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Revisit policy on Fertiliser subsidy – Apr 24, 2019

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs last week extended the duration of the New Urea Policy-2105 beyond April   ...
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An economics fix – Oct 12, 2018

The Nobel to work on growth and long-run sustainability frames a crucial priority ...
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Deadly roads in India – Oct 11, 2018

Data on fatalities and injuries must jolt the government into action ...
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Time is running out to keep global warming below 1.5°C since pre-industrial era levels – Oct 10, 2018

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has come out with a clear scientific consensus that calls for a reversal of man-made greenhouse gas emissions, to prevent severe harm to humanity in th ...
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Five States: on upcoming Assembly polls – Oct 09, 2018

This round of polls has more than one thread; using them to spin a forecast for 2019 is risky ...
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Oldest friends: India and Russia – Oct 08, 2018

India needs to stand firm on its deep engagement with Russia in coming months ...
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Focus on inflation — on RBI interest rate – Oct 06, 2018

The RBI chooses to stick to its core mandate, ignoring other pressures such as on the rupee ...
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Fields of concern — on MSP for kharif crops – Oct 05, 2018

Higher minimum support prices often do not translate into better returns for farmers ...
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No sweeping change — on Swachh Bharat Mission – Oct 04, 2018

The Swachh Bharat Mission needs a broader vision of what constitutes cleanliness ...
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The new deals — on U.S.-Mexico-Canada pact – Oct 03, 2018

As the U.S., Canada and Mexico strike a trade pact, the world must watch carefully ...
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Rescuing IL&FS – Oct 02, 2018

Bailing it out is one thing, but how did the debt pile-up go unnoticed for so long? ...
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Tricky call ahead: on RBI policy stance – Oct 01, 2018

The RBI faces a tough call on setting policy rates given the inflation and liquidity concerns ...
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Across the Aisle: Good Aadhaar, Bad Aadhaar – Sep 30, 2018

The NDA tried to sell the false notion that if a person could not identify himself the person would not have an identity. ...
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Think big: on import duty hike – Sep 29, 2018

Merely tinkering with import duties will not narrow the current account deficit ...
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A fraught timeline: on Ayodhya title suit – Sep 28, 2018

The stage is set for a final hearing on the title suit to the disputed site in Ayodhya ...
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Aadhaar survives – Sep 27, 2018

The Supreme Court finds a pragmatic middle path between the Aadhaar scheme’s excesses and its benefits to the marginalised ...
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A nationalism that’s anti-national – Sep 26, 2018

What the RSS needs is an exposure to Indian culture and a deeper understanding of Hinduism itself ...
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Long road ahead: on Ayushman Bharat scheme – Sep 25, 2018

Budgetary support must be strengthened to make Ayushman Bharat a success ...
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The plane truth: on Rafale deal row – Sep 24, 2018

As things stand, only greater transparency will clear the air on the Rafale deal ...
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Five steps to Nirvana – Sep 23, 2018

External events are impacting the Indian economy. The government is unwilling to alter or calibrate its positions on the projected growth rate, government expenditure, NPA resolution, and tax enfor ...
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Overnight flip-flop: on India-Pak meeting – Sep 22, 2018

The government must explain why it cancelled the Swaraj-Qureshi meeting ...
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Moon diplomacy: On the Korean peace process – Sep 21, 2018

The South Korean President’s visit to the North has strengthened the peace process ...
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Opinion | The Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana experiment – Sep 20, 2018

The use of technology in agriculture mandis, whether it is for price discovery or assaying, will go a long way in bringing about much-needed transparency ...
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Banking on mergers – Sep 19, 2018

On Monday the Union government proposed the merger of three public sector banks — Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank — to create an amalgamated entity that will become the countr ...
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From Plate to Plough: Drowning in sweetness – Sep 18, 2018

The sugar industry faces a crisis of plenty. Unless bold steps are taken quickly, it can prove costly to the Modi government. ...
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Covering the last field – Sep 17, 2018

Reinvigorate the crop insurance scheme to provide social protection to every farmer ...
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A big ask in election year – Sep 16, 2018

