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Gear changing from a soft power to a hard one

It is backed by wherewithal including economic power, military prowess, formal and informal alliances etc.   Bill Clinton administration staffer...

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman holds budget papers as she leaves her office to present the federal Budget in Parliament in New Delhi, on Friday. REUTERS

Budget 2019: Infrastructure stays the ticket to ride

FM’s Budget speech covered an enormous amount of ground while being audaciously low on specifics and timelines. But it was...

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Land of a thousand winks

The new populism, inclusive of a higher profile in foreign affairs, defence purchases, infrastructure development, farming sops, might well stretch...

Roads are being widened between Ghazipur and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

Build it and they will come

India, with its self-image and identity itself in transit, is clearly not doing enough to exploit its opportunities. Its preference...

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Straight bat Modi 2.0 will drive hard for a ‘New India’

His vision puts national self-interest first—an India no longer divorced from the Bharatvarsha it sprang from.   Despite the name-calling...

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Competitive poverty alleviation is the ticket

Is the electorate mature enough to see through the short-term benefits of doles?   Will the proposed Nyuntam Aay Yojana...

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Modi gets results from a Kong-strength foreign policy

India has earned the respect of the world afresh. This has resulted in global responsiveness to India’s concerns.   External...

New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi briefs media persons ahead of the Budget Session 2019-20 of Parliament, in New Delhi on Jan 31, 2019. Also seen Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Arjun Ram Meghwal and Vijay Goel. (Photo: IA

Bench-strength crucial for delivery for Modi 2.0

Size and quality of political access pool is important. There is a need to induct people based on executive merit....

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers prayer at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu

PM Modi must deliver on Hindutva, Ram temple

He needs to reassert a commitment to the BJP’s core beliefs. This will greatly encourage the Hindu masses.   Whenever,...

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Have big powers voted Modi into a second term already?

Modi has acquired the stature of a man of destiny globally, and is still very popular at home. He appears...

New Delhi: Congress activists stage a demonstration against the Central Government over Rafale deal in New Delhi on Nov 2, 2018. (Photo: IANS)

Has Opposition peaked too soon?

Its attempts to form a Mahagatbandhan suffers from a lack of conviction, and an agenda beyond ousting Modi.   The...

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Oil on fire: The open-market illusion in statist fetters

Suspicion remains that a proportion of the fuel taxes pays for a bloated political and bureaucratic apparatus.   Prime Minister...

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Modi carries forward Vajpayee’s legacy

Vajpayee had nothing in common with Nehru beyond parliamentary etiquette.   Amongst the deluge of eulogies and hosannas on the...

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi accomapanied by Rwandan President Paul Kagame arrive at the Rweru model village in Bugesera district, Eastern Province

Modi will win a second term in 2019

The UPA left the economy in a looted shambles in 2014, and the NDA has nursed it back to health...

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Don’t petrol bomb the public with lazy taxation

The impact of sustained and high global crude prices will weigh heavily on the Indian economy.   The price of...

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In concrete terms, what has Modi accomplished in four years?

PM Narendra Modi has been pushing infrastructure development relentlessly over the last four years.   You and I come by...

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Trump’s art of the deal: Shake up the status quo and see what breaks loose

What Donald Trump is looking for is renegotiation of trade agreements on terms more favourable to the US.   US...

Venal politico-business nexus is behind plunder of PSU banking system

The State Bank of India, today’s public sector banking mother-ship, was the former Imperial Bank of India. It was the...

A battering ram of an inclusive budget

With its sizeable allocations for farming, healthcare—including medical insurance, education, medium/small manufacturers/ businesses, and infrastructure—this final whole year Budget, is...

Melt-up 2018 in Indian bourses, but why?

Three weeks into the new-year 2018, the Indian stock market is still scaling new peaks. Meanwhile, Jeremy Grantham, an American...

Elevation of the Dynasts

What does the long awaited elevation of Rahul Gandhi portend? Does it suggest an alluring “youth” blast from the Opposition...

Has something changed for mutual funds in India?

For two decades, the Indian stock market has had an upward momentum. That some of this was through NDA I,...

Government must change service rules, sack non-performers

How does the Prime Minister get a bloated, self-indulgent government to deliver? Remember, in its political train, there is a...

BJP changing: Ideology, loyalty moving to meritorious governance

The wheel of fortune turned full-circle for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2014. This, when Narendra Modi swept to...