Politics & Current Affairs

Don’t over-reach on internet controls

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Everyone agrees that fake news is a deadly menace. The spread of false information, purposely crafted to mislead citizens, as opposed to genuine mistakes in news reporting or even just plain old biases, is something that all of us deal with on social media sites every day. The problem is how do we stop it. […..]

No Vijay Yatras against Army: Politicising cantonment roads hurts the army, harms the nation and jeopardises security

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Anyone who has ever felt anything for the Indian army cannot help but be taken aback by the spectacle of political vijay yatras that were seen in the last few days on some of our army cantonment roads. Cantonments are the bedrock of the Indian army. Even if you think that some cantonment roads needed […..]

BJP led but JD(S) in pole position: Bengaluru game of thrones offers salutary lessons for Congress to take on Brand Modi in 2019

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In an election in which Siddaramaiah likened himself to the legendary seventh century Chalukya ruler Pulakesin II, who defeated the north Indian emperor Harsha, his Kannada First vs Outsider narrative clearly couldn’t stave off a saffron surge. While BJP finished as the single largest party in what still is its first major state south of […..]

North-east polls change 2019 game: Modi’s gains in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya give BJP new momentum

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Agartala, Kohima and Shillong are so far away from the heat and dust of Delhi that elections in the north-east have too often in the past been seen by political and intellectual elites in the capital as passing footnotes, at best. The tectonic shift in 2018 has been the lifting of these self-limiting blinkers. The […..]

Latest GDP numbers appear to have slain the demon of DeMon, but economic fundamentals remain a challenge

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From Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s made-for-TV ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’ jibe to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s retort on the ‘Grand Stupid Thought’ of an 18% cap on GST rates, Modi government’s economic performance has been shaping the prestige poll battle in Gujarat. The stakes are high for both: a resurgent Rahul, campaigning with a newfound overt […..]

A chat with Bill Gates on importance of India in his career, reconfiguring India and Aadhar

Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, speaks to Nalin Mehta, on the importance of India in his career, reconfiguring India for greater growth, Aadhaar and Donald J. Trump

Agra vs Ayodhya for 2019: If the economy is plan A in BJP’s calculus for Lok Sabha polls, Ram is plan B

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For the Nobel prize winning Rabindranath Tagore, who also happened to write India’s national anthem, the Taj Mahal famously rose “above the banks of the river like a solitary tear suspended on the cheek of time.” For the 2019 general elections, the Mughal monument is emerging as a set-piece for the political chessboard, a powerful […..]