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With the anti-poor lockdown, BJP is back to its upper caste, middle class, urban roots

Demonetisation’s political gain was to rebrand the BJP as a pro-poor party. The poorly implemented coronavirus lockdown is undoing that image.
File photo| PM Modi interacts with journalists and stakeholders from the print media on tackling COVID-2019, in New Delhi, March 24 | PTI

After demonetisation and GST, slow response on corona is latest disaster of centralisation

Modi govt is perceived as ‘strong’ because of its centralised functioning, but its slow response on Covid-19 exposes the risks that come with such style of governance.
Passengers use smartphones at Mumbai Central railway station | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Modi’s demonetisation will be of use during the coronavirus lockdown

Modi govt's overnight, ill-conceived, egotistic decision that left lakhs of people jobless and paralysed India’s informal economy 3 yrs ago may just give some returns.
File photo | PM Narendra Modi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Modi’s Covid-19 lockdown speech shows he doesn’t learn from past mistakes, or doesn’t care to

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second speech on coronavirus reveals that he is like Nehru. He can win elections, and nothing else.
A queue of people stand outside a bank to exchange old notes in 2016 after the government announced the demonetisation scheme.

Deposits after demonetisation rose by Rs 6 trillion and yet bank credit fell, study shows

Canada-based economics professor's study finds that on the cost side, there is strong evidence that demonetisation reduced employment, especially in informal sector.
Notes of Rs 1,000 were banned after demonetisation | Photo: Flickr | Gopal Vijayaraghavan

Gold demand after Uri, cash advance — how jewellers explained deposits after demonetisation

Income Tax dept has found several cases in which cash deposits made by jewellers immediately after demonetisation were not commensurate with their income.
PM Narendra Modi with Bollywood stars

Lights, camera and action: How Modi govt relies on drama to survive just like Bollywood films

Deepika Padukone did not just appear at JNU. The Modi government has been hard at work for six years to bring it to pass.
Weekend Ruminations

It’s time to rethink GST, because no economy can afford to retain a failed tax experiment

The govt made four mistakes on GST, apart from the problems in implementation. It now has to break heads in the GST Council and work out new slabs and rates.
Representational image of Indian currency notes

CSIR develops advanced security ink to stop counterfeiting of currency notes

The research was conducted by CSIR-National Physical Laboratory in New Delhi and published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry C.
File photo: People wait to check their names on the final draft of Assam's NRC after it was released, at a NRC Seva Kendra in Nagaon in July 30, 2018. | PTI Photo

Why Modi govt’s NRC will be an even bigger blunder than demonetisation

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

On Camera

A pedestrian crosses a nearly empty street in the Times Square neighborhood of New York, US | Bloomberg

We must not return to work for now. Covid’s not over yet, says a virologist in letter to son

If everyone goes back to work as soon as the ‘curve bends downwards’, it's guaranteed you'll get a second wave of infections in Europe.

Is forcing private labs to make Covid-19 tests free the only way to stop spread of infection?

The Supreme Court directed the central government to make Covid-19 testing by private laboratories free of charge Wednesday.

Defence

Col Navjot Singh Bal | special arrangement

Col Navjot Singh Bal, Shaurya Chakra awardee and icon for many, loses battle with cancer

Despite losing an arm to cancer, Col Navjot Singh Bal continued to serve in 2 Para as the commanding officer and even learnt to fire with his left hand.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.