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PM Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during the last phase of the Lok Sabha polls, at Paliganj in Patna

Bihar election is more crucial for Modi than Nitish. So NDA is leaving nothing to chance

The BJP election machinery is in full-swing in Bihar, and for now, it’s advantage NDA.
Indian Army personnel (representational image) | Photo: ANI

No dip in candidates who want to join armed forces but here’s why fewer made it since 2017

While number of applicants for defence-qualifying exams have remained nearly constant, there is a decline in the number of academically sound candidates.
File photo of Chirag Paswan

India belongs to everyone — BJP allies object to ‘hate speeches’ over Shaheen Bagh

Akali Dal and Lok Janshakti Party said hate speeches can’t be justified and that a community can’t be isolated on religious and caste lines.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar: Liberal darling in Bihar to 2019’s big political disappointment

CAA-NRC has focused attention on Nitish Kumar's 'idhar chala, main udhar chala; jaane kahan main kidhar chala' politics.
College students raise slogans in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill during a strike in Guwahati | PTI

Allies isolate BJP over National Register of Citizens — 10 of 13 NDA constituents oppose it

The JD(U), AIADMK, Akali Dal, LJP & all NDA allies in the Northeast have categorically said they will not support the NRC.
A file photo of Lt General M.M. Naravane. | Photo: ANI/R Raveendran

Thoroughbred infantryman, soft-spoken, firm: How officers describe next Army Chief Naravane

Lt Gen M.M. Naravane will take over the reins of the 1.3 mn-strong force after present Army Chief General Bipin Rawat retires on 31 December.
Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena not attending NDA meet on Sunday, break up just a formality: Sanjay Raut

The Shiv Sena, a long-standing constituent of the NDA, fell out with the BJP over sharing the CM post, a few days after the results of the Maharashtra assembly polls were announced.
A workshop held by Sir Syyed Educational and Social Welfare Society

More Muslims got govt scholarships under Modi govt than during Congress-led UPA-2

There were 2.37 crore Muslim beneficiaries of govt scholarships during Modi's first term, while the figure under Manmohan's second was 2.33 crore.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | File photo: PIB

New data explains the unwavering support for Narendra Modi despite sagging economy

There is certainly anecdotal and empirical evidence to suggest that the welfare schemes that the NDA took up cast a wide net.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | File photo: PIB

40 things Modi has promised to achieve by 2022

Narendra Modi now wants you to think of 2024 to make you forget all that he promised to deliver by 2022.

On Camera

Uyghur Muslim women in the Grand Bazaar in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China

TV anchors outrage over Uyghurs in China, but stay quiet about Indian Muslims

After cheering the ban on Chinese apps, the latest coping mechanism of Indian TV news seems to be focusing on the plight of the Uyghur Muslims in China.
The Reserve Bank of India | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

RBI’s March rate cut was biggest surprise in history of monetary policy panel, paper says

India’s rate-setting panel is due to meet in the first week of August as the economy heads toward its first annual contraction in more than four decades.

Defence

Sig Sauer

Indian Army to order second batch of 72,000 Sig 716 assault rifles from US

The new rifles will replace the existing Indian Small Arms System (Insas) rifles used by the forces and manufactured locally by the Ordnance Factories Board.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.