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Congress doesn’t know what it wants — to curb or uphold free speech. So, typically, its manifesto does both — promises to repeal sedition, decriminalise defamation but also “enforce a Code of Conduct” on reporting natural disasters, riots, terrorism and war. This is media censorship and must be unequivocally opposed.

RBI must now make sure banks pass on benefits to borrowers

After it’s second successive 25 basis points rate cut, the Reserve Bank of India must ensure that banks promptly pass on the benefits to borrowers. RBI should ask banks to implement its proposal to link the floating rate loans to an external benchmark like the repo rate without any delay.

Congress needs to clarify its position on taxing the middle class

Indian-American economist Abhijeet Banerji, known to be advising the Congress on NYAY, and the party campaign head Sam Pitroda have asked the middle class to brace for higher taxes. Is the party reversing its consistent post-1991 economic reform promise of “moderate and predictable taxation?” It must come clean.