Virendra Kapoor

Hyderabad: A dog rests at a deserted flyover during the 21-day nationwide lockdown (that entered the 13th day) imposed as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of COVID-19, in Hyderabad on Apr 6, 2020. (Photo: IANS)

Lockdown cannot go on indefinitely but economy needs reforms to revive

It is now certain that the coronavirus will not vanish on May 17. And even if the lockdown is extended...

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Of public intellectuals and honourable judges

Don’t play to the gallery unmindful of the ground realities and import of their words. At least in some ways...

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Anti-Gandhis mood growing among Congress rank, file

Gandhis as Fevicol keeping party united no longer valid after serial poll reverses.   For the first time we find...

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Freebies decided Delhi poll

Afraid to challenge Modi, AAP turned municipal, while Congress joined also-rans. Because it threw all it had in the campaign,...

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Don’t give Shaheen Bagh a face-saving exit

A clever approach would be to allow them to carry on undisturbed for as long as they don’t pack up...

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With 4 years to go, Budget could have been bolder

Nothing to revive animal spirits of the economy, salaried ought to be pleased. A budget is supposed to take stock...

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CAA to stay, funds to sustain Shaheen Baghs will get scarce

Like Nasbandi in Emergency, opinion polling made arduous by false propaganda.   Nasbandi scare spread like the proverbial wildfire among...

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Rent-a-crowd shows go on, but fizz gone from CAA protests

Shaheen Bagh won’t persuade government to climb down. PM is not for bending. You have to be a complete knave...

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BJP rules the world in self-goals

How many more self-goals must BJP score for Modi to step in?   When it comes to self-goals, the ruling...

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Strict vigil, tough police action tame CAA stir

Educating people on new law essential to prevent Congress-Maulvi mischief.   The loss of Jharkhand might have been overshadowed by...

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Congress stokes minority fears over CAA

Rajiv’s Assam Accord failed to deport one Bangladeshi.   It was as if they were waiting for something like the...

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CAB reopens Partition wounds, offers BJP emotional card

Ruling party exploits divisions openly, while Congress falls back on minorities.   Now, this is meant to provoke. The dewy-eyed...

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Has BJP peaked already or does it suffer from neglect?

Despite Modi’s popularity, party needs regional leaders to win states.   The Modi-Shah BJP seems to have peaked already. Since...

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Muslim League, Sena burnish Congress secularism now

Dire consequences of Maha betrayal could wreck future coalitions at the Centre.     Notwithstanding the pretence, the entire secular-liberal...

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Maha coup denudes Congress of secularist pretensions

Wily old fox Sharad Pawar outsmarted by nephew and new Deputy CM Ajit.     Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar. Well,...

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Flow of bad news on economy presages crippling slowdown

Induction of specialists in policymaking will help boost business sentiment.   Politics dominates the news cycle, as it always has....

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Staying out of RCEP will hurt economy in long run

PM Modi should not give China a free pass to world’s biggest trading bloc.   Bold and adventurist in domestic...

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No light at end of Kashmir tunnel anytime soon

Normalcy in valley was a chimera for decades, learn to live with it.     The European Union multiparty delegation...

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Humility would have served BJP’s cause better

Relatively good showing of Opposition despite the absence of the Gandhis.   It is one of those outcomes where the...

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It’s time for bold economic decisions

Swadeshi and statist mindsets will hold back economic reforms and growth.   Am I alone in thinking that the economy...

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Call for swadeshi not a hindrance to reform process

The government should think of freeing labour and land markets.     Let us concede at the outset that all...

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One-horse race in Haryana, Maharashtra

Six months after Lok Sabha defeat, Opposition still unable to get back on its feet.     Some elections are...

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Two PMs, two UN speeches, two different themes

Having stilled global response, time now for India to win peace in Kashmir.     Two Prime Ministers, two different...

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Ministers stake claim on PoK, rub salt in Pak wounds

Global opinion battle may have been won, restoring normalcy in Kashmir remains.   Kashmir is unlikely to dominate the news...