The consequence is that the government revenue has become oil-dependent, government is loath to give up easy revenues, and there is mounting anger among the people as prices of petrol, diesel and L ...
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Beyond recompense: on the ISRO spy case – Sep 15, 2018

The ‘ISRO espionage case’ marked a disgraceful chapter in the history of police investigation in the country.  ...
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A higher policy burden – Sep 14, 2018

At one time, the IITs were created with exactly the same intentions and in a similar manner. But the performance of the IITs has been largely uninspiring.  ...
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Sage advice: on Raghuram Rajan's suggestions – Sep 13, 2018

Former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan’s note of caution on the next financial crisis that could be building up needs to be taken in all seriousness.  ...
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Avoidable suspense: on Indian-origin FPIs – Sep 12, 2018

Foreign investors in the Indian market are used to unexpected twists in the regulatory landscape, but they seldom talk tough in the public domain. ...
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Cause for caution: On India's GDP growth – Sep 11, 2018

Despite slowing as compared to a year ago, the services sector grew faster than the agricultural GDP. It is too early to conclude if rural distress - to address which the Narendra Modi government a ...
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Bail over jail: on due process – Sep 10, 2018

The power of arrest is an extraordinary one, conferred on the police to be employed with discretion and deliberation, not as a tool of oppression and harassment at the hands of prosecuting authorit ...
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Across the Aisle: Black to white magic – Sep 09, 2018

In this excerpt to Indian Express former finance minister P Chidambaram writes that RBI had done no study or preparatory work; yet the Central Board of RBI hurriedly met on November 8, without an a ...
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2+2 = ?: On India-US defence relationship – Sep 08, 2018

The India-U.S. defence relationship has been given a significant boost with the three agreements signed on Thursday after the inaugural 2+2 Dialogue in Delhi. ...
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The right to love: on Section 377 verdict – Sep 07, 2018

The stirring message from the Supreme Court’s landmark judgment decriminalising gay sex is that social morality cannot trump constitutional morality. It is a reaffirmation of the right to lov ...
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All for one, one for all?: on integrated military theatre commands – Sep 06, 2018

Each service of the military extolling its own importance is not helping India to study the changing character of war. There has been much discussion in the media recently on the integrated militar ...
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The Hindu Editorial (The last battle) – Sep 05, 2018 – Sep 05, 2018

The large-scale mobilisation of troops by the Syrian government and its allies around the northwestern Idlib province, the last major opposition-held enclave, has led to speculation about an immine ...
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Medal meter: on India at Asian Games 2018 – Sep 04, 2018

India’s best-ever Asian Games medal haul at Jakarta has brought much cheer. The Indian contingent raked in 69 medals, including 15 gold. ...
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Risks remain: on GDP growth – Sep 03, 2018

The Indian economy grew at an impressive rate of 8.2% in the April-June quarter this year, its fastest pace in nine quarters, according to official GDP data released on Friday. ...
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Across the Aisle: Jobs- The make or break issue – Sep 02, 2018

In this excerpt to Indian Express former finance minister P Chidambaram writes that a loan of Rs 47,268 is not sufficient to create a job. That amount may be enough to buy some tools or furniture o ...
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The sedition debate – Sep 01, 2018

Rulers everywhere tend to treat trenchant criticism as attempts to excite disaffection and disloyalty. That is perhaps the only reason that Section 124-A of the Indian Penal Code, enacted under col ...
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Money, money, money: on demonetisation – Aug 31, 2018

The Reserve Bank of India’s annual report for 2017-18 reveals that 99.3% of currency notes that were demonetised at midnight on November 8, 2016 have returned to the banking system. ...
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Power play: on troubles of the power sector – Aug 30, 2018

Monday marked the deadline for several cases in which loans were declared bad due to this regulation. Across the banking system, about 70 firms with loans of around ₹3.8 lakh crore outstanding we ...
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Father to son: on Stalin as DMK president – Aug 29, 2018

