Category: English Editorials

In equal measure (The Indian Express)

Written by Ankita Dwivedi Johri Sometime in late 2016, following a controversy over the alleged use of “cow meat” by biryani sellers in Doha village, Haryana, a group of village elders gathered in Haji Shah’s courtyard around noon. Journalists who had come down from the national capital began asking them questions, and soon, a heated...

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Deals to rules (The Indian Express)

Written by Manish Sabharwal Philosophers wondering why a benevolent god created fear often hear from other philosophers that some fear is conducive — if not essential — to good behaviour. The response finds interesting support in the Vishnu Sahasranamam: Saha-srarchi sapta-jihvah saptai-dha sapta-vahanah, Amoorti ranagho chintyo bhaya-krudbhaya-nashanah (Why has fear been created? So it can...

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Decoding the Priyanka gamble (The Indian Express)

Written by Akhilesh Mishra “It is my hope that you (Modi) become Prime Minister again.” This was the parting wish of Mulayam Singh Yadav on the last day of the 16th Lok Sabha. How will this wish of the patriarch of Samajwadi Party resonate in Uttar Pradesh as the country officially enters poll season? It...

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From plate to plough: Fielding the right incentives (The Indian Express)

Written by Ashok Gulati, Ritika Juneja Just ahead of the announcement of the 2019 general election dates, the prime minister launched the centrally sponsored ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi’ (PM-Kisan) scheme of Rs 75,000 crore for small and marginal farm families. On February 24, from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, he transferred the first instalment of...

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Across the aisle: Mr Modi’s Balakot dream (The Indian Express)

Written by P Chidambaram The Election Commission sounded the bugle on Sunday, March 10, 2019. They had done their last act of favour to the government. The announcement was received with a huge sigh of relief by the people: there will be no more foundation stones, no more ordinances, and no more desperate ‘launch’ of...

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Questionable economic data can hamper policies (Hindustan Times)

Last week, 108 economists and social scientists issued a joint statement which marks a watershed moment of sorts in India’s economic history. They were not arguing for or against an economic policy or viewpoint. Rather, the letter is written under the fear that such debates regarding the Indian economy might lose their gravitas in the...

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India needs more Azim Premjis (Hindustan Times)

Azim Premji’s decision to give away more of his wealth — he has now given away $21 billion to his foundation, making it the largest in Asia and the fifth largest in the world — has once again brought the focus on Philanthrocapitalism (yes that’s a real word). One of the biggest supporters of Philanthrocapitalism...

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The absurdity of clubbing AI with blockchain (Livemint)

One cannot help but be utterly bewildered by the question: “Do you employ electrical engineering + screwdriver at work?” for the simple reason that the two terms are incommensurable—the former is a category that covers many disciplines and the latter is a specific instrument. The two cannot be objectively compared, and nor does anyone do...

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Why can’t Indian democracy move beyond slogans? (Livemint)

Shashi Shekhar India has seen 16 general elections in 72 years of independence. Despite this, the question still remains as to whether our democracy is moving in the right direction? When the first general election after independence took place in 1951-52, India was different. Although Jawaharlal Nehru considered himself the head of Indian democracy, the...

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The prickly question of whether voting is a moral act (Livemint)

Manu Joseph Afew days ago, a radio jockey pranked a man in Mumbai. He posed as a representative of a travel company and offered a deal on a vacation in the last week of April. When the man took the bait, the jockey asked him if he was certain that he wished to go on...

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