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Time poverty is making Indian women lose more money than ever

In ‘Labouring women’, economist Jayati Ghosh writes about what Indian policymakers are getting wrong in their measure of poverty.
A labourer takes a break at a green peas field in Amritsar, Punjab| Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

India can’t have true reform in agriculture if we keep hitching it to rural development

The systematic marginalisation of agriculture in Indian economy, including by Nirmala Sitharaman in her Budget, reveals why we can never fix it.

Wealth creation in Economic Survey: Slowdown forces Modi govt to shed ‘suit-boot’ fear?

With “wealth creation” as the central theme of 2020 Economic Survey, Modi govt has harked back to its capitalist orientation in the backdrop of an economic slowdown.

‘No anganwadi centres built in 7 yrs because rural job plan was not interpreted correctly’

Rural development secretary Amarjeet Sinha said MGNREGA had been misunderstood between 2006 and 2013-14, but since then, the govt has built 2 lakh centres.
People sit outside a home at dusk in Kraska village, Rajasthan | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Modi govt is flaunting two schemes — one that brings light & one that cuts carbon output

PM Modi’s Saubhagya scheme electrified 45,000 houses per day and UJALA scheme has distributed over 34.75 crore LED bulbs.
Woman walk past a transmission tower in Jammu and Kashmir | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Poor electricity service quality plagues Modi’s Saubhagya scheme, but there are ways out

Modi's ambitious rural electrification scheme will work if it breaks away from the traps of power theft, non-repayment and low electricity demand.
Women working on a project under MGNREGA | MGNREGA report

Budget 2019: The rise in funding for MGNREGA, charted

Despite PM Modi terming MGNREGA as a 'UPA failure', his govt has allocated Rs 60,000 crore in the interim budget — the highest ever for the scheme.
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Lawmakers & activists write to PM Modi raising concerns over MGNREGA fund crunch

More than 99% fund of the MGNREGA scheme was reportedly exhausted by 1 January 2019, three months before the end of the financial year.
A BJP advertisement at Modinagar, Uttar Pradesh | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Sorry urban voters, election 2019 is all about wooing the rural Indian

The political theatre has shifted to rural India ahead of the 2019 election.
A woman in Uttar Pradesh cooks on a LPG-connected stove | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

How Modi stopped rural Indian women from inhaling an equivalent of 400 cigarettes per day

Narendra Modi government’s Ujjwala scheme has been a game-changer for millions of women across India.

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Lalu’s loyalty to secularism is Tejashwi Yadav’s biggest political test in Modi’s India

In 1990, when then BJP president L.K. Advani was carrying out his rath yatra unbridled, it was Lalu Yadav as CM who had dared to stop him from entering Bihar.
Representational image. | A five gram gold coin sits on a counter inside a Titan Co. Tanishq jewellery store in Mumbai. | Photo: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Tatas got panned for Tanishq ad. But this state govt is the largest shareholder in Titan

Titan was set up in 1984 as a joint venture between the Tata group and a state govt. While the Tatas own 25.02% stake, the state govt owns 27.88% stake in the company.


Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.