The gaping holes in Nostro account monitoring and the SWIFT messaging system were well-known. It just needed Nirav Modi to come along and exploit them.
It is becoming almost untenable for Tamil Nadu and Kerala to thrive in the Indian union as rational, self-interested sub-units.
Vinod Dua discusses the political crisis in the Maldives and freedom of the press in India.
The prime minister used his recent speech in Parliament to mount both an attack on the opposition and a defence of his government. But how well do his claims stack up? The Wire breaks it down.
New analysis shows that India’s place on the World Bank’s ‘Doing Business’ index would have been much more modest when methodological changes are ironed out.
India’s jump in the ‘Doing Business’ rankings turns out to be mostly an “artefact of methodological changes”, according to a report by the Centre for Global Development.
The Yameen administration has said there are contradictions in a recent judicial ruling that calls for the immediate release of nine political prisoners, including the country’s former president Mohamed Nasheed.
At the World Economic Forum, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have to explain whether the economic mismanagement of 2016 and 2017 was a mere blip.
What industry captains are looking forward to is how the government prioritises its expenditure and if it will follow up on its long-pending promise to rationalise corporate tax rates.
Past WTO conferences have also ended unsuccessfully. This, however, was the first time where there was no palpable appetite on the part of any country to even try and make it a success.
In one particularly scathing section of his judgement, Saini slams the quality of prosecution under special public prosecutor Anand Grover and the CBI.
Several elements of populism were present in Narendra Modi’s campaign in Gujarat.
The saffron party’s Hindutva campaign managed to consolidate Hindus in urban areas, but that such a campaign had limited success in rural parts cannot be ignored.
The overwhelming majority of India’s Hindus have repeatedly shown that they are not willing to be swayed by anti-Muslim sentiments.
With the US going back on its promise of helping India and other nations, the Modi government will pressured in its quest to double farmer incomes.
While a ‘bail-in’ would backfire by creating a political storm, the government must step in to address potential concerns . After all, India’s middle class hasn’t forgotten about demonetisation.
The prime minister’s office also insists that @narendramodi handle is not maintained by it or the government.
India’s response was muted, with no reiteration of its long standing position on East Jerusalem being the future capital of Palestine.
The relevance of parliament as an institution of accountability has come into question.
Rai asked everyone to be proud of Modi’s achievements.
Will the ‘Hindu’ rulers use their newfound status to display a spirit of generosity or to demand total submission?
Modi government ministers should take a leaf from the younger Doval’s playbook and stop the demonisation of Pakistan and Pakistanis.
Modi blamed the former prime minister, saying that if she had done what needed to be done, “the nation wouldn’t have been in this situation today”. How true is this? The Wire breaks it down.
It’s hard to look at any measure of data and argue that southern states need to catch up with any BJP-ruled state. If anything, it’s Modi and his chief ministers who need to learn from Karnataka.
The devastating floods of June 2013 highlighted the need for sound planning and construction in the high-altitude terrain of the Himalayas. That lesson and concerns of geologists, however, are being ignored in its reconstruction.
If the rupee’s purchasing power has dipped from 19.77 yen in 1985 to 1.72 yen today, then after 50 years can a rupee buy anything more than just a fraction of a yen?
While ministries and Central government institutions have enthusiastically pushed khadi and khadi products, the actual sales figures haven’t quite touched the numbers touted by the prime minister in his latest Mann Ki Baat address.
Two years have lapsed since the present RTI appeal on the N. N. Vohra panel findings was filed. The application still seems to be going around in circles.
The movement for “azadi” – which Chidambaram rightly said was more about restoring autonomy than independence – is driven by the fact that many in Jammu and Kashmir feel their political space is being constrained by New Delhi.
Perhaps the BJP national managers know that the Modi spell is over. Shrewd operators that they are, they must be cognisant that shoddy goods have been sold to gullible Gujaratis for nearly two decades.
Modi, while inaugurating a RoRo ferry service in Gujarat, said it was the first of its kind. But RoRo vessels have been used by companies to move cars, coal and fertiliser across the country for some time now.
The external affairs ministry statement comes days after the US secretary of state criticised China and a week before Tillerson’s visit to India.
Vinod Dua discusses why PM Modi chose to speak about GST and the Congress in his recent speech in Gujarat; and India’s rank in the Global Hunger Index.
At a recent top-level meeting, it was mooted that a change in the ‘power surplus’ narrative would help in tackling India’s abnormally low capacity utilisation levels.
How does the Modi government fare on tackling cronyism within its ranks? Not well, it would appear.
A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
Congress held a press conference to ask whether Modi, who had earlier said he would neither take bribes nor allow it, would order a probe into Jay Shah’s firm.
Changes to GST rates may open a Pandora’s box, while the jewelry-PAN decision sees the government walking away from its fight against black money.
Rushdie offers no easy answers, but the spirit of questions The Golden House helps provoke, makes it a great book and a worthwhile investment.
The decision to nominate BJP workers as non-official directors makes a mockery of the party’s 1998 manifesto and the government’s own guidelines issued in 2015.