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After Lok Sabha polls, new govt must be wary of big-bang ideas that lead to bad outcomes

From bank nationalisation to demonetisation, the Indian state often rushed into things it was not able to handle well.
File photo of Sabarimala temple | PTI

Indian govt won’t be any different from British if Hindus can’t manage their own temples

A tradition that started with the British wanting to control Indian temples’ riches continues even today.
Headquarters of the Election Commission in New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Under Modi regime, the Election Commission needs the spine of former CEC T.N. Seshan

The EC now appears like an extension of the Centre and not an institution that can take government to task.
Supreme Court of India

On ‘secret’ Rafale files, transparency trumps privilege & there’s legal precedent

Supreme Court has the chance to decide if a government can take shelter in outdated notions of ‘privilege’ when questioned over transparency.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi and jobs: It’s all about data, and how it’s calculated

Both Modi government and private surveys can be correct about India’s jobs status — because they measure different things, and employ different ways.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the two-day BJP National Convention | PTI

Despite post-Balakot confidence, why Modi govt rushed to avert university quota crisis

The small social elite group among Dalits is what Modi and BJP have smartly identified as one requiring urgent attention and quick reaction.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | Paul Miller/Bloomberg

Unlike Vajpayee & Manmohan, PM Modi thinks prudence in conflict is a self-imposed fetter

There is a continuing clamour for the Modi government to escalate further, if only to preserve the reputation of the ‘new India’.
A damaged CRPF vehicle in Pulwama district | PTI

How incidents like Pulwama terror attack catch liberals on the wrong foot

The BJP-led govt is in charge of the security of our borders, while we take charge of human rights.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the two-day BJP National Convention | PTI

On Rafale, go beyond costs and ask why Modi govt scrapped older process to get 126 aircraft

Modi government's extraordinary ineptitude can only be explained by the circumvention of laid down procedures in the Rafale deal.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley | Jeremy Piper/Bloomberg

Finance minister Arun Jaitley and his experiments with untruth

We are only a blog away from Jaitley claiming that the stated goal of demonetisation was to curb global warming.

On Camera

Bank notes | Getty Images

Electoral bonds are a constitutional hazard but transparency alone isn’t the solution

Supreme Court’s role in setting a reform agenda for political funding has to be limited and not extend to managing how parties function.
CJI Gogoi

Is Supreme Court handling sexual harassment allegation against CJI Ranjan Gogoi correctly?

Two advocates Monday wrote to the Bar Council of India criticising it for its support to CJI Ranjan Gogoi and called the hearing a ‘travesty of justice’.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.