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File photo | BJP supporters walk past paper cut outs of PM Modi during a rally in Muzaffarpur, Bihar | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

How politicians win and lose the trust of voters

There are things Modi does to win and retain the trust of voters. The opposition could learn from him.
BJP party supporters at a rally (Representational image)

Mourn idea of India, but don’t forget that the idea of people is changing too

Modi’s new India is a new idea of the people. And politicians and intellectuals must bow to it unquestioningly.
A CRPF jawan stands guard along a street on the first day of the two-day curfew in Srinagar, Tuesday, 4 August, 2020. | PTI

In one-year-old Naya Kashmir, development is only visible in Twitter hashtags

For the first time since the emergence of the new militancy in Kashmir, the recruitment of local boys has seen an over 40% year-on-year decline.
Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, top right, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, top centre, Sundar Pichai of Alphabet, bottom left, and Tim Cook of Apple, centre left, swearing in during a US House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing, 29 July | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Bloomberg

Why Amazon, Apple, FB and Google are in the dock. It’s not just about economy

Even if the US Congress enacts new legislation, short of breaking up Big Tech, antitrust actions will not directly take on its bigger power.
File photo | Sushant Singh Rajput | Facebook/SushantSinghRajput

Nepotistic privilege should be a matter of social shame. It holds India back

Woke young millennials should start looking down upon friends who take the easy route of following up on their parents’ careers.
BJP workers in Kolkata

How coronavirus helped Modi-Shah’s BJP make the transition from post-truth to pre-truth

For BJP leaders, facts no longer matter on Covid crisis, economy, jobless labourers. Whatever they say become the facts, or so they think.
A still from 'The Chargesheet: Innocent or Guilty?'

Politics, sports, royalty, sex: ‘Chargesheet’ will be brutal reminder of Syed Modi murder

Priyanka Ghatak, writer of Chargesheet scheduled to premiere on Zee5, says she had no idea of the Syed Modi case until the start of the show’s production.
Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly – the awkward dad who suffers from the Rajinikanth political syndrome

Sourav Ganguly’s biggest strength is his status as the Bengali Everyman – everyone's favourite Dada, who likes his ‘toast buttered on both sides’.
Maharashtra govt crisis old movies graphic

Jaspal Bhatti, Nayak & more — pop culture you need to keep up with Maharashtra govt drama

Whether it’s Bhatti’s takes on corruption, or Twitter asking Anil Kapoor to be Maharashtra CM, pop culture has captured politics in an eerily accurate manner.
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu | Facebook

Idea of simultaneous polls needs to be seriously considered, says Vice-President Naidu

Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu was delivering the first Arun Jaitley Memorial Lecture, instituted by the latter's alma mater Delhi University

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Muslim women walk with their children in Iraq (Representational image) | Commons

Globalisation of revenge

Nobody looks more ridiculous in the whole Iraq situation than the Europeans. A bit of their hypocrisy was on show in New Delhi.
A Reliance Industries Ltd. oil tanker truck.

Reliance Industries posts 15% profit drop as Covid hits oil demand

The company posted a net profit of Rs 9,567 crore in July-September compared with Rs 11,262 crore a year back.


File image of a BrahMos missile

India successfully test fires air-launched version of BrahMos missile from Sukhoi jet

The missile hit a sinking ship in the Bay of Bengal with accuracy, official sources said. It was fired after the Su-30 MKI aircraft travelled for over three hours.
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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.