The PFI member explained how recruits were attracted by ‘adda’ discussions on message of Allah, government’s ‘anti-Muslim policies’, and a need for a united ‘voice for Muslims’.

‘Congress must die’, I said in 2019. What I meant then, and what’s changed now

At this juncture in history, you don't hold on to grudges. Following Paul Samuelson, I ask everyone: 'When the situation changes, I change my assessment. What about you, sir?'

For decades, Leicester built communal walls. Waves of immigrants made it more toxic

East Ham and Waltham Forest are Pakistani Punjabi, Luton is Kashmiri Muslim, Southall is Punjabi Sikh, and Tower Hamlet is Bangladeshi. Each walled off their neighbourhoods to other immigrants.

‘Balasaheb’s shadow’ for 30 years, why Thapa’s backing is good optics for Eknath Shinde

Champa Singh Thapa, Bal Thackeray's long-time personal attendant who was seen as ‘part of Sena family’, joined Shinde faction Monday with another former Thackeray aide, Moreshwar Raje.

How Maldharis defeated Gujarat govt’s ‘black’ cattle bill—milky river, WhatsApp, boycott

‘Cattle didn’t come to the city, the city came in the way of the cattle,’ say Maldhari leaders who led the protest against the BJP government’s cattle control bill.

Winter is coming—the most dangerous phase of Russia-Ukraine conflict

A proxy regime and its people becoming cannon fodder for the US and NATO at the expense of Ukrainian long-term interests has come as a bitter pill for the Kremlin.

What’s in Mamata’s debut album? Her solo, ministers crooning to her tunes & ‘touch of modern rock’

The album contains eight songs written and composed by the Bengal CM, including one she’s sung with state minister Indranil Sen as well as singer & TMC legislator Aditi Munshi.

Not buying peace, not driving a wedge—Real reason behind Mamata’s ‘clean chit’ to Modi

Most opposition leaders, except Rahul Gandhi, have come to accept the reality—that attacking Modi doesn’t bring votes. And so, they have all made their adjustments.

Mathura Radha Rani temple got its first female priest. Her own family goes to court

Eighty-year-old Maya Devi wants to make history but she doesn't have time or health on her side.

Ghost addresses, empty offices — the shadowy world of registered unrecognised political parties

The Election Commission is in the midst of a crackdown against over 2,000 ‘unrecognised political parties’, and the IT Department has already raided many. Here’s why.

On Camera

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(L-R) Niharika NM, Danish Sait, Kusha Kapila and Tanmay Bhat on Koffee with Karan | YouTube screenshot

Koffee With Karan finale saves a boring season. Power has moved from Bollywood to influencers

The Koffee with Karan finale was finally entertainment, entertainment, entertainment, after the most boring season in a boycott-Bollywood world.
A file image of an Indian rupee note | Illustration: Thomas White/Reuters

Modi govt cuts planned borrowing to Rs 14.21 lakh crore for second half of FY23

Centre plans to borrow Rs 5.92 lakh crore in October-March period, compared with Rs 8.29 lakh crore of borrowing in the first half of the fiscal year that will end on September.

Defence

Pinaka is a multiple rocket launcher produced in India and developed by the DRDO for the Army | Twitter/@DRDO_India

As tensions rise with Azerbaijan, Armenia buys Pinaka rockets & ammunition from India

The government-to-government contract, valued at about Rs 2,000 cr, is learnt to have been signed earlier this month. Supplies to be fast-tracked according to Armenia's requirement.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

AAP’s filling a big vacuum in Indian politics. Question is how long it can sustain without ideology

If you find admiration for AAP qualified, if not muted among many of the Modi-BJP’s critics, it is because they question it for its lack of ideological clarity. Especially on secularism.
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