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Not just Sanskrit, Gujarati owes a lot to Arabic and Persian languages too

Words from ‘foreign’ languages like Arabic, Persian, and English used in spoken Gujarati were replaced with those derived from Sanskrit.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally and a Muslim woman after voting in the first phase of the Gujarat elections.

गुजरात का डीएनए तय करेगा चुनाव के नतीजे

मुसलमानों पर संदेह और पाकिस्तान के खिलाफ नफरत गुजरात में कोई नई बात नहीं. मोदी इसे बख़ूबी समझते हैं और इसका राजनैतिक इस्तेमाल करना जानते हैं  एक प्रधानमंत्री अगर किसी प्रादेशिक चुनाव में मतदाताओं को धर्म के आधार पर ध्रुवीकृत करता है तो उसके परिणाम बेहद गंभीर और दूरगामी हो सकते हैं. लेकिन ऐसा लगता है कि नरेंद्र मोदी इस तरह के परिणाम का भी खतरा मोल लेने को तैयार हैं. गुजरात में प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने चुनाव अभियान को मणिशंकर अय्यर/पाकिस्तान/ अहमद पटेल को लेकर जो नया मोड़ दे दिया है, वह आपको चाहे कितना भी आपत्तिजनक क्यों न लगता हो, इससे हैरत में पड़ने की जरूरत नहीं है. मुसलमानों पर जितना संदेह, और पाकिस्तान के खिलाफ जितना उन्माद गुजरात में दिखता है उतना भारत के किसी दूसरे राज्य में नहीं दिखता. इसे मोदी के सिवा और कोई बेहतर नहीं समझता. कयामत की घड़ी जैसे-जैसे करीब आ रही है, उनकी...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally and a Muslim woman after voting in the first phase of the Gujarat elections.

Gujarat’s fear and suspicion for Muslims predates Modi—he just knows how to exploit it best

The implications of a prime minister polarising a state election on religious lines is way more serious and far-reaching. But Modi seems ready to risk the fallout.

On Camera

File photo | Natasha Narwal with her father Mahavir Narwal | By special arrangement

Tale of 2 Indian fathers — one who stands by his daughter in jail, another who disowned his

Natasha Narwal was arrested for ‘conspiring’ Delhi violence and Amulya Leona for saying ‘Hindustan Zindabad, Pakistan Zindabad’. But how their dads reacted tells a lot about India today.
Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator, Financial Times

India can’t replace China at manufacturing, not without paying more: Economics commentator Martin Wolf

In conversation with ThePrint's Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta, Chief Economics Commentator at The Financial Times, Martin Wolf discussed India's fiscal deficit, banking sector and its potential in the global market.

Defence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets soldiers who were injured in Galwan Valley clash, during his visit to Ladakh, in Leh on 3 July 2020 | ANI

Army slams ‘malicious’ claims on Leh hospital visited by PM, says troops get best treatment

Army said troops injured at Galwan are being treated in a repurposed hall that is part of the hospital complex as some wards have been made isolation facilities.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.