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Nargis

An actor, mother, social worker – Nargis Dutt was far more than Mother India

At the peak of her fame, Nargis left the industry to raise a family and eventually dedicated her life to the cause of spastic children.
Actor Sanjay Dutt as Durrani empire ruler Ahmad Shah Abdali. | Photo: Ashutosh Gowariker/Twitter

Panipat film raises alarm in Afghanistan over Abdali portrayal, embassy writes to MEA

Afghan embassy seeks meeting with I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar over fears of misrepresentation of emperor Ahmad Shah Abdali in Ashutosh Gowarikar's film Panipat.
Shekhar Gupta and Balasaheb Thackeray

I asked Balasaheb Thackeray, “Are you a mafioso?” — and lived to tell the tale

Bal Thackeray was India’s only purely parochial leader. He was also his own brand manager and a man deeply in love with himself.
drug abuse

Sikkim to decriminalise use of contraband drugs, instead treat it as disease

Chief minister Pawan Chamling is trying to bring Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt to Sikkim and inspire youth to overcome addiction.

Yogi Adityanath dares Rahul to a hug and Rajasthan cops get it horribly wrong in Alwar

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by editors at ThePrint. The selected cartoons appeared first in other publications, either in print or online, or on social media, and are credited appropriately.   Cartoonist Irfan takes a dig at Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath's remarks that Rahul Gandhi would think 10 times before hugging him. The comment comes in the wake of the Congress president having embraced Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha Friday. Cartoonist Manjul in Mid-Day takes a dig at Maharashtra government's efforts at improving Mumbai's infrastructure. On Tuesday, poor planning left lakhs of commuters stuck in hours-long traffic jams, as the Delisle bridge in Lower Parel was shut for reconstruction. On 20 July, home minister Rajnath Singh stated in the Lok Sabha that the biggest case of mob lynching occurred during the 1984 Sikh genocide. Cartoonist Gokul, in The Asian Age, refers to the recurring mob violence in the country. Cartoonist Sajith Kumar...
Sanju

‘Sanju’ ignores the diabolical Mumbai blasts and why WhatsApp is doing too little

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint in the last 24 hours.

Cutesy for Sanju to hurl ‘ma-behen ki’ at journalists. But it can’t rewrite evil 1993 plot

Just how diabolical, read here. 71 AKs, 500 grenades, 3.5 tonne RDX were hidden in “safe” places for when ‘riots started’ after serial blasts. Just that Bombay saved India, and failed ISI. You remember the mayhem just 10 AK rifles caused in Mumbai on 26 November 2008. But do you also remember how many AK rifles were recovered in Mumbai following the serial blasts of 1993? We aren’t even counting the one found with Sanjay Dutt and destroyed by his “friend” Kersi Adjania in his foundry. Adjania, by the way, spent two years in jail in his mid-eighties for destruction of evidence. Okay, you Googled. Yes, it was 71 AK rifles. What havoc would 71 have wreaked in 1993? Mind you, that in 1993, Mumbai (then Bombay) Police didn’t have a single AK, or any other assault rifle. Second, do you recall how much RDX was recovered in Mumbai following those blasts?...
Sanju

Ranbir Kapoor as Sanju doesn’t portray Dutt but Munna bhai

An unbiased biopic is an oxymoron, and Sanju is no exception.
Ranbir Kapoor portrays actor Sanjay Dutt in the film 'Sanju'

Sanju is dishonest to Rajkumar Hirani’s Gandhian brand of cinema

In Sanju, Rajkumar Hirani turns a privileged movie star into a victim of media bias. The movie fails to probe Dutt’s choices.
Sanjay Dutt

When Sanjay Dutt popped LSD and tried to ‘arrange’ his father’s face

This excerpt from 'Sanjay Dutt: The crazy untold story of Bollywood's bad boy' speaks about what happened after the actor popped a pill of LSD. 

On Camera

Representational photos | Hindu priests perform evening prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi | Kanishka Sonthalia/Bloomberg

Want to preserve secularism in India? Well, preserve the Hindu ethos first

Secularism in the Indian context would mean maintaining equidistance from  all religions. Unfortunately, that equidistance never happened.
Mukesh Ambani at ThePrint Off the Cuff

Mukesh Ambani is now world’s fourth richest man, overtakes Europe’s wealthiest

Reliance's shares have more than doubled from a low in March as its digital unit got billions in investments from companies including Facebook Inc. and Google.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Artillery guns, assault rifles, AFVs — Here’s a list of 101 items MoD won’t import in future

Contracts worth almost Rs 4 lakh crore will be placed with the domestic industry within the next six to seven years.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.