Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

National Interest

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 ta...

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.
A graphic showing the Supreme Court, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph‬‬, and Madan Lokur

अब गेंद मुख्य न्यायाधीश दीपक मिश्रा के पाले में

बयानबाजी से बचने की न्यायपालिका की अघोषित अचार संहिता को तोड़कर जजों ने जो संकट पैदा किया है वह क्या मोड़ लेगा, यह मुख्य न्यायाधीश दीपक मिश्रा पर निर्भर है.
A graphic showing the Supreme Court, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph‬‬, and Madan Lokur

What CJI Misra does this weekend will decide the future of Indian judiciary

The four judges have shattered the judiciary’s code of silence. How this crisis ends is up to Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.
An illustration depicting Jignesh Mevani

दलित राजनीति: क्या जिग्नेश मेवाणी बन पाएंगें दूसरे कांशीराम?

पंजाब से आए दलित कौटिल्य कांशीराम ने मायावती को अपना चंद्रगुप्त बनाया. अगर जिग्नेश में कौशल व महत्वाकांक्षा होगी तो वे इस कथा से काफी सीख ले सकेंगे. क्या भार...
An illustration depicting Jignesh Mevani

Does Jignesh Mevani have it in him to become Kanshi Ram 2.0?

Kanshi Ram was a Dalit Kautilya from Punjab who built the heartland’s Mayawati as his Chandragupta. It’s a good playbook for Jignesh Mevani, if he has the skill and ambition.
Illustration by Pealidezine

मध्यान्तर के बाद, प्रधानमंत्री मोदी के आंसू देते हैं उनके इरादों का पता

अब 2019 लोकसभा चुनाव तक विकास नहीं बल्कि राष्ट्रवाद, हिंदुत्व और भ्रष्टाचार के खिलाफ जंग के इर्दगिर्द घूमेगी मोदी की राजनीति.
Sabarimala temple

Sabarimala opens tomorrow: Bracing for street attacks on women or is SC order unworkable?

The Sabarimala shrine in Kerala is set to open its gates Wednesday to women of all age groups for the first time after the Supreme Court ruling last month. Seve...
Ajit Doval

The new Doval Durbar reduces India’s layered security system to a top-down Caliphate

Ajit Doval is now India’s all-powerful security boss. But this concentration of power disrupts our layered security system.