With increasing communal polarisation, the festival is an an effort by a variety of people to capture the more inclusive essence of Varanasi.
In episode 55 of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua discusses the practice of triple talaq and job losses in Narendra Modi’s term as prime minister.
India and Palestine also signed five agreements on cooperation in the areas of agriculture, IT and electronics, health, and youth affairs and sports.
NITI Aayog’s research on drug deregulation continues unabated, even as two Union ministers have said they will follow the prime minister’s vision on affordable healthcare.
Multiple indicices show that the economy may not have recovered fully from the demonetisation move yet, indicated by slow rises in output and employment.
The three year-long CBI investigation into Jatin Mehta’s Winsome Diamonds has finally come to an end. While there are a number of questions still remaining, will the guilty be punished?
Global experience shows that implementing GST caused severe short to medium term disruption in countries’ economies – we shouldn’t expect better from India’s half-baked version either.
With his elevation to the Congress top post imminent, many feel Rahul Gandhi will fail as successive debacles have shown he is not fit for the job.
In the eighteenth episode of Jan Ki Baat, Vinod Dua discusses the roles and responsibilities of the parliamentary opposition and explores why Irom Sharmila lost in the Manipur assembly elections this year.
This ‘moral cleansing’ project of the prime minister has played a big role in enabling him to break through caste barriers to create a larger social coalition.
They said the BJP’s parliamentary board and state party legislature will decide on the next chief minister for UP soon.
It remains to be seen whether the consumer affairs ministry plans on levying a nominal fee or issuing a public statement that criticises the companies’ actions.
A wave of resentment rocked the BJP’s confidence after it denied popular MLA Shyamdev Roy Chaudhury, or Dada, a ticket, prompting a visit from Modi himself.
This week’s column looks at some of the different ways people think about hard work – in the US, in India, as white or blue-collar workers, as Dalit women – and the varying importance of it in their lives.
Employing Prime Minister Modi’s concept of “minimum government, maximum governance”, plans are being consolidated to merge certain key ministries.
After demonetisation, investors and those within the BJP intellectual community are confused: Will Modi take a socialist path or will he stick to being a market-friendly prime minister?
The employees of Khadi Village Industries Commission plan to stage “a silent, soul-cleansing” protest wearing black bands on their mouths against the use of the prime minister’s image.
Obedience and conventionality seem to have reasserted themselves as core values, as the rebellious spirit of Delhi declines.
The impact of the contractionary demand shock triggered by the note ban will gradually radiate from cash-intensive activities to virtually every sector of the economy.
The next stage of the ArthaKranti proposal is the introduction of a bank transaction tax – a taxation system that is not based on sound economic reasoning.
Prominent lawyer Prashant Bhushan discusses the recent Sahara-Birla diaries, over-invoicing of coal imports by Reliance and Adani groups, and the Essar tapes.
Siddharth Varadarajan and M.K. Venu, founding editors of The Wire, discuss the politics and economics of demonetisation in a Facebook live chat.
Watch what people from working class and poor sections of our society have to say about demonetisation.
A series of articles that analyse what happened, the reasons behind it, its effects and what to expect next.
Was the November 11th target for re-opening of ATMs unreasonable? Long-term neglect and quality-of-service issues aren’t helping either.
Nitish Kumar said the move would be beneficial in the long run, but others like Mamata Banerjee, Sitaram Yechury and Thomas Isaac were critical of it.
The Centre is effectively saying it wants a cashless economy for the millions who survive in an honest cash economy. The dishonest cash economy controlled by big business is allowed to continue and thrive.
At the Ramnath Goenka Awards, which is organised annually by the Indian Express to celebrate outstanding work journalism, Indian Express’ editor-in-chief made some sharp comments during his brief speech.
Apart from defence and energy issues, the question of terrorism was front and centre, with Modi strongly implying that Russia supports the post-Uri surgical strikes.
Modi is campaigning to join the NSG to back a multi-billion-dollar drive to build nuclear power plants in partnership with Russia, the US and France.
A poorly implemented GST could be politically counter-productive. Which is why we should not treat it as a panacea, but as an instrument that may have to be refined in the coming years.
The Indian Ocean was a common theme for both leaders, with Modi noting that its waters “were our common sea frontiers”.
Although it was intended to signal the end of Modi’s silence on critical issues, the interview with Arnab Goswami has only served to create a denser fog around the government.
Donald Trump may discover it is very easy to make tall promises, very difficult to fulfill them, as Narendra Modi too found out
Panagariya’s claims that the Modi government is responsible for an “infrastructure turnaround” are irrelevant, misleading or simply false.
India’s hardline stance against the Hurriyat that became apparent in 2014 will be under scrutiny later this year during the Heart of Asia Summit.
His speech in Parliament showed a conciliatory Narendra Modi, but he must now lead his party away from mindless political Hindutva
Modi’s video statement focusses on need for humanity to stand together to combat terrorism
There is no need for grand digitisation projects. There are simple solutions that can make governance easy, transparent and accountable.
The Patels are privileged, but they are also convinced that their dominance is being thwarted by OBCs