High inflation reduces room for rate cuts. With limited fiscal space, FM must spell out plans to revive growth.
There are two distinct features of the protests: The youth, mainly students, are from all religions and social backgrounds. The second feature is that while the Muslim presence is spontaneous, the effort to persuade others to join has met with little success.
The Iranian people, who had apparently rallied behind the flag after the US killing of Soleimani were now turning their rage against the government. The chant “Death to America” a week before were replaced by “Death to the Dictator” in a reference to Khamenei.
Much-loved and misunderstood — Australia’s bush fires have left them with a tough struggle for survival
India cannot afford to take sides. Energy supplies and the safety and security of its vast diaspora in the Gulf are of utmost importance. India has a substantial Shia population too, with sympathy for Iran.
The propaganda against the Modi government — that it is against the Muslim community, does not hold true because the historic step to empower Muslim women by abolishing triple talaq was taken by the same government.
Gotabaya government panders to majoritarian galleries, takes a misstep on the national anthem issue
There is a view among some policy analysts at home that India too can adopt a “disruptive” approach as a clever tactic in foreign affairs. This is an illusion. Disruption is not an end in itself. It has to be a means to an end. Powerful nations can afford disruption as tactics.
Ashoke Sen, former law minister, is likely to be offered the Lok Sabha speakership. It is not yet known whether he will accept the post because he did not do so when a similar offer was made to him after the 1967 elections.
Government is rationalising food subsidy. It must go further
The question to consider going forward is whether Beijing will reorient its approach and seek talks with Tsai or will it double-down with greater intent. The latter, unfortunately, appears far more likely.
Now Muslim women, often absented and invisibilised by the heat of ever-so-repeated feuds between homogenised Muslim patriarchy with its elite leadership and, anti and reformist Muslim male “liberators”, have asserted their selves, making their bodies heard and extending our sense of the public.
The lack of a mainstream dialogue on menopause results in women not even recognising the symptoms and thus suffering in silence. So silent is the world on menopause, that women feel constrained in even discussing their problems, especially at work.
When we raise a slogan where we assert that there is no God but Allah, the verse that is the backbone of a Muslim’s faith, and also the verse that a non-Muslim recites when he converts to Islam, we automatically alienate the people who do not believe in our Allah.
In such circumstances, it is the duty of the judiciary to step in against this brutal suppression of peaceful protests. However, we are yet to see any effective and strong action by the judiciary.
Move to regulate drones tightly is reasonable, but over-regulation inspired by fears could also stall a nascent industry.
Budget should be conservative in its growth and revenue assumptions, not claim immediate turnaround,
The obeisance of sporting heroes — often dependent on sports bureaucracy — verges on the theatrical.
A weekly look at the public conversations shaping ideas beyond borders — in the Subcontinent.
This is the front page of The Indian Express published on January 13, 1980.