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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee | Photo: ANI

Mamata Banerjee’s Bengal dilemma — allow Puja for Hindus or contain Covid. Smug BJP looks on

The threat of coronavirus is real. But so is the fact that Mamata Banerjee is caught in a lose-lose situation in West Bengal, which goes to polls next year.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

What is stopping Narendra Modi from sending a Hindu Rashtra postcard to the world

India's historical wound has been like the pizza base. Toppings and enemies keep changing over time.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Modi-Shah’s BJP needs a new ‘enemy’ for Bihar election. Pakistan and Sushant won’t work

Pakistan is a Muslim state, an 'unprovoked' aggressor and an evergreen enemy — a seductive mix for the BJP. China does not quite fit the bill.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.
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Sushant Rajput death is BJP’s chance to finish brand Aaditya Thackeray, after Rahul Gandhi

BJP knows that in Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray, a young, amiable face is emerging in Maharashtra’s politics.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah during BJP National Executive Meeting | PTI

All parties promise ‘achhe din’. But only BJP has the 3 Ms that make it stand apart

BJP is the only party with a story today. The politics of all other parties — Congress to BSP — revolve around it.
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Congress’ 1970-style treatment of young leaders won’t work. It can learn from BJP

BJP’s lust for power is dangerous but also inspiring. Which is why even its critics can’t help but condemn Congress for making a fool of itself with the Rajasthan crisis.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Modi-Shah aping divide and rule of Congress. Same fate awaits BJP

Modi and Shah are too powerful and can easily quell BJP’s internal fights. If factionalism persists in the party, it isn't despite the duo, but because of them.

How Modi-Shah’s BJP is becoming a victim of their OBC reservation plot

Over two years after Modi govt’s ‘final’ deadline to Justice Rohini Commission for OBC sub-categorisation, India’s backward classes await a report. Why is the BJP hesitant?
File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah

Modi-Shah’s Aksai Chin bravado activated China’s Ying Pai to cross LAC

China's military-bureaucratic grouping Ying Pai are always on the lookout for a chance to expand their national footprint. Modi-Shah provided them just that in August 2019.

On Camera

A file photo of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. | Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

How France-Turkey’s probable but unlikely conflict has been shaped by Erdogan’s politics

In episode 604 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains the recent France-Turkey conflict and the deeper implications of this row.
Rupee (Representational image) | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg File photo

Tax revenues decline 22% in April-September, at one-fourth of full year target

Tax revenues declined 22 per cent from the year-ago period to Rs 4.58 lakh crore and were at 28 per cent of the full year target of Rs 16.36 lakh crore in the April-September period.

Defence

Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
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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.