Above the Fold: Top stories of the day
1. Authorities in the Kathmandu valley rescued a 101-year-old man a week after Nepal's massive earthquake, which has led to more than 7,000 deaths so far.
2. Eight Assam Rifles jawans were killed and six others injured in an attack by militants in Nagland on Sunday.
3. Western Uttar Pradesh is once again on edge, with violence in Shamli and tense scenes in Agra and Aligarh.

The Big Story: Kejriwal is not done picking battles
Most politicians complain about a "media trial". Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wants to turn the concept on its head. On Sunday he called on people to hold a "public trial" of the media, claiming that those in the press are out to get the Aam Aadmi Party. Claiming all the stories about his party are part of a "big conspiracy" to finish off AAP, Kejriwal said instead that there should be a collection of erroneous clips of television journalism that would allow bad reporters to be named and shamed.

This wouldn't be a bad idea actually, if not for AAP's previous relationship with the press. The party came to prominence and power partly on its ability to stay relevant in the news. It is also stuffed with several journalists. Yet in both its stints in power, and in-between, Kejriwal has shown a tendency to blame the media whenever convenient.

A media conspiracy however, can't explain away the latest conspiracies engulfing AAP, including Delhi's Lt Governor Najeeb Jung clarifying to the chief minister that he is the final authority when it comes to executive action. Kejriwal had earier sent an order to all departments asking them not to "bother the office" of the Lt Governor with files. Jung's response asks the chief minister's office to withdraw this order.

The Big Scroll
Why the Narmada Bachao Andolan is paying the price for fractures in the Aam Aadmi Party.

Politicking & Policying
1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's trip to the East this week will begin with a visit to Chinese President Xi Jinping's hometown.
2. The Moga molestation incident has left Punjab's Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party government under fire from the Opposition, putting stress on the alliance as well.
3. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is expected to visit Telangana this week, as part of his distressed-farmers tour.


1. Tabloidisation is the death of good journalism, says Prannoy Roy on NDTV, arguing for a more credible media.
2. It's not hard to deal with administrative corruption, writes TSR Subramanian in the Indian Express, but policy corruption is the real challenge.
3. Arun Shourie's frank remarks about the problems with the Modi government are on the mark, writes Debashis Basu in the Business Standard, but they only address the symptoms, not the root causes.
4. Amethi is a wonderful example of how the Congress manages to keep poor people happy without ending poverty, writes Piyush Srivastava in Mail Today.