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Narendra Modi delivers a speech on the opening day of the World Economic Forum, Switzerland

Modi is India’s “salesman-in-chief” in the world, authoritarian at home

In ‘Brand New Nation’, Ravinder Kaur writes about how PM Modi promised to replace red tape with red carpet, but India is now in a permanent state of anticipation.
PM Narendra Modi at the Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan Wednesday | ANI

Narendra Modi is India’s best PM, Yogi Adityanath the best CM, finds India Today survey

From the more than 12,000 respondents, 66% believe Modi would be the best choice for the next term as well.

Five elements make up Modi’s charisma. 4 are beginning to lose lustre

Considering the astute politician Modi is, he knows well his popularity and electoral victories are not just about his image as a protector of Hindu interests.
File photo | BJP supporters walk past paper cut outs of PM Modi during a rally in Muzaffarpur, Bihar | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Price hike, joblessness, slow economy. Yet, it’s advantage BJP in Maharashtra & Haryana

Less than a month to go for polls, BJP and Congress have yet to kickstart the campaign. But both have their own reasons.
File image of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar with Prashant Kishor | PTI

Why Nitish, Mamata, Uddhav and Kamal Haasan need Prashant Kishor

Prashant Kishor gives a big leg-up to his clients, working on their strengths and weaknesses. But his successes expose his clients, too.
Amit Shah

Amit Shah knows BJP’s IT cell propaganda isn’t enough for 2019

Amit Shah’s visits with famous people are a tactic to attract TV cameras and market ‘Brand Modi’ for 2019. It is so much easier than engaging with the media directly.

On Camera

Why French President Macron’s clash of civilisations with Islam is misguided

Macron seems oblivious to a deepening problem at home: The old French model, which claimed to be superior to all social systems, is unsuited to an increasingly multi-ethnic society.

Revival in demand & business activity push Indian economy’s animal spirits up in September

Economists attributed the recovery to pent-up demand after a strict lockdown imposed in March hit the consumption of goods and services.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the biannual Army Commanders Conference in New Delhi Wednesday | Indian Army

China lacks ‘honest intent’, be prepared for any eventuality, Rajnath Singh tells Army

Speaking in Delhi, the Defence Minister told military commanders that the government will strongly back reforms in the armed forces including setting up of theatre commands.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.