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Evaluating Modi
Evaluating Modi

If Monsoon 2016 is as expected, then the first three years of the Modi government will be the best three years for India’s economy since 1996, and possibly the best three consecutive years since Independence

The fall guy
The fall guy

Successful inflation targeting calls for more reform. Targeting Governor Raghuram Rajan is all too easy .

Living in denial
Living in denial

As Al Qaeda slips and IS gains, Pakistan will be the test-tube for the next jihad.

The return of optimism
The return of optimism

Modi government’s biggest achievement is the curbing of corruption

Name games
Name games

It’s Akbar’s turn now and the victim, as always, is history

I forgive, I hope
I forgive, I hope

BJP has become the central force in Indian politics. Muslims and RSS cannot afford to go on hating.

This Sinking Feeling
This Sinking Feeling

After the initial euphoria, Modi government has created widespread despondency.

What government must unlearn
What government must unlearn

Fixing the learning deficit requires a lot more than the right kind of tracking technology. It requires greater investment in institutional capacities that is not forthcoming

Reaching the last village
Reaching the last village

The problem begins with the way we define “urban” and “rural”

Edit- Waiting to take off
Edit- Waiting to take off

Government must ask why its several programmes are not yet resulting in a critical mass of economic activity.

Edit- Look who’s talking
Edit- Look who’s talking

Jayalalithaa does well to reach out to Stalin. But why should the gesture be so exceptional?

Edit- Cult culture
Edit- Cult culture

In Kerala, CPM’s urge to celebrate Pinarayi Vijayan rather than the party is telling.

Contradictions at play
Contradictions at play

Modi government’s backward-looking instincts keep pulling down its forward-looking mission.

The wrong metric
The wrong metric

Judge-population ratio is not the apt parameter to determine judiciary’s strength.

Two years of change
Two years of change

Even as the economy revives, quick decision-making and out-of-the-box thinking, apart from a slew of reformist policies and programmes, have defined the Modi government.

From plate to plough: A barren field
From plate to plough: A barren field

NDA government’s plans for agriculture are still to bear fruit.

Telescope: This race for exclusives
Telescope: This race for exclusives

TV would be better off travelling to Marathwada, reporting the drought.

Edit- Questions @2
Edit- Questions @2

A political reckoning of the Modi government cannot confine itself to celebration of BJP’s electoral victories.

Edit- Keep inspectors away
Edit- Keep inspectors away

Review outdated laws and frame policies to help equip Indian firms to take advantage of a possible global economic rebound.

Edit- Loyalty test
Edit- Loyalty test

In West Bengal, the Congress solemnly affirms its lack of inner party democracy.

Mind the liberal gaps
Mind the liberal gaps

India’s democracy shines electorally. But increasing attacks on freedoms in between polls must worry us all.

Myth and poll reality
Myth and poll reality

Latest round of assembly polls did not see a BJP wave or a decimation of Congress.

Cities at crossroads: Cities without a core
Cities at crossroads: Cities without a core

The Indian economy has grown rapidly since 2003-04, but there has not been a corresponding evolution of vibrant metropolitan regions.

A question of power
A question of power

SC judgment on criminal defamation ignores the fact that the parties involved in defamation complaints are rarely equals.

Edit- Chabahar takeoff
Edit- Chabahar takeoff

The agreement marks a new level in India’s overseas ambitions. Now it must show the resolve to see it through.

Edit- Agenda for Amma
Edit- Agenda for Amma

J. Jayalalithaa has her work cut out for her in a state battling crises in farming and manufacturing.

Edit- Journey to Vietnam
Edit- Journey to Vietnam

Obama’s visit seals the turnaround in relations between the two nations with a past.

Free speech is still free
Free speech is still free

Need for a criminal defamation law is even stronger than it was in the 19th century. SC has rightly upheld it.

A Little Bit of Faith
A Little Bit of Faith

India’s democratic success is due to the EC, and the triumph of trust over cynicism.

When Centre targets state
When Centre targets state

President’s Rule must be abolished. Uttarakhand developments show why.

Raja Mandala: What Pranab must say to Beijing
Raja Mandala: What Pranab must say to Beijing

India’s president needs to convey to his hosts that there is decreasing tolerance for China’s NSG mischief.

Commentator and a gentleman
Commentator and a gentleman

Tony Cozier loved Caribbean cricket, brought the game alive for millions.

Edit- Grim turning point
Edit- Grim turning point

Taliban chief is killed, and another page is turned in a gruelling and indecisive war.

Edit- Watching the victor
Edit- Watching the victor

Hindu consolidation helped BJP win Assam. Now, its government must reach out, mend fences.

Edit- India’s shuttle
Edit- India’s shuttle

The reusable launch vehicle promises to slash orbital mission costs by a huge margin.

Edit- Kerala’s Castro
Edit- Kerala’s Castro

VS makes way for Pinarayi Vijayan as Kerala chief minister after winning the election for the CPM

Edit- Trial balloon
Edit- Trial balloon

The Chinese are deploying legacy technology to pull ahead of the West in a new space race.

A BJP-dominant system
A BJP-dominant system

Now in power in states like J&K and Assam, the BJP will be on test for its nation-building capacity

Back to the big two
Back to the big two

Smaller parties fail to change or dent the bipolar contest in Tamil Nadu