March 2016

Lessons in Apple nationalism: Not just angry nationals, but thinking nationals

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Imagine if an Indian corporate bigwig – say Vishal Sikka of Infosys – was asked by NIA, investigating the Pathankot terror attacks, to get his company to write software hacking into a confirmed terrorist’s digital or financial transactions. Now imagine if he flatly refused, arguing that this would breach Infosys’s confidentiality agreements with clients, leave […..]

Explaining Trump, the “Frankenstein’s monster”

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Two months ago, Strobe Talbott, President of Washington’s venerable Brookings Institution, told me that it was “extremely unlikely” that Donald Trump would get the nomination and if he did Strobe would “fly back to Delhi” and buy me “expensive dinner”. Now, few people know American politics better than Strobe Talbott, also a former Deputy Secretary […..]

Budget a wasted opportunity … do structural reform of factor and product markets … I stand by Ishrat affidavit: P Chidambaram

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P Chidambaram was finance and home minister in the UPA government and is the author of Standing Guard: A Year in Opposition. He spoke to TOI on Arun Jaitley’s budget, the NDA government and Ishrat Jahan. You have called the budget a wasted opportunity. Why? This government has a majority which no government has had […..]