Wednesday, 21 February, 2018

Talk Point

Talk Point: Did India wake up late to the idea of...

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Most liberal democracies across the globe debated privacy at least half a century ago. Did India wake up late to the idea of privacy?

Talk Point: Is Nitish Kumar the smartest political opportunist in India?

What does Nitish Kumar stand to gain by resigning as Bihar Chief Minister.

Talk Point: Can Doklam be contained? Will the tensions go beyond...

Indian and Chinese soldiers are locked in their longest border face-off in decades in the Doklam tri-junction area.

Talk Point: Is the space for Dalit identity politics and Dalit-first...

The UP election results earlier this year signaled a growing support among the Dalits for the BJP. This was followed by NDA fielding Ram Nath Kovind as its presidential candidate, forcing the opposition to field another Dalit, Meira Kumar, as his rival. Then last week, Mayawati resigned from the Rajya Sabha, protesting against what she said was the attitude of the ruling party to suppress her voice raising Dalit issues. As parties from across the spectrum aggressively target and woo the Dalit community, what is the future of exclusive appeals by smaller parties? We ask experts.

Talk Point: Is the proposed inter-agency review of American support to...

What will the implications of this move be on Pakistan and on the South Asian region? We ask experts

Talk Point: How did some pockets of West Bengal become so...

A controversial Facebook post about Islam recently prompted angry Muslim mobs to go on a rampage setting buildings on fire and clash with the police in West Bengal, killing a 65-year-old Hindu man. Retaliatory Hindu mobs burnt down the dargah and shops owned by Muslims. Who is responsible for this communal tinderbox? We ask experts.

TALK POINT: Is PM Narendra Modi’s trip to Israel more about...

Narendra Modi’s historic visit to Israel – the first by an Indian prime minister – is being hyped as a key shift in the...

TALK POINT: Can official data be fudged? How can we ensure...

In recent months, many allegations have been made about fudging of official data by government departments in both the centre and the states. How...

TALK POINT: Should Indian military chiefs step out of their professional...

Eyebrows have been raised over Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat’s statements on Kashmir and Pakistan. While some are cheering him, others say that an Indian Army chief should not make provocative statements. Is the chatter of TV channels and digital India changing the culture of the military leadership? We ask experts about the pros and cons of having an outspoken military chief in a democratic India.

TALK POINT: Is it time to revisit the culture of farm...

As UP and Maharashtra write off farmers’ loans and MP, Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab struggle to tackle fresh demands for debt relief, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says the Central government will not help foot the bill. And RBI Governor Urjit Patel calls loan waivers a “moral hazard”. Is it time to revisit this culture of farm loan waivers? We ask experts.
Illustration by Siddhant Gupta.

TalkPoint: Is it impossible to fix India’s disastrous PSU banks?

Experts weigh in on the astounding 11,000 crore fraud in Punjab National Bank and how it reflects on the state of public sector banks in India.
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?

Gujarat Elections 2017