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The politics of growth projections



Since my return to India two years ago, I have fielded many questions from rating agencies and fund managers about forecasts of India's economic growth by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Private forecasts from organisations like Goldman Sachs are also a regular feature of our policy landscape. The number of external agencies giving us their "take" on the future growth rate today far outnumbers domestic forecasters...
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A new energy



A year ago, I was requested to make recommendations on a 100-day action plan on energy for the new government. In response, I offered the following suggestions, which I hoped might define the roadmap for the following year. Steps should be taken to institutionalise the formulation of an integrated energy policy. The roadblocks constraining the production of oil, gas and coal should be removed; prices should be aligned to the market and the distortionary implications of subsidies should be addressed...
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India’s incredible outreach



Who would have thought just a year ago that India had the expertise and manpower to make a huge difference in disaster relief? After all when Mumbai was attacked on 26 November, 2008, it took forever for our commandos to reach because they had to fly out of Delhi and a plane was not made available quick enough. And in Mumbai they had no transport ready for them. This while 10 militants from Pakistan were gunning down people by the hundreds. The recent earthquake in Nepal is a horrifying disaster...
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Building a young nation of character



The world has come around to the view that democracy is essential for full human development. And only education and skill development can make this possible. The view of the late Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew on the one hand, and Communists on the other, that economic development must be first achieved before democracy is possible, has been decisively rejected. But democracy cannot be sustained unless the electorate is well informed, chooses its leadership wisely, and this leadership is intellectually...
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How NaMo won the internet



While the Narendra Modi regime is all poised to lose the ‘newly-elected’ tag as it draws closer to the completion of one year, the prime minister still commands the epithet of “master communicator” for his never-before-in-Indian-politics use of all platforms of mass communication, ranging from print and electronic to web-based services and even the radio, as well as emerging as the unchallenged king of the social media. His virtual presence remains unchallenged as he continues to strike up dialogues with the public.
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Why doing business in India is insane



There are assumptions about businesses in India. That they are only run by rich people. That everything they are doing at some level must be unethical. That all of them must have some secret deal with the party in power. Being businessmen, they must also be automatically profiteers, hoarders and polluters of the environment. Plus, have an apartment in London paid for with black money from a Swiss account. Our notion of businessmen naturally comes from the media. We see magazine covers...
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No Proof Required, Time to bash the media



