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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 […..]

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 […..]

Congress gets Patel face saver: But BJP still sits pretty while Congress desperately searches for a new narrative and identity

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There are three kinds of Patels in Gujarat, goes an old joke oft-repeated by Ahmed Patel’s detractors in the state. Kadva Patels, Leuva Patels and Ahmed Patel. Laced with the irony and exaggeration that is the hallmark of sharp political innuendo, it was meant both as a dig at his vote catching abilities and, equally, […..]

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

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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 […..]

How BJP made historic gains in UP

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GDP data and hard work vs Harvard

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Over-reacting to Gurmehar Kaur?

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