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Narendra Modi has to take risks like Rajiv Gandhi on defence deals, or he’ll stall

That’s what Narendra Modi has to do and launch defence modernisation like Rajiv Gandhi in 1985-89, but with lessons learnt.
Former Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Priyaranjan Dasmunsi addressing a press conference

Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi: The enfant terrible of Indian politics who became one of India’s finest leaders

Dasmunsi was an outstanding mass mobiliser, persuasive orator, street-smart political fighter and more, Mani Shankar Aiyar writes in a tribute to his friend.
The latest volume of Pranab Mukherjee's memoirs is uncharacteristically self-serving and opaque.

Dada Don’t Preach

Pranab Mukherjee is the ‘Bhishma Pitamah’ of Indian public life. The third volume of his political memoir is self-serving, hides too much and uses uncharacteristic innuendo.
Hurriyat leaders have been raided by the NIA and accused of corruption.

NIA crackdown in Kashmir risks creating a political vacuum and a slide into the unknown

The central government seems believe the NIA raids will help contain political unrest and erode the public credibility of the Hurriyat leaders.

Death for Disagreement

While Gauri Lankesh's killers are brought to justice, her courage and sacrifice should also shock our violent and abusive discourse back to civility.

Amid tectonic political shifts, the North East needs a moral guiding force like Rishang Keishing

The political journey of Rishang Keishing from a strong Naga integrationist to a strong Indian nationalist who represented a united Manipur carries lessons for the current day politicians.

Lawyer daughter helps complete mom’s unfinished battle against triple talaq

Priya Hingorani, who played a role in Shayara Bano’s case, is the daughter of Shah Bano’s lawyer. 

On Rajiv Gandhi birth anniversary: How to squander a mega mandate

When Rajiv Gandhi started he could do no wrong. Halfway through his five years, he could do no right. His tenure had many chastening lessons in how mega mandates can make you smug and self-destruct. His record should be essential reading for those with brute majorities now, from Arvind Kejriwal, Narendra Modi and on to Vasundhara Raje, Naveen Patnaik and Mamata Banerjee. Shekhar Gupta

On Camera

US ban on Chinese ownership of TikTok does no favours for Facebook, Google

By citing data privacy and foreign influence to justify its restrictions, the US has thrown a spotlight on issues that Silicon Valley’s social media giants have kept in the shadows.
Customers talk on mobile phones outside a Vodafone India Ltd. store | ThePrint,in

Vodafone Idea posts eighth straight loss, loses more subscribers

Vodafone Idea has so far failed to win better payment terms from the govt on the money it owes. Its net debt was Rs 1.2 lakh crore as of the quarter ended June.

Defence

Representational image of military equipment in Ladakh | Photo: ANI

Document saying sensitive Ladakh standoff likely to be prolonged removed from MoD website

In the official document, now taken down from its website, defence ministry also said Chinese aggression increasing along LAC and 'more particularly' in Galwan valley since 5 May.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.