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A peek into politics beyond speeches, controversies and elections. From strategic moves to the personal and discreet, from matters of state to what’s on the plate, ThePrint will bring you exclusive reports on the lives and times of the movers and shakers in politics and government. Stay tuned and email tips to ideas@theprint.in

Rahul Gandhi | Sushil Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Rahul Gandhi runs 12 km every other day. And he isn’t the only politician working out hard

Gym at midnight or stroll on their lawns, politicians — from Rahul Gandhi to Rajnath Singh — are not letting busy schedules get in the way of a healthy life.

Why out-of-power Indian politicians are writing more and more books

As Kapil Sibal joins the list of writer-politicians, leaders such as Shashi Tharoor and Pavan Varma explain what it entails in a country like India.
Chhagan Bhujbal | Facebook

Why Chhagan Bhujbal choked with tears when he visited Maharashtra Sadan

The NCP leader is out on bail for corruption cases, one of which pertains to alleged irregularities in the contract for the Sadan.
Mehbooba likely to appoint her brother Tassaduq as J&K tourism minister

Mehbooba’s brother Tassaduq Mufti shifts focus to films, culture and environment

Cinematographer by profession, Tassaduq served as tourism minister in Mehbooba-led J&K govt, and now wants to revive old city of Srinagar.
Kenneth Ian Juster, United States Ambassador to India | YouTube

Kick-started nuclear deal, bowled over by cricket: He’s the US ambassador to India

Kenneth Juster’s Twitter feed, teeming with posts about the sport, are a world away from recent tensions in India-US ties over Trump’s rejection of the Iran nuclear deal, and defence buys from Russia.

What happened to all the men who spoke for the silent PM?

While Manmohan Singh has taken a backseat from public life since Congress’ defeat in 2014, his 3 media advisers have continued to have an impressive career.

Pictures: Is it Santa Claus? Is it Lord Krishna? No, it’s a Member of Parliament

In the Budget session alone, Siva Prasad has dressed up as a Christian priest, Lord Krishna, Santa Claus, and TDP founder NTR, among others.
Graphic showing Dr Pradeep Chowbey and his patients

Many VIPs hide bariatric surgery, wish they wouldn’t: surgeon to India’s powerful

Dr Pradeep Chowbey has operated on many VIPs during his long career as a surgeon, and reveals what it is like to deal with some of the nation's most powerful people.

BittooTikkiWala will cater ‘safe and healthy’ dhoklas, thalis at new BJP headquarters

BittooTikkiWala is the caterer at the new BJP HQ canteen in Delhi, and plans to serve its evergreen hits as well as customised healthy foods.
A graphic featuring Jawaharlal Nehru, Narendra Modi, and Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Modi, Nehru or Vajpayee: Which Prime Minister has written the most books?

Indian PMs have explored a wide range topics in their written work – from Nehru’s letters & books in prison to Modi’s guide for exam stress-addled students.

On Camera

An aircraft operated by Jet Airways India Ltd. | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

A bailout for Jet Airways will fill Indian skies with zombie airlines

Air India is the original zombie, infected by a govt bailout. If Jet is bailed out, then the next firm will need one too & the infection will spread.

PUBG players arrested: Overreaction by police or is addiction a public concern?

The Gujarat police arrested several PUBG lovers, many of them students, for playing the banned video game.

Defence

Tejas

Behind final clearance for Tejas, 10 concessions given to fighter jet

Final operational clearance to Tejas was granted even though the jet's drop tank & other weapon configurations are yet to be cleared while airframe fatigue test is still underway.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?