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Villagers row a boat near a submerged house to cross a flooded area, in Morigaon district, Assam, 18 July | PTI

If India starts acting on the yearly floods in Bihar and Assam, that would be true nationalism

Attention deficit of the public, policy dyslexia and lack of political will lie at the roots of the recurring tragedy of flooding in Assam and Bihar.
Central Secretariat building in New Delhi

Indian state great at handling Covid-like crises. But it can’t deal with complexities

India’s ability to deliver during a crisis was never the problem. The problem is that everyone from CM to DM waits for complex diktats from the top.
PM Narendra Modi

Desperate to move fast and break things, Modi acts first and thinks later

The Modi government’s policy-making is marked by the absence of causal evidence and planning.
People take part in a march to protest AES deaths in Muzaffarpur | PTI

Bihar encephalitis to lynchings to #MeToo – why Indians don’t take issues to the finish line

By rapidly jumping from one issue to another, outrage cycles make sustained advocacy extremely difficult. That is the challenge.
A wholesale stall selling mobile phone accessories in Mumbai | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

To keep up with TikTok & Bitcoin, India needs innovation in lawmaking too

Currently, laws dealing with modern technology are either ad-hoc or not truly responsive to the challenges posed by such technology.
A bronze bull statue at the entrance to Bombay Stock Exchange | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Why India’s economy needs Eco-normics – not Left vs Right debate

How do we integrate an ecological horizon with state regulations and market mechanisms?
Graphic by Arindam Mukherjee | ThePrint.in

None of the intellectuals on ThePrint’s list work in Indian languages

ThePrint’s intellectual list presents a homogeneous group of English-speaking people who look similar to each other.
Former RBI Governor Urjit Patel | Olivier Douliery/Bloomberg

Former RBI Governor Urjit Patel paid a heavy price for his unseemly power grab

RBI has now acquired far more monetary policy independence than it had during the UPA years.
Indian Army marching at Rajpath

History tells us Indian military was not always marginalised by civilian officials

Indian nationalists identified the problem of military’s outsized influence in matters of policy.
A file photo of Captain Amarinder Singh holding a meeting | Twitter

Amarinder Singh’s first year in power: The good, the bad, the ugly

The good news is his strong stance on Khalistani elements & illegal sand mining; the bad news is pre-poll promises of phones & jobs are unfulfilled.

On Camera

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Beijing, China | Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images

India must heed growing China-Pakistan intel-sharing. It may have aided Galwan clash

A report on enhanced China-Pakistan cooperation suggests that Pakistan could have shared its intelligence with China ahead of the India-China standoff in Galwan.

Jugaad and Covid pose new threats to India’s diesel consumption

Rise of natural gas & electric vehicles will crimp diesel demand over longer-term, but coronavirus is adding to the pressure by cutting economic activity.

Defence

File image of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Govt will take more steps towards indigenisation of defence infrastructure, says Rajnath Singh

Kick-starting the 'Atmanirbhar Week' in the defence sector, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the govt is looking to expand defence manufacturing capability in India.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.