The RBI’s relentless high interest rates are killing the new entrepreneurial class and has forced India’s growth rate to fall below the average of the past 30 years.
Prem Shankar Jha
Clearly on the defensive, was the prime minister’s speech in parliament another example of his belief that people will swallow anything he says provided he does so with sufficient bravado?
Narendra Modi is seen as being unflinchingly loyal to his subordinates. In contrast, recent events have shown people that Rahul Gandhi is not a fighter.
What really happened at the not-at-all-secret meeting with former Pakistani officials at Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house.
Rahul has committed the cardinal sin of politics: he has abandoned his bravest general at the height of a battle that he could very well have won.
The Emergency may be the most controversial part of her legacy but Mrs Gandhi’s greatest contribution to India was the way she handled the economic, political and foreign policy challenges the country faced after 1966.
Gasification of rice straws can solve the problem of air pollution, and with it many others, if only the government was willing to employ it.
Demonetisation has resulted in, at best, marginal improvements in India’s tax compliance and digitisation. But at what cost?
The first step towards reviving political dialogue and ending the rule of the gun in Kashmir is for New Delhi to announce that it is committed to restoring full autonomy within the constitution to the entire state.
For most of the past ten years, the economy has been suffering because of the unrelenting regime of very high real rates of interest that the RBI has imposed.
The Indian government seems to have fallen for the Big Business’ agenda of using electric cars even as climate change is accelerating.
Middle-class youth who supported Modi and gave him legitimacy are now seriously doubting his economic policies. That doubt will soon turn into rage.
Three almost simultaneous developments, each of which would normally have dented the government’s image in only minor ways, show how Modi’s image is beginning to lose its shine.
The Doklam standoff has opened a route to the resolution of the long simmering Himalayan border dispute. Can Modi turn the present draw into a victory?
A statesman is one who admits when he has made a mistake and has the grace to correct it before it does any more harm. The prime minister, unfortunately, has shown no signs of having either of these virtues.
By giving up on opposition unity and aligning with the BJP, which he criticised so intensely, Nitish Kumar has destroyed his own and the country’s future.
If Narendra Modi takes the pressure off Bhutan and instead focuses on the legal arguments China is making, he will find he can resolve the Sino-Indian boundary quickly.
At this crucial juncture, India must carefully examine the Indian army’s report on the 1962 war and accept the damning indictment of the government contained in the report.
The Congress has repeatedly been an obstacle to opposition unity, and it is time it comes to terms with the fact that it is no longer a national party, and thus no longer has the right to demand a pre-eminent position in a coalition of parties.
The all out attacks on minorities and on opposition governments show that the BJP and the Modi government have no regard for democracy
A move to electric vehicles in India will be far from “green”, and ignores existing technologies which could be less disruptive and more useful.
Unemployment has risen and the corporate sector has taken a hit, but the Modi government is relying on statistics to create an illusion of economic growth.
Indian strategic thinkers have been quick to conclude that China’s goal is to cut India off from the rest of Asia. But this is a frog-in-the-well kind of perspective.
Kashmiris must see the rule of law prevail once more in India before they can start believing that it will also prevail in Kashmir.
Techniques such as the Fischer Tropsch Synthesis can be used to turn garbage into biogas and other fuels which also reduces carbon dioxide emissions.
The US missile strike in Syria will unite Russia’s technology with China’s money and muscle and is not good for regional or world peace.
Villagers in Kashmir, who used to remain aloof from the conflict, are now prepared to die in order to save militants under siege.
At the very least, India must ensure that the Tibetan spiritual head’s visit is kept low key.
Modi has turned India into a military and diplomatic ally of the US. In China’s eyes, this has transformed India from a like-minded country that shared its opposition to the US’s attempt to create a unipolar world, into an adversary.
No matter what steps the government takes, the Indian economy will not revive till real interest rates are lowered.
Demonetisation has hit every sector of the economy from construction to automobile at the same time and its ripple effects are likely to be felt for months to come.
Very few Kashmiris define Azadi as a complete break up of ties with India and a vast majority of them do not want to join Pakistan
Inviting the American ambassador to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh is bound to provoke China.
Banning cow slaughter is a goal of the RSS and this has led to the emergence of hundreds of groups that go around attacking Dalits and Muslims.
The onslaught launched by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on the AAP government is unprecedented.
The key to peace in the region is to tackle the roots of the tension, which is the dispute over Kashmir.
Rajnath Singh’s task now is to make Kashmiris believe that the prime minister meant what he said about being willing to consider any solution within the Indian constitution. He has five days to do it in.
The government, through the all-party delegation, should ask Kashmiri nationalists what they want and see how far it can go to accommodate them within the framework of the constitution.
The government’s goal should be to create incentives for all shades of opinion in Jammu and Kashmir to engage politically with the question of what kind of relationship the state should have with the Indian Union.
For the first time since 1990, the anger in Kashmir and support for azadi from India is stretched across society in the Valley.