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Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers an address on the occasion of Buddha Purnima Thursday | Photo: ANI

As Covid goes out of hand, Modi goes back to yoga, acronyms and nationalism

In the beginning, Narendra Modi took complete ownership of the Covid issue. With the migrant labour crisis and the growing spread of Covid, Modi is moving on to other things to protect his image.
File photo of migrants at Bandra terminus in Mumbai | PTI

Why Modi govt dropped the idea of transferring cash to migrant workers during lockdown

Modi govt has been criticised for announcing interventions in economic package that are of a long-term nature. Opposition, activists say migrants who lost livelihood need cash in hand.

Zoya Hasan says fiscal stimulus ‘too little’, Sangh & Modi united on economy says RSS

Today's political, economic & strategic punditry from Rajiv Tuli, Mekhala Krishnamurthy, S Murlidharan & Ashok Jha.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

The 3 big unknowns that have forced Nirmala Sitharaman to be prudent with economic package

The future of Covid-19 in India and its impact on the economy and govt revenues is unknown, so it’s better not to exhaust all options by May.

Priyanka Gandhi & Yogi Adityanath’s ‘bus’ tussle and let the pride rainbow shine

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.

Why Modi govt failed to give a big fiscal boost to economy hit by coronavirus

The looming threat of a credit rating downgrade to junk may have held officials back from delivering a more immediate boost to the economy.
China and India are yet to announce the dates for the second round of informal talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping | PTI Photo

TM Krishna on what being left really means, Vijay Gokhale decodes China’s new diplomacy

Today's political, economic & strategic punditry from Rahul Matthan, Avishkar Singhvi, MR Subramani & more.
Migrant workers and labourers stand in queues to board buses to their homes on the outskirts of Ghaziabad Monday. | Photo: ANI

C. Raja Mohan on probe into Covid origin, more tapasya & tyag for labour, says Mahesh Vyas

Today's political, economic & strategic punditry from Arundhati Katju, Mahesh Vyas, Sanjay Hegde & more.
An extension of the lockdown is expected to further hit economic activity that has already come to a halt

Modi govt’s Rs 20 lakh crore stimulus package won’t give immediate boost, economists say

Many economists have concluded that the additional spending boost is far less than the 10% of gross domestic product that the headline number suggests.
Representational image for MGNREGA | Photo: Commons

Is Modi govt trying to decongest Indian cities? Its economic package gives that impression

Economic package assumes people will go back to villages, and rural incomes need to be boosted. Modi govt seems to be trying to give them employment there.

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Kota

India pioneered TV education, but smartphone classes during Covid let down its poor students

Trauma faced by students for being able to afford smartphones and laptops for online classes could have been avoided if the govt implemented the DTH scheme.
HDFC Ltd chairman Deepak Parekh

Why loan restructuring is any day better than a moratorium — HDFC’s Deepak Parekh explains

Deepak Parekh says at ThePrint’s ‘Off The Cuff’ that by giving a loan moratorium, the RBI is creating a problem for later on.

Defence

Women Army Officers outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi on 17 February (for representation only)

Army to call special selection board to screen women officers for permanent commission

Some women officers said the process is still ambiguous and more clarity is needed as many have been asked to undergo a junior command course next month.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.