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The Growth Sutra

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The economy beyond numbers | Ponzi's curse | Modi's healing touch | The Kohli rate of growth | What homebodies watch | The Aadhaar raj | The market value of time | The data doctrine | The big bank theory

Stories in this issue

A Sorry Figure

Tracy Chapman once sang, ‘Sorry... years gone by and still / Words don’t come easily/ Like sorry, sorry.’ It seems Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal may have been a fan of the American singer. He…

Data is Destiny

WE TEND TO be distracted by the wrong metaphors when a new Cold War is upon us. In the cathedral city of Salisbury in southern England, a former Russian spy and his daughter have been poisoned with a…

The Growth Sutra

THE STORY OF India’s economic expansion at the best—and worst—of times could evoke the opening line of an old classic. The book, as you may or may not have guessed, is the Brahma Sutra. It’s in…

The Big Bank Theory

THE INDIAN BANKING system has been in the news for the wrong reasons lately. A certain diamond merchant, who shares the same surname as the Prime Minister, has quietly fled the country after being…

The Data Doctrine: More’s Law

ONE OF MY best memories of my dozen-year career at Intel was being given a coffee table book, One Digital Day (1998), by Rick Smolan in collaboration with Intel. I had my then bosses Andy Grove,…

Ponzi Schemes: The Pyramid Fraud

SOON AFTER giving up his Indian cricket team captaincy in September 2007, Rahul Dravid gave an interview to the news agency PTI. The name of the journalist who interviewed him was Sutram Suresh. This…

The Economy Beyond Numbers

BACK IN 1989, The Economic Times decided to write a series on Rajiv Gandhi’s five years since 1984. The late Gopi Arora, principal secretary to the Prime Minister, gave a good suggestion: “Analyse…

The Multitaskers

Gurgaon-based artists Jiten Thukral, 42, and Sumir Tagra, 45, work with a wide range of media, from painting to sculpture, performance to design. From pop characters to abstract kitsch, the…

Open Diary

My friends from the West have never been able to understand the deep ambivalence of India towards Russia, or, to be more specific, Vladimir Putin—the strongman who has just won another resounding…

National Therapy

AT ITS MOST primitive, the idea of pooling the risk of bodily harm borne by individuals goes a long way back, perhaps all the way back to early man’s first grunt issued in warning of a wild beast…