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Former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa (left) with Narendra Modi (centre) and MP Anantha Kumar (right) in 2009 in Karnataka

BJP’s three aces in Karnataka: Modi, good governance, and Yeddyurappa

The BJP is running a series of ‘parivartan yatras’ in Karnataka, and getting feedback on its strengths and weaknesses in each part of the Congress-ruled state.
Narendra Modi's speech on the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda was blocked in the states of Karnataka and West Bengal

Nobody owns Swami Vivekananda, stop playing politics over him

Blocking of PM’s speech, West Bengal and Karnataka played with the delicate balance of power between states and the centre.

Last Laughs (Best of political cartoons from 3 – 8 September)

The best political cartoons of the week picked by ThePrint's editors.
Kannada writers who have been threatened by right wing groups in the past say their critics just want them to remain silent

Our critics just want us to keep quiet – Gauri Lankesh’s fellow travellers

With Gauri Lankesh's murder the room for dialogue and debate is shrinking say Kannada rationalists and thinkers targeted in the past.

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.

‘What happened with Gauri and Prof. Kalburgi is targeted assassination’

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah gives an update on the investigation into the Gauri Lankesh murder in an email interview with ThePrint
Journalist Gauri Lankesh

Gauri Lankesh murder: Nervous BJP deploys big guns to counter allegations

The party has deployed big guns to thwart criticism from the Opposition.
Gauri Lankesh and the scene outside her house

Gauri Lankesh’s activism or journalism can’t be used to justify her brutal murder

Gauri Lankesh's brutal killing outside her home raises an uncomfortable question: why are people emboldened to kill in Karnataka?

A ‘Congress-mukt’ Karnataka will be harder to achieve than Amit Shah thinks

To make Karnataka 'Congress-mukt', the BJP will have to address internal dissidence, build a new social coalition and a compelling development agenda.

BJP comes up with ‘Tiranga Yatra’ to counter ‘separate flag’ issue 

The party will promote the concept of 'one nation, one flag' across India. Pragya Kaushika 

On Camera

People sit in an outdoor plaza in Gangtok, Sikkim (Representational image)

Sikkim stopped seeing drug users as criminals and look what happened

In 2018, Sikkim Anti-Drugs Act decriminalised illicit drug use and laid down elaborate provisions for detoxification and rehabilitation.
The Bombay Stock Exchange

Reliance, Maruti biggest losers as Sensex drops for fourth straight day amid gloomy outlook

BSE Sensex loses 0.8% while NSE Nifty 50 Index drops 0.9%. A gauge of IT firms rises 0.9%, but 16 out of 19 sector sub-indexes compiled by BSE drop.

Defence

The Chinese flag (representational image) | Pixabay

China has more than doubled its military positions at LAC since Doklam, new report says

China is constructing at least 13 new military positions near its borders with India, including 3 air bases and 5 heliports, says a Stratfor report.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?