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How long till Modi’s Hindutva politics completely robs Brand India of its democracy bonus

Hyper-nationalist Hindutva politics cashes on India’s democratic credentials for external recognition and weakens those institutions and values within.
File image of former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi | Photo: PTI

We the people must save the software of Indian democracy beyond BJP-Congress whataboutery

The shame of former CJI Ranjan Gogoi’s Rajya Sabha nomination must make us go beyond the present political moment and question our institutions.
Shashi Tharoor | Pankaj Nangia/Bloomberg

Am I a closet Sanghi for mourning demise of an RSS man? Something’s terribly wrong: Tharoor

My more than 30 years of being at odds with BJP and the Hindutva movement was irrelevant to my critics. For them, I had revealed my 'true colours'.
Protests against the CAA-NRC in New Delhi | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

‘Erosion of civil liberties’ — India falls ten places to rank 51 on democracy index 2019

India's overall democracy score also falls since 2018. Democracy Index by Economist Intelligence Unit compares political systems of 165 countries & 2 territories.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

What Modi’s India must learn from Aristotle and Plato’s warning against demagogues

Hate is a powerful tool for a demagogue who, Plato said, is threat to democracy. India’s majority and its yearning for equality is the solution.
Comedy group Aisi Taisi Democracy

Indians need to stop blindly respecting things, says comedy group Aisi Taisi Democracy

The comedy group highlighted the hypocrisy in Indian society and the importance of pushing the envelope when it comes to humour.
Book cover of 'India Social' and Author Ankit Lal

‘India Social’ book review: How social media has shaped many facets of Indian democracy

Ankit Lal’s book takes the reader on a chronological journey of major events that took shape on social media platforms.

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.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

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.