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After Karnataka loss, Putin brings a smile to Modi’s face while Kohli leaves him sweating

It is in Modi’s interest to push a Modi vs The Rest narrative, and keep the opposition off-kilter so that it isn’t able to push its own regional strengths.

Justin Trudeau in India looks like competition for Virat Kohli as Manyavar model

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and his family's clothing in India has sparked more conversation than his politics.
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma inviting Prime Minister Narendra Modi for their reception in Delhi

What Narendra Modi can learn from Virat Kohli on being a better leader

This isn’t a prescription for improved governance, but is a brief recipe for more effective political leadership from Narendra Modi. 

Virat Kohli plays the Ugly Indian. But a victorious one, so who are we to complain

Hail a dazzling genius-brat who hates losing and thinks manners are for sissies. He’d rather be crude and competitive than courteous and an also-ran, the old Indian good-loser.
The likes of Virat Kohli and R. Ashwin are flag-bearers of a class shift in Indian cricket.

भारतीय क्रिकेट में परिवर्तन: हारने वाले ‘गुड ब्वायज’ की जगह हैं जीतने वाले ‘बैड ब्वायज’

जो भारतीय टीम दक्षिण अफ्रिका दौरे पर है वह पहले की किसी भी टीम के मुकाबले कहीं ज्यादा बेहतर है. पुराने स्टार खिलाड़ियों का इस टीम मे जगह बनाना मुश्किल होता.
Illustration by Siddhant Gupta

Modern batsmen struggle overseas because there’s no pressure to develop skills

Even a formidable team like India struggles on pitches overseas. The conditions vary enormously, which causes such situations.
The likes of Virat Kohli and R. Ashwin are flag-bearers of a class shift in Indian cricket.

25 years after Azhar’s ‘good losers’, Kohli’s Team India in South Africa marks class shift

The team currently in South Africa is unlike any Indian team of the past. No more than two of those who travelled there in 1992 would make the cut today.
Anushka Sharma and Indian Cricket captain Virat Kohli pose for photographers during their reception

Anushka-Virat wedding changes the ‘we are just friends’ game Bollywood plays

A time came when almost every marriage in show business was crumbling. Amid all this negative churning came a radiant couple who believed in togetherness.
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?

On Camera

File image of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

Jaishankar’s moment to help Modi reset ties with Bangladesh, bury Shah’s ‘termite’ episode

Modi realises the India-Bangladesh relationship is special and wants to refurbish the bond that has been fraying since Amit Shah described illegal Bangladeshis as 'termites'.
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Why MPC meeting postponement looks like Modi is undermining RBI yet again

RBI is on its third governor in four years and investors are left wondering whether India has become something of a halfway house

Defence

File photo of Army Chief General M.M. Naravane at Leh to review security situation and operational preparedness along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh | Photo: Twitter/@adgpi

Indian Army equips troops with American assault rifles amid stand-off with China in Ladakh

The Defence Acquisition Council Tuesday accorded approval for procurement of additional 72,400 SIG 716 rifles at an estimated cost of Rs 780 crore.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.