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Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) building, New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/The Print

Modi govt struggles to fill IAS-IPS vacancies but UPSC recruitment falls by nearly half

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

5 years later in Gujarat, you’d think Narendra Modi is still CM

It's Modi all the way across Gujarat — even BJP posters feature only the PM — as CM Vijay Rupani lays low to offset anger among farmers and traders against the state govt.
Sadhvi Pragya Thakur

Sadhvi Pragya’s nomination is no advertisement for Hindutva, whatever you may think of it

In opposition, the BJP used to stand for law and order, and its leaders were known for measured language. The ticket to Sadhvi Pragya goes against all that.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.
PM Modi at the traders's convention held in New Delhi, 19 April

In photos, Modi woos traders by announcing collateral-free loan & other schemes

PM Modi at the convention also announced that if re-elected, he would form a National Traders' Welfare Board.
Satish Acharya | Twitter

Shah scouts prisons for candidates as a BJP MP dodges a shoe

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by editors at ThePrint.
The image that went viral

Modi govt’s ‘Char Dham’ project in Uttarakhand gets an African facelift, except it’s not real

An image of a swanky road has gone viral with claims that it’s from Uttarakhand. The actual picture is from Tangier in Morocco.
PM Narendra Modi

Environment is the most under-reported disaster of Narendra Modi government

The new BJP manifesto for 2019 Lok Sabha elections provides no respite from this ongoing assault.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | Paul Miller/Bloomberg

Bleak record on economy – the reason Modi’s BJP has returned to communal politics

Voters have to ask themselves why & what this angry, polarising, ugly campaign foretells for the nation if the BJP wins again.
Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal wants real change, not Mamata Banerjee’s ‘poriborton’

After years of misrule, people of Bengal have shown their trust in the leadership of Narendra Modi.

On Camera

Workers at a construction site in Delhi (representational image) | Ruhani Kaur/Bloomberg

India’s caste problem has a silver lining: urbanisation, and inter-caste marriage

Unlike villages, search for partners in cities shifts its focus from family and caste networks to friends and professional networks.

IAS poll observer: With Modi breaking rules, should EC give him special security treatment?

The Election Commission has suspended an IAS officer who had inspected PM Narendra Modi’s chopper in Odisha’s Sambalpur Tuesday.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.