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Coming Up: PM Modi’s Lok Sabha campaign blitzkrieg — 10 states in 5 days

From 8 Feb, Modi will travel from far Northeast to eastern, southern, central and northern India, looking to carpet bomb with public meetings.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi |Atul Yadav/PTI

State election defeat shows Narendra Modi wins only when he is a challenger

The massive mandate in 2014, along with several states under the BJP government, can become Modi's curse in 2019.
Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, PM Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi | PTI

2019 elections will see greater mudslinging between Modi-Rahul than state polls

It is doubtful if voters will ever get to vote for a party that gives them a balance sheet of their performance.
freebies

Can Congress-BJP sway state polls with freebies or are they failing to read voters’ minds?

All major political parties in the state elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram have promised freebies and doles during the campaigns - ranging from laptops to smartphones, tiffin boxes to unemployment allowances. ThePrint asks: Can Congress-BJP sway state polls with freebies or are they failing to read voters’ minds? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0MWgemqPWU Luring voters with freebies is more democratic than hate, intimidation Rasheed Kidwai Visiting Fellow, Observer Research Foundation Freebies are integral part of our political culture. Populist measures like two-Rupee rice, laptops and farmers’ loan waivers have had a history of turning around poll outcome. Politically, it is perfectly democratic to lure voters with populist measures than hate, intimidation or discrimination. Some of the southern states who have a political tradition of freebies, have much better socio-economic indicators than their northern or eastern counterparts. It is sagacity of voters to opt for one party or the other. Freebies, in some ways, are just a glimpse into...
Toilet bowls at a factory in Bahadurgarh, Haryana.

World’s biggest nationwide toilet building campaign is creating new markets in India

The campaign to promote latrines has resulted in a market for toilet-related products and services predicted to double to $62 billion by 2021.

On Camera

Africa has a new health care crisis — obesity

The recently published Global Wellness Index set alarm bells ringing when South Africa scored poorly for life expectancy, alcohol use, depression and diabetes.

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

1 soldier killed as Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in J&K’s Rajouri

Pakistani troops have violated ceasefire over 110 times along the LoC since January.
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?