I have been an active participant in the media (both print and TV) for the last 30 years—but never before have I been as embarrassed to be a part of the media as I was on Wednesday, April 24, the day of the suicide of a farmer at a rally of a political party, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). For me, a suicide is one of the most difficult events to comprehend. Suicides are complex; there are often multiple factors involved. They can rarely, if ever, be attributed to one thing.
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Opinion/Commentary
Land pact and beyond - Pioneer
Advantages of having water-tight friendship - Claude Arpi, Pioneer
Appeals and the travesty of justice - Mint
Credit to Centre, states for Bangladesh border settlement - Business Standard
Salman Khan: The day of the citizen - Hindu
Modi’s Buddhist pitch is not just diplomatic PR - Pioneer
Opposition is milking the agrarian crisis - Sandhya Jain, Pioneer
Redraw the calendar - Bibek Debroy, Indian Express
In taking on Jung, Kejriwal is audacious and imprudent - Shailaja Chandra, Indian Express
First, fix the teaching crisis in schools - Prachi Jain Windlass, Business Line
Building a new labour code for India - Mint
Brotherhood endures - SK Sinha, Deccan Chronicle
When a nation didn’t want to know - Anand Soondas, Times of India
India’s military needs that cutting edge - Iskander Rehman, Business Line
The theatrics no longer impress - Hindustan Times
India's TV journalists have damaged our relations with Nepal - Jyoti Malhotra, Mail Today
The politics of growth projections - Rathin Roy, Business Standard
Is Arun Shourie right? - Sunil Jain, Financial Express
If it doesn’t rain - Shweta Saini & Ashok Gulati, Indian Express
Nagaland: End of the limbo - Indian Express
Narendra Modi and the Chinese question - Mint
A new energy - Vikram S Mehta, Indian Express
How to move labour law reform forward - Business Standard
Kill Bill: Why not let states legislate Land Law - Shankkar Aiyar, NewIndianExpress
Friendship Foundation Laid down by Operation Maitri - Balbir Punj, NewIndianExpress
India is in a much better place after one year of Modi rule - Mythili Bhusnurmath, ET
Who’s afraid of Owaisi? Congress, Lalu, Mulayam, Mamata … - MJ Akbar, ToI
IPL, Net neutrality and the importance of competition - Mint
Harnessing India’s soft power advantage - Anil Padmanabhan, Mint
Indian Universities: Decline by degrees - Upinder Singh, Hindu
Politics/Nation
Sushma completes what Singh started - Times of India
Modi backed Raghuram Rajan, RBI in turf war with finance ministry - Business Standard
Akhilesh Yadav’s cadre - Indian Express
Why was lawyer kin of then CJI made High Court judge, govt asks SC - Utkarsh Anand, Indian Express
GST Bill sails through Lok Sabha, Congress walkout helps - Puja Mehra, Hindu
NDA must build consensus on real estate Bill - Pioneer
Assam inclusion paves the way for boundary pact - Shubhajit Roy, Indian Express
Aap mujh pe bharosa rakhiye, PM Narendra Modi told Sheikh Hasina - Shubhajit Roy, Indian Express
Govt looks to salvage GST bill after real estate legislation deferred - Anuja, Gyan Varma & Madhurima Nandy, Mint
Govt buying low-quality wheat good for farmers and trade - Tejinder Narang, FE
Assam included in Bill for land swap with Bangladesh - Suhasini Haidar & Anita Joshua, Hindu
Naxals were planning armed insurrection in AP - R Sairam, Hindu
BJP woos Vasan as DMDK, PMK flex political muscles - Julie Mariappan, ToI
No separate townships for Kashmiri pandits: Centre - Times of India
No primacy to CJI in judges’ appointments, Centre says - D Mahapatra, ToI
MPs, MLAs fall in OBC ‘creamy layer’, panel says - Subodh Ghildiyal, Times of India
Modi government to commemorate Muslim and Christian national icons such as Ashfaqulla Khan and TM Varghese - Vasudha Venugopal, Times of India
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee hints at early polls - Suman Chakraborti & Saikat Ray, Times of India
Local politics in foreign policy - Hindu
AAP sheds Swaraj tag - Ganesh N, India Today
Why Arvind Kejriwal should not threaten the media - Business Standard
Where have India’s farmer leaders gone? - Harish Damodaran, Indian Express
Jung vs Kejri: Odd couple - Indian Express
Consensus on GST, land bills unlikely this session - Gyan Varma & Anuja, Mint
Uttar Pradesh on the brink - Piyush Srivastava, Mail Today
The power ball is in the state governments' court - Mail Today
How the Gandhis get it wrong in Amethi - Piyush Srivastava, Mail Today
A new challenge from committees - AK Bhattacharya, Business Standard
Thaw hint in Mamata's GST bill support - JP Yadav, Telegraph India
‘Where was Rahul when govt introduced 66A? Will Nitish govern on legacy of 'Jungle Raj'?’ - Amin Ali, Times of India
Business/Economy
Is the party over for Indian stock markets? - Ami Shah, Mint
Fixing the E&P sector - Financial Express
CCI does a good job on e-tailers like Flipkart/Amazon - Financial Express
The net as a public resource - Harsh Manglik, Business Standard
For 'Make in India', first 'Innovate in India' - Lalit Bhasin, Business Standard
Software needs a stronger IPR regime - Vipin Agarwal, Business Line
Behind Berkshire Hathaway's 50th anniversary - Business Standard
Why is India still on the US' IPR watch list? - Business Standard
Virtual networks - Financial Express
Bricks versus clicks - Financial Express
Fields of shared prosperity - Vivian Fernandes, Financial Express
Smash the PSU oil cartel - Raghuvir Srinivasan, Business Line
Snapdeal is only a symptom of a bigger regulatory problem - Business Line
Start-ups' new money machine - Katie Benner, Business Standard
Optical illusion - Financial Express
Beyond Silicon Valley - Laura Tyson & Lenny Mendonca, Financial Express
Big data for commercial banks - Pulak Ghosh & Soumya Kanti Ghosh, Mint
Balancing interests with new priority sector norms - Madan Sabnavis, FE
Modi is 100% on expectations in his first year term: Kumar Mangalam Birla - Dev Chatterjee & Abhineet Kumar, Business Standard
Towards a new deep-sea fishing policy - Business Standard
Deferring creation of public debt body is a good decision - Hindustan Times
In praise of un-marketing - Santosh Desai, Times of India
US hard-sells nuclear powered carrier to India - Vishal Thapar, Sunday Guardian
Equal rights - Business Line
All that glitters is not gold - Sutanu Behuria, Business Line
NPAs limit lending capability, dampen growth - Pioneer
Firms may be allowed to sack up to 300 workers without government approval - Prashant K Nanda, Mint
Data Drive: Taking e-tax filing to the next level - Financial Express
Operationalising company law tribunals - Sidharrth Shankar, Financial Express
Oil’s well? - Business Line
Black money: Govt to introduce Undisclosed Foreign Income Bill in Parliament next week - India Today
PM Modi brings about sea change in energy sector - SPS Pannu, India Today
Here’s what Volkswagen can teach United Spirits - Anjana Menon, ET
The Neighbourhood/World
United Kingdom votes in most unpredictable election in decades - Indian Express
Britain Polls: Local is national - Alistair Mcmillan, Indian Express
China-Pakistan bhai bhai - G Parthasarathy, Business Line
Mukherjee in Russia - C Raja Mohan, Indian Express
Poised on a knife edge - Andrew Hammond, Times of India
Who will govern Britain after May 7? - Meghnad Desai, Financial Express
Economic policy turned inside out - Stephen S Roach, Financial Express
Scots may play puppeteers in UK’s high-stakes election - Swapan Dasgupta, ToI
A campaign without poetry - Andrew Whitehead, Hindu
Nepal’s moment of truth - Hindu
Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen - Ranjit Gupta, Hindu
The dollar joins the currency war - Nouriel Roubini, Mint
America's race challenge - Pioneer
America's risky recovery - Martin Feldstein, Business Standard
The global economy - are we there yet? - Suman Bery, Business Standard
Nepal: Stay the course - KC Singh, Asian Age
America’s hand visible in Saudis’ game of thrones - Neena Gopal, Asian Age
Ghani’s visit opens a window of possibilities - Deccan Chronicle
A new deal for Greece - Yanis Varoufakis, Mint
Quake-hit children, women in Nepal easy prey for human traffickers - HT
Dealing with a new Afghanistan - Mayuri Mukherjee, Pioneer
Terror to silence the critic - Pioneer
Digging out of the rubble - Kanak Mani Dixit, Times of India
Saying no to a friend - Christophe Jaffrelot, Indian Express
Ashraf Ghani and India-Afghanistan narrative - Pioneer
 
