Opinion/Editorials
Permit Raj in a brand new avatar - Jaithirth Rao, Tehelka
In the bad old days before Narasimha Rao liberated us from the Licence Permit Raj, it took a minimum of three years (the average was closer to seven years) to obtain an industrial licence. Anyone who wanted to start a factory was treated as if he or she were a supplicant. Guess what, very few factories were started in India and ordinary people couldn’t easily buy TV sets, refrigerators or motorcycles.
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Congress' Rahul dilemma deepens - Deepak Kumar Jha, Pioneer
Why there’s a need for more transparency & context in op-eds - Kelly McBride, Poynter
Mandir? UP has 2 other semi-finals pre-2014 - Ashok Malik, Economic Times
Use Modi to manage rupee - TK Arun, Economic Times
The economic consequences of Professor Amartya Sen - Arvind Subramanian, Business Standard
Now, it’s committee-panel raj - Ashoak Upadhyay, Business Line
India’s dysfunctional public health system - Mint
Breaking China code needs firm leadership - Ashok K Mehta, Pioneer
Judicial appointments: Shred the veil of secrecy - Ajit Prakash Shah, Times of India
Elections win over hunger - Suman Sahai, Asian Age
How chess explains the World - John Arquilla, ForeignPolicy
Free markets have helped cut global poverty - Mint
The rupee's wake-up call - Financial Express
Stop 'Mandalising' the military - Ajai Shukla, Business Standard
Managing the rupee fall - Business Standard
Dr Singh, you've slipped - Yashwant Sinha, Economic Times
Boost economy, rupee will revive - Economic Times
VVIP power - Indian Express
Omar Abdullah protests too much - Indian Express
Authorities ignored IB warnings on Bodh Gaya - Pioneer
Like vultures, they fight for remains - A Surya Prakash, Pioneer
Wanted, an Indian Frankfurter - Prabhash Ranjan, Hindu
Snowden made the right call when he fled the US - Daniel Ellsberg, Washington Post
What about the Right to Good Governance? - Joginder Singh, Pioneer
Centre must reveal Ishrat Jahan’s terror links - Pioneer
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The bitter truth that is now dawning on the Indian public is that far from being a great economist and a man of integrity, the former Prime Minister’s macro-economic management was a complete disaster, and he had indeed made terrible compromises just to cling to office. As a result, he compromised national interest, caused humongous loss to the exchequer and contributed substantially to India’s economic downfall. Obsessed with the desire to cling to power, he seemed to have made several unpardonable decisions to please his political masters — Ms Sonia and Mr Rahul Gandhi — and some coalition partners. Going by the evidence that is now at hand, the country has undoubtedly paid a very heavy price for having accepted Mr Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister for an entire decade.
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