In Gauri Lankesh’s home-state, a frighteningly real story of ‘fake news’, with the clumsy footprints of BJP and RSS—and embedded ‘sangh’ journalists and newspapers. (And, yes, a serial fabricator followed by Narendra Modi.)

*** A leading Kannada newspaper owned by a former three-term BJP MP and a serial fake news peddler followed by Narendra Modi on Twitter, have been embroiled in a forged letter scandal, following the …

Pratap Simha, like Tejasvi Surya, had taken out a pre-publication gag order against 49 media houses two months before “sex audio” went viral today

*** The BJP candidate for the Bangalore South constituency in the 2019 general elections Tejasvi Surya hit national headlines on March 29 when he secured an ex-parte temporary injunction against …

EC’s poll code bars ‘Times of India’ from displaying its Narendra Modi “interview”. But the rule does not apply to ‘Vijaya Vani’ and ‘Dighvijaya News’, the Kannada paper and channel owned by former BJP MP Vijay Sankeshwar.

The Times of India has an “interview” with prime minister Narendra Modi on the eve of the second phase of #GeneralElections2019, but it is only available in hard copy, in …

‘Praja Vani’ editorial asks a pertinent question: why is the BJP only making communally provocative statements even after getting a majority and a full five years in office?

Narendra Modi says Rahul Gandhi is running away from Hindus to contest from Wayanad. Amit Shah says all infiltrators except Buddha, Hindus and Sikhs will be removed. Yogi Adityanath talks …

‘The re-emergence of Right-wing ideology privileges faith and scriptures more than science and reason, and then pits one community against another. It’s not a passing phase.’

There was a time when young journalists in Bombay used to hear, in awe, that Aveek Sarkar, the paterfamilias of the Anandabazar Patrika (ABP) group, secretly considered Tony Joseph as …

So, for the BJP’s Tejasvi Surya, Post Card News must be free to peddle its pap but legitimate media houses (except NDTV) should not probe and report his past?

Media organisations seem so tired and bored of (repeatedly) fighting for their freedoms that not one of them has publicly raised their voice against an extraordinary injunction issued by a …

By the Election Commission’s yardstick, the 2019 elections should cost parties and candidates about Rs 600 crore. In reality, they will spend about 24,000 crore. Yes, demonetisation worked.

It is a truism that an Indian politician begins his election campaign with a lie—a massive, mind-blowing lie that massages the middle-class where it matters most. It comes in the …

At 8.21 pm yesterday, Tejasvi Surya was advising people on where to get the best ‘pani puri’ in Bangalore. At 2.48 am began a torrent of 14 tweets as the prospect of becoming the youngest MP in the 2019 elections dawned.

In the intensive geriatric care unit that is Indian politics, nothing is more soothing on sore eyes than the sight of a young, eager face. And so it is with …

“Manufacturing Consent” has been the fulltime activity of ‘bhakt’ TV channels. But from Priyanka to Pulwama, 2,62,523 respondents in 10 Twitter polls are saying something else to them.

The official BJP website is down for the last three days. The Congress has stolen some of the social media thunder in recent months. And… There is something going on …

Did a newspaper interview bring to an end Indira Gandhi’s dark Emergency whose hallmark was, ironically, censorship of the media?

There is plenty of literature on why Indira Gandhi introduced Emergency on 25 June 1975: political unrest in Gujarat and Bihar; industrial strikes and labour protests; the Allahabad high court …

Whether he wins again or not, Narendra Modi has caused irreparable damage to Indian science: Lord Ganesh, Shiva, Kunti and Gandhari are witness

Evaluating Narendra Modi’s imprint on India’s social fabric, or the stains left behind by five years of relentless, unapologetic majoritarianism on the communal tapestry, is an easy task to undertake. …

Kannada University postpones silver jubilee event after students and teachers object to the ‘consistent misogyny’ of an invitee: a right-wing newspaper Editor

The valedictory function of the silver jubilee of Kannada University—a University set up in Hampi in Karnataka 25 years agoto celebrate the state’s language—has been abruptly postponed following protests over the participation …

In 1976, George Fernandes plotted to bomb the Vidhana Soudha to warn Indira Gandhi. Today, his friends would have called him ‘anti-national’ and put him in the ‘tukde-tukde’ gang.

