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Don’t Panic

Cover Story

There is no painless route to structural reforms

Stories in this issue

Blade Runner 2049 Movie Review

This lifeless movie looks like it is a biologically engineered sequel to a cult classic, directed by a replicant called Denis Villeneuve. The idea of the original ‘Blade Runner’ (1982) was that in…

Minimum City

AS SOMEONE WHO has spent much of his life in the suburban trains of Mumbai, I can say with certainty that the only solution to its crowding is for Mumbai to dwindle into nothing, something the city…

Kazuo Ishiguro: The Quiet Englishman

BOB DYLAN’S NOBEL Prize for literature proved to the world that the Swedish committee could still pull a rabbit (nay, a pony) out of its esteemed hat. This year’s announcement that English author…

The Right Rate

ON OCTOBER 4TH, the Reserve Bank of India held constant its repo rate—the key policy rate of interest that sends a signal to the banking system—at 6 per cent. In its last rate decision, in August,…

American Dream Under Attack

IN ONE OF the worst mass murders in recent times, Stephen Paddock killed 58 and wounded more than 450 in Las Vegas, and yet, the question of his motive remains unanswered. ISIS has claimed that it…

The Investment Yield of an Aero Shield

IN ENGLISH, A ‘red herring’ is a distraction, a figurative smelly fish that describes a device to throw you off trail. In business, it refers to the prospectus of a public offer, a document that…

Mumbai Notebook

ONE PARTICULAR photograph was in every newspaper the morning after the Elphinstone Road tragedy. It didn’t have the photographer’s name, so presumably it was taken by a commuter who escaped the crush…

Indraprastha

WHEN IT COMES to selfishness, the so-called elites can beat the poor and illiterate masses hollow. A case in point is the recent election in the capital’s oldest and most prestigious Gymkhana Club.…

Identity Politics and the Liberal Crack-Up

THE SAFEST PLACE for a liberal today is the echo chamber. Step out and you’re with tricksters: populists, nativists, right radicals, leftist militants and other sundry revolutionaries selling…

Don’t Panic

THESE ARE DAYS OF GLOOM and doom in India. Not a day passes before another dire economic prediction is made with unusual gusto. From faltering growth numbers to job losses in the textiles, gems and…