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A War With No Plan

The surgery on 85 per cent of India’s cash can’t stanch the flow of common misery. Even those who agree with the idea bemoan the absence of wise, steady hands.

Lola Nayar
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Modi government’s sudden blow upon India’s parallel economy is being interpreted as a push towards a cashless economy, but is India ready?
Lola Nayar
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Former economic affairs secretary and anti-corruption activist E.A.S. Sarma on how it is only the small who are at the receiving end in the current demonetisation drive.
Lola Nayar INTERVIEWS E.A.S. Sarma
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A disunited Opposition leaves the floor open for AAP’s Modi-baiting
Bula Devi
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The BJP hopes the common man will endure short-term pain for long-term gain
Bula Devi
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Arindam Mukherjee dissects the most important machine in India right now...apart from the ones printing new currency, of course
Arindam Mukherjee
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The markets are empty now, but this could just be the economy correcting itself
Arindam Mukherjee
Valley Unrest
Veteran Kashmiri leader Abdul Gani Bhat feels ­fellow secessionists should call for a dialogue
Naseer Ganai
Free Press
The pen is proving to be not much of a match for the mafia’s guns, at least in Bihar
Giridhar Jha
Held aloft by the market, the age of individualism and the movement of history, liberalism was to inherit the world. What fatal, elitist hubris!
Shiv Visvanathan
Well known American social anthropologist Janine R. Wedel on the factors that led to Donald Trump's victory in US presidential elections.
Pranay Sharma INTERVIEWS Janine R. Wedel
Enthused by Trump’s win, a puffed up right prepares to lay siege to liberal Europe
Pranay Sharma
Anti-Trump protests reflect the hubris-laden myopia that cost Democrats the election
Saif Shahin
The dread is general, abroad in the city; I can see it in the thousand-yard stares of people roaming the streets: the Pussy Grabber has won. And Leonard Cohen is dead.
Aatish Taseer
Ghost Towns
Desolate townships lie all but abandoned in Bengal—the dregs of an industrial dream
Dola Mitra
Gulf Exodus
Why the much-touted ‘Kerala model of development’ may just go kaput
Minu Ittyipe
Finance minister of Kerala, Dr T.M. Thomas Isaac on the health of the state's economy and the measures taken to revive it.
Minu Ittyipe INTERVIEWS T.M. Thomas Issac
Leader Comment
The big question is why was demonetisation made so painful for the poor, the working and the middle classes?
Cyber Ethics
Blackmail, bullying, shaming and ogling—all part of the cyber world that is increasingly our public space
Siddhartha Mishra
The SAI is crippled by a paucity of coaches, as trainees are often left to fend for themselves
Qaiser Mohammad Ali
SAI Director General Injeti Srinivas on shortcomings in policies and why the government needs to embrace foreign expertise in administration.
Qaiser Mohammad Ali INTERVIEWS Injeti Srinivas
Layered with adventure and contemplation, a Himalayan anthology strikes out in all directions
Satish Padmanabhan
Angst, scrapes, fleet-footed adjustments—Dhondy’s Cambridge memoir presents a throbbing zeitgeist
Anjana Basu
The Insider
A regular column on the essential buzz
After a break of sorts, Vidya Balan is back in Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani 2
Prachi Pinglay-Plumber
A delightful tale of love narrated to the audience in a ballad-like song sung by Jacob Rajan, the writer and sole actor
The granddaughter of the legendary Kishori Amonkar performed at the Prithvi Theatre Festival
Prachi Pinglay-Plumber INTERVIEWS Tejashree Amonkar
An honourable Svengali and his Mujib-speaking protege ply their trade in liberated Bangladesh. Imam weaves a hyper-realistic tale of tragedy, farce, idealism and power.
Outlook in Rewind
10 Years Ago
Even in the still and serene surroundings of his 2,000-acre estate on the Sahayadri slopes in Chikmagalur in the Western Ghats, Ashok Kuriyan can feel the hustle-and-bustle and the pace of the Indian economy. At Balanoor Plantations, the "feelgood" factor has gripped every worker, including its MD Kuriyan. After all, despite a huge rise in input costs, it netted a cool profit of Rs 30 lakh this season, compared to a "no-profit, no-loss situation" in the previous one. "If we had not got the Rs 25 lakh subsidy last year, we would've been in serious trouble," says Kuriyan.