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THE GROWTH SUTRA 2015

Cover Story

On the road to recovery with Arun Jaitley and An interview with the Finance Minister

Stories in this issue

We Are Murugan

Tamil writer Perumal Murugan has fallen on the point of his pen, following the fate of his own ill-fated characters. What can we do to bring him back? Unknown Object'He never could resist the desire…

In One’s Own Company

‘Always, everywhere, there is some voice crying from a tower’ ― Graham Greene In a green room, my grandfather’s room in Arah, Bihar, where he spent his last days drinking whisky from a bottle wrapped…

Fifteen Would-Be Champions

Five wise men entered a room on 6 January, and emerged 20 minutes later, relegating all news—even the news that Sunanda Pushkar hadn’t committed suicide but was murdered— on TV to a distant chatter.…

The Party Without a Plot

For residents of Delhi, the morning of 28 December was bitterly cold, with the temperature dipping to 2.6° Celsius. The dense fog only made it harder for people to venture out. But there were some…

The Indomitable Dr Panagariya

Sixty-three-year-old Arvind Panagariya, the newly appointed vice-chairman of the National Institution for Transforming India, or NITI Aayog, the Central institution that has replaced the Planning…

THE GROWTH SUTRA 2015

Until seven months ago, heads of banks were familiar with a phone call from a certain Lutyens’ Delhi bunglow. The Congress grandee at the other end would ‘request’ in a polite tone that the bank…

BRINGING J INTO K

Coalition governments come into being in one of two ways. The first route is through a pre-poll coalition. Here political parties combine their resources and votes prior to an election because they…

Je Suis Charlie

Why is it that certain gods, or more aptly perhaps their messengers, are threatened by laughter? Remember that blind monk in The Name of the Rose, standing between the book of laughter and the Book…

The Padma Rewards

Among the many in Indian history who have been awarded a Padma Shri is also a sexologist, a branch of medicine that doesn’t exist in any medical college. He must have had as his clients some…