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Karnataka MP A. Narayanaswamy | Facebook

Data shows Dalit MPs battle parties, voters and prejudice even in reserved seats

The Chitradurga MP’s experience exemplifies how upper castes respond to Dalit politicians, even in 2019.
PM Modi in Lok Sabha

India matlab Narendra Modi: How the PM learnt branding from Coca-Cola

Modi has followed the marketing strategy of fast-moving consumer goods and sold himself as the biggest brand of ‘vikaspanthi’ politics.
File photo| Narendra Modi during an election campaign in Uttar Pradesh | PTI

If pollsters are playing safe this time, BJP’s final Lok Sabha tally can be higher

If your interest is in specific states, then there is still some suspense left for you on 23 May.
Voters wait in line at a polling station in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh | T. Narayan | Bloomberg

What Muslims in India say about Balakot, national security, ISIS and Kashmir

Muslims are highly confused as their religious identity is seen as an anti-thesis to the nation’s security.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi during a rally in Rajasthan | PTI

Defeating Modi at any cost may suit Modi-baiters, but it can’t arrest Congress slide

Congress is aware of ground realities and has made effort to shift narrative from just national security to jobs, farmers and corruption.
Members of the media | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

When paid news becomes the practice, media objectivity obviously takes a back seat

Who funds elections is an open secret, but nothing much is written about it in the media, write Jaishri Jathwaney & Samir Kapur in their book ‘When India Votes’.
Latest news on the Opposition | ThePrint.in

Not only votes, but dividing the opposition helps political parties win elections in India

In their book The Verdict, authors Prannoy Roy and Dorab R. Sopariwala write how the ‘divide and rule’ strategy has been paying electoral dividends in India.
Sabarimala temple in Kerala | PTI

Congress’ stand on Sabarimala can determine BJP’s success in Kerala

On Sabarimala, all political parties have taken positions like deft chess players trying to checkmate the other.

On Camera

Firefighters extinguish flames in damaged buildings following a large explosion at the Port of Beirut on 4 August, 2020 | Hasan Shaaban/Bloomberg

What the massive Beirut explosion reveals about Lebanon’s complex political situation

In episode 542 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta talks about what led to catastrophic blast in Beirut and how this makes Lebanon's political and economic crisis more messy.
File photo of Mark Zuckerberg | David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The world has a new centibillionaire – Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook hit a record high on optimism about the release of its TikTok competitor Reels, shooting Zuckerberg's net worth over $100 billion for the first time.

Defence

Indian Army personnel | Representational image | ANI

This is the 3-stage system Army movies go through in India to prevent an Ekta Kapoor ‘XXX’

MoD wrote to Censor Board last month emphasising that web series based on military subjects also require a no-objection certification, just like movies & TV serials do.
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.