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Poverty of ideas - Arvind Panagariya, Economic Times
Evidence that poverty has declined since India began to liberalise in the 1980s, that the acceleration in growth to 8-9% range since the mid-2000s has resulted in accelerated poverty reduction and that these trends hold for each broad social group rather than just the aggregate population is as irrefutable as it gets in social sciences. In the accompanying graphic, taken from a recent study by Megha Mukim and the author... Read Full Article››
Pakistan,1971 - Khaled Ahmed, Indian Express
Every year,December 16 is observed in Pakistan as a moment of morose stocktaking,in which India is held responsible for the break-up of Pakistan in 1971. However,over the years,the Pakistani media has taken to mixing the message. It now balances the short-term culpability of India with the long-term culpability of Pakistan. This year,the familiar pattern was disturbed by the hanging of a Jamaat-e-Islami (Bangladesh)...
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Why Modi’s changed approach to Pakistan is more likely to yield détente - Baijayant 'Jay' Panda, Times of India
Is India compromising its own national interest by retaliating against Pakistan’s firing across the Line of Control, and putting on hold the dialogue process? Several Indian foreign policy commentators think so, and have been writing cogently on the topic. On the other hand, Indian public opinion seems to be strongly in favour of robust tit for tat. Should that be dismissed as plain old fashioned mob mentality or is there a ‘wisdom of crowds’...
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Nehruvians discredited modern India's builder - A Surya Prakash, Pioneer
The Narendra Modi Government’s decision to observe October 31, the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) and to mount a nationwide campaign to acquaint the country’s 1.3 billion citizens of the extraordinary  achievements of this great son of India, will be hailed by all patriotic citizens. This is the first major step taken by a Union Government over the last six decades to accord Sardar Patel, who was instrumental in securing the accession of 554 princely States...
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Sticking to our desks at all cost - Abhijit Banerjee, Hindustan Times
Shramev Jayate. Maybe in heaven. Here in India, ‘shrama’ usually comes last. Friends who are employers complain about the difficulty of finding people for service sector jobs that require running around or cleaning up after others. Everyone apparently wants a proper desk-job, not just one that allows you to be seated — not, for example, call centre jobs, which require...
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Making Bengal the den of jihadi terror - Balbir Punj, Pioneer
As the Government of West Bengal is seen compromising security, the question for Union Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh is: How far will he tolerate the alarmingly rising threat to security in the entire region? The trail of Burdwan blast looks like enveloping the Trinamool Congress like a python’s grip and squeezing the ruling coterie in West Bengal. Three  weeks ago, a house owned by the West Bengal ruling party leader was rocked by a blast of a bomb in the making.
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Saving the political class - R Balashankar, Economic Times
One of the less discussed points of the 'Narendra Modi' phenomenon is how he has restored the credibility of the Indian political class. Two years ago, at the peak of the Anna Hazare movement, politicians were lampooned as an arrogant, corrupt elite. Modi changed all that. Modi has set high standards for himself. The craze for entitlements finds no place in Modi's scheme. For him being in public life is amission. This has restored people's faith in the political class.
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The second referendum on Modi propels reforms - PR Ramesh & Ullekh NP, Open
The state elections of Maharashtra and Haryana, which together account for 378 assembly seats, were touted as an acid test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vote- catching ability and his enduring appeal as a leader who breaks caste barriers and takes apart the stomping grounds of political dynasties. Pundits were in a hurry to give a verdict whether the Modi magic, on full display during the General Election of April-May, had waned since then. They were curious to see whether he could still generate a cascade...
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Modi’s critics must find a new stick to beat him with - Swapan Dasgupta, Telegraph India
In many ways the aftermath of the elections in Maharashtra and Haryana was a case of the dog that didn’t bark. Imagine, for the sake of argument, that the assembly elections in the two states had been held at the beginning of the year, before the general elections. The favourable outcome for the Bharatiya Janata Party would have witnessed a frenetic round of breast-beating. Concerned notables would have been eloquent in expressing their dismay at the communalization of Indian politics and the consequent marginalization of the so-called secular parties.
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The new Modi-Doval doctrine on Pakistan is more robust than Manmohan's - R Jagannathan, FirstPost
Over the last few weeks, both Narendra Modi and his NSA have been asking our jawans on the international border and the line of control in J&K to give it back in spades if the Pakistanis try disturbing the peace by unprovoked firing. The Pakistanis are said to have been surprised by the ferocity of the BSF response to their provocations. This time a signal combined with action.
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The Mobile first economy - Shelley Singh, Economic Times
Just two seconds can make a difference of hundreds of crores of rupees in some businesses. That's the premise on which HDFC Securities is re-inventing its stock trading app for mobile phones. The new app will feed real time stock quotes to users' phones, shaving the 1.5 to 2 second lag that exists in the current app. This, among other things, HDFC Securities believes, will help increase brokerage earned from transactions done on mobiles from 2.5% of total revenues to 50% in two years.
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