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TalkPoint: Is the new global study right to suggest that home cadre posting can give rise to corruption among IAS officers?

Experts weigh in on whether the UC Davis study is right to suggest that home cadre posting can give rise to corruption among IAS officers.
Graphic by Siddhant Gupta.

TalkPoint: Has Holi become a festival of fear for women?

Experts weigh in on harassment women face during the festival of Holi.
Illustration by Siddhant Gupta

TalkPoint: With higher import duties, is Narendra Modi turning protectionist?

The Narendra Modi government has hiked the import tariffs across sectors to a 30-year high. Experts weigh in the effect this could have on the nation's economy.
Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping

It is misplaced to say that 19 rounds of talks with China have not made headway

The Special Representative talks are confidential in nature and therefore, the progress made in these talks is not in the public domain.
Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi with Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Dova

China seems to have no inclination to move on the boundary question

ThePrint asks: Is it possible to break the India-China border talks deadlock? India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and China’s State Councillor, Yang Jiechi, special representatives of India and China respectively on the boundary question, are meeting for 20th round of formal talks on the border. The last round of special representatives meet was held in Beijing in April last year and this one comes four months after the 73-day-long military standoff between the two countries in Doklam in the Sikkim sector this summer. But given the history of boundary negotiations, nothing much should be expected. China seems to have no inclination to move on the boundary question. The result might be that other aspects of the bilateral relationship will be discussed. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson has already suggested that this special representatives meeting is not only a high-level channel for the border issue discussion but also the platform for strategic communication. And...
PM Modi crying

The meaning of Modi’s tears for critics and fans

It is not about how human Modi is. It is a testament to the amount of energy and effort that he has invested. Passion and commitment overwhelm him.
Activists of Bajrang Dal during a bike rally

Voters support BJP not for love but for keeping away rabid anti-Hindus in Congress camp

The fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had to sweat it out in his home, despite no organised opposition , says a lot about the voters' mind now.
Other Backward Class leader Alpesh Thakor with Congress president Rahul Gandhi

We had the Modi factor in 2014, this time there seems to be the birth of the Rahul factor

Rahul Gandhi’s trust in the new leadership of Patidars, OBCs, and Dalits has been successful in creating a generational shift in the electoral competition.
Indira Gandhi

Talk Point: Any attempt to equate Modi and Indira is a one-dimensional facile exercise

The fundamental difference between the two leaders has to do with their varied backgrounds and ideologies.
Virat Kohli on the field

Talk Point: Is Virat Kohli now the greatest ODI batsman ever?

Virat Kohli's new career ODI ratings peak of 889 is higher than Sachin Tendulkar’s. Is he now the greatest ODI batsman ever?

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PM Narendra Modi | Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

4 reasons why Modi remains in the hunt for a second term

Without these 4 factors, Modi & BJP’s fortunes would have been sunk by govt's dismal performance on the economy, jobs & reckless steps like demonetisation.
GoT

Did the last season of Game of Thrones let down its legions of fans?

Many Game of Thrones fans across the world have demanded a remake of the 8th season of Game of Thrones saying the script didn’t match their expectations.

Defence

After 10-year wait, defence ministry to grant ex-servicemen status to military nurses

Military nurses had been seeking to be treated at par with other military officers, including doctors.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Pragya Thakur wins this Thursday, Modi is in for an embarrassing 5 years

Never has one constituency had such a bearing on Indian nationalism and the pretence of a Gandhian polity. So what if PM Modi doesn’t forgive her in his heart?