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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. 
Sanju

When Narendra Modi felt slighted by Donald Trump and Sanjay Dutt— the bad boy of Bollywood

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint in the last 24 hours. Narasimha Rao and his muscular Kashmir policy On former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao's birth anniversary, ThePrint Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta writes a tribute to him, garnished with some personal stories. A must-read. The waning warmth between Narendra Modi and Donald Trump Jyoti Malhotra writes about the meeting between Narendra Modi and Donald Trump in November 2017 in Manila in which Modi felt the US President did not greet him with as much warmth. Malhotra says the deterioration in India-US ties over the past eight months can be traced to this very meeting. Delhi would be better governed with full statehood Amid the controversy surrounding the AAP government's fight for statehood for Delhi, Shivam Vij lists why he thinks Delhi would be better governed if it had full statehood. Sanjay Dutt’s life was a mix of LSD and an...
Sanjay Dutt entering the TADA Court, in 2007 | Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Sanju is no saint. He is a convicted criminal caught with AK-56

In his gangster roles in movies, Sanjay Dutt made us believe he would not have been a criminal had circumstances been different.

On Camera

IAS poll observer: With Modi breaking rules, should EC give him special security treatment?

The Election Commission has suspended an IAS officer who had inspected PM Narendra Modi’s chopper in Odisha’s Sambalpur Tuesday.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
National interest

Imran Khan’s ‘support’ for Modi shows BJP has walked into its own Pakistan trap

Modi & the BJP hope to return to power by exploiting the fear of Pakistan. Imran Khan has turned the tables and become a factor dividing Indian public opinion.