In February 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a speech in Parliament, ridiculed the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) program as a symbol of the policy failures of the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government headed by Dr. Manmohan Singh and, in his typical coarse style, taunted that he would bleed the program to a slow...
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.
On Sunday I woke up to news of the tragedy in Uttarakhand. Thousands of questions came to my mind. Was it another Kedarnath? Which reporter would be sent? At least one question was answered when I received a call from work. Can you go to Uttarakhand, they asked. Yes, I quickly replied. And soon, I was on my way with my cameraperson Ashwini Mehra.
The idea of a central bank digital currency, which will reside on smartphones but as a direct claim on the state (rather than a bank) is gaining ground everywhere
As far as I am concerned I am happy being "Roll Back Sinha" rather than "Obstinate Yashwant".
Inspired by years of learning from Bhatt and Pathak, and drawing from my own research as well, this column suggests that there are six key lessons that the recent tragedy in Uttarakhand holds for us all.
Andy Jassy, Amazon's incoming CEO, has a conference room nicknamed the Chop. As Business Insider puts it in a profile of Jassy, "The Chop is where ideas, and sometimes employees, go to get chopped down to size."
Whether it's an Amit Shah "master stroke", as the adoring political groupies including journalists term his moves, remains to be seen but what is patently clear now is that the contest for Bengal will be between the Trinamool A-team, led by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and the Trinamool B-team, led by Shah.
It should be clear by now that India has a global image problem. Most Western newspapers of note (The New York Times, Le Monde, Time, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The London Times, etc.) have all been critical of the government's record on farmer protests, Kashmir, free speech, the right to dissent, treatment of minorities, and so on.
Filing FIRs of an "overseas conspiracy" and discrediting India in the eyes of the world by issuing threats will not take away the ground realities that this is a farmers' struggle, by farmers, of farmers - but not just for farmers. This is for all of India and its democracy.
The one downside to all this heroism is that the Test series starting tomorrow will be an anti-climax. After routing Rihanna in single combat, what price Joe Root?
The government's response to a single six-word tweet by a foreigner was disingenuous, dishonest, and absolutely over the top.
India's economy has suffered more than most from the pandemic and so have its people. The country has lost more than a year's worth of growth and perhaps a decade's progress in its efforts to reduce poverty. The economic contraction - the first in India since the 1970s - has put pressure on its government like so many others to respond.
The farmers say the government's offer to keep the laws on hold for 18 months while talks are held between both sides is unacceptable. The government says it will not repeal the laws but is open to hearing what changes are needed. The latest pictures arriving from camps, though, of farmers being virtually blocked into their sites, speak volumes of how far apart the tw...