Blog: Rahul Gandhi's Image Makeover With Push Ups

Blog: Rahul Gandhi's Image Makeover With Push Ups

Aunindyo Chakravarty | Saturday March 06, 2021

It is said that one must always pursue one's passion. Mine is to watch cookery videos on YouTube. That is exactly what I was doing one lazy afternoon last month when I chanced upon a video from one of my favourite YouTube channels, called "Village Cooking Channel". Usually, it shows a team of men from rural Tamil Nadu cooking up mountains of food. This one showed them...

Blog: Mamata Banerjee Needs B-Team To Stop Modi

Blog: Mamata Banerjee Needs B-Team To Stop Modi

Aunindyo Chakravarty | Monday March 01, 2021

Mamata believed this underhand deal kept the Congress from reaching the critical mass of votes needed to topple the Left. Now, with the BJP threatening to acquire the necessary critical mass that could unseat her, Didi desperately needs a B-team of her own.

Blog: Jat Farmer Anger Could In Fact Help Modi, Not Hurt Him

Blog: Jat Farmer Anger Could In Fact Help Modi, Not Hurt Him

Aunindyo Chakravarty | Friday February 19, 2021

Punjab has shown the BJP what it thinks of the new farm laws - the party has been routed in municipal elections in the state, losing even in the pockets where it has sitting MLAs. And, remember, these are urban elections. Rural Punjab, which is more directly affected by the farm laws, is likely to be even angrier.

Blog: Why Sensex Is On Fire

Blog: Why Sensex Is On Fire

Aunindyo Chakravarty | Friday February 12, 2021

If you had invested all your savings in the stock market at the end of March last year, by now, you would have almost doubled your money. But in the same period, India's GDP in today's prices would have slid by at least 9-10 percent. Anyone who looks at this divergence will say that the markets have completely 'decoupled' from the economy.

Blog: The Enormous Extra Spend In Budget Is An Illusion

Blog: The Enormous Extra Spend In Budget Is An Illusion

Aunindyo Chakravarty | Tuesday February 02, 2021

Nirmala Sitharaman said: "We have spent, we have spent and we have spent." She had every reason to claim that, since the budget numbers show that the centre spent Rs 4.1 lakh crore, or 13 percent above what it had planned for last year. Additional spending will continue this year: expenditure is estimated to go up by 14.5 percent in 2021-2022 compared to last year, ev...

Blog: To Revive Economy, What Modi <I>Sarkar</I> Must Do Quickly

Blog: To Revive Economy, What Modi Sarkar Must Do Quickly

Aunindyo Chakravarty | Monday October 26, 2020

This is the dilemma facing the Modi Government right now. If it doesn't spend more, the economy won't revive. If the economy does not revive, no one will pay taxes or buy shares in government companies.

Blog: The Flaws In Modi Government's New Farm Bills

Blog: The Flaws In Modi Government's New Farm Bills

Aunindyo Chakravarty | Saturday September 26, 2020

When India was born as an independent nation, it was, quite literally, very hungry. Food was so short that Nehru began growing sweet potatoes in his kitchen garden in Teen Murti House, and championed rotis made out of a dough that was a mix of atta and shakkarkandi. It was a time when those who grew food went without it because landlords and moneylenders, who controll...

Blog: The Excruciating Loss Of My Mother In This Covid-Hit World

Blog: The Excruciating Loss Of My Mother In This Covid-Hit World

Aunindyo Chakravarty | Saturday September 05, 2020

I made a few more phone calls to see if a test could be done even now to get a certificate. It was illegal, I was told. COVID-19 didn't kill her, but it killed her last wish.

Blog: Why India's Liberals Love To Hate Rahul Gandhi

Blog: Why India's Liberals Love To Hate Rahul Gandhi

Aunindyo Chakravarty | Wednesday August 26, 2020

India's liberals are itching to get back into power but Rahul's politics makes them worried that he too, like PM Modi, will keep them out. That is the key reason why our liberals want a non-Gandhi leading the Congress - a Scindia, Pilot or Deora - who will not only win elections, but win it on their terms.

Blog: We Need Tax Breaks, PM Modi, Not Pious Statements

Blog: We Need Tax Breaks, PM Modi, Not Pious Statements

Aunindyo Chakravarty | Thursday August 13, 2020

You might ask, if the government cuts tax rates, where will it get the money to run the country and boost the economy? As many economists have argued, the only way out right now is to let the fiscal deficit increase. It is not an ideal solution, but there's no other way out.

Blog: What's At Stake For Bollywood 'Elite' In Sushant Singh Rajput Case

Blog: What's At Stake For Bollywood 'Elite' In Sushant Singh Rajput Case

Aunindyo Chakravarty | Tuesday August 04, 2020

It is tempting to blame India's tabloid media for endlessly focusing on the alleged suicide. Prime-time tabloid TV anchors have unleashed a series of trials-by-media. And news channels switch seamlessly from one 'accused' to the 'other' every day. But the reason they do it is because this story is fetching huge ratings. People are deeply interested.

Blog: NEP Is The Last Nail In The Lutyens Elite's Coffin

Blog: NEP Is The Last Nail In The Lutyens Elite's Coffin

Aunindyo Chakravarty | Friday July 31, 2020

This is probably the last nail in the old elite's coffin. They have largely been evicted from Lutyens Delhi in any case. The NEP is one part of a massive project of creating a new Central Vista elite.

Blog: Just Deal With It. Only RG Can Be Congress Candidate For PM

Blog: Just Deal With It. Only RG Can Be Congress Candidate For PM

Aunindyo Chakravarty | Wednesday July 22, 2020

If you believe India's liberal intelligentsia, the only thing that's holding back the Congress party is the Gandhi family. If they pack their bags and move to the hills - or Italy - the Congress will find fresh blood to lead it. What the liberals fail to explain is why the Congress party didn't produce such a leader when Rahul Gandhi quit as president last year.

Blog: Modinomics Is Myopic, Shows Handling Of Fuel Prices

Blog: Modinomics Is Myopic, Shows Handling Of Fuel Prices

Aunindyo Chakravarty | Monday June 29, 2020

If there's one vice we all share, it is taking our biggest backers for granted. That's exactly what PM Modi is doing to India's middle class. The middle class has already had it tough for the past few years. Things have only become worse since COVID-19 attacked India's already sick economy. Businesses are losing money and white-collar professionals are facing pay cuts...

Blog: India Inc Has To Speak Up To Save The Economy

Blog: India Inc Has To Speak Up To Save The Economy

Aunindyo Chakravarty | Saturday May 30, 2020

India's abysmal GDP data is out and the Modi Sarkar's spin doctors are busy crunching numbers to giving it a rosier hue. They claim that if it hadn't been for seven days of the lockdown taking place in March, our GDP growth would have been a whole percentage point more than the 4.2 percent reported on Friday. Of course, there is some truth to this. We had only 84 days...

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