Interviews/Profiles
Modi is 100% on expectations in his first year term , Kumar Mangalam Birla  - Business Standard


'We are keen on expanding our strategic partnership with India' , Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia  - Hindu





MK Stalin likely to lead DMK in future , Kanimozhi Karunanidhi  - Economic Times


Our greatest progressive writer , Terry Pratchett  - Business Standard

India needs high bandwidth connections , Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president, Skype  - ToI

Proof of Kudankulam: 4 more units, cheap power , Alexander Uvarov, Russian nuclear expert  - ToI



The 'all's possible' leader , Lee Kuan Yew  - Pioneer

 

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India doesn’t face a suicide crisis. We have 17 per cent of the world’s population and 17 per cent of its suicides. Our suicide rate per one lakh people fell by 10 per cent over the last decade. While every preventable death is a horrible tragedy, the highest estimate of farmers’ suicides is 25,000 of the 2.5 lakh suicides last year. I wish this number for farmers was zero. But I remind myself that the farmer suicide number is half the number of women who died during childbirth in India last year.
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Honey, I am shrinking the device…

Wearable computing, the subject of breathlessly speculative stories on the science and technology pages until last week, finally made front page news on Sunday, for an utterly shameful reason. Four people, including two dentists and a medical student, were arrested for leaking the answers to 90 questions in the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT). Recipient candidates were clad...
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Ramayana 2.0

This post is for the benefit of all those who associate the export of India’s popular culture only with elements such as Bollywood or Indian music, across genres. Long before such exports were ever dreamt of, a more significant aspect of India’s culture was exported to foreign shores. Today, those lands retain and celebrate this aspect in a way that is similar, yet different from India.
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Eye blinks and earthquakes

During the period of Sundarsen, a devastating earthquake struck at night. The entire town was reduced to shambles. Cracks appeared in the surface of the earth and from there water gushed out and the entire town was deluged. Thus in the foresaid manner there appeared Ular Nag (Wular Lake).” This account, from the year 1250, is from a Persian manuscript called Tarikh-e-Hasan...
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Moore’s Law turns 50

On April 19, one of the most popular phenomena in the semiconductor industry — Moore’s Law — turned 50. It’s not wrong to call it a phenomenon, a word most often quoted, and misquoted, to explain and predict the way forward for the chip industry. It all started with the observation by Gordon E Moore on the number of transistors in an integrated circuit doubling approximately every 18 months.
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