Tipping points for an electoral victory

Tipping points for an electoral victory

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

Gripping as much the coming general election gets, political parties must pay heed to the often neglected but always key factors that can swing seats in their favour With high-stake polls round the corner, several important factors come into play for an electoral victory for any party. These components often influence...

The politics of Balakot

The politics of Balakot

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 | Deepak Sinha

Notwithstanding Pakistan’s best efforts to steer the Pulwama narrative to its advantage, what should worry us is the political orchestration that has not ceased yet There is something about old proverbs. Take, for example, an old adage by Abraham Lincoln: “You can fool all the people some of the time, and...

Sending it underground

Sending it underground

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 | Pioneer

Will the government’s move against electronic nicotine delivery systems achieve anything? The Union Health Ministry does not like smoking and with millions of tobacco-related deaths annually, that is a good thing. There is no doubt that smoking is a bad, dirty and expensive habit — even if it does not kill...

Death of an icon

Death of an icon

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 | Pioneer

Manohar Parrikar was a model politician. In his passing, India and Goa have lost a good son Usually when a high-profile politician passes away, particularly in these times of over-sharing on social media, some people tend to reflect on the negative aspects of the person in assessing his legacy. Even if...

Nasty side of power plays

Nasty side of power plays

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 | Sandhya Jain

Kuldip Nayar’s recollections in his book, On Leaders and Icons: From Jinnah to Modi, about leaders of pre and post-independent India make some startling revelations Declining to release Kuldip Nayar’s posthumously published book, On Leaders and Icons: From Jinnah to Modi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh informed the veteran journalist’s wife...

Comprehensive health cover still missing

Monday, 18 March 2019 | Debajit Sensharma

India needs to scale up awareness on benefits of a health insurance among the rural and the middle classes in addition to rolling out ambitious schemes like Ayushman Bharat. The industry needs to widen the packages on offer to include OPD coverage An over-burdened, under-financed public healthcare system, high cost of...

Redefine jobs and work

Monday, 18 March 2019 | Vinayshil Gautam

It’s time that the Indian economy and its assumptions were rooted in the ethos and the reality of the Indian way Several topics gain prominence in the media out of nowhere and again get lost in the cacophony of other unrelated issues, ranging from which UPA schemes were repackaged by the...

Can he make good post-strikes?

Can he make good post-strikes?

Monday, 18 March 2019 | Bindu Dalmia

Modi is counting on millennial first-time voters and women to have a sizeable impact on electoral outcomes. Much will also depend upon the on-ground delivery of schemes Prime Minister Narendra Modi goes into the battle of 2019 fully loaded with a carefully crafted script and a relatively unscathed personal image, which...