Facebook and Narendra Modi: How FB’s policy head in India allowed a BJP politician to spread hate online so that it would not hurt its “business prospects”

Facebook’s shady role in Indian politics—hunting with the majoritarian hounds and fuelling the communal fires, for a price—has been blazingly apparent for over eight years now. But it has taken …

A Hindu bomber detonates the Mangalore ‘bomb’ in the face of Kannada news media. And a newspaper suggests mental tests and medical treatment for the ‘real terrorists’: embedded editors, owners and TV anchors.

Karnataka is the outlier in peninsular India—the only state in the South that the BJP has managed to come to power, by hook and by crook. Twice. There is a …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

पाँच newspaper clips (and एक Facebook post) that do not appear in विज्ञापन marking 4 साल of मोदी सरकार

To mark four years in office, the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre has released advertisements in newspapers across the nation. The ads are designed to remove any doubts about …

“If PNB can come after me for my ₹8,500 EMI every month, why did it not go after Nirav Modi for ₹11,000 crore?”

Like every scam, the ripoff by “diamantaire” Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, or as Narendra Modi affectionately calls him “Mehul bhai”, is following a familiar trajectory. Upper-class chutzpah. …