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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
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis | Facebook

BJP to lead Maharashtra govt, no decision on giving CM’s chair to Sena: Devendra Fadnavis

The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance won absolute majority in the Maharashtra assembly polls, with 105 and 56 seats, respectively.
Rahul Gandhi at a press conference | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

There is still hope for Congress. But first, Rahul Gandhi must quit politics

Voters believe if they choose the Congress, they will get Rahul Gandhi.
Beppe Grillo, comedian-turned-politician and founder of the Five Star Movement, speaks during a general election campaign rally for Luigi Di Maio, leader of Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement. | Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico | Bloomberg

Ukraine to Guatemala & Slovenia, comedians are coming to power & it’s not funny

The interest of comedians, both professional and amateur, in political office is an important, troubling symptom.
PM Narendra Modi | File photo: PIB

Modi’s twin victories aren’t aberrations, new era has begun with fourth party system: Study

BJP has emerged as a system-defining party, in response to which all other parties position themselves.
Arif Mohammad Khan | File photo | PTI

How to be BJP’s version of a ‘good Muslim’ – A guide by Arif Mohammad Khan

Unlike the Congress’ version, the BJP's good Muslims have to demonstrate Muslimness as an intrinsic problem of India's national identity.

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Scuba divers are turning plastic waste in the oceans into Covid face masks

Diving organisation PADI has teamed up with a watersports clothing company to recycle bottles recovered from the ocean to make a range of face coverings.

Refining industry enters ‘age of consolidation’ with ‘catastrophic’ margins

A refinery thrives on the price difference between crude oil and fuels like gasoline, earning a profit that’s known in the industry as a cracking margin.

Defence

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No de-escalation in Ladakh yet, but some forward movement could be expected this week

India and China have agreed on an initial de-escalation plan and a 72-hour observation window to make sure steps agreed upon have been taken on the ground.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.