2020

Times Group shaped my product-centric thinking from deep inside a newsroom

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Raju Narisetti, Publisher at McKinsey & Company’s Global Publishing, was conferred the degree of Doctorof Philosophy (Honoris Causa) in Media Management by Bennett University at its convocation on Thursday.Raju is an alumnus of Times School of Journalism and had started his career in journalism with the Times of India group. He spoke to TOI’s Nalin […..]

Party of Ram: BJP has won the culture war on Ram. Time now to focus on the economy

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It’s the death of the republic, lamented one of the few liberals on my school alumni WhatsApp group. As the imagery of Prime Minister Narendra Modi presiding, like a Hindu suratrana, over the bhumi-pujan of the new Ram temple in Ayodhya beamed over the airwaves this Wednesday, the WhatsApp group erupted. The morning started with […..]

‘We have tried to remove retrograde provisions and policies in J&K governance … militancy is slowly petering out’

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Girish Chandra Murmu was appointed the first lieutenant governor of Jammu & Kashmir after it lost its unique status under Article 370, was bifurcated and downgraded to a Union territory. As his tenure drew to a close he shared his experiences with Nalin Mehta  and Sanjeev Ratna Singh:     Can you list some of […..]

‘There is clearly a shift from offline to online … people are looking for richer experiences on virtual presence’

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An unexpected fallout of Covid-19 is the acceleration towards online engagements. Ajit Mohan, vice-president and managing director, Facebook India, speaks to Nalin Mehta on recent online trends and his firm’s plans to tap them:   What big changes are you seeing in Facebook consumption patterns after the coronavirus? The story in India in many ways is not that […..]

To take on Chinese ‘wolf warriors’, India must fix military asymmetry

In recent years, Chinese movies such as Wolf Warrior (in pic) have projected the image of a muscular global power

In recent years, Chinese movies such as Wolf Warrior (in pic) have projected the image of a muscular global power   A nation’s movies often reflect its self-image.     War films, even more so. As Indian troops face down China’s People Liberation Army in the Galwan Valley and across the Line of Actual Control, it […..]

‘We want companies leaving China to come to India instead of going to Vietnam or elsewhere’

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Uttar Pradesh confronts two critical challenges – helping its returning economic migrants and creating local opportunities for them. Dinesh Sharma, deputy chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, speaks to Nalin Mehta on the way ahead: What is your biggest economic challenge now? Coronavirus has created unfortunate circumstances. Filling up the losses that have happened is definitely […..]

WHO crisis raises deeper questions on multilateralism. Needed: New post-corona world order

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Few remember the SS Tuscania today. In April 1929, when smallpox broke on this large passenger ship sailing from Mumbai to Liverpool via Marseilles, it triggered a European health and travel crisis that had some eerie resemblances to the global shutdown we have now with the coronavirus. Worried at the prospect of smallpox, France banned […..]