Ravi Shanker Kapoor

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Restructure FinMin away from short-term revenue maximisation

The Finance Ministry’s structure, and of course the deep pink state, often leads it astray, focusing on immediate filling the...

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Cairn, Vodafone cases: Socialism masquerading as nationalism

The persistence of retrospective taxation has already cost a great deal to India’s reputation. Imagine the Indian ships in international...

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Covid-19: Chinese Health Organisation absolves Beijing

It is not only WHO that has been infested with Left-leaning bureaucrats; the entire public health establishment is dominated by...

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Beware of the deep pink state

Privatisation, like any other economic reform, runs into stiff resistance—from the respective administrative ministries, unions, intellectuals, the Left, even the...

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Reaping the whirlwind of fairy tales

Should an organized group that protests and inconveniences millions of people be appeased by the authorities? Protesting farmers have their...

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Myth of exploitation by ‘corporates’

Big corporations are generally fair in their dealings, for they can’t afford bad publicity either in the media or in...

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Trumpers: Less equal than others

While condemnation of the Capitol attack is loud and unending, BLM violence last year, which resulted in deaths, looting, arson,...

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Fear-mongering is the only booming sector

They tell us that the coronavirus cases have crossed the 1,000-mark and 29 have died; they don’t tell us that...

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India must not fall prey to corona panic

Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the nationwide lockdown, I received a WhatsApp message, paraphrasing a Hindi nursery rhyme:...

Economy

No, they can’t

What to do with the inveterate anti-business mindset that defines much of India’s economic policy? The US-China trade war can...

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Ignore the dinosaurs on India-US ties

US President Donald Trump’s statement expressing dissatisfaction with India is significant in the light of our persistence with Nehruvian foreign...

Economy

Green shoots in desert

Dirigisme remains defining feature of course adopted by government. Everything that could have gone wrong in the economy has. Yet,...

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Finance Minister alone not responsible for economy

Our regulators are nasty enough to make lives of entrepreneurs miserable but not effective enough to check scams, irregularities in...

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Nehru was no liberal

Even before the first general election, the Nehru regime introduced the First Amendment, which curtailed both freedom of expression and...

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Welcome Jeff Bezos and his investment

After his remark on Amazon chief Jeff Bezos was widely reported, Commerce & Industry Minister Piyush Goyal came up with...

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The ugly American liberal

Who is more unreasonable than the Indian liberal who usually parrots Leftists’ lies and dogmas? The American liberal. The way...

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Too many Robin Hoods and Gabbar Singhs

PM Modi—who has the power and the stature to weed these folks out of the system, and indeed to end...

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2010s: A dreadful decade for freedom

This century began well from the perspective of liberty in India. Almost a decade of reforms had opened up the...

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Internet outages play havoc with life in UP

In the wake of the agitation over the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens, internet services were...

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Socialism may kill Ola, Uber

If India is [a] computer, Rahul Gandhi said in April 2013, the Congress is its default programme. The party may...

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The poisonous Congress legacy

When doom seems imminent, mood can cathartically turn from bad to verse. Top Congress leaders’ comments on slowdown remind me...

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Gray rhinos, black swans, sitting ducks

Entire political class has become insouciant about air pollution issue. What still defines the system is thinking paralysis.   The...

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Harsher regulation cannot revive economy

While there is little danger from the Opposition to the Narendra Modi government, as evident from its ineptitude and in...

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The poor-farmer excuse

The need of the hour is systemic, systematic, and rational approach to the problem of crop burning.   Of all...