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Digitisation is one of Modi’s successes, but rules for this new world need careful framing

India now has 56 crore internet users, but govts, businesses & individuals all have to embrace change and figure out the best ways to move towards digitisation.
Supporters of BJP wearing masks of Narendra Modi | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg News

Modi or Rahul Gandhi? A guide on how to choose whom to vote for

When choosing between BJP and opposition parties like Congress for the Lok Sabha elections remember the real scandal is lack of jobs, not jobs data.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi and jobs: It’s all about data, and how it’s calculated

Both Modi government and private surveys can be correct about India’s jobs status — because they measure different things, and employ different ways.
Women working on a project under MGNREGA | MGNREGA report

India’s rural employment plan has been giving fewer & fewer jobs to the most deprived

The rural job scheme, launched in February 2006, is intended to cater to poorest and weakest sections, but data shows share of SCs/STs in total jobs has seen a sharp fall.
Representational image | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

It’s only a draft, says Modi govt on data showing unemployment at historic high

Govt says NSSO report doesn’t present accurate comparative picture, insists Indian economy is still creating jobs under NDA.
Unemployment

Distributed ownership: The model that can solve India’s job crisis

Under distributed ownership, an enterprise is owned and run jointly by its members.
Arun Jaitley, Narendra Modi, and Jayant Sinha at the launch of the Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency (MUDRA) Bank | Kuni Takahashi/Bloomberg

In MUDRA, India’s young and women entrepreneurs find a growth story

In the last three years, in addition to generating jobs, MUDRA has managed to boost financial inclusion in India.
Representational image | Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg

What economist Surjit Bhalla gets wrong about India’s jumbo job crisis

Without capturing household-level data frequently, it is futile to analyse employment expectations.
Indian woman

Illiterate married Indian women better employed than educated married women: US study

Study finds that women with secondary education are deterred by ‘income effect’ — being married into families with high incomes.  
A vocational training centre | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Azim Premji University economists respond to criticism about jobs report

Soumya Kanti Ghosh and Pulak Ghosh in their article for ThePrint find fault with the State of Working India report.

On Camera

File photo | Dimple Yadav (R), Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav (L) at a rally | Facebook/Dimple Yadav

Why Dimple Yadav touching Mayawati’s feet still riles upper caste Indians

Dimple Yadav’s gesture challenges the class system of Hindu society which categorises women and backwards of all castes as low and inferior.
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Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

Defence

IAF men face action in Kashmir Mi-17 chopper crash as probe ‘almost confirms’ friendly fire

Six IAF personnel, one civilian were killed as an Mi-17 chopper was shot down in Kashmir on 27 February while Indian and Pakistan air forces were locked in a dogfoght 100 km away.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.