2020

If a bank chief isn’t beholden to a finmin joint secretary, he will behave differently: Montek Singh Ahluwalia

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Montek Singh Ahluwalia , former deputy chairperson of the erstwhile Planning Commission and one of India’s most experienced economic policymakers, is the author of ‘Backstage: The Story Behind India’s High Growth Years’. He spoke to Nalin Mehta and Sanjiv Shankaran about economic reforms India’s big economic challenges and similarities and and differences between the UPA […..]

Arvind Kejriwal wins, CAA doesn’t lose

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Arvind Kejriwal’s decisive triumph in Delhi after the most ugly and polarised campaign the national capital has seen in recent memory holds several lessons for national politics. In an election where the chief minister was called a terrorist, where a Union minister raised slogans of “goli maaro”, a sitting BJP MP raised fears of anti-CAA […..]

‘Constitution’s founding idea: only citizenship unmediated by identity will create sustainable political environment’

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Madhav Khosla teaches law and politics at Columbia Law School and Ashoka University and is the author of India’s Founding Moment. He spoke to Nalin Mehta on the making of India’s Constitution, the debates that animated its creation and their contemporary relevance: You have written about Nehru’s unhappiness on the Indian constitutional revolution not being given its due […..]

‘CDS a positive development… next logical progression would be towards creating joint theatre commands

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General Bipin Rawat’s appointment as India’s first chief of defence staff is a big reform in defence management. Anit Mukherjee, assistant professor at Nanyang Technological University and author of The Absent Dialogue: Politicians, Bureaucrats and the Military in India, talks to Nalin Mehta about it: To what extent will the CDS matter? The recently unveiled […..]

CDS – From Nehru to Modi: In conversation with Jairam Ramesh

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The appointment of General Bipin Rawat as Chief of Defence Staff is the biggest defence reform in India in decades. Jairam Ramesh, former union minister and biographer of one of India’s most controversial defence ministers, Krishna Menon, speaks to TOI’s Nalin Mehta on why the idea of a CDS took so long to implement, why […..]

A Bitter Rivalry

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How the poster girls of Indian badminton, P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, fought for the attention of their beloved coach and mentor Pullela Gopichand. Exclusive extracts from a new book that looks at the back stories of these two great athletes-and at India’s prospects going into the Tokyo Olympic Games later this year. Has the […..]

Digital Politics in India’s 2019 General Elections

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India’s 2019 general election was the first national election contested within a truly digital consumption society, wherein approximately half the voting population had access to digital pathways, and another one-third had access to social media. This article argues that what happens on digital platforms is no longer an externality or an adjunct to offline politics—it is constitutive […..]