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India’s politics-business nexus not new. But it has entered a deeper phase with Modi

The Modani model demands a new theory for a State that is at once powerful and weak–powerful in its patronage and punishment but weak in its regulative capacity.

Kerala has a ghost houses problem, but the state just doesn’t want to get into it

Kerala government provides water and electricity to a million vacant houses. And it's running out of ways to keep the money flowing.

Pilot error most common cause of crashes. A study in psychology key to India’s aviation safety

Pilots do not intentionally make poor decisions; they are unaware they are doing so. That's why aviation psychology is an important field to study.

Meet Bhuvan Arora—Farzi’s Firoz who redefined Bollywood’s ‘best friend’ trope

It took Bhuvan Arora over 5,000 auditions and a decade of hard work to get the recognition and love he is receiving after Farzi.

WPL changing cricket crowd culture. Kids in stands scream Jemimah, men now say ‘batswoman’

Mumbai, Navi Mumbai: The father-daughter duo settled into their seats in the West Stand at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium on a sultry Sunday evening to...

Dancing Shiva in Samarkand: Central Asian traders spread Hinduism, Buddhism along Silk Road

800 years before Babur, Hindu gods were worshipped by merchant diasporas in Central Asia.

State govts are getting into UPSC coaching game—not for business but as a strategy

From Gujarat to West Bengal and Kerala to Uttar Pradesh, state-run UPSC coaching centres are now part of the Rs 3,000 crore industry in India. But they don’t market themselves overtly.

Rs 2.5 lakh ‘settlement’, but nightmares persist — how ‘tortured’ Assam worker ‘moved on’

After alleging she was beaten and confined in a Haryana IPS officer’s house last year, Assam domestic worker accepted a 'settlement' to ‘move on’, her parents claim.

Kashmiri jihad has disappeared. Its only hope now is for New Delhi to make big mistakes

Since 2001, jihad in Kashmir has often been perched on the edge of the abyss—only to claw its way back because of the failure to build a democratic political order.

Noida sectors are buzzing with co-working spaces. A start-up culture is taking shape

Noida, Faridabad and Gurugram are teeming with co-working spaces. From coders, scriptwriters to stand-up comics, there’s a hot-desk for everyone.

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File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of France Emmanuel Macron | ANI Photo

India-France space alliance key to Delhi’s ambitions. But it must deepen...

The IAF's revised doctrine aims to transition India from an air power to an aerospace power. But can India do it by itself in time and cost-effectively?
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman tabling Finance Bill 2023 in the Lok Sabha Friday | Photo: PTI

Finance Bill 2023 amendment removes long-term capital gain benefit for debt...

Tax analysts and mutual fund industry participants say this will hamper growth of bond market, and potentially curtail avenues for fund-raising by companies.


Indian Army and Air force jawans part of Vayu Prahar exercise | Photo: Twitter/@PBNS_India

With joint ‘Vayu Prahar’ exercise in eastern sector, Army & Air...

Conducted in '2nd week of March', the joint exercise included air-land operations in a nominated advance landing ground & 'contingency tasks' in challenging high-altitude terrain.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

You’ve heard of jobless growth. But Tata, Birla, Ambani, Adani, have...

Modi govt's thrust on manufacturing is much-needed but it is pushing Indian manufacturing in the direction of outsourcing, same as our services industry.