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The Rajan Syndrome – Exit of Raghuram Rajan

These are exciting times — and not just for economists. Raghuram Rajan is just governor of the Reserve Bank of India — a satrap sent by the Badshahi of Delhi to rule a colony on the western seashore. It has been doing this for 80 years. Getting rid of...

Limits of the Big Freeze

In the preface to his just-published novel 2017 War with Russia , recently-retired North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) General Sir Richard Shirreff describes his depiction of a Russia-NATO war as not fiction, but “fact-based prediction”. He quotes a U.S. Army Chief’s testimony to the Senate that Russia’s nuclear capability...

A Stitch In Time

The Centre’s package of incentives to boost investments and job creation in the export-oriented textile and apparel sector is a stitch in time. That one of the economy’s largest employment generators outside agriculture has been steadily ceding ground to smaller but nimbler competitors such as Bangladesh and Vietnam has...

Death of A Singer – Amjad Sabri’s Murder

Amjad Sabri, a celebrated qawwali singer, is the latest victim of the Taliban’s war on plurality in Pakistan. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, which has claimed responsibility for Sabri’s murder in Karachi on Wednesday, has said the group considers his music blasphemous. The reason lies in the Taliban’s own ideological moorings....

The Silent Campaign Of Mayawati

As the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha elections draw closer, a question that is on the top of the mind of both political analysts and the general populace is ‘What is Mayawati doing?’ People expect the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to emerge as a strong contender but at the same...

Hate Speech Vs. Hate Free Speech

On May 31, 2016, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube, which are involved in the European Union Internet Forum, formulated a Code of Conduct on countering illegal hate speech online. Even while declaring that they take pride in promoting and facilitating freedom of expression, these information technology (IT) companies shared...

A strange obsession with the NSG

The government’s obsessive quest for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is very like the hunting of the Snark, a macabre, tragi-comic pursuit which ends with the hunter becoming the quarry. Why is it so desperate? The External Affairs Minister, usually a sane voice in the wilderness of...

Push For Yoga

Marking the second International Yoga Day , Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done well to highlight the non-sectarian character of yoga. Emphasising that yoga wasn't religious in nature, he asserted that the traditional practice was even meant for atheists. Moreover, he described yoga as an instrument that provided health...

Open Sesame India

NDA's decision to open up more space for foreign direct investment is timely and will benefit the economy . More importantly, as opportunities increase for foreign capital it will translate into jobs for young Indians. For India to realise the full potential of these policy changes, state governments have...

The Chamcha Factor

Dev Kant Barooah, Congress president during the Emergency once declared, “India is Indira. Indira is India,“ in a standard template of Indian political chamchagiri. Today , there are many wannabe Barooahs. “I am proud to be a Modi chamcha,“ declared Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani recently . Nihalani is not...

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Assembly order to arrest journalists triggers sharp criticism {$excerpt:n} Bengaluru The Karnataka Legislative assembly order to imprison editors of two Kannada tabloids for a year with a fine of ₹10,000 for breach of privilege has sparked off sharp reactions from journalist... Source: The Hindu - National

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