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Investor sentiment still low. But green shoots in bank loans, GST collections, power usage

Double-digit growth seems optimistic. Modi govt needs to more than double its expenditure to compensate for the losses and avert GDP decline. It's fanciful at best.

Don’t listen to VHP and panic. Christianity is a failed project in India

Even if one accepts the assumption that Christian missionaries in India lure people to convert them, just look at their success rate.
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First Sushma Swaraj, now Subramanian Swamy. BJP IT cell is cannibalising its own

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy has demanded the party sack various anonymous IT cell members, including their chief Amit Malviya.

Bollywood’s love for fair skin runs so deep that even Beyonce couldn’t escape it

American singer-songwriter Beyonce is the latest tool in Bollywood’s show of colourism. Khaali Peeli's song writers are only carrying forward an old legacy.
Actor Rhea Chakraborty outside Narcotics Control Bureau in Mumbai | By special arrangement | ThePrint

Media trial of Rhea Chakraborty by TV channels is a potboiler based on conspiracy theories

In episode 561 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta talks about the different conspiracies that have surfaced in the Sushant Singh Rajput case & why media trials are dangerous.
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Trump or Biden — who is better for India? The answer lies in a 14-year-old dream

From being vocal about CAA, Kashmir & climate change, the Democratic Presidential canditate’s approach towards India is a stark contrast to Donald Trump.
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Russia makes a comeback into India’s plans. All thanks to China and Covid

Vladimir Putin is perhaps the only world leader today who can pick up the phone and talk to Xi Jinping. Delhi couldn't have chosen a better time to reach out to Moscow.
A vaccination injection

Vaccinating Indians against Covid? We should be talking days, not years

The Modi government should reject the narrative of low expectations and status quo-ism masquerading as pragmatism. Covid-19 is not measles.
Narendra Modi and Nirmala Sitharaman during a Union Cabinet meeting in New Delhi on 3 June | ANI Photo

Not more of Nirmala Sitharaman, Modi’s economy needs lateral entry. Like Jaishankar

Narendra Modi and Amit Shah know their politics well. But they do not know how to handle the economy, something that is key to their politics.
A business-class seat is seen onboard an Airbus Group SE A350-900 aircraft

5 things airlines can do to attract passengers again

Customer-friendly moves like airlines providing more legroom, comfortable seats and bigger bathrooms might help revive the airline business again.

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Lt Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa | File photo: Twitter | @AsimBajwaISPR

Nawaz Sharif or Asim Bajwa, corruption scandals in Pakistan turn into never-ending soaps

In Pakistan, no one seems interested in demanding stronger, more independent institutions which would do due diligence away from the public glare.
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Stringent Kamath panel suggestions mean not many stressed firms can avail of RBI debt recast

RBI has implemented KV Kamath panel’s recommendations in totality, including parameters like high debt service coverage ratio and investment grade rating.


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China wanted ‘no escalation’ on hotline call in the day, tried to capture territory at night

Hours before trying to push in 1,000 soldiers near Pangong Tso on 28 August, Chinese PLA had called Indian Army to avoid escalatory action and night patrolling.
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Fort Modi is impregnable despite China, Covid, job losses. Only one leader can defeat him

Critics wonder why voters aren’t turning against Modi. But a well-entrenched Indian leader has never been defeated by a rival; only Modi can do that to himself.