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Lalu Prasad Yadav

Samosas still have aloo but Bihar set for an election without Lalu

The RJD chief has a reputation of pepping up a poll campaign with his rustic humour and wit but with him in judicial custody, there is none to take up that mantle.
A man stands outside the Bombay Stock Exchange building in Mumbai | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

India stocks advance after opinion polls predict win for Modi-led NDA

Stocks surged after two opinion polls indicate victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling coalition. When Modi govt first formed in 2014, Sensex rose 30%, the most since 2009.
File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Modi govt has done better than UPA on infrastructure but delays, cost overruns persist

One-fourth of central infrastructure projects are delayed under Narendra Modi’s NDA govt, while the number was one-third for Manmohan Singh’s UPA.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Oppn has no one projected leader against Modi, their promise is temporary: Arun Jaitley

Union minister Arun Jaitley says that leadership will be among the most important aspects to decide this election, and Modi is a clear winner in that regard.
Prashant Kishor

Poll strategist Prashant Kishor is having a rough ride as JD-U vice-president

The political strategist made his mark in helping Nitish to the CM chair in Bihar but is finding his stint as a JD(U) politician far from rosy. 
YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy

Amid alliance talk everywhere, Jagan Mohan Reddy is keeping to himself

Pre-Truth – snappy, witty and significant snippets from the world of politics and government.
Manjul | Firstost

Pakistan’s twin pockets, and Amit Shah’s new kitten

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.
Amit Shah meets Uddhav Thackeray

BJP, Shiv Sena overcome bad blood, set to announce pre-poll tie-up today

The BJP and the Shiv Sena, though officially allies, have had an uneasy relationship for months now.
File image of PM Narendra Modi at an event in Kochi | PTI

The carnage in Kashmir is the price India is paying for having no policy on Pakistan

Like previous regimes, the NDA too has failed to forge a stable policy within a strategic framework to deal with Pakistan and its strategy of ‘inflicting a thousand cuts’.
PM Modi with Army and BSF Jawans in Kashmir in 2017 | @narendramodi/Twitter

Narendra Modi govt wants a strong military, but its defence budget can’t guarantee that

Prime Minister Modi has been high on emotions and low on substance on military matters in the last five years.

On Camera

An aircraft operated by Jet Airways India Ltd. | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

A bailout for Jet Airways will fill Indian skies with zombie airlines

Air India is the original zombie, infected by a govt bailout. If Jet is bailed out, then the next firm will need one too & the infection will spread.

PUBG players arrested: Overreaction by police or is addiction a public concern?

The Gujarat police arrested several PUBG lovers, many of them students, for playing the banned video game.

Defence

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan | Rana Sajid Hussain/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

No room for jihadi outfits and culture in Pakistan, says PM Imran Khan

With global pressures mounting on Pakistan to combat terror, PM Khan said his country was committed to eradicating culture of jihadism & terrorism.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?