Rajesh Mahapatra was the Chief Content Officer at Hindustan Times. From sports to politics, analytics to economics, he has an interest in everything that makes news. He tweets as @rajeshmahapatra
Articles by Rajesh Mahapatra
Jokes on 1-paise cut in fuel price notwithstanding, govt will have to bite the bullet sooner than it wishes to
Updated on May 30, 2018 08:48 PM IST
Elevated oil prices will mean higher inflation, which, in turn, will add to the pressure on the rupee. Subdued exports growth and rising import costs have already weakened the rupee by more than 6% in the past three months
Updated on May 28, 2018 09:32 AM IST
As the sugar bowl gets ready to vote on May 28, economic distress and growing clarity about the need for social harmony are shaping a new political alliance in Uttar Pradesh’s Kairana.
Updated on May 20, 2018 10:56 PM IST
The stitching up and the survival of the JD(S)-Congress post-poll coalition has underlined the importance of the Constitution, the need for institutional checks and balances and the urgency for making electoral democracy a meaningful winner. But it has also opened a fresh space to rethink about smaller and regional politics
Published on May 16, 2018 06:50 PM IST
In a state that hasn’t allowed any incumbent to retain power in the past 33 years, this election was more about who could take Siddaramaiah’s place
Updated on May 16, 2018 07:31 PM IST
Karnataka has turned an important chapter in the coming together of regional parties, which have wisened up to what BJP really means for them.
Updated on May 10, 2018 06:55 PM IST
The triple whammy of a higher inflation, a depreciating rupee and a widening current account deficit comes at a time when India’s economy was gaining steam.
Updated on Apr 23, 2018 11:18 AM IST
Rahul Gandhi’s decision to put one of his most trusted aides, Jitendra Singh, in charge of Odisha and appoint Niranjan Patnaik as the chief of the Pradesh Congress Committee seems to have given exactly the shot that the Congress party needed to revive its fortune.
Updated on Apr 09, 2018 01:44 PM IST
The latest consumer confidence survey by the RBI shows the double-whammy of demonetisation and GST is far from over. What is also more clearly revealed is that a growing disconnect is strikingly visible between what people expected and what they actually got.
Updated on Apr 08, 2018 08:26 AM IST
The Dalit MPs of BJP have rebelled against the party for not doing enough to protect their community. All of them are first time MPs from Uttar Pradesh, where the government of Yogi Adityanath has come under attack for discriminating against the Dalits.
Updated on Apr 04, 2018 08:57 AM IST
The state will hold its assembly polls next year, concurrently with the parliamentary elections. If the Grand Old Party remains complacent, 2019 could see a bipolar fight between the ruling BJD and the BJP
Updated on Dec 18, 2017 06:07 PM IST
A clear message from Monday’s verdict has been that if the BJP could be given a tough fight on the home turf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, it could be challenged anywhere else. The Opposition has finally found a leader to rally behind — Rahul Gandhi
Updated on Dec 15, 2017 11:38 AM IST
The Gujarat elections of 2017 have revealed new types of vulnerabilities and strengths in the two very different political organizations of the Congress and the BJP.
Updated on Dec 10, 2017 10:03 AM IST
The youth in Gujarat are not simply unhappy or angry and dissatisfied. To anyone willing to make sense of their words, there appears to be a ‘generational disquiet’. Increasingly, caste and class are morphing into a strong demographic demand for state-aided education and jobs
Updated on Oct 22, 2017 10:08 AM IST
It would be more than naïve to believe that interpretations about the economy – given what they are in India at the moment – can escape the taint of politics. This disagreement or quarrel is over interpretation rather than fact.
Updated on Oct 15, 2017 08:08 AM IST
An analysis of latest Labour Bureau points to an absolute decline in formal employment between 2013 and 2016, for the first time in many decades
Updated on Oct 09, 2017 05:00 PM IST
Building toilets is just half the problem solved as the other half requires regular maintenance involving a steady supply of water and cleaning chemicals
Updated on Oct 02, 2017 07:26 AM IST
Experts have warned against the risks of the ‘missing middle’ – mid-sized companies that bridge the gap between limited large-sized firms that have lesser jobs with higher growth and small-sized firms with more jobs but slow growth.
Updated on Sep 24, 2017 11:21 AM IST
Besides weak demand and lack of easy finance, the fear of policy uncertainties has discouraged private investment. It is time the government committed itself to policy stability.
Updated on Sep 17, 2017 10:06 AM IST
A slowing economy and a growing Current Account Deficit make a lethal combination. While the former would tend to discourage FDI, the latter would impact inflation
Updated on Sep 10, 2017 08:59 AM IST
It would be prudent for the government, therefore, to wait for the effects of demonetisation to wane and the GST system to stabilise. In fact, the success of any overhaul of the direct tax system will be tied to the success of GST in delivering a truly “good and simple tax.”
Raghuram Rajan: For high growth, India must resolve problem of bad loans, revive stalled infra projects
Updated on Sep 08, 2017 11:59 AM IST
Former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan said India’s reputation as a reforming economy was still intact despite the recent slowdown.
Updated on Sep 07, 2017 10:05 PM IST
Raghuram Rajan talks to Hindustan Times on his new book – I do what I do – in which he has said neither he nor the RBI under his watch favoured demonetisation.
Updated on Sep 08, 2017 12:22 PM IST
RBI data shows that all but 1% of the bank notes demonetised have returned to the banking system, meaning black money hoarders found ways to legitimise their cash that now earns interests.
Updated on Sep 04, 2017 12:40 PM IST
Who advised the government to go for demonetisation? Were the other alternatives suggested by the RBI duly considered? With Raghuram Rajan’s new book, the demand for answers to these questions will grow louder.
Updated on Sep 05, 2017 01:51 PM IST
Raghuram Rajan makes the disclosure in his latest book -- I do what I do – which is a compilation of speeches he delivered on a wide range of issues as the RBI governor.
Updated on Aug 27, 2017 12:27 PM IST
While a critique of the Nehruvian model of mixed economy has become common sense, the triumph of the neo-liberal market in India is also now revealing dangers and vulnerabilities. It is time for the Indian middle class to seriously reflect and reconsider. The real estate boom-to-bust story has lessons for everyone.
Updated on Aug 20, 2017 02:39 PM IST
For decades, we have talked about increasing government spending on healthcare to 2.5% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), but it continues to hover around 1.3%. A country like China, with a GDP five times that of India, spends more than 3% of its national income on public health.
Updated on Aug 13, 2017 09:47 AM IST
The past few years have seen a spurt in agitations and massive stirrings by ‘backward caste’ farming communities, who urban India believed had gained much from commercial agriculture, green revolution technologies, subsidies and the expansion of primary commodity markets
Updated on Aug 12, 2017 11:56 AM IST
The RBI has not been able to protect its income, thanks to demonetisation. For 2016-17, it will pay Rs 30,459 crore in dividend to the government, compared to Rs 65,876 crore it paid last year.
Updated on Aug 07, 2017 05:19 PM IST
The Reserve Bank of India has asked banks to initiate bankruptcy proceedings against 12 large loan defaulters, accounting for a quarter of nearly Rs 9 lakh-crore that the banking system has piled up in bad loans.