Thursday, 27 January, 2022

Topic: UPA-2

Why India appears strangely silent on sky-high fuel prices

Before 2014, fuel price hike used to outrage the public. Today, nobody seems to care. The difference tells you a lot about what appears to be ‘public opinion’.

Modi-Shah regime not same as UPA-II. Slide in popularity rating isn’t its tipping point

The Mood of the Nation survey shows Indians aren’t as convinced by BJP’s majoritarian policies and are worried about economy. But it's not beginning of end.

Today’s bad loans crisis has its roots in the ‘fixerpreneurship’ that thrived under UPA-2

Fixerpreneurs rose under UPA-2. They got listed on the stock markets in boom times, and kept leveraging their balance sheets as if the train will never stop.

The Great Indian Hijack

It began with the NAC, and now five characters in fancy dress have brought the govt to bended knee.

Modi admits failure when he compares himself to UPA-2 and not his own 2014 promises

Keeping 2019 in mind, Narendra Modi wants India to forget the tall promises of 2014.

Modi’s talent account deficit

A big-hearted leader finds talent wherever available and packs his team with it. Narendra Modi is yet to do this.

Or else, Modi

The Congress cannot win a third term just by scaring us all of Modi. Because 2014 is a far cry from 1984. And because we are not scared of Modi, even those who won’t vote for him.

His moral Highness

The PM’s oath of office has an implicit responsibility to protect the preeminent decision-making authority of that office. So it is difficult to watch how Manmohan Singh is going down in history as somebody who so damaged it.

Current accountability deficit

It is unlikely that history will easily overlook or forget that the Indian growth story collapsed so dramatically under UPA-2's leadership.

Scared witless

The weak and perennially nervous UPA-2 government has often let mere incidents and talking-head outrage panic itself into policy disasters.

On Camera


File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow | Photo: Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg

How Vladimir Putin keeps everyone guessing

Over the years, Putin has always had the upper hand tactically vis-à-vis the West because he’s had what’s called escalation dominance. But experts say he may have gone a big step too far.
AU Small Finance Bank Managing Director and Chief Executive Sanjay Agarwal. | Photo by special arrangement

MSME sector requires hand-holding, Budget measures needed: AU Small Finance Bank MD & CEO

The sector has faced continued distress since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in March 2020. Govt data says about 9% of MSMEs shut down due to the pandemic.


The photo of former PM Indira Gandhi with the three former service chiefs | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.