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Gopalkrishna Gandhi says Election Commission must maintain its formidable reputation

ThoughtShot, ThePrint’s one-stop-opinion-spot from leading newspapers’ editorial pages.
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India’s jobless rate doubled while it’s growth was world-beating since 2011, says study

After remaining at about 2-3% during the decade to 2011, the jobless rate increased to more than 6% in 2018, a report by the Azim Premji University shows.
A student attends a welding class during vocational training at the Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) Institute of Skills in New Delhi, India

Here’s what we know for sure about jobs & unemployment under Modi govt

A highly educated youth is more than 5 times as likely to be unemployed as an uneducated one, reflecting quality of education & jobs being created.
AICTE has written to all the institutes, urging students and teachers to use LetzConnect (Representational image)

India is failing 175 million of its young people. Here’s the solution

Out of the 13 million youngsters who join the workforce each year, only one in four become management professionals and one in five, engineers.
Villagers of Lar Sauryana in Madhya Pradesh show their job cards with no entries under MNREGA | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

MGNREGA survived Modi govt’s neglect and derision, it will be up to new regime to fix it

The current wage system in MGNREGA needs a double booster shot: hike in existing rate and correction in subsequent revision rates.

No jobs data from Niti Aayog for now, numbers expected only after Lok Sabha polls

Niti Aayog had promised to release the final statistics on jobs after a leaked NSSO report pegged unemployment at a 45-year high.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | PTI

India’s challenges have become worse under PM Modi, says Pew survey

Pew survey also finds 55% Indians are happy with the way things are going and terrorism & unemployment are their biggest concerns.
Arun Jaitley and Narendra Modi at a conference in New Delhi | Kuni Takahashi/Bloomberg

Jobless youth are a reality. Modi can’t hide behind misleading data and a media spin

A country in need of over 10 lakh jobs each month has its prime minister, Narendra Modi, latching on to flawed analysis to claim that all is well.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses a press conference at AICC office | Manvender Vashist/PTI

Rahul Gandhi using 108 scholars’ dissent on data makes it political, not intellectual concern

The so-called leaked partial data led to a race for data points, and intricate statistical findings were turned into exit polls overnight.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi and jobs: It’s all about data, and how it’s calculated

Both Modi government and private surveys can be correct about India’s jobs status — because they measure different things, and employ different ways.

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With Lok Sabha elections over, how can India and Pakistan now repair fractured ties?

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering appointing a national security adviser to revive backchannel diplomatic talks with India.

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RAW & IB chiefs, cabinet & defence secretaries — the key appointments awaiting new govt

The new govt will also appoint the IAF chief after incumbent Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa retires in September. 
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.