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How Covid-19 is changing Indian politics

Modi’s ratings now depend heavily on his managing the health crisis, but as the Hindutva agenda is side-stepped, the opposition has a new opening.
WhatsApp group admins change posting rights ahead of Ayodhya verdict

The opposition in India has a ‘distribution’ problem

It doesn’t matter what the opposition says, because voters don’t get to know their ideas anyway.
A file photo of Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi. | Photo: Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Congress, UPA parties plan front to take on Modi govt over campus violence, CAA-NRC, economy

Senior leaders of Congress, NCP, CPI, DMK & RJD are likely to meet on 13 January to devise plan. Formation of strategic group also in the works.
Ghulam Nabi Azad, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh during 'Bharat Bandh' protest in New Delhi

Only reason why Amit Shah & Ajit Pawar enacted midnight Maharashtra drama — opposition sloth

Congress needs some hard lessons to avoid extinction. The old darbar-style decision making just won't do in the 21st century Modi-Shah politics.
Opposition leaders discuss WhatsApp snooping

Parliament, President, people’s court — how Opposition plans to tackle WhatsApp snooping

Opposition leaders met to discuss the deteriorating state of the Indian economy Monday, but also discussed the WhatsApp snooping of journalists & politicians.

All that Raj Thackeray wants is to be in Maharashtra’s opposition

Campaigning for his MNS in Maharashtra, Raj Thackeray is saying everything people want to hear but will it bring votes?

PM Modi ‘losing connection’ with economy and ‘lungi’ only for CMs, not truck drivers

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Rajya Sabha proceedings

Opposition brings up Unnao rape survivor’s truck accident, creates ruckus in Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha was briefly adjourned after SP's Ram Gopal Yadav alleged that an attempt was made to kill the Unnao woman who had accused a BJP MLA of raping her.
Lok Sabha

Opposition parties write to Rajya Sabha chairman over passage of bills without scrutiny

In a letter to Venkaiah Naidu, the parties cited the "hurried" passage of bills and sought his intervention to ensure that the voice of the Opposition is not smothered.
BJP supporters celebrating party's win in the Lok Sabha elections | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Is the BJP better at misinformation? What data tells us

Misinformation on social media is not polarising Indians. Instead, it seems to be pushing them towards the BJP.

On Camera

Indian lawsuits allege former Wirecard COO played key role in deals later mired in disputes

The suits allege Marsalek took part in negotiations leading to the acquisition of Hermes by a Mauritius-based private equity fund in 2015.

Defence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets soldiers who were injured in Galwan Valley clash, during his visit to Ladakh, in Leh on 3 July 2020 | ANI

Modi dares China, tells Indian Army ‘our enemies have seen your fire and fury’

China sees Modi’s visit as an attempt to ‘escalate’ the situation. Experts say the visit was a powerful message to China to not escalate the matter.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

India must believe threat of war is real, even if Chinese build-up is coercive diplomacy

India invented coercive diplomacy with Op Parakram. But unlike Pakistan back then, it must never blink, be prepared for war, and wear out the Chinese.