Politics & Current Affairs

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 […..]

Kashmir: Time to heal: After conversion of state to UT, let opposition parties back into Kashmir

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Whether you agree or disagree with the idea of getting 23 MPs from the European Union to visit Kashmir, the visit opened up key questions. Was it a limited public relations photo-op or the beginning of a new kind of diplomatic push by India? Will such an initiative strengthen India’s narrative on Kashmir, serving as […..]

No contest elections? Maharashtra and Haryana poll campaigns show why Congress needs to reinvent itself

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Maharashtra and Haryana will be voting in ten days. At this point in the poll cycle the air is usually thick with political speculation, gossip and delicious imponderables that define an Indian election. Yet, in both these two states, which until 2014 were Congress citadels, the most striking thing about the current political discourse is […..]