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Opinion  /  Published 29.08.19

Sentiments do have real economic benefits

Sentiments matter for economic growth. Optimistic or upbeat sentiments encourage consumers to buy and borrow; businesses, on the other hand, are spurred to plan and invest. But when in reverse gear, d...
By Renu Kohli

Opinion  /  Published 26.08.19

Racism: Communalism's echoes in Europe

If you have a notion that the official relationship between India and France is centred around mutual admiration for each others’ cultures, or perhaps the shared idea of democracy and freedom, mull ...
By Ruchir Joshi

Opinion  /  Published 30.03.20

Testing times in Pakistan

When the coronavirus pandemic ends, the world as we know it will change in ways that we cannot predict right now. There are some hard truths that we would most likely witness, including the fact that ...
By Mehmal Sarfraz

Opinion  /  Published 27.03.20

Uplifting pages in the time of a pandemic

The 19th-century Italian writer, Emilio Salgari, once remarked that “reading is travelling without the bother of baggage”. That is great advice, particularly in the time of Covid-19. Now that one ...
By Ramachandra Guha

Opinion  /  Published 26.06.19

Our apathy towards our intangible heritage

René Goscinny, the witty comic book writer who created Asterix along with the illustrator, Albert Uderzo, was wrong. The Gauls are not crazy; but visitors to Gaul can be loony. Maurice, a cockerel, w...
By Uddalak Mukherjee

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Opinion  /  Published 24.06.19

Opening the doors for foreign universities

The issue of the entry of foreign universities in India has always generated ample debate. Back in 2007, the United Progressive Alliance-I government had introduced a bill in Parliament to regulate th...
By Palash Deb

Opinion  /  Published 20.06.19

Are we really a parliamentary democracy?

In 2014, with the emergence of Narendra Modi as a larger-than-life campaigner overshadowing his party, began the rumblings of electoral democracy in India having become presidential. Modi spoke in ral...
By Arghya Sengupta

Opinion  /  Published 19.06.19

East and west in maritime India: distinct coastal tales

The Indian Ocean has the character it does only because of the Indian subcontinent as a whole — jutting out, to quote the great Indian historian and diplomat, K.M. Panikkar, “far into the sea for ...
By T.C.A. Raghavan

Opinion  /  Published 18.06.19

Economists' tips for the Modi government

So is the economists’ model. They want the book to be read by those who find economics boring. So equations, tables and graphs are largely dispensed with. Every chapter is preceded by a short list o...
By Ashok V. Desai

Opinion  /  Published 19.03.20

Trump-Modi show is unconvincing

The symbolic power of a regime is a test of its durability. Unfortunately, symbols are too often the domain of the mass media in today’s society. It is a strange world where the media define the sta...
By Shiv Visvanathan


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