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Thursday, Aug 06, 2020



History has an uncanny way of intruding into contemporary life and shaping our public conversation. A new controversy emerged recently over the relationship between Jawaharlal Nehru and Subhas Chandra Bose.

articles by Chanakya (296 results)
Aug 01, 2020 18:21
Governments come and go. Political parties rise and fall. But the Constitution — and its vision of independent institutions — is permanent, and ensures both stability and legitimacy of the political system. The story of the erosion of institutional autonomy can, thus, erode both the stability and legitimacy of the system. read more
Jul 25, 2020 19:23
India — which had a period of relative international security and benign climate — will today have to gear up for a more unstable environment and more hostility read more
Jul 18, 2020 20:38
This isn’t about Rajasthan. The crisis in the Congress is symptomatic of a larger crisis within the party. It is a crisis that has been in the making for long. But when a party is in power, it is possible to paper over cracks and keep going read more
Jul 11, 2020 19:12
And it is dysfunctional, because it suits everyone — including those meant to protect it — that it remains so read more
Jul 04, 2020 20:30
The two most powerful tools in any country’s armoury, when it comes to fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, are data and science, and political leaders through the centuries have had an uncomfortable relationship with both. read more
Jun 27, 2020 18:27
Many believe that the scale of the health, economic and national security crises could erode BJP’s prospects. But this view underestimates the faith a large segment of citizens have in Modi read more
Jun 20, 2020 19:20
The BJP — by disengaging with Pakistan — has projected itself as a nationalist force. Its advice to the Opposition not to “politicise” the national security issