2020

‘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 […..]

‘India has 3-5% of GDP that it can put into this process of stabilisation of the economy’

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Junaid Ahmad is the World Bank’s India country director. He spoke to Nalin Mehta on the World Bank’s $1 billion emergency support package for India:     What does the World Bank’s $1 billion Covid-19 package for India entail? The objective is to support the government’s effort to stop the pandemic. It’s about putting money into testing, screening, […..]

We are in economic emergency: To fight Covid-19 impact, India must push through fiscal stimulus and Universal Basic Income

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“I’ve sent all my staff off on leave for 15 days,” a resort owner in Bharatpur told me. “I don’t know when they will be back. Business is not just low. It’s down to zero, with everything closed down.” Far away in New York Andrew Carmellini, the chef behind some of the city’s best known […..]

The challenge begins now: CDS is off to a blistering start. But serious reform to integrate armed forces requires painful decisions

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The appointment of the Chief of Defence Staff by the Modi government is probably the most significant military reform in five decades, and General Bipin Rawat has got off to a brisk start.   His declaration that India may soon have two to five geographical “theatre commands”, integrating weapons and personnel of army, air force […..]