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Budget 2019: A Class Act

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Modi regains the political momentum

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Clash of Ideals

NO FORCE ON earth is supposed to be able to stop an idea whose time has come. In 1991, a market economy for India was hailed as one, and to such euphoria that the poetic had turned tectonic by the…

Hard Choices

RARELY HAS AN Indian Budget been as anticipated as this year’s was. In fact, the interest this year was particularly surprising, given that it’s an election year. Election years typically witness…

Indraprastha

THERE IS A class of people who when they get their wish, it is a win for pure merit. And when they don’t, they are victims of an ingrained system of discrimination. Unfortunately, even the most…

Everyone Loves a Loser

THE TEMPTATION TO turn history, a dignified if perhaps boring old dowager, into a sparkling Venus through the artificial insemination of imagination has been irresistible to creative minds of all…

Mumbai Notebook

‘ONCE UPON A time …’ That’s how fairy tales begin. This one begins the same way: ‘Once upon a time, there lived a dream.’ It begins in 1982. The dreaded trade union leader Datta Samant led 300,000…

Being Politically Savvy and Economically Right

OVER THE LAST 40 years that I have been closely examining the Central Government’s budgets, one thing has become absolutely clear to me: how ‘good’ a budget is can be gauged by how loudly the…

Budget 2019: A Class Act

Whereas the middle classes were mildly rooting for Modi as elections approached, the Interim Budget has ensured they will once again go all out for him in 2019. The Budget has converted passive…

Time to Splurge

AT A FARMERS RALLY IN Raipur, Chhattisgarh, in late January, Congress President Rahul Gandhi set the cat among the pigeons when he said his party would give a guaranteed minimum income to the poor of…

The Future of Jobs

FROM KERALA’S MUNAMBAM harbour in the north of Vypeen, a fishing island near Kochi, several families from Delhi’s poor neighbourhood of Madangir are believed to have embarked on a treacherous boat…

Still Waiting for Relief

FIVE YEARS AGO, before the 2014 General Election, I had met a group of citizens who, under a movement named Arthakranti, were actively campaigning for a system that would have zero income tax. The…