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Another clash at SC: CJI takes away 2G-related case from Chelameswar

CJI’s action on bribery charge is SC’s biggest-ever crisis, and it comes from within

CJI has the power to decide who will hear a case. But he is still expected to exercise it fairly, especially when there is an obvious conflict of interest.
Smog in Lahore

Don’t just blame India for the Lahore smog, create India-Pak treaty on air pollution

The smog has reminded us that India and Pakistan are connected in more ways than one. 
Dineshwar Sharma, interlocutor to Jammu and Kashmir on his way to a meeting

Dineshwar Sharma’s J&K visit broke the ice. Now he has to win over youth on the streets

The separatist challenge can be overcome to a certain extent if Sharma can convince the civil society of the sincerity of his efforts.
GST

It’s an illusion that Modi govt controls India’s economic destiny

A heady era has lulled investors into believing that India’s omnipotent PM determines India’s economic destiny. But things might be about to change. 
The Modi School of Marketing

The Modi School of Marketing

In Gujarat, his consumer, the voter, needs pride, self-esteem. He is delivering it through his product: economic success. The Congress has no real counter offer.
A screengrab of apology and the Tribune building in Chandigarh

Craven apology to Majithia has buried The Tribune seven fathoms deep

Though The Tribune trust has swiftly removed the president who ordered the apology, it has forfeited a reputation built over more than a century.
Queues outside an ATM after demonetisation was announced

The real lesson of demonetisation: Even deranged economics can be good politics

Informed opinion might see demonetization as a reckless disaster, but in Indian politics, this consensus does not matter. 
Nawaz Sharif during a recent public gathering in Pakistan

Sharif’s ouster shows Pakistani Establishment is a banyan tree keeping a viceregal control

Under Pakistan's viceregal system, the purpose of elections is merely to identify intermediaries between the people and a permanent state establishment.

‘Demonetisation was political stimulus for the ruling party’

ThePrint Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta and Associate Editor Ruhi Tewari speak about the the first anniversary of demonetisation of high value currency notes, on what it achieved.
BJP workers display a banner during their Anti-black Money Day rally to mark the first anniversary of 'Demonetisation' announcement in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The WhatsApp Governance

After sharp shifts on strategic policies, demonetisation without data, debate, de-risking or war-gaming marks Modi’s governing style.

On Camera

YourTurn

Twitter has an India-born CEO Parag Agrawal. In Pakistan, it has caused a burn

We look forward to overseas Pakistanis cooking on wood, explaining gas shortage in Pakistan. These are inflation CEOs. Unmatchable against Google, Twitter CEOs.

Jet Airways in talks with Boeing, Airbus for 100 aircraft in revival bid

The winning bidders for Jet Airways plan to start flights in the first three months of next year. The potential revival will be the first for any airline under India’s bankruptcy laws.

Defence

Ministry of Defence building

Armed forces get breather from negative list, can import items in ‘immediate’ cases

A committee chaired by Gen. Bipin Rawat will oversee indigenisation efforts, and recommend the removal of items from the negative import list if needed.

What farm laws retreat by Modi govt tells us about ruling India like a CM with brute majority

No matter how dominant BJP is, India is a federation of states and it has CMs in only 12. Agriculture is largely a state issue, and most of India doesn’t follow it unquestioningly.
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