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Why the Budget just got a little harder

Friday, 12 Jan 2018 | Rajeev Ahuja | in Oped

Recent Gross Domestic Product growth estimates have put the Finance Ministry in a tight spot. Balancing shorter-term economic imperatives and longer-term goals has just become a little more challenging as the General Election looms large India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is estimated to grow at 6.5 per cent during the financial...

A non-existent revolution in Iran

Thursday, 11 Jan 2018 | Kabir Taneja | in Oped

While factions within Iran’s polity may have played some role in the protests that unfolded, the fact that the uprising was leaderless shows recklessness on the part of a significant part of the Western discourse Over the past few weeks, Iran, the seat of Shiite Islam and one of the tri-poles...

How effective are tweets of anger?

Thursday, 11 Jan 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

Trump, like his predecessors, came down heavily on Pakistan for its support to terror groups. But will effective action follow the roll of thunder? The Trump Administration’s decision to withhold $255 million worth of military aid to Pakistan is hardly surprising given its increasingly sharp criticism of Islamabad’s sham war against...

India in struggle against climate change

Thursday, 11 Jan 2018 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Extreme weather events across the world are growing. India must leverage its advantages, such as its unique scientific and research capabilities, to bring succour to a climate change embattled world The climate change process seems to be changing gears and the going is definitely getting tough with the world seeing two...

Independent director: An oxymoron

Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018 | Hima Bindu Kota | in Oped

As the situation exists today, there is no independence for independent directors. The need of the hour is to make them active participants in board meetings Strong independent directors make strong boards. The fiduciary board of independent directors of any listed company is to protect the interests of minority shareholders and...

Mine in India to Make in India

Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018 | Navneet Anand | in Oped

The Government should consider giving a fillip to the heavy minerals industry, which has huge potential both in terms of revenue and providing employment This is one pot of potential that the Government of India may need to look at closely — the Heavy Mineral Mining (HMM) industry. We owe this...

Transforming India's rural landscape

Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018 | Sanju Verma | in Oped

Recent poll wins in Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat are a testimony to the fact that a farm-centric approach has been the mainstay of Modinomics. The emphasis has been on empowering and enriching scores of farmers who till our soil so that we don't go to bed on an empty stomach It...

Separating fact from fiction

Tuesday, 09 Jan 2018 | Raghav Pandey and Kartikeya Bahadur | in Oped

There seems to be a conscious attempt to muddle up the Ayodhya case by embroiling it in extraneous occurrences which have no bearing with the actual dispute On December 5, 2017, a three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court of India, while hearing the first appeal of the Babri land dispute, was...

Space 2018: Better late than never

Tuesday, 09 Jan 2018 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

As new players are aiming high this year, it's going to be a good year in space. It does feel like we are back on track and going somewhere It’s going to be a good year in space, and the new players are aiming high. The Indian Space Research Organisation intends...

2018: A year full of promise

Tuesday, 09 Jan 2018 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Oped

The new year looks like it will be a year of competitive politics. With the General Election nearing, expectations are high that relief may be on the cards this Budget. The Modi Government is poised for development but growth should come with a lower tax burden The year 2018 is...


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