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  • Arvind Kejriwal
    Mar 03, 2015 22:42 IST

    Message from across the world: Many ways of wearing a muffler

    Whether in Greece, Spain or India, the vocabulary and visuals are strong factors in delivering the political message.

  • Arun Jaitley
    Mar 03, 2015 22:31 IST

    It’s a healthy budget with a lot of promise

    Union finance minister Arun Jaitley began his budget speech with an optimistic statement “that all eyes are on India”.

  • Newly elected CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed addressing a press conference in Jammu. Nitin Kanotra/HT
    Mar 03, 2015 21:58 IST

    Kashmir's comeback man: The political significance of Mufti Sayeed

    Mufti Sayeed represents a rare opportunity to pacify Kashmir which the Centre should not squander, writes Sushil Aaron.

  • Uddhav Thackeray
    Mar 03, 2015 17:13 IST

    BJP-Sena ties: Past imperfect, future uncertain

    The year 2015 could be crucial for the two parties, who ended their two-decade alliance only to reunite after the Maharashtra assembly polls.

  • Arun Jaitley
    Mar 02, 2015 22:49 IST

    Budget 2015: Govt on calculated fiscal consolidation mode

    Union finance minister Arun Jaitley presented a budget that is pro-growth and inclusive. It has laid down the roadmap for the next few years, which is directed towards the vision of a prosperous India by 2022.

  • Ram Madhav, BJP
    Mar 02, 2015 20:13 IST

    Ram Madhav's Colombo visit: Govt-party synergy on foreign policy clear

    After successfully helping lay the ground for big Prime Ministerial visits to US and Australia, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav flew to Colombo on Monday, ten days before PM Narendra Modi is set to make his maiden visit there. His departure happened a few hours after he met visiting Nepali former Prime Minister, Baburam Bhattarai.

  • Mufti
    Mar 02, 2015 18:36 IST

    Why Mufti can’t cultivate saffron in Jammu and Kashmir

    Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s take on the smooth conduct of elections in Jammu and Kashmir isn’t a mistake. It is spin, delivered with deliberation, to rationalise his post-poll coalition with the BJP.

  • Jihadi John
    Mar 02, 2015 08:02 IST

    'Jihadi John' Mohammed Emwazi won't have the same impact unmasked

    For one thing, with his identity known, and the global distribution of pictures of him looking slightly goofy in an ill-fitting Pittsburgh Pirates baseball cap, Emwazi may become less sinister to viewers, less able to send chills up the spines of people who abhor Islamic State's claim to be killing civilians in the name of Islam.

  • A Kashmiri labourer
    Mar 01, 2015 23:14 IST

    The budget exposes the class bias of the Modi govt

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s claims of already having achieved an economic turnaround, made in his budget speech, evoke suspicion. Inflation is certainly down and so is the current account deficit, but that has almost entirely to do with the crash in international crude oil prices, which have fallen from $110 per barrel in June 2014 to around $57 per barrel currently. In fact, rather than passing on the full benefits of the oil price decline to the domestic consumers, the BJP government has hiked excise duties on petrol and diesel by Rs 7.75 and Rs 6.50 per litre respectively since November 2014, thereby mopping up thousands of crore of additional revenues.

  • budget
    Mar 01, 2015 22:59 IST

    Budget 2015: A bold attempt at inclusive, rapid growth

    That the budget has not disappointed despite the sky high expectations is in itself creditable. More creditable is that it has not succumbed to populism despite the BJP’s loss in the Delhi elections and the forthcoming Bihar elections. The Narendra Modi-Arun Jaitley team has done well to make this a growth and investment oriented budget while at the same time retaining and indeed increasing outlays on social welfare measures as reflected in the highest ever allocation of Rs 34,699 crore for Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. Therefore, the budget’s biggest achievement is to counter the widespread perception of an irresolvable trade-off between promoting growth and enhancing public welfare.

  • Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
    Mar 01, 2015 20:49 IST

    Indian, Kashmiri: the life and politics of Mufti Sayeed

    Forty years after he was set to become Jammu and Kashmir’s youngest chief minister, Peoples Democratic Party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday became the oldest person to occupy the top position. And with the elevation, the political journey of a man who describes himself as an “Indian by conviction” has come full circle.

  • Budget, black money
    Mar 01, 2015 10:26 IST

    Newspapers for readers, Parliament for voters

    Events in Britain this February indicate that voters are not protesting sufficiently strongly against the role of big money in their democracy, and when it comes to the press, the old question ‘who will guard the guardians?’ has still to be answered.

  • Budget, Modi
    Feb 28, 2015 21:53 IST

    Budget 2015: It’s important that great ideas morph into action

    The promise of a bankruptcy law, a tax dispute resolution mechanism and reassurance on GAAR are huge positives in Union budget 2015, writes Pawan Munjal.

  • budget, industry
    Feb 28, 2015 21:51 IST

    Spring in the economy’s step: Budget set stage for positive change

    The Union budget 2015 articulates important institutional reforms that will enhance the robustness of our economy, writes Chanda Kochhar.

  • markets
    Feb 28, 2015 18:10 IST

    Taxing question: What does Jaitley's budget have for middle class

    The economy needs to be kick-started and incomes of individuals need to grow, so that the aam aadmi can make meaningful contributions towards our pension funds, writes Saonli Hazra.