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Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends a cabinet meeting Monday | Photo: ANI

Modi govt has run out of excuses to delay disinvestment — even stock market is ready

Modi government is unlikely to earn the money it had hoped to this year due to Covid. The last thing it needs is slowing down on Rs 2.1 lakh crore disinvestment plan.
Viral Acharya (file photo) | Photographer: Jin Lee | Bloomberg

Ex RBI Viral Acharya: Govt pressure on central banks can lead to kiss of death from markets

In his book, Quest for Restoring Financial Stability in India, the ex RBI deputy governor lists the ongoing challenges to RBI’s independence and how markets can ensure it.
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Off The Cuff with Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama, political scientist, author, and Senior Fellow at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute, was the guest at ThePrint's Off the Cuff. Fukuyama talked about how China is using the pandemic as an opportunity to push boundaries in its neighbourhood. He mentioned how the social policies adopted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi were taking India down the wrong path, and social harmony is necessary for any country that wants a strong foreign policy. He also talked about what US’s foreign policy could look like under former Vice President Joe Biden as opposed to President Donald Trump.  
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.
File photo | A man checks his name in NRC list in Guwahati on 31 August 2019 | 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.

On Camera

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' defence industry outreach webinar via video conference, in New Delhi on 27 August

Mahabharata to irresponsible Indians — How Modi govt’s message on Covid changed in 6 months

In the last few months, the Modi government’s Covid communication has focussed only on absolving itself of all blame. Not data or roadmaps.
A Harley Davidson dealership (Representational Image ) | Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

Harley-Davidson riding away reflects poorly on both US icon and Modi’s ‘Make in India’

Modi’s ambitious plans to ‘Make in India’ could have been helped by a symbolic gesture to hold on to Harley, a premium manufacturer with an outsize brand.

Defence

Representational image | ANI

India, China working on Ladakh peace formula — alternate week patrolling, after disengagement

Patrolling in alternate weeks has been the established practice in the Northeast, and has worked well, barring the occasional face-off.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Modi is a true reformer, he’ll bury Vodafone ghost and campaign on reforms in Bihar

No politician sees economic reform as a vote-catcher; it’s the old, povertarian economy that gets votes. Can Modi bring farm and labour reforms centre-stage?