Talk Point

The loony fringe has an unbridled licence to assault creativity

Since the NDA/BJP government came to power, an atmosphere of extra legal censorship has become the prevailing norm where the majoritarian mainstream has been given an unbridled license to assault creativity.
Indira Gandhi and Narendra Modi

Talk Point: Is Narendra Modi the new Indira Gandhi?

On her 100th birthday anniversary, we ask experts: Is Modi the new Indira?
Narendra Modi and Indira Gandhi

Talk Point: In taking risks, Modi has surpassed all other PMs, including Indira Gandhi

In taking risks, Modi has surpassed all other PMs, including Indira Gandhi, writes Sangit Ragi, professor at Delhi University.
Indira Gandhi and Narendra Modi

Talk Point: Indira wrote the ‘rules’ according to which India’s Game of Thrones is played

In many ways, Narendra Modi is Indira Gandhi’s true political heir; he is supreme in the party and the government like her.
Indira Gandhi and Narendra Modi

Talk Point: Policies apart, even Indira Gandhi and Narendra Modi’s leadership styles are different

Indira Gandhi firmly maintained the Non-Aligned Movement, now we seem to be leaning far more towards America.
Portraits of Indira Gandhi and Narendra Modi

Talk Point: Indira was a successful diplomat, Modi just a passionate world traveller

Indira Gandhi was pro-poor, while Narendra Modi bends in front of big corporate houses.
Indira Gandhi

Talk Point: Any attempt to equate Modi and Indira is a one-dimensional facile exercise

The fundamental difference between the two leaders has to do with their varied backgrounds and ideologies.
Shoe shop

Talk Point: The regulatory philosophy of NAPA replaces the invisible hand of the market

Anti-profiteering measures enshrined in the GST law round the circle by already providing an institutional mechanism to ensure that the full benefits of reduced tax rates flow through to the consumer.

Talk Point: Industry representatives, consumer body members should have a say in NAPA affairs

The establishment of the National Anti-Profiteering Authority (NAPA) can go a long way in ensuring that benefits of the GST are passed on to the consumers. However, the NAPA should not be used to harass traders.

Talk Point: GST anti-profiteering body may increase corruption, red tape

The anti-profiteering body does have a good chance of becoming another bureaucratic layer which needs to be bribed to keep your restaurant/business running

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Congress headquarters

One in three people at Congress rallies may not have voted for the party: Lokniti-CSDS

Survey data from BJP and Congress rallies during 2019 election suggest that huge crowds are deceiving and don’t translate into votes in favour.
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

An AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force

IAF workhorse AN-32 gets a fuel that’s green and creates jobs for tribals

The IAF will now run its AN-32 transport aircraft on a blended bio-fuel partly derived from trees. It plans to widen the experiment over the next two years.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi era begins in politics as caste factor fades. Here’s why he won’t be easy to beat

BJP's Mandir politics has subsumed Mandal under Modi-Shah and created a pan-Hindu vote. Modi's challenger has to invent a new politics.