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People rush to fill their vessels from a water tanker in Chennai | File photo: PTI

Pune to Bengaluru: Indians opt for pay-and-plug solutions when govt fails

In The Gated Republic, Shankkar Aiyar writes about why Indians don’t want to depend on the government and 'babudom' for the most basic of necessities.
A man checks his name in NRC list in Guwahati on 31 August. | ANI Photo

Why India should shelve NPR, the National Population Register

The objective of the NPR can be fulfilled by Aadhaar. The duplication is a waste of resources.
An employee standing at the window looks out over construction sites from the Amazon.com Inc. office campus in Hyderabad

Indians want govts to be run like corporations, but this is why a country is not a company

Former civil servants Vijay Kelkar and Ajay Shah write that we in India revere success and wealth. We assume good HR practices in TCS will work in govt.
Gunny bags of onions | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

If 10 years from now you see 30 types of onions in Indian markets, this is how it happened

In 2019, people think lakhs of voters will ignore their community, leaders, party and freebies, to vote against a govt under which onions became expensive.
Narendra Modi inspecting the Guard of Honour at Red Fort on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day | PIB

What Indian politicians, bureaucrats and military really think about each other

Tensions between civilians and the military are not new in India. However, the proliferation and reach of social media has only amplified differences.
The bronze bull statue at the Bombay Stock Exchange | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Indian economy needs structural reforms & behavioural change, not macroeconomic jargon

What the disproportionate focus on macroeconomics misses is fact that to increase economic growth, you need to change behaviour of individuals and firms.
Home Minister Amit Shah looks at the 'Hindi Divas Samaroh' in New Delhi, September | PTI

Amit Shah will soon overshadow Modi to emerge as BJP govt’s main voice

Amit Shah will not become a threat to the popularity of Modi. But as PM, Modi has limits, the Home Minister does not.
PM Modi's speech in Ahmedabad

Modi govt needs to stop claiming it lacks data on the informal sector, it doesn’t

Every problem in the labour market can’t be attributed to the lack of data. It’s become a predictable and false diversion.
Justice Deepak Gupta | YouTube

Here’s the text of Justice Deepak Gupta’s speech on sedition law being abused and misused

Criticism of the executive, the judiciary, the bureaucracy or the Armed Forces cannot be termed sedition, said the Supreme Court judge at a recent event.
Rajasthani women show their Aadhaar cards while standing in a queue to vote | PTI

Aadhaar to e-commerce: Data needs to ensure ease of living, not be a burden on Indians

The government’s administrative architecture must be designed in such a way that the burden on Indians to provide data to multiple agencies is reduced.

On Camera

Congress is not anti-OBC. One Rajiv Gandhi speech is used to cancel out all pro-quota steps

Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s letter to PM Modi about OBC reservations in educational institutions is only the latest instance of her party’s bid for inclusion.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

With fiscal deficit rocketing, Modi govt may have to go back to RBI for support: Economists

Facing fiscal deficit of 7%, Modi govt can get the Reserve Bank of India to buy sovereign bonds directly or boost dividends to help supplement revenue.

Defence

India and China to formally verify disengagement in Ladakh by end of the week

India and China to begin next phase of disengagement only after formal verification of initial phase is complete. Verification being done through visual detection and drones.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.