Public Policy

Don’t over-reach on internet controls


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


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 […..]

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

Demonetisation - Currency

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

Look beyond waivers for Kisan 2.0: Agri policy must set market mechanisms free to work effectively


When Lal Bahadur Shastri first shouted ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ at Delhi’s Ram Lila Maidan in 1965, he fleshed out a cardinal truth about India’s political imaginary: the idea of the brave soldier and the hardworking farmer as bulwarks of the nation. BJP, in the past three years, has adroitly managed to hook its political […..]

Facebook’s Campbell Brown: No silver bullet for tackling fake news … no way Facebook can monitor every story or video shared


Fake news on digital media has become a potent means of manipulating political discourse around the world. Campbell Brown, Facebook’s New York-based head of news partnerships, spoke to Nalin Mehta on how the world’s largest social network is responding to the propagation of fake news through its platform in India and worldwide: How are you […..]

Chief Stastician TCA Anant: Would not overplay the slowdown concerns merely on a one quarter figure


After releasing new economic data showing that India’s GDP growth slowed down sharply in January-March this year to 6.1% and to a three-year-low of 7.1% overall in 2016-17, TCA Anant, Chief Statistician of India and Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, spoke to Sanjiv Shankaran and Nalin Mehta on  slowdown concerns, the impact of demonetisation and employment numbers: Looking at last […..]