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File photo | Rajiv Bajaj, managing director of Bajaj Auto Ltd | Bloomberg

India has a guns, germs and steel crisis. But India Inc rather stay silent

India Inc praised Rajiv Bajaj in private for speaking up, but chose to incur losses for three full months than criticise the Modi government for its lockdown.
File photo | Shoppers maintain social distance while standing in a queue at Lake Mall, Kolkata | PTI

India is being forced to unlock during pandemic. But it’s no green zone yet

It is the way Indians behave that will determine the extent to which religious places, restaurants and malls will cause an uptick in Covid cases.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | ANI

Don’t absolve Modi by saying he doesn’t have the right team to bring in economic reforms

Modi has always found a way to achieve his political goals— Article 370 to Ram Mandir. Shekhar Gupta can’t blame the PM's bureaucrats for his economic failures.

PM Modi’s key to economic revival, and his tussle with President Xi

The best cartoons of the week, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.
File photo | Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then BJP President Amit Shah at the party headquarters, New Delhi, 2018 | PTI

Hindutva pill for post-Covid India: Why Modi-Shah will return to what they know best

When all else fails — economy to health to welfare — what is a bigger cushion for the BJP than its brazen Hindutva face?

The Rasna girl who stole hearts one ’80s ad at a time

In the 1980s, juice concentrate brand Rasna's ads starred Ankita Jhaveri and a simple, effective tag line — 'I love you, Rasna'.
A vendor hands Indian rupee banknotes to a customer at a stall in Chauta Bazaar in Surat, Gujarat

The Covid pandemic isn’t the only curve India needs to flatten

The thriving consumer credit culture that was driving India in the absence of corporate investment before Covid-19 is on its last legs.
File photo | Yogendra Yadav | Facebook

Yogendra Yadav gets my Communism grudge right. But prescribes snake oil for India: Shekhar Gupta

My argument is not with Communism. It is with the political economy that the eminent signatories of Mission Jai Hind believe in.
Shekhar Gupta

Shekhar Gupta ko gussa kyun aata hai? He is a victim of Communism and Cold War anxieties

On our Seven-Point Action Plan for India in this hour of lockdown crisis, Shekhar Gupta needs to cut the ideological clutter and focus on the real questions.
Representational image of Indian currency notes

Coronavirus lockdown put ‘animal spirits’ of Indian economy to sleep in April

A cross-section of high-frequency indicators compiled signalled contraction in economic activity as the lockdown to contain the coronavirus took its toll.

On Camera

An employee sits on a video call at the Unicredit SpA headquarters in Milan

Why shrinking offices and hot-desking are bad ideas, Covid or no Covid

Employees’ demands for flexible working will include spacious offices. Given the relative savings, slashing floor space is a false economy.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Diesel demand drop forces India to import gasoline as Covid skews output

The slump in diesel demand is forcing refineries to operate below capacity, but gasoline sales are back at pre-virus levels with people resorting to personal vehicles.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.