Friday, 18 January, 2019


Sharp and latest opinion on politics, policy and current affairs.

Major General Shavendra Silva with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena | @MaithripalaS/Twitter

By giving a ‘war criminal’ the top Army post, Sri Lanka proves Tamil lives don’t matter

President Sirisena has made it abundantly clear that the Sri Lankan military will not be held accountable for wartime violations.
File photo of BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav during a joint press conference in Lucknow | PTI

The SP-BSP alliance in UP is rare, formidable and perfect

As far as arithmetic goes, a better pre-poll alliance is not possible.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | Paul Miller/Bloomberg

Not just CBI, Modi government does not want any institution to be autonomous

In the past four years, nobody in the ruling NDA has even raised the topic of an independent CBI
A view of the Lok Sabha during Winter Session of Parliament

We must question our MPs when Lok Sabha session works for less than 50% of total time

The current Lok Sabha has sent far fewer bills to parliamentary committees than the previous two houses.
Arun Jaitley, Narendra Modi, and Jayant Sinha at the launch of the Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency (MUDRA) Bank | Kuni Takahashi/Bloomberg

In MUDRA, India’s young and women entrepreneurs find a growth story

In the last three years, in addition to generating jobs, MUDRA has managed to boost financial inclusion in India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the two-day BJP National Convention | PTI

Why even Modi chalisa is not enough to boost the morale of BJP cadre

At a time when BJP is in a befuddled state, making it worse is the growing perception about Modi losing his touch.
GIFT Tower One, in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City), Gujarat | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

India is more urban than politicians know

India is a land of cities and not villages, but the lack of a standard definition is making urban-rural classifications political and arbitrary.
A still from Bimal Roy's Do Bigha Zamin | YouTube

Do Bigha Zamin, the Bimal Roy classic that Bollywood should look at now more than ever

Bollywood needs to replicate Bimal Roy’s deep commitment to the farmers he portrayed.
Paresh Rawal as Ajit Doval in the film 'Uri' | Twitter/SirPareshRawal

NSA Ajit Doval hasn’t seen Uri, but will be more than pleased when he does

Aditya Dhar's Uri: The Surgical Strike seems to be a tribute to NSA Ajit Doval, played by Paresh Rawal.
Representational image | Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg

What economist Surjit Bhalla gets wrong about India’s jumbo job crisis

Without capturing household-level data frequently, it is futile to analyse employment expectations.
Illustration by Soham Sen |

Rahul Gandhi’s pitch that Modi is the worst doesn’t mean Congress is the best

Which constituency is Rahul Gandhi addressing? How exactly does he define his base? Or, does he even know what his base is?