Wednesday, 30 November, 2022
TopicWeekend Ruminations

Topic: Weekend Ruminations

Sunday is the unhappiest day of the week. But beating weekend anxiety has 3 simple steps

For many, by the time Sunday afternoon rolls around, a feeling of intense anxiety and dread sets in—often referred to as the 'Sunday scaries'.

India is running out of time to capitalise on its demographic dividend

Demographic dividend can be exploited only if people are actually working, and if they have proper education & skills. India has fallen short on both counts.

Buying complex weaponry is no easy business, but Rafale shows India’s process is broken

It takes 8-10 years for a selection process to be carried through while the defence services wait. Indeed, in the end, there may be no acquisition at all.

The hits and misses of Arun Jaitley’s Budgets

Govt finances and revenues will certainly show improvement, but school education has stagnated and India’s defences look increasingly vulnerable.

Why the lack of approval from Lutyens’ Delhi bothers Narendra Modi so much

Mr Modi's regret with Lutyens' Delhi is perhaps that the BJP is still cast as the subaltern in this enclave.

Modi, after all, had no solution to the poor and nasty lives of most Indians

Five years on, the reality hasn't changed for young Indians. Subsidies and hand-outs are all that they've got.

Modi ji, stop repeating Vajpayee’s mistake on the economy

The Vajpayee govt suppressed food prices and lost, while the first Manmohan Singh govt corrected that and was re-elected. It’s good politics and good economics.

On GDP, it’s time to construct an Indian version of the Li Keqiang index

The NITI Aayog has some explaining to do if the charge of official statistics having gone political is not to gain currency.

Urjit Patel is rigid & uncommunicative but India can’t afford his resignation

Past RBI governors too have been rigid, but willing to engage.

In Ambani vs Ambani, big brother has the last laugh

Mukesh Ambani can look back on a year during which he has shaken up the telecom industry, whereas Anil has been selling one business after another to raise cash.

On Camera

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In Gujarat, voters want BJP’s alternative but not of Modi

After ruling Gujarat for 27 years, BJP knows how to shield election outcomes from ground realities such as people’s hardships, leaderless govt and corrupt bureaucracy.
File photo of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar | Maxim Shipenkov/Pool via Reuters

Modi govt asked by sanction-hit Russia for parts for key sectors, says report

Moscow has sent India a list of over 500 products including parts for cars, aircraft and trains for delivery as sanctions squeeze Russia's ability to keep vital industries running.

Defence

Illustration: Soham Sen | The Print

Modi govt moves with Arunachal Frontier Highway, among India’s ‘toughest’ projects yet, China in mind

The 2,000 km-long highway will be of strategic importance to military. Same equipment used on other side of LAC being deployed to carry out work on tough terrain, say officials.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.