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Narendra Modi with Atal Bihari Vajpayee | @NavkiratMand/Twitter

Why 2019 may not turn out to be like 2004

Like Modi’s opponents, Modi is also aware of the 2004 risk and has taken care to address it.

NDA govt took measures, including keeping prices under check, to help the middle class: PM Modi

The prime minister said that it was his government after Atal Bihari Vajpayee's that had brought prices under control unlike the erstwhile Congress government.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah | Atul Yadav/PTI

Unlike Vajpayee & Advani, gen next BJP leaders groomed by Modi-Shah don’t look promising

Vajpayee and Advani proved themselves great leaders who spotted talent, honed future leaders. The leaders Modi and Shah are grooming fail to inspire confidence.
In this Feb 19, 1999, file photo former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee waves from the maiden Delhi-Lahore bus service on his arrival at Lahore to attend a Summit in Pakistan

When Vajpayee took a bus ride and it seemed peace with Pakistan was possible

At a time when India’s ties with Pakistan have reached its lowest in backdrop of Pulwama attack, ThePrint recalls A.B. Vajpayee’s bus diplomacy of 1999.
File photo of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee having a discussion with then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi | Arvind Yadav /Hindustan Times via Getty Images

How Modi speaks a different language with Pakistan than what Vajpayee did

PM Modi’s ‘munh tod jawab’ stance over Pulwama attack is more abrasive than Vajpayee’s vow of ‘pratikar’ post-Kaluchak in 2002.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar pays tribute to former union defence minister George Fernandes in Patna | PTI

George Fernandes always said Nitish Kumar was one person whose mind he could never fathom

The final nail in the coffin for George Fernandes was perhaps the humiliation of being rejected for his Muzaffarpur constituency by his party colleagues.
In this file photo George Fernandes is seen inside the cockpit of an MiG-21 after completing a sortie, at Ambala Air Force Station

George Fernandes, firebrand socialist leader who rose above identity politics

George Fernandes entered active politics in 1967 by defeating seasoned Congress leader S.K. Patila in the Bombay South constituency election.
File image of George Fernandes | @anujdhar/Twitter

Vajpayee’s defence minister George Fernandes dies at 88

George Fernandes, who was suffering from Alzheimer's, was the defence minister during the Kargil war.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah

The ‘greatest envoy’ of Hindu-Muslim unity who later ensured a separate Muslim nation

ThePrint remembers Pakistan’s founder and ‘Quaid-e-Azam’ (father of the nation) Muhammad Ali Jinnah on his 142nd birth anniversary.

On Camera

How, and why, we learned to stop worrying and love the electoral bonds

Modi government’s electoral bonds scheme has several benefits that its critics ignore. But even their criticisms are without merit.
tiktok app

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.