Before he was crowned “giant-killer” at age 37 in Bombay, for defeating S.K. Patil…. Before he set up a highly profitable co-operative bank for taxi-drivers…. Before he moved on to …

Seven reasons why BJP’s breast-beating about the grand alliance of Opposition parties doesn’t make sense unless you are a ‘bhakt’, bot, troll, or media lapdog

*** The “United India” rally in Calcutta, where 20 political parties stood on one stage on January 19, has understandably sent BJP and its bhakts, bots, trolls, media lapdogs, and …

Even the RSS feels BJP is losing hold over Dalits and tribals. Is a 10% quota for the “poor” going to counter perception that it is against caste-based reservations?

Various analyses of the election results in the five States late last year—especially Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh—have all pointed in the same direction: BJP has a problem on its …

Narendra Modi gets a lesson from a Harvard history prof: “To truly honour Netaji Bose, include the minorities; speak out against religious hatred; uphold equal citizenship; respect Tipu and Gandhi”

Modern politics is mostly a 2.20 minute video wrapped in a 280-character tweet of a hollow “I’m-so-honoured-to-be-here” speech that can be delivered in any one of India’s 640 districts to …

First Nitin Gadkari, now Manohar Parrikar: Is the RSS sending clear signals to Narendra Modi not to take anything for granted in 2019?

It is unlikely that Narendra Modi‘s media advisor is secretly writing a book titled ‘The Prime Ministerial Accident“, because of course, the smart man has not made the stupid mistake …

India could have vaccinated 41 crore children with the Rs 7,267 crore Narendra Modi has spent on travel and publicity. Or, bought JNU’s books for next 1,000 years.

*** Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 48 foreign trips to 55 countries have cost the exchequer more than Rs 2,021 crore in chartered flights, aircraft maintenance and hotline facilities, Parliament has been told. Simultaneously, it …

In 21st century Bharat, when Indians are wondering if Hanuman was a Dalit, a twist in the tail: “Lord Rama ate meat and drank alcohol”

Controversial Kannada writer K.S. Bhagwan has kicked up a fresh row with his claim in a recently released book that Lord Rama drank “alcohol” and ate “meat”. Bhagwan, 74, a …

Mitron, bad news: Whichever way you look at it, it looks more and more likely that Narendra Modi will be a one-term PM (as Nostradamus predicted)

A victor always tries to see a state election outcome as a precursor to a larger, national trend. And the vanquished attempts to dissociate elections to the Vidhana Sabha from elections to …

Psychiatrists, here’s a phenomenon worth studying: Why do #Hindutva folk find it so easy to loosely talk about death and killing of humans and canines?

There’s something clearly amiss in the syllabus at the Nagpur School of Inhumanities that its degree holders have such a visceral hatred of dogs. Exempli gratia… Narendra Modi: “Learn patriotism …

33 years ago, a (real) Yale grad was warning the world about a “Hindu Revolution”, spearheaded not by the BJP but, ironically, by the Congress

Were it not so obnoxious, it would have been easy to brush aside poll-time bilge of who is a real Hindu; what ‘gotra‘ Rahul Gandhi is; whether Congress is becoming …

Always the bridesmaid and never the bride, Ananth Kumar was, at best, one of the builders of BJP in Karnataka; a power broker like Pramod Mahajan

Union minister and Bangalore South MP Ananth Kumar’s premature demise at the age of 59 will hog the news headlines, at least in Karnataka, for the next few hours. Adjectives …

250 years ago, Tipu Sultan was informed about a case of inverted ‘love jihad’. His response would shock M/s Modi, Yogi & Co.

Two-bit rabble rousers of the Indian People’s Party who display no synaptic link between their cerebrum and their oral orifice have used Tipu Sultan‘s legacy to spread poison, hatred and …

250 years ago, Tipu Sultan and his father Hyder Ali were not just fighting the British in India. They were also inspiring America’s independence movement.

In the Cesspool of Conspicuous Communalism that India is lapping around, is there anything more ridiculous than the sight of pusillanimous pygmies—who ducked the Quit India movement; grovelled before the …