Thursday, 19 April, 2018

National Interest

RSS-backed NGO files plea seeking equal inheritance rights for Muslim women

Pulping the Modi script on Muslims

How BJP's panicky return to basic-instinct majoritarianism in Bihar has pushed Muslims back into 'secular' basement.
Graphic showing Aam Aadmi Party and Arvind Kejriwal

An Apology of a Party: AAP, which set out to save India, is struggling to save itself now

The foundation on which AAP was built has all but crumbled. And its promise of changing the system and saving India is now a fading memory.
Illustration by Peali Dezine

Lenin’s dead and desecrated. But rules on in Indian economic thought, from Rahul to Modi

The Left is on its political deathbed but its economic ideology still rules India, with Narendra Modi its newest torchbearer.
Nirav Modi and Narendra Modi

Change that headline: How Nirav Modi had to make way for Narendra Modi

If big politics is now mostly about headline management, BJP has emerged its unassailable practitioner.
Illustration by Peali Dezine

With ‘just two slaps’ at the CM’s home a huge blow dealt to politician-civil servant ties

Fights between politicians and civil servants aren’t new. Physical violence in a CM’s residence is a new low.
Illustration by Peali Dezine on bank privatisation

If Modi wants a real legacy, he must undo Indira Gandhi’s disastrous bank nationalisation

From Jimmy Nagarwala’s Rs 60 lakh from SBI to Nirav Modi’s Rs 11,000 crore-plus from PNB, India has a 47-year record of scams in govt banks. Why do all govts still love them?
A graphic showing Narendra Modi and Parliament

Modi without 272 isn’t Modi, and that’s why he’s kicked off the 2019 campaign

Modi is a constant campaigner. His focus on the Congress may have looked over the top, but there is a purpose to his excess.
graphic with Arun Jaitley and Bombay Stock ex building

Middle of Nowhere Class: When just 2.56% pay 100% of India’s income tax & govt wants more

Governments treat the middle classes rudely and squeeze taxes out of them as they are the usual suspects – without lobbies or electoral power.
A graphic showing Narendra Modi and the World Economic Forum at Davos

When Modi goes to the mountain: Nice speech but India’s ‘rise’ at Davos is still mere talk

This world wants to see hard power, not counsel. India at Davos will remain a mutual admiration society until only Indians fill the halls at India sessions while the world gives a miss.
A graphic showing newspapers The Hindu, The Indian Express and President APJ Abdul Kalam

When one Indian newspaper handed over its big scoop to a rival

It was the only way to ensure the story wasn't killed. And Spielberg's latest, The Post, brings it back to me.
ICICI Bank Ltd. ATM in Mumbai

India’s banking system requires a stronger watchdog

RBI’s supervisory capacity needs strengthening — including better training, more specialization and longer tenures for officials, among other measures that the bank itself has recommended.
Graphic design by Siddhant Gupta

TalkPoint: One nation, one poll — a good idea or an impractical plan for India?

Recently, the Law Commission released a draft paper supporting 'one nation, one poll.' Experts weigh in on the talks of holding simultaneous elections from the Panchayat to the Parliament in India.
journalist protest

Indian journalists face a brutal equation: Fight together for press freedoms or perish

The media can disagree, fight and judge each other. But it can survive and thrive only by closing ranks when its first principles are under attack.

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