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

Modi govt disinvesting in PSUs crucial but here’s why privatisation is easier said than done

Modi government's disinvestment decision is already facing stiff opposition from employees of BPCL, Container Corporation of India, and even the Swadeshi lobby.
BJP supporters at rally

Data shows upper-caste voters of both BJP and Congress support core Hindutva issues

Don’t believe what political analysts say. Data suggests religious issues matter a lot to Indian voters.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah | Vijay Verma/PTI

Can Ayodhya Ram Mandir work for BJP in states when PM Modi didn’t?

When Modi factor is absent in states, Amit Shah's election machinery also fails. 'Masterstrokes' like installing CMs from non-dominant groups come to a naught.
Free speech

In India, it’s save-the-internet time once again

Internet freedom is threatened once again as the Modi government is high on power and the opposition dead. We must speak up before it's too late.
Jammu and Kashmir High Court

Modi govt red-flags J&K lawyer who converted to Islam but SC ignores & picks her as judge

Moksha Kazmi-Khajuria, a Jammu Hindu who converted to Islam to marry a Kashmiri Muslim businessman, was recommended for J&K High Court judgeship on 15 October.
India's rural community

Modi wanted to end MGNREGS. Now it’s his only tool to ride through slowdown

Under the Modi government, the MGNREGS has suddenly become both an indicator of rural stagnation as well as the proposed solution to it.
File image of an Air India Boeing 777-200LR (representational image) | Photo: Commons

Fiscal stress offers Modi govt great opportunity to push disinvestment

Disinvestment receipts are budgeted at Rs 1.05 lakh crore for FY20 but until Aug govt earned just Rs 12,358 crore, or 12 per cent of budgeted amount.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File Photo: PTI

The panch tattva that Modi govt must adopt to revive Indian economy

Corporate tax cut provides relief to our slowing economic engine, but Modi government must prepare a roadmap of how it can bridge the associated revenue loss.
Indian economy

Modi govt’s FDI push won’t cover up inefficiency in insurance sector – or help consumers

Consumers with a dispute feel discouraged to approach the ombudsmen. Insurance firms’ control over these offices further complicates things.
US diplomat R. Clarke Cooper

Top US diplomat to visit India Wednesday to push for $15 billion fighter jet deal

US Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper is coming to India with the sole agenda of pushing the defence deal.

On Camera

Harsh Vardhan questions Delhi govt: Is Arvind Kejriwal failing in handling Covid-19 crisis?

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday raised concerns about rising Covid cases and low testing levels in Delhi.


File image of soldiers of the Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army | Photo: ANI

India, China army commanders to meet tomorrow. These are the issues 14 Corps chief will raise

14 Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh is scheduled to meet China’s Southern Xinjiang Military District chief at Chushul-Moldo border personnel meeting point Saturday.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why Modi doesn’t feature in a list of India’s reformist prime ministers

Despite big ideas, Modi comes off poorly as a reformer, because his bureaucrats lack the motivation to push reforms and are beginning to enjoy unbridled power.