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#Swamy lampoons Jaitley

Finance Minister #Arun Jaitley’s excellent media management might have largely insulated him from the flak arising out of the incompetent handling of #demonetization.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s excellent media management might have largely insulated him from the flak arising out of the incompetent handling of demonetization. But there is no shield to save him from party colleague Subramanian Swamy’s barbs. At the book release function of Unreal Aliens by Karthik Laxman (Penguin), the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Rajya Sabha MP …
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All you wanted to know about Rightwing

With victory of #Donald Trump as #President in the US, the rise of the Right is being discussed with great interest and greater trepidation. 
With victory of Donald Trump as President in the US, the rise of the Right is being discussed with great interest and greater trepidation. The Right, if we are to believe the generally anti-Right mainstream media, comprises inconsequential weirdoes at best and dangerous loonies at worst. Therefore, it is time to understand what Rightwing means …
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Note-worthy step but bad execution

That #Prime Minister #Narendra Modi is not a quietist will accepted even by his detractors. Nor would many doubt that he means business, that he wants to be the harbinger of change
That Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not a quietist will accepted even by his detractors. Nor would many doubt that he means business, that he wants to be the harbinger of change, even as people would debate over the quality or desirability of change he wants to bring. Viewed in this context, demonetization can be …
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Right learns Left’s dirty tricks

#Leftists and #liberals are aghast that Maharashtra Chief Minister #Devendra Fadnavis disgraced himself and his office by succumbing to MNS chief #Raj Thackeray’s bullying over the release of #Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. 
Leftists and liberals are aghast that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis disgraced himself and his office by succumbing to MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s bullying over the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. But, to a large extent, the bleeding-hearts themselves are responsible for the mess. For the Right is using the weapons that were used …
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#4-tier tax structure for GST agreed upon

The #GST Council agreed upon a four-tier tax structure of 5, 12, 18, and 28 per cent. While goods of mass consumption would be taxed at lower rates, luxury and demerit goods ...
The GST Council agreed upon a four-tier tax structure of 5, 12, 18, and 28 per cent. While goods of mass consumption would be taxed at lower rates, luxury and demerit goods would be taxed at higher rates along with an additional cess on them. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the rates would help …
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#Jaitley plans to bleed PSUs

Finance Minister #Arun Jaitley seems to be the repository of bad ideas, the latest one being burdening public sector undertakings (PSUs) like #NTPC and #SAIL with bad debts..
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley seems to be the repository of bad ideas, the latest one being burdening public sector undertakings (PSUs) like NTPC and SAIL with bad debts, euphemistically called non-performing assets (NPAs). Gross NPAs of public sector banks (PSBs) have ballooned to Rs 4.76 lakh crore in 2015-16 from Rs 2.67 lakh crore in …
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Simultaneous Central, #state polls a bad idea

In order to improve #India’s democratic institutions, the idea of simultaneous Central and state elections is doing the rounds.
In order to improve India’s democratic institutions, the idea of simultaneous Central and state elections is doing the rounds. It’s a bad idea; it should be nipped in the bud. Economist and NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy and Aayog official Kishore Desai have prepared a discussion paper on the subject of simultaneous polls. The paper …
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#Politicians’ emotional atyachar stabs democracy

Senior #Bharatiya Janata Party leader #Subramanian Swamy should be lauded for his bold stand on the #Sutlej-Yamuna Link issue.
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy should be lauded for his bold stand on the Sutlej-Yamuna Link issue. He has correctly called the questioning of the Supreme Court’s ruling as a failure of democracy. Actually, it is even worse; it is an assault on the rule of law and pandering to the basest human …
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Tolerant Modi, intolerant intellectuals

Who is being intolerant now? There is Prime Minister #Narendra Modi, who had no problems in giving away the #Ramnath Goenka award to author and #Times of India senior journalist #Akshaya Mukul. 
Who is being intolerant now? There is Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had no problems in giving away the Ramnath Goenka award to author and Times of India senior journalist Akshaya Mukul. And there is Mukul who “cannot live with the idea of Modi and me in the same frame, smiling at the camera even …
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The dilemmas of an #agnostic on #Deepawali

What do agnostics do on a #Deepawali? It is our biggest festival, celebrated with lights, get-togethers, shopping, giving and receiving gifts, elaborate decorations and rituals, solemnity and exhilaration...
What do agnostics do on a Deepawali? It is our biggest festival, celebrated with lights, get-togethers, shopping, giving and receiving gifts, elaborate decorations and rituals, solemnity and exhilaration. Anchored in religion, it makes the world joyful for the faithful. But the agnostic does not have religious belief. So, what do they do? Well, I am …
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Glitzy campaigns won’t improve business climate

The #Narendra Modi government’s disappointment at the #World Bank’s latest Doing Business report is misplaced if not churlish.
The Narendra Modi government’s disappointment at the World Bank’s latest Doing Business report is misplaced if not churlish. The report has ranked India at 130 among 190 nations on the ease of doing business. This is an improvement of just one notch, despite the Prime Minister’s vow to place India in the top 50 group …
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#Mistry removal: A clash of principles

L’affaire Tata has started unraveling—and that is sad. Markets regulator Securities & Exchange Board of India or #Sebi is tracking developments in the most respected corporate group. 
L’affaire Tata has started unraveling—and that is sad. Markets regulator Securities & Exchange Board of India or Sebi is tracking developments in the most respected corporate group. There is also the possibility of a protracted legal battle. There could be other ramifications as well. As Jagjit Singh sang, “Baat niklegi to phir door talak jayegi…” …
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