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Durga Bhabhi, the unsung warrior of India under Raj

If you have not heard of Durga Bhabhi, please do not be ashamedmany great names are lost in the labyrinth of the past as voters and dynasties take charge.

6 Oct 2020 6:14 am
Read aloud to laugh out loud in this weird age of masked mirth

One could insure oneself against the grimness of news by reading stuff thats guaranteed to tickle

27 Sep 2020 8:29 pm
Vaccine Phasebook: The Essence of Trials

Neither the volunteers nor the researchers should know who will receive what treatment

24 Sep 2020 10:33 pm
Seat belts are back

India saw a flurry of legislation, some of it both business- and farm-friendly, though news of a financial challenge for the Tata Group had a negative impact on equity indices

24 Sep 2020 10:22 pm
Women should feel free to chase their ambitions

The Ambadi case cant be viewed in isolation. Women seeking business leadership roles find themselves struck down too often. Male attitudes must change and gender policies do better

24 Sep 2020 9:38 pm
Living room walkathons and YouTube fat-to-flat tutorials

Like work-from-home, working-out-at-home has gone viral, and how. It doesnt matter how big or small your house is. People are moving furniture out of the way for their indoor walkathons

24 Sep 2020 9:31 pm
Lessons from Bihars abolition of its APMC system for farmers

The retreat of APMCs may not help farmers without a regulatory framework for private markets

24 Sep 2020 9:24 pm
China is paying a big price for its Himalayan blunder

Xi Jinping may have seen the worlds preoccupation with covid as an ideal time to make progress on his expansionist agenda but he might have bitten off more than he can chew

24 Sep 2020 9:19 pm
B-schools should flourish under Indias revised education policy

The internationalization of higher education will open up space for a range of innovative approaches to business education

24 Sep 2020 8:54 pm
The complex matter of TV news regulation in India

Independent, self-regulatory authority that oversees news channels needs statutory rights

23 Sep 2020 10:48 pm
Labour untangled

These law revisions should improve the ease of doing business in the country, though it seems the authority to lift many of the old strictures that businesses complain of has been delegated to state governments.

23 Sep 2020 10:22 pm
The case for universal responses to crises of humanity

We must study behavioural traits common to all humans for solutions to problems like our pandemic

23 Sep 2020 9:03 pm
A localized approach to address the economic fallout of covid-19

A study of slums in Patna and Bengaluru reveals sufficient variation in the pandemics impact to justify customized relief

23 Sep 2020 8:56 pm
A Tata-Mistry divorce deal may prove thorny

Mistrys family selling its stake in Tata Sons to the conglomerate could end a long corporate battle. Divergences over legal rights and the firms valuation, though, might prove vexatious

23 Sep 2020 8:54 pm
Fraenkels theory of the dual state may need an update

The ratio of normative and prerogative state authority seems to differ under populist dictatorships

23 Sep 2020 8:40 pm
Either-or problem

A weaker currency could lend Indian products and services a price edge in export markets. But RBIs mandate is to keep retail prices in control. And, given the rupees convertibility, the two objectives could be at odds.

22 Sep 2020 9:43 pm
The economic case for Joe Biden as Americas president

Donald Trump has weakened the US economy while Biden has shown he cares about peoples prosperity

22 Sep 2020 8:49 pm
Data collection could help India tackle its food inflation problem

An app that uses field inputs from farmers to forecast harvest-time prices could help us contain market gluts and shortages

22 Sep 2020 8:43 pm
India must fix its banks before time runs out

Viral Acharya and Raghuram Rajan have proposed wide-ranging reforms for a sector thats flashing danger signals. A retreat of the state in favour of private participation may be the key

22 Sep 2020 8:35 pm
An appropriate way to go about regulating technology

There are heartening signs of inputs being taken from domain experts in tech policy formulation

22 Sep 2020 8:30 pm
We should review our approach to curbs placed on free speech

Its about time India clearly laid down what constitutes an expression of hatred or act of blasphemy

22 Sep 2020 8:24 pm
On AGRI reforms, its important to tread cautiously

If the Akali Dal is serious about the protest, it must stop keeping fingers in both pies. In power-hungry politics, few reject their privileges for the people at the bottom.

