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BJP must know that social media is not a substitute for politics or governance

It won’t matter how many more Twitter followers Narendra Modi has than Rahul Gandhi. It will only matter who has won more seats in the Lok Sabha.

For women in the press like Rana Ayyub, it’s scarily easy for online threats to turn physical

After fake tweets and fake videos, Rana Ayyub was doxxed, her personal details, phone number and address, were posted with the intention to threaten and even attack her.
Protest during 'Bharat Bandh' in Amritsar on Monday

Was it upper castes or foreign hand? Modi govt clueless on who called Dalits’ Bharat bandh

The Intellegince Bureau has been assigned the job of finding out who actually called for the 2 April shutdown and it seems to be struggling for an answer.
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No, social media does not change the way we vote

A young student speaks up about the growing influence of social media in the way our democracy works.
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Tired of fake science news? See what plans Modi govt’s top scientist has for the future

VijayRaghavan is a man of the times, who believes social media can help make science more accessible to the layperson.  
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In Kashmir, Facebook is also the ‘messenger of terrorism’

When youngsters join the militancy, photos of them armed with rifles are shared on social media to let the world know.
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To the RSS, social media lies somewhere between ‘nuisance’ and necessity

Top RSS leaders avoid social media. But the organisation itself is well-versed in its use and has 'checks & balances', top leaders say.

No political party can legally be prevented from using data mining to win elections

Personal freedoms, right to privacy and secrecy have been long compromised willingly by ourselves, robbing us of our right to protest now.

India’s unending obsession with ‘husband-wife’ jokes, both ‘veg’ and ‘non-veg’

Marriage jokes constitute the majority of WhatsApp forwards wherein women are invariably shown as the cause of trouble in men’s life.
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I have not been on a holiday either as CM or PM: Modi

PM Modi says in an interview to Gulf News that he gets a sound sleep every night and he finds social media ‘extremely vibrant’.

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Don’t ignore the good news on Covid-19 from Asia

The perception of an Asian advantage often falls prey to essentialist thinking — that somehow the East's values, politics and culture is letting it do things the West can't.
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IndiGo to trim fleet size over 2 years as Covid pandemic rages on

IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta said the airline hasn’t engaged in any 'major renegotiation' with Airbus SE on new deliveries, but it will keep returning as many as 40 older planes a year.

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These are the measures China has proposed to ease tensions at LAC in Ladakh

Over a series of meetings, China has made several suggestions to de-escalate tensions at the border, but India has rejected them since they boost Beijing's strategic position.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.