In appropriating the political legacy of his father M. Karunanidhi, and emerging as the undisputed leader of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, M.K. Stalin faced the greatest challenge from within his ...
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Restoring dignity: on stigma attached to leprosy – Aug 28, 2018

It has long been a blot on Indian society that while leprosy is completely curable, there lingers a social stigma attached to it. Even more shocking is that colonial laws that predate leprosy eradi ...
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Council conundrum: on States having a Legislative Council – Aug 27, 2018

If there was any real benefit in having a Legislative Council, all States in the country should, and arguably would, have a second chamber. The fact that there are only seven such Councils suggests ...
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Across the Aisle: Emulate, do not envy – Aug 26, 2018

In this excerpt to Indian Express former finance minister P Chidambaram writes that the first year of BJP government was promising and the second year too started well. The first major blunder was ...
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Musical chairs: on Australia's new Prime Minister – Aug 25, 2018

As Scott Morrison assumes charge as Australia’s Prime Minister, the question is whether he can put an end to the country’s protracted political instability. ...
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Get over the superpower syndrome – Aug 24, 2018

The current debate on whether foreign assistance should be accepted for relief and reconstruction work following the devastating floods in Kerala is an unnecessary distraction for the Central and S ...
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How to pay a fitting tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee – Aug 23, 2018

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s decision to allow cultivation of Bt cotton was transformative. Modi government must fulfill his vision by enlarging the scope of biotechnology in agricul ...
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High science with low development – Aug 22, 2018

On our 72nd Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that by 2022 we may expect the Tricolour to be unfurled in space. Even as he was announcing this from the ramparts of Red Fort i ...
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A brief history of the rupee – Aug 21, 2018

The rupee’s depreciation to more than 70 to a dollar just ahead of Independence Day led to historical comparisons of the value of the rupee. These can be misleading, as political freedom did ...
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From Plate to Plough: Lean year as a foundation – Aug 20, 2018

On August 16, NABARD presented the nation with a gift when it released the results of its All India Rural Financial Inclusion Survey (NAFIS). Among other things, the survey estimates 2015-16 farmer ...
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Across the aisle: Mr A B Vajpayee, RIP – Aug 19, 2018

In this excerpt to Indian Express former finance minister P Chidambaram writes that to most of his party colleagues and the RSS, he was the right man to lead the ‘right’ party. To many ...
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Continental shifts: On Jakarta Asiad – Aug 18, 2018

The Asian Games begin in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang on Saturday, providing Indian sport a bracing opportunity to prove its composite progress at the global level.India is well-p ...
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A statesman and an orator – Aug 17, 2018

It was this civility and dignity that marked Vajpayee’s life and politics, and which seems completely at odds with the prevailing political culture of today. His endearing manner, display of ...
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Making NHPM work: On Ayushman Bharat – Aug 16, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement on Independence Day that Ayushman Bharat, or the National Health Protection Mission, will be launched formally on September 25 sends out the signal ...
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Currency crossfire: On the weakening rupee – Aug 15, 2018

For the Indian rupee, already grappling with high crude oil prices and the growing heft of the U.S. dollar, the latest shock has come from a most unexpected quarter. The currency, which was valued ...
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Keeping dry: On Kerala floods – Aug 14, 2018

Kerala’s floods show the need for governments to strengthen resilience planning after more than three dozen people have died and an estimated ₹8,316 crore worth of economic assets have been ...
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The risk in Imran Khan’s Pakistan – Aug 13, 2018

Ayesha Siddiqa writes to the Indian Express that Imran Khan’s ambition to establish an Islamic welfare state might get muddled, and produce more religious agenda than welfare.   ...
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First anarchy, now autarky – Aug 12, 2018

Former Indian finance minister P Chidambaram writes that autarky will never be dead and buried six fathoms deep. It has a way of rearing its head from time to time, and that is what seems to be hap ...
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The rise and rise of Boris Johnson – Aug 11, 2018

Mr. Johnson’s time as Foreign Secretary was peppered with controversial moments, including his remarks on boosting the whisky trade between India and the U.K. during a visit to a British gurd ...
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