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Congress president Rahul Gandhi along with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh and other leaders protest against the Rafale deal | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Harbour no animus against Congress leaders: Yogendra Yadav after saying party ‘must die’

The best of the day’s opinion, chosen and curated by ThePrint’s top editors.
Tamil Nadu farmers during a march in New Delhi | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Socialism, not secularism, is the central fault line of Indian politics

What’s the best way for the people to move up in life? That is the main swing question in 2019 – as it is in every election.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP president Amit Shah | Atul Yadav/PTI

Without realising, BJP has surrendered India to Muhammad Ali Jinnah

An India that denies itself to some of us could end up being denied to all of us, writes Shashi Tharoor.
Rahul Gandhi | rahulgandhi/Facebook

The 4 Cs that mark Congress’ decline from secularism to soft Hindutva

In Congress’ slide to soft Hindutva, the fraud of secular politics has been exposed.
Religious intolerance

Indian firms offer staff social media lessons as online bigotry threatens bottom lines

The reputational risks to companies of an increasingly polarised political and social discourse online are relatively new in India.
Shahzahan Bachchu

Prominent secular writer, publisher shot dead in Bangladesh

Writer Shahzahan Bachchu was gunned down in his ancestral village Kakaldi in Bangladesh's Munshiganj district by five assailants. 
Gagandeep Singh

Why a Sikh cop saving a Muslim man from a Hindu mob shouldn’t make us this happy

Police officer Gagandeep Singh is a man from a minority saving another from a majority mob. We’ve allowed the binaries to blunt our perceptions to an extent where we need images like these to jolt us.
An illustration with Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi

Rahul’s temple visits, Sonia’s lament show Cong is resetting secular politics, moving to centre

The Congress has paid severely for its unrelenting minorityism. It is seeking to move to the secular centre and that’s the message from Rahul Gandhi’s temple visits.
A hindu and a muslim making a victory sign in a political rally in Gujarat

Secularism is just a word, but opposition will resist BJP bid to drop it from Constitution

The word itself may not be essential, but its removal will symbolise an assault on the spirit of Indian pluralism and religious freedom.
Meghnad S at Democracy Wall

Indian class 8 students understand secularism best, says political commentator Meghnad

Most adults in India don't understand secularism the way in which children are taught to, the political commentator said. 

On Camera

File photo of BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav | PTI

Modi’s big UP win means Akhilesh Yadav’s SP & Mayawati’s BSP will soon be rivals again

With Narendra Modi keen on winning UP again in 2022, there will be pressure on Yogi Adityanath’s government to perform better.
elections

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

Defence

Ministry of Defence building

On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.