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India, take a lesson on how to get the Anil Ambanis to pay up

Ericsson snagged a sweet deal by exploiting RCom’s initial reluctance to enter in-court bankruptcy, and then getting a jail risk for Anil Ambani thrown into the mix.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses a press conference at AICC office | Manvender Vashist/PTI

Congress support to 108 professors’ attack on Modi govt job data shows it’s all about polls

The so-called leaked partial data led to a race for data points, and intricate statistical findings were turned into exit polls overnight.
Representational image | Allison Joyce/Getty Images

Not just New Zealand, Muslims must come together when terrorists attack non-Muslims too

Muslims must learn from how non-Muslims have come together to express grief and compassion with the victims of the New Zealand attack.

Terrorism needs an audience. Facebook gave Christchurch shooter more than he asked for

The purpose of some terrorists’ actions is to draw attention to their political cause and enlist new followers. This is where the media comes in.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | Bloomberg

The 2019 election is just about Narendra Modi, not BJP, Sangh or even opposition

The key theme of the BJP seems to be – Narendra Modi versus anarchy.
File photo Narendra Modi at a Swachh Bharat campaign | PTI

The participatory campaign logic behind ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’

From Mahatma Gandhi to Arvind Kejriwal, everyone’s tried participatory campaigns to draw people’s attention.
Manohar Parrikar

What bothered Manohar Parrikar about defence ministry: the ‘atmosphere of suspicion’

A friend reminisces how Manohar Parrikar wanted to do something about the overwhelming tendency in the ministry ‘to first say no to everything’.
Supreme Court of India

On ‘secret’ Rafale files, transparency trumps privilege & there’s legal precedent

Supreme Court has the chance to decide if a government can take shelter in outdated notions of ‘privilege’ when questioned over transparency.
RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das

RBI’s new boss Shaktikanta Das is stuck between a rock and a hard place

If the RBI keeps buying government bonds, it surrenders its power to teach the government a lesson in fiscal arithmetic.
File photo of Akhilesh Yadav | yadavakhilesh/Facebook

Akhilesh Yadav is a loser even before the 2019 elections have begun

The question to ask is – what do Akhilesh Yadav and the SP gain from an alliance with BSP chief Mayawati?

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anil ambani

Anil Ambani pays up: Defaulting tycoons can no longer game the system or is it a one-off?

Anil Ambani Tuesday escaped a three-month prison term after his elder brother Mukesh Ambani agreed to repay money Reliance Communications owed to Ericsson’s local unit.

Defence

File photo of Mirage 2000 fighter jet | Manvender Vashist/PTI

Five IAF Spice 2000 bombs hit JeM camps in Balakot, govt satellite images show

High-resolution images procured by India show two JeM structures were hit by IAF in Balakot on 26 February.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?