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Arun Jaitley on Modi Government's policies towards rural India| PTI

The feel-good steps the Modi govt can take for India Inc. in this Budget

Sending the right feelers to industry would mean laying down a roadmap for bringing in land and labour reforms, infrastructure development, etc.
Sharad Pawar at 'Save Constitution' rally

Sharad Pawar’s final play to fulfil his dream of becoming the nation’s PM

The tug of war for the mentorship of opposition unity has begun between the two ailing leaders: Sharad Pawar and Sonia Gandhi.
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Arun Jaitley should use this year’s Budget to keep BJP’s promise of ‘Healthcare for All’

In the Budget, will we see new institutions come up to train more doctors? Or will the FM agree to the bizarre idea of bridge courses for doctors from alternative medicine?
Jaitley and Modi

This Budget is for voters, but the speech must be for business

The business community is hungry for clarity on the new set of significant economic reforms the Modi government plans to tackle.
Representational image of a domestic cleaner

A photo on Delhi Metro sparked a debate on domestic help. Now pass a law to protect them

The Modi government’s new labour code would include domestic workers. But, with the general election coming up in 2019, it is not likely that BJP will be willing to push through such a major change.
Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field in Kolkata | PTI Photo

In this Budget, ignore science at farmers’ peril

The lasting legacy of this government will be that it oversaw the lowest average growth rate of agriculture in almost three decades. As the...
A farmer ploughing with cattle

What the finance minister can do in Budget 2018 if he wants to raise farmers’ incomes

The last 3 years have seen the worsening of agrarian crisis. Agricultural GDP has grown at less than 2 per cent, the lowest under any regime since 1991.
File image of Arvind Subramanian | PTI Photo by Kamal Kishore

Lost miracle: How India wasted an opportunity to add $200 billion to its economy

The three stars of a ruling party's Parliament majority, development agenda and low oil prices may never align again, that is the biggest takeaway from Economic Survey 2018.

A new low as the Congress marks prisoners by their religion in Karnataka

The Karnataka state government is seeing crime through the prism of the religion column mentioned in the FIR.  
Aradhna Gupta, who witnessed the assault on her best friend Ruchika Girhotra in 1990, holds a portrait of her

In the age of hashtag feminism, we honoured a cop who molested a child, ruined her family

If Ruchika Girhotra was molested in the #MeToo era, DGP Rathore would be in jail for a long time. But he was a VIP invitee at the R-Day function in Panchkula.

On Camera

File photo of Smriti Irani | Facebook

Smriti Irani’s makeover: From being most disliked Modi minister to dynasty slayer in Amethi

After causing the biggest upset in 2019 elections, Smriti Irani has ensured she can no longer be ignored by PM Modi and Amit Shah.
elections

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

Defence

Ministry of Defence building

On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.