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Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur addressing the media in Bhopal

Apoorvanand: BJP’s rebuke of Pragya Singh Thakur was a “clever ploy”

ThoughtShot—The best of the day’s opinion, chosen and curated by ThePrint’s top editors.

On Godse’s birthday, it’s time to remember his ideology is still dangerous and threatening

BJP’s Pragya Thakur called Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a patriot, then retracted under pressure. But it wasn’t the first attempt to legitimise him.
Satish Acharya | Sify

PM Modi’s time travel, and the ‘patriotism’ of Nathuram Godse

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Pragya Thakur wins this Thursday, Modi is in for an embarrassing 5 years

Never has one constituency had such a bearing on Indian nationalism and the pretence of a Gandhian polity. So what if PM Modi doesn’t forgive her in his heart?
Manjul | Firstpost

‘Renaissance’ takes over West Bengal as Amit Shah puts the EC on ‘mute’

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.

Pragya Thakur calls Nathuram Godse a ‘patriot’, retracts remark hours later

BJP's Pragya Singh Thakur apologised for calling Nathuram Godse a 'deshbhakt' as the party distanced itself from the remark.
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There is a Gandhi and a Godse inside every Indian. We must make peace within us first

People who use Godse to tarnish RSS-BJP and push the ‘Hindu terror bogey’ are themselves guilty of failing to protect Gandhi.
Kamal Haasan | Commons

Madras High Court rejects Kamal Haasan’s plea to quash FIR against Hindu terrorist remark

Kamal Haasan stoked a controversy Sunday with his statement that free India's first extremist was a Hindu, referring to Nathuram Godse who killed Mahatma Gandhi.
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Godse, raised as a girl, saw Gandhi as an ‘effeminate’ Father who didn’t protect Mother India

Nathuram Godse wanted Hinduism to attain the masculinity that the colonial rule represented. Gandhi wanted the opposite.

There’s a lobby that wants to keep Nathuram Godse alive. And it’s not the Hindu Right

On national TV, these Godse-contra cheerleaders even challenge BJP supporters to say ‘Godse Murdabad’ to prove their patriotism.

On Camera

Dead men talking

Reporting on Lanka's blood-soaked years, I watched names disappear from my notebook.
crash

Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

Defence

File photo of commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Vimal Verma | By special arrangement

Bimal Verma files petition against KB Singh’s appointment as next Navy chief

He filed a petition in the Armed Forces Tribunal and contended that it should call for the service records of both him and Vice Admiral KB Singh and compare them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.