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Individuals & ‘urban Maoists’ terrorists under UAPA: Will it unleash new witch hunt?

The Lok Sabha has passed the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, which seeks to designate individuals, not just groups, as terrorists.
Supreme Court lawyer Indra Jaising at her residence during a raid by the CBI, in New Delhi, Thursday, July 11, 2019. The CBI raided Delhi and Mumbai homes of the Supreme Court lawyers Indira Jaising and Anand Grover for alleged violation of foreign funding rules for their Delhi-based NGO, Lawyers Collective | PTI Photo

Speak against Modi govt’s revenge on activists before there is no one left to speak for us

Human rights defenders keep the flame of our Constitution alive. Right now, it is flickering, writes Shashi Tharoor.
Vivek Agnihotri | Facebook

Tashkent Files answers where Right-wing Twitter warrior Vivek Agnihotri is going next

After abusing liberals as part of his ‘urban Naxal’ project and filling young minds with propaganda, Vivek Agnihotri returns with an effective thriller.
Bhima-Koregaon Victory Pillar

A year after Bhima-Koregaon clashes, here’s why the Maharashtra village erupted

Bhima-Koregaon was the site of clashes on 1 January 2018, the 200th anniversary of a battle where a British army comprising Dalits beat one led by Brahmin Peshwa.
Graphic by Arindam Mukherjee | ThePrint.in

The 12 controversies that Indian Twitterati loved in 2018

From ‘Lady Doritos’ to fitness challenges, from ‘Urban Naxals’ to ‘bird droppings’, here are 12 controversies that set Twitter alight in the year gone by.
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I’m a dump of shrunken flesh & dried bones, says Delhi Univ prof in jail for Maoist links

Wife of Saibaba, a former DU professor serving a life sentence for ‘Naxal links’, has alleged ill-treatment in Nagpur jail. Authorities deny allegation.
Illustration by Arindam Mukherjee

Urban Naxal is the new enemy & ‘Useful Idiot’ BJP needs for 2019

BJP needs to seek a vote against 'somebody'. Adding Maoists to Muslims, the 'tukde-tukde' thread will tie in nicely for 2019.

The black money strike that missed its mark and VIP lanes on highways

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by editors at ThePrint.

‘Urban Naxals’ as India’s astronauts, and the failure of demonetisation

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by editors at ThePrint.
Arun Ferreira after he was arrested by the Pune police in connection with Bhima Koregaon violence case, in Mumbai | PTI

From Hindu to Swarajya, arrest of human rights activists on everyone’s mind

Front page The discourse surrounding the arrests of five human rights activists this week has, unsurprisingly, been deeply polarised. All debate and reason has been articulated keeping in mind the buzzword for today, #UrbanNaxals. The hashtag is no longer reserved for armed insurgents, but seems to have become synonymous with ‘activist’, or the fight for Dalit and minority rights. For police, reading "books on Mao and Marx" is enough cause for suspicion, according to a report by The Indian Express. In any case, Supreme Court Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, disapproving of the police action and approving of dissent, noted, "Safety valve in our democracy". The court said the five activists will serve out their arrest warrant at home till 6 September, when the case is up for another hearing. Swarajya doesn’t bat an eyelid before writing about “Why It Is Hypocritical For Congress To Support ‘Urban Naxals’”. Same with self-avowed BJP-RSS sympathisers...

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The Apple Inc. logo is displayed at one of the company's stores in Hong Kong | Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg

Why nothing can challenge the power of Apple, Amazon and Google

EU wants to make sure other companies are allowed to compete with these incumbents but American antitrust law focuses on the interests of the consumer.
Two amazon packages

These are the sweeping changes Amazon India is making for its first Prime Day since Covid

This time, thousands of Amazon employees will coordinate the sale from their homes, and packers, sorters and deliverymen will follow stringent hygiene protocols.

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An army convoy moving towards the Zojilla pass, in Drass, Ladakh on 28 May 2020 | Representational image | ANI

India’s quest for armed drones gets a boost as US looks to ramp up arms sales

India is now looking at acquiring 6 armed drones from the US instead of the planned mix of 30 armed and non-armed drones. It is also in talks with Israel.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.