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Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh | ThePrint Team

Param Bir Singh — ‘encounter specialist’ IPS officer & Mumbai top cop caught in Sena-NCP tiff

Seemingly stuck in the Sena-NCP tug of war in Maharashtra, Param Bir Singh is a celebrated IPS officer but one who has also courted multiple controversies.
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray (centre) with cabinet ministers Jayant Patil of the NCP (left) and Balasaheb Thorat of the Congress | Photo: ANI

It’s time Uddhav Thackeray quits his ‘rollout rollback’ theatre of absurd in Maharashtra

The cracks in Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition in Maharashtra become visible each time Sharad Pawar visits Matoshree with some administrative advice for Thackeray.
Pawar and Raut | ThePrint

As NCP-Sena rift grows, Sanjay Raut conducts ‘Saamana-style’ Sharad Pawar interview

While interview is yet to be released, Raut, the Saamana editor, has said it will cause a stir in national politics as Pawar has spoken on everything from China to Maharashtra.
File image of Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh (centre) | PTI

IPS transfer row in Mumbai Police hints at fresh cracks in Shiv Sena-NCP ties

Mumbai Police commissioner's decision to transfer 10 deputy commissioners of police Thursday was revoked by the government Sunday without explanation.
File image of former Maharashtra chief secretary Ajoy Mehta at Mantralaya | Twitter | @ShelarAshish

Ajoy Mehta — Maharashtra IAS officer Congress can’t stand & Uddhav can’t do without

Ajoy Mehta got two extensions as chief secretary before term ended Tuesday. Now principal adviser to CM, he is known to be a tough taskmaster who's popular with his politician bosses.
File image of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena chief and Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat of the Congress | Photo: ANI

Shiv Sena mouthpiece slams Congress, airs Maharashtra ruling alliance’s dirty laundry

An editorial in Saamana has said the disgruntlement voiced by Congress ministers of not being part of the government’s decision-making process is ‘unwarranted’.
File photo of Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray with his deputy Ajit Pawar | ANI

Why Uddhav Thackeray needs to watch out for Ajit Pawar, not Rahul Gandhi or Sharad Pawar

Rahul Gandhi may be distancing himself from Maharashtra’s Covid struggle & Sharad Pawar seems to be taking the lead, but the threat lies elsewhere.
Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar garlanding a portrait of VD Savarkar at Mantralaya Thursday. | Photo: Twitter/Ajit Pawar

How Ajit Pawar garlanding Savarkar portrait has got Maharashtra political circles abuzz

While Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar garlanded V.D. Savarkar’s portrait at Mantralaya Thursday, ally Congress is protesting in Karnataka over 'Savarkar flyover'.
Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra paying a price in Covid because Uddhav Thackeray and Rahul Gandhi stole mandate

Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP stole a mandate by swapping partners in 2019. That misadventure drove Maharashtra into the tragic mess it finds itself in today.
NCP leader Nawab Malik addressing a press conference

BJP using Raj Bhavans as den of politics in states where it’s out of power, says Nawab Malik

Senior NCP leader and Maharashtra minister Nawak Malik says Rahul Gandhi's words are being twisted, MVA govt is working fine.

On Camera

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
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.