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Govts must ensure policy continuity, refrain from creating sector-specific uncertainty

December 26, 2019 9:28:48 am

Rather than opting for measures like farm loan waivers, which lead to problems of moral hazard that impact credit culture, measures should be undertaken to improve agricultural productivity. Alternatively, can we not enact a law to preserve policy continuity?

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was known for firm policy, gentle politics

December 25, 2019 10:03:50 am

Vajpayee’s humility made him a man of the people and won over adversaries

CAA, combination of India’s age-old spirit and tremendous grit

December 25, 2019 10:03:17 am

Through CAA, India has reaffirmed its tradition of embracing people of different races and religions, customs and climes

Politics of exclusion and disenfranchisement is hurting investment and India’s cooperative spirit

December 25, 2019 10:33:16 am

What economists do not like to dwell on and what Karl Polanyi had noted a long time ago is that the economy is ultimately embedded in society, institutions and politics. When these are damaged, the economy begins to stall.

Pegasus snoopgate, an opportune moment to revisit legal framework governing state surveillance framework

December 25, 2019 10:07:27 am

Revelations of hacking call for a relook at India’s surveillance regime

CAA protests mark collective rejection of toxic politics and policies that dominate public life

December 25, 2019 10:04:23 am

India’s young have picked up mantle of an older battle — for a country that is equal, just and kind

Supreme Court has not acted with urgency to protect citizens from executive excesses

December 24, 2019 10:35:04 am

One can only hope that the Court introspects and intervenes forthwith to stop any bloodshed in the country, and assuage the sentiments of a large section of the society, which feels they are no longer wanted.

Citizenship Act is an extension of and commitment to the idea of secularism

December 24, 2019 12:29:46 pm

The notion that CAA is anti-minority is based on conspiracy theories. It is, in fact, a fulfilment of India’s moral and constitutional obligation to minorities in its neighbourhood

India needs to remove growing negative perceptions of its domestic policies in the Muslim world

December 24, 2019 10:39:20 am

Delhi might be giving an opportunity to an otherwise divided world, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, to agree in their disapproval of India’s domestic politics.

Minority shareholders must be protected but not at the cost of the majority

December 24, 2019 10:25:37 am

Should corporate democracy not offer clear rights to the majority shareholder (contained of course in not doing things that may be prejudicial or oppressive to the minority shareholders)?

Despite losing assembly elections, BJP has been successful in setting the agenda

December 24, 2019 12:28:48 pm

BJP loses another state, but continues to make its opponents become more like BJP to fight it

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View From The Neighbourhood: Unsecular India?

December 23, 2019 8:07:14 pm

A weekly look at the public conversations shaping ideas beyond borders — in the Subcontinent.

Storage facilities for rabi onions must be created on a massive scale

Storage facilities for rabi onions must be created on a massive scale

December 23, 2019 10:10:47 am

It is time to wake up from the onion nightmare and work towards more sustainable solutions, rather than knee-jerk measures.

Pakistan court’s conviction of Musharraf for treason is unprecedented and significant

Pakistan court’s conviction of Musharraf for treason is unprecedented and significant

December 23, 2019 10:19:04 am

Musharraf can appeal against the decision but will have to return to Pakistan to do so. It is unlikely that he will. It is also unlikely that he will be extradited from the UAE. Hence, implementation of the decision is problematic.

Why I am anxious: Will my 70-year-old father, will I, find the documents to prove citizenship?

Why I am anxious: Will my 70-year-old father, will I, find the documents to prove citizenship?

December 23, 2019 10:02:49 am

We would really appreciate a “don’t worry we’ll see this through” — not a “ don’t worry, you’re being paranoid”. So, the next time you see an anxious Muslim, by all means tell him/her they do not need to feel anxious. But please do so as an assurance, not a retort. Empathy is the need of the hour.

Economic growth in 2020 will be higher than in 2019 because structural reform will start paying off

Economic growth in 2020 will be higher than in 2019 because structural reform will start paying off

December 23, 2019 9:42:31 am

Why is the GDP of 1.3 billion Indians less than 126 million Japanese, 83 million Germans and 40 million people in California? Why is India’s GDP today 20 per cent of China’s when they were equal in 1991? Why did the world’s largest democracy — created on the infertile soil of the world’s most hierarchical society — not create the world’s largest economy?

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On the Loose: 5-Minute Rule

December 23, 2019 12:55:32 am

It’s an irrational cry for help against a bleak future, and a dystopic work culture, that makes the upcoming new decade
feel particularly hard.

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Gandhiji would have been at the barricades

December 22, 2019 6:14:29 pm

As a man who was killed for trying to make Hindus and Muslims live in peace Gandhi would have certainly not approved of a law that specifically excludes Muslims.

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Somewhere up above temples touching sky

December 22, 2019 6:13:48 pm

The Rajasthan girl is forgotten, a mere statistic in our rape record, with only those now registering whose details are more horrific than the others. As told by the courts, she is cloaked in silence — stripped off all details of life, but for that act

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The woes of the FM are not over with the reversal of her prized announcements in the Budget

December 22, 2019 6:11:04 pm

Budget 2019-20 is unique. I know of no budget in recent memory where, after making the Budget, the Finance Minister consciously unmade the Budget.