A selection of five exclusive Indian Express stories you must read before starting your day.
1. Brand ‘Modi’
The owner of Ahmedabad-based men’s clothing store Jade Blue, Bipin Chauhan, who has been styling Modi since 1989, was also the man behind the bandhgala. Modi was dressed in a woollen bandhgala with ‘Narendra Damodardas Modi’ monogrammed all over the fabric as pin-stripes at tea with President Obama on Sunday.
2. Barack Obama in India
If Obama’s presence on Rajpath yesterday underscored the shared political values between the two nations, the military parade that he witnessed highlighted the growing prospects for a military partnership between the world’s largest democracies. In noting India’s continuing dependence on Russia for most of its military equipment, Obama would surely have seen the extraordinary potential of India as a military market.
3. The death of morning smile
In his pocket cartoons, Laxman tracked broad trends rather than specific news events, thereby creating shelf life. When a decade-old cartoon from the archives is rerun, the reader sees it as oven-fresh. E P Unny, The Indian Express chief political cartoonist, sketches a tribute to RK Laxman.
4. Modi-Obama bonhomie
For the most part, the summit between United States President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been read as a kind of upmarket bazaar negotiation — two leaders haggling over goods and their price. The aesthetics of the Modi-Obama summit tell us important things about the actors, but also about the audience. Praveen Swami writes about the Modi-Obama bonhomie
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5. Glimmer of Hope
India stay in contention for final after abandoned game give them two points, batting still remains a concern. The washed-out game and the subsequent no-result outcome gave them two points. It not only ensured that their clash against England in Perth on Friday will now be a knockout, it also gave them the luxury of not having to win with a bonus point to qualify.
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