Pride must have a fall

Pride must have a fall  How much pride can our country absorb or endure? Just look at the enormous ensemble we have today: Rajput pride, Maratha pride, Sikh pride, Jat pride, Hindu pride, Dalit pride, Indian pride, and a zillion other variants. Each of them grows in intensity, virulence actually, by the day. Further, following […]

Statism, socialism continue to mar economic policy

Statism, socialism continue to mar economic policy By Ravi Shanker Kapoor The dialectic of desire for brisk economic development and institutionalised dirigisme have been the defining feature of this government; it will continue to be so in 2018. That the Narendra Modi government earnestly desires high growth is indisputable. This is in sharp contrast with the […]

An essay in hypocrisy

An essay in hypocrisy  Ravi Shanker Kapoor |  Politics Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address at the plenary session of the 48th World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, was an essay in hypocrisy. The nice things he said about democracy, harmony, peace, clean environment, et al, sounded hollow because his government and supporters at home were doing […]

Mavani : A wannabe messiah in the company of traitors

Mavani : A wannabe messiah in the company of traitors The wannabe Dalit messiah, Jignesh Mevani, seems busy tying himself in knots‘ instead of taking on the Narendra Modi government for its gross ineptitude and mismanagement of the economy, he is entering into a territory in which the Bharatiya )anata Fatty {BMW and its followers […]

India: The IT Destination of the World

By Dr Omkar Rai, Director General, Software Technology Park of India (STPI) Despite of global slowdown and tumultuous happenings around the world India has become a bright spot for information technology sourcing, and this makes a perfect business sense for Fortune 500 clients around the world to rely upon India’s IT prowess While the major […]

No one is talking about bank privatization

No one is talking about bank privatization The debt recovery process in the cases of Bhushan Power & Steel Limited, Electrosteel Steels, Essar Steel, and Monnet Steel under the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code (IBC) is expected to take longer than expected. These firms are among the 12 companies the Reserve Bank of India referred, in […]

Government intervention in economy must stop

Government intervention in economy must stop While Prime Minister Narendra Modi is keen to project himself as pro-development and business-friendly, various organs of his government don’t reflect the same enthusiasm. Ministries, departments, and other government bodies keep coming up with proposals that tend to augment the scale and scope of state intervention in the economy. […]

Sanskari nonsense over bar-b-que

  Sanskari nonsense over bar-b-que That sentimentalism and sanctimoniousness have gone berserk in India is a truism. Could they be tamed? The answer isn’t very soothing; no sooner one needless controversy regarding hurt sentiments gets over than another one rears its ugly head. Savor this: the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has ordered food stalls […]

Our Pak policy is a mess

Our Pak policy is a mess India’s foreign policy czars seem to be living in a world of their own making. To be sure, it’s not something new; ever since Jawaharlal Nehru assumed office as the country’s first prime minister, foreign policy has been at sea. Seven decades later, it is little better than it […]

It’s right to offend that makes speech free

It’s right to offend that makes speech free By Ravi Shanker Kapoor What Churchill said about buildings—we shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us—is equally true for ideas. Further, bad ideas always result in deplorable situations. Like the one we have today: that free speech does not include the right to offend the sensibilities or hurt […]