22 Sep 2020 6:09 am
Banking on banks

Indeed, there is scope for vast improvement on several fronts, as Rajan and Acharya see it, from the performance of state-run banks and the way they handle dud loans to the risk- management systems they use and the uniformity of their structures

21 Sep 2020 9:38 pm
Do not let cynicism stall our farm sector reforms

The broad idea is to open up this market to private buyers and let farmers gain from better price realizations. State procurement is set to continue. The changes should not arouse fear

21 Sep 2020 9:07 pm
Our new farm policy seen through Sharad Joshis lens

This leader of farmers would have welcomed Indias reformist spirit but asked for anxieties to be allayed

21 Sep 2020 9:02 pm
Prepare for economic life after the demise of Bretton Woods II

The global currency regime is about to collapse and India will have to reset its policies accordingly

21 Sep 2020 8:50 pm
An unfounded fear of the fisc will worsen our economy

Arguments against fiscal expansion lack validity and the Centre should borrow the idle funds of banks

21 Sep 2020 8:43 pm
The TikTok saga and why the net must run on democratic ideals

India might have a good opportunity to lead the world in ushering in a golden age of a democratically-controlled internet

21 Sep 2020 8:35 pm
Are ARCs being reconstructed now?

Restricting ARCs from acquiring control is not rational. If a business has intrinsic value and an ARC wants to hold onto it, regulations shouldnt come in the way. Unlike banks, ARCs dont take public deposits, hence there should no restrictions them on acquiring stressed business

21 Sep 2020 4:57 pm
How covid-19 is killing good manners

Shaking hands, sitting in close proximity and holding the door might be preserved.., just as theyve retained archaic formalisms in contracts and flowery language in diplomatic notes

21 Sep 2020 11:08 am
Remote proctored tests raise concerns of data privacy issues and evaluation

Open-book exams could be a better bet in a country like India

21 Sep 2020 8:00 am
A revolt of the rich peasants of Punjab, Haryana

The agitation puts the spotlight on the rarely discussed risks underlying farming

21 Sep 2020 5:27 am
Wishful V-shape

Worse, a vaccine riding to our rescue by early 2021 is still a hope rather than a done deal and coronavirus cases still seem to be spiralling up too fast to permit a return to normalcy

20 Sep 2020 10:28 pm
A covid guide to flying through an exasperating jumble of rules

Fliers must deal with useless documents, possibly fictitious apps and other riddles of babu invention

20 Sep 2020 9:00 pm
Covid is worsening inequalities of wealth and income

The pandemics unequal burden could leave us with disparities unseen since before the late 19th century

20 Sep 2020 8:52 pm
Let the insights of covidnomics shape our policy interventions

A good grasp of human behaviour is fundamental to framing policies that could contain the virus and its economic effects

20 Sep 2020 8:46 pm
Wake-up call for Gilgit-Baltistan

In a desperate attempt to guarantee a victory in the forthcoming elections, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government is leaving no stone unturned

19 Sep 2020 1:24 pm
Opinion | Deciphering the new margin rules

As per the new system, a client can individually pledge securities directly to the clearing corporation, and the securities will continue to remain in the client's account

19 Sep 2020 10:22 am
Deck the clouds with the phosphine gas

If theres phosphine in clouds of Venus, there may be possibility of life on the planet

18 Sep 2020 6:31 am
Cyber incursion

On a broader level, the incident is a reminder that the country needs to maintain a constant vigil and strengthen the security of all online systems. China, in particular, seems bent on using what analysts call 'hybrid warfare', which involves the deployment of information weaponry against an enemy.

17 Sep 2020 10:12 pm
Investor happiness can inspire a startup boom

The success of Ashok Sootas Happiest Minds IPO speaks of his entrepreneurial reputation. Its also a signal that investors are raring to bet on new ventures. Thats good for startups

17 Sep 2020 9:50 pm
A slew of crime shows has drawn out the sleuth within us

The binge watching of crime shows afforded by the lockdown seems to have immersed many of us so deeply in their storylines that their characters are part of our social media conversations

17 Sep 2020 9:35 pm
A Web 3.0 revolution that could relieve us of our social dilemmas

Platforms are emerging that promise to decentralize the internet again and respect user privacy

17 Sep 2020 9:25 pm
A wall crawl to spot when Facebook stopped being fun

As scandals swirl around the social media platform and cryptic notifications arrive on new terms of service, one could scroll back to the time it served us well as an inter-generational space.

17 Sep 2020 9:16 pm
Honour Jaitleys grand bargain on GST compensation for states

The Centre should uphold its end of the deal with states as it would not only be more efficient but also help foster federalism

17 Sep 2020 9:09 pm
Interest rate cuts are dead. Long live rate cuts

Asias central banks are moving away from reductions in borrowing costs as the primary tool of monetary easing

17 Sep 2020 7:44 am
Online furniture brands gain from work-from-home regimen

As personal space collided with office work, people scrambled to redesign homes

16 Sep 2020 11:21 pm
Save our savers too

Reserve Bank of India governor Shaktikanta Das wants banks in India to care more for depositors than borrowers. Its their money, after all, that is being handed out to do business.

16 Sep 2020 10:16 pm
A tax that the country should axe right away

Relieving investments in start-ups of our tax on long-term capital gains, as proposed by a parliamentary panel, would help them attract funds. Lets relieve equity portfolios of it, too

16 Sep 2020 9:54 pm
Why Reliance Retail isnt quite the sure bet its seen to be

Economic and market realities suggest that the groups retail prospects are largely being overestimated

16 Sep 2020 9:47 pm