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Arun Jaitley, Narendra Modi and Jayant Sinha at the launch of Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency Bank in New Delhi | PTI

Modi govt’s MUDRA is feeding dreams of your local beautician, grocer… and bad loans

Launched in April 2015, MUDRA has managed to meet the aspirations of entrepreneurs across India. But it may also be fuelling an NPA crisis.
File photo of Narendra Modi at the launch of MUDRA Bank in New Delhi | Kuni Takahashi/Bloomberg

Modi govt looks at lie detection test to tackle bad loans in Mudra scheme

State-owned Mudra invites expression of interest from potential bidders for an online loan appraisal system that plans to use AI technology.
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.
UP’s glittering brass and glass industries now dulled by job loss

Missing data on jobs may play key role in 2019 elections

Though the EPFO database may have its own limitations, the estimate obtained from it can be used as a safe and consistent approximation.
Women working in an office, PF cut in half Budget 2018

PF contribution cut for women employees a half-hearted measure

Women entrepreneurs and activists give thumbs down to Jaitley’s ‘gender budget’, say more steps needed to increase women’s participation in workforce.

On Camera

File photo of BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav | PTI

Modi’s big UP win means Akhilesh Yadav’s SP & Mayawati’s BSP will soon be rivals again

With Narendra Modi keen on winning UP again in 2022, there will be pressure on Yogi Adityanath’s government to perform better.
elections

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

Defence

Ministry of Defence building

On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
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.