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BJP wants to hide an ‘ailing economy’, the 56-inch stick & Apple town massacre

The best cartoons of the week, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.
Refugees on a train during Partition of India, 1947 | Wikimedia Commons

India shall be remade through demographic change, street by street

From Article 370 to Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, demographic change is a key objective of Modi-Shah.
People during a protest against the death of Tabrez Ansari, at Jantar Mantar on June 26 | ANI

Why India of today looks more like Pakistan, Saudi Arabia or Israel

India has since antiquity held a unique identity. But today, it wants to identify itself with one culture, one nation, one law.
Representational image | A man making political speeches during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh | Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

World already accepts India as Hindu Rashtra, for its principle of unity in diversity

Those opposing ‘Hindu Rashtra’ must broaden their perspective rather than look at Mohan Bhagwat’s remark through the political prism.
Representational image| A Hindu temple is seen over a city wall in Uttar Pradesh| Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Indian liberals don’t get the difference between Hindu State & Mohan Bhagwat’s Hindu Rashtra

Most academics compare RSS’ idea of ‘Hindu Rashtra' with Islamic and Christian states where minorities live as second-class citizens.

India’s a Hindu Rashtra, will remain so even if only 1 person calls himself Hindu: Bhagwat

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat also said homosexuality is not a “big problem” and can be addressed through discussions.
A child holds up Indian flag during Eid al-Adha celebrations at Bandra station, Mumbai | PTI

How Indian secularism could still be saved

Those who want to save secularism from drowning will have to use the nation’s ultimate life-jacket: nationalism.
File image of S.R. Sen | Meghalaya High Court website

Meghalaya HC sets aside its judgment that called for India to be a Hindu Rashtra

Division bench says December 2018 ruling by Justice S.R. Sen (since retired) offends the Constitution and is legally flawed.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) volunteers | PTI

Vigilantism is central to RSS’ mission of organising Hindus & defending their interests

The movement has displayed a tendency to fight Muslims physically and to stand up against government if it tries to get in its way.
Activists of Bajrang Dal during a bike rally

Can India be a Hindu Rashtra—and Hindus a minority—at the same time?

There is a conscious attempt to envisage the powerlessness of Hindus.

On Camera

Representational image of lockdown in Spain | Bloomberg

How Spain tragically bungled its response to coronavirus

Spain ignored the health crisis unfolding in Italy & dithered before imposing draconian lockdown measures that could have saved thousands of lives.

How is Modi’s BJP different from the one founded by Advani-Vajpayee 40 years ago?

Forty years ago, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani founded BJP. Today it's led by Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo, who have won two general elections with full majority.

Defence

Indian Army (representational image) | Photo: PTI

5 Special Forces men, 5 terrorists: How a deadly hand-to-hand fight at the LoC unfolded

Five commandos of the elite 4 Para were killed in action after they eliminated 5 terrorists from Pakistan in close combat in J&K’s Keran sector.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.