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Talk Point: There are still unanswered questions about the legality of demonetisation

On 8 November, 2016 the Prime Minister announced on television that 86 per cent of the money in circulation in the Indian economy stood demonetised. There are still unanswered questions about the legality of the entire exercise and even the process followed to arrive at the decision.
Banned Indian 1,000 rupee notes

Talk Point: Was the short-term disruption worth it? The answer is a qualified “no”

Demonetisation was a courageous policy decision fraught with high risks. The purported objectives of the decision were to eliminate fake currency, weed out black money, and address tax evasion. Later, digitisation of the economy was also added to the list of objectives. How has demonetisation fared on these objectives?
Queues outside an ATM after demonetisation was announced

Talk Point: Demonetisation was a passion play by PM, there was no cost-benefit analysis

One year later, it is clear that the economic upside to demonetisation—if there is one—is a long-term proposition. How the government is going to ensure long-term gains is still unclear.

Talk Point: Demonetisation hasn’t even attacked 1 per cent of the black money

Exactly a year ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ambitious but enormously disruptive decision to invalidate Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes, ostensibly...

Talk Point: One should not hyper-analyse a particular shot fired in a war

Demonetisation was the first major formal recognition by the Government of India that the issue of black money needs to be tackled decisively. What has India gained and lost from demonetization and what are the lessons learnt?

Talk Point: SME sector is yet to see its output recover to pre-demonetisation levels

Economic activity in the informal sector are yet to recover from the shock as no job creation seems to have taken place in this sector.
To anybody who values press freedom, there is plenty available

Talk Point: To anybody who values press freedom, there is plenty available

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s lecture was a bit stern in parts, there is no need for the press to panic and call the fire brigade.
Narendra Modi giving a speech in Chennai

Talk Point: Is PM Modi’s statement on press freedom a veiled warning?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the freedom to write, and to decide what is to be written, does not include the freedom to be "less than accurate", or "factually incorrect. Is PM Modi’s statement on press freedom a veiled warning to dissenting media voices?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an event organised by a Tamil newspaper where he commented on press freedom.

Talk Point: PM’s statement on press freedom resembles a familiar game of intimidation

The political executive has always had an uneasy relationship with the press. It extols its virtues while trying to curb its freedom, says lawyer Gautam Bhatia.
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Talk Point: It isn’t the government’s business what editorials are talking about

Whether the Prime Minister's statement on press freedom is a “threat” for dissenting media houses will depend on what media houses consider their jobs to be.


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Total Dhamaal review: An exercise in mediocrity that would make mediocre look better

The third instalment in the Dhamaal series has all the animals and actors in the zoo but not one funny bone.

Can India hurt Pakistan with new Indus dams or Modi govt hyping old project after Pulwama?

In wake of the Pulwama terror attack, union minister for water resources Nitin Gadkari tweeted Thursday that India will “stop its share of water which used to flow to Pakistan”.


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Adani enters the UAV race with a 60% made-in-India drone

Adani official says company can cover 60 per cent indigenisation for its Hermes 900 UAV.
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Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.