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PM Narendra Modi with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman | File photo: ANI

How to bring ‘Big Bang’ reforms in India? Wait for a crisis – even Modi had to

India has once again lived up to reputation of using a crisis to unleash difficult reforms. Nirmala Sitharaman has introduced bold reforms in holy cow sectors like agriculture and defence.
Representative image | A shopper walks through an hypermarket aisle | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Why this MIT student’s paper on Indian liberalisation threatened trade economists

In Good Economics for Hard Times, Nobel laureates Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee write about the link between liberalisation and inequality in India.
JNU protests in Delhi | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Why do Indians hate JNU-style subsidised education? Because we love the private sector

There have been constant attempts to destabilise campuses in India. Take the suicides of Rohith Vemula, Payal Thadvi, Fathima Latheef or BHU protest for instance.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Bollywood star on ads, Disneyland tickets, space-age branding & yet Thril cola fizzled out

Caught between two worlds, McDowell’s Thril cola made an impact in India, but briefly.
The rupee hit a record low last Thursday to cross 69 to a dollar | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Bankruptcy code is a new deal between the state and businesses in India

It has shaken up the protection model. 
Sindoor and sneakers can go hand in hand, show Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone

The four A-list weddings of the year give us an idea of the new feminism emerging in India

From Sonam Kapoor to Priyanka Chopra, there is an almost gleeful and defiant embrace of hyper-ritualistic ostentations.
Latest news on Modi | Modi to address BJP morchas | ThePrint.in

Modi’s inability to transform economy isn’t a personal failing, it’s a structural problem

Commentators may have missed that the Indian state is less equipped now to provide the resources and political direction necessary to effectively support industrial development.
Jawaharlal Nehru signing the Constitution of India

Supreme Court’s jurisprudence is often reactionary, suggests Arun K. Thiruvengadam

In ‘The Constitution of India: A Contextual Analysis’, Thiruvengadam captures the progression of law through sociopolitical factors, and development perspectives.
children running with India's flags

It is time for India’s second liberalisation. Allow the states to grow as they will

The singularity of Indianness is that it works in the plural: You can be a good Muslim, a good Keralite and a good Indian all at once.

On Camera

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Scuba divers are turning plastic waste in the oceans into Covid face masks

Diving organisation PADI has teamed up with a watersports clothing company to recycle bottles recovered from the ocean to make a range of face coverings.

Refining industry enters ‘age of consolidation’ with ‘catastrophic’ margins

A refinery thrives on the price difference between crude oil and fuels like gasoline, earning a profit that’s known in the industry as a cracking margin.

Defence

File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

No de-escalation in Ladakh yet, but some forward movement could be expected this week

India and China have agreed on an initial de-escalation plan and a 72-hour observation window to make sure steps agreed upon have been taken on the ground.
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.