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The cost of mis-selling financial products

It is important to align the incentive structure across product categories Read this opinion at : The cost of mis-selling financial products Source: Mint - Opinions

Why Narendra Modi should announce a mayor for Mumbai

Newspaper reports suggest that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to campaign for the 2017 elections to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Clearly, running India’s second-largest city matters to Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). A win could strengthen the BJP’s political position with a difficult regional ally, the Shiv...

Reimagining gender ads

Erving Goffman was a Canadian-American sociologist and writer, considered “the most influential American sociologist of the twentieth century”. He was also a member of the sociology department at the University of California, Berkeley. He was the first sociologist to study the depiction of genders in advertisements. His book Gender...

The evolution of identity

For as long as I can remember, the most celebrated feature of the Internet has been its anonymity. We have always been told that we can say and do whatever we want on the Internet, without fear of reprisal because its decentralized architecture guarantees anonymity. This is the reason...

For starters, ban the pellet gun

Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, scheduled to begin today, is a timely follow-up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Opposition leaders from the State on Monday. In a clear effort to soften the political rhetoric of the past days, Mr. Modi sought to...

Needed: Scientific flood management

India’s vulnerability to severe flooding during the monsoon is spectacularly demonstrated year after year, with the season invariably ending in significant loss of life and property. One research study for the period 1978-2006 based on official data reports that there were 2,443 flood events that led to the death...

It’s Mayawati versus Modi in U.P.

In a January 2015 opinion piece in The Hindu titled ‘When the elephant disappears’, Sanjay Kumar and Pranav Gupta argued that the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was hurtling downhill to the benefit of Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The authors said that in the 2014 Lok Sabha...

Sedition drama

Public policing of individuals’ patriotic credentials is not a good advertisement for any democracy. The latest such instance—a Karnataka lawyer has registered a sedition case against actor-politician Ramya for suggesting that Pakistan is not quite hell—has plumbed the depths of the absurd. Before this, there was the brouhaha over...

Puducherry’s nomads embrace a digital future

On an area spread across 500 sq. m at a stone’s throw from Auroville in Puducherry lives a nomadic tribe. This place does not have a name or address, but its Google geographical location indicates it to be in Thiruchitramblam. Let’s call this habitation AuroNomad for the sake of simplicity....

‘Kashmir’s alienation linked to impunity’

Amnesty International India (AII) is in the spotlight after its event in Bengaluru on August 13 titled ‘Broken Families’ — as part of a multi-city campaign to seek justice for victims of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir — attracted a charge of sedition. With some members of...

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Why there is no option to sharing Cauvery water

Tamil Nadu and Karnataka’s Cauvery basin reservoirs are half as full as they should be, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of reservoir data in both states, even as the Supreme Court modified its week-old order and allowed Karnataka to release 20% less water–12,000 cubic feet per second, or cusecs,...

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