Thursday, 20 January, 2022
TopicWeekend Ruminations

Topic: Weekend Ruminations

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


How Facebook and Amazon rely on an invisible workforce

The market for on-demand, digital tasks is estimated by the World Bank to be worth $25 billion, with Meta Platforms, Amazon, YouTube as some of the biggest buyers.
Representational image of a jewellery store | ANI

India Jewellery Park to be set up in Mumbai, aims to attract Rs 20,000 crore investment

The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation have signed a draft agreement granting possession of a plot for setting up the park.


Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla meets German Navy chief Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach on 20 January. | Twitter | @MEAIndia

New chapter in ties as Indian foreign secy meets Germany navy chief, warship ‘Bayern’ visits

With Germany identifying India as one of the key partners in its Indo-Pacific policy, a German frigate entered Indian waters for a port call in Mumbai, in a major signal to China.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.