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Modi is now using India’s market size as a strategic weapon, like China has done for long

Self-reliance plan is hitting China where it hurts, while Trump has stood by India despite trade irritants & oil exporters have honoured Modi to keep him happy.
People at a residential society in Noida | Representational Image | Photo: Prem Singh | ANI

Dilemma of the Indian middle class — dependent on ‘didis’ but can’t welcome them too soon

Indian middle class fears for their safety during the Covid crisis but that is in conflict with their dependence on domestic workers.

Why India’s wealthy happily donate to god and govt but loathe helping needy and poor

Be it Amitabh Bachchan or Virat Kohli, India’s rich and famous are quick to lecture or follow PM Modi’s diktat. But selfless charity is missing among most Indians.
Evacuees airlifted from Rome, Italy on their arrival at IGI airport, before being sent to a quarantine facility in New Delhi on 22 March | Photo: PTI

India’s rich are passing coronavirus to the poor, but not offering monetary help

Be it Akshay Kumar or Anurag Kashyap, Ambanis or Adanis, India's wealthy have yet to open their hearts, let alone their purse, in times of coronavirus.

Here’s how India’s middle class forces a Right-wing Modi govt to stay economically Left

Indian middle class’ fetish for a nanny state compels govt intervention in managing prices. This keeps both crony capitalists and voters happy.

Why India’s middle classes are Modi’s ‘Muslims’

PM Modi is transferring wealth from the middle class to the poor, because the middle class will anyway vote BJP for nationalism & dislike of Muslims.

Has Budget taken middle-class for granted because Modi assumes they will anyway vote for BJP?

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Friday presented the maiden Budget of the second Narendra Modi government.
IL&FS building in Mumbai | Abhijit Bhatlekar/Bloomberg News

IL&FS crisis threatens savings of employees in wayward pension trusts

Several pension trusts invested in IL&FS because it was considered ‘safe’. So far, the losses are unclear as 200 trusts haven’t filed their returns to EPFO.
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Chal Meri Luna: How India’s first moped gave Bharat its wings

Its unique ad campaign focused on ordinary Indians who were on the cusp of progress.
Vijay Mallya | Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

A home-coming tip for rich, unapologetic billionaires like Vijay Mallya

If Vijay Mallya wants to redeem himself, he can't be the king of good times anymore. .

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.