Wednesday, 18 May, 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

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Chinese President Xi Jinping | Representational image| kremlin.ru

Chinese economy is feeling the heat. Blame Xi’s political Lysenkoism, vaccination policy

Smarting from the failures of his Great Leap Forward campaign, which hit the economy hard, Mao launched the 1962 war with India to rally the nation behind him.
Congress supporters staged a protest against inflation in Ranchi on 10 May | ANI

As inflation breaks records, Modi govt plans to counter criticism ahead of anniversary & polls

While retail inflation hit an 8-year high of 7.8% in April, wholesale inflation surged to a 9-year high of 15.08% on the back of elevated food and energy prices in the same month.

Defence

Satellite image of the development on the site | Twitter | @detresfa_

China building ‘bigger, broader’ 2nd bridge at Pangong Tso that can carry armoured columns

China's People's Liberation Army aims for multiple routes to counter any possible operations by the Indian forces on the southern banks of the Pangong Tso in the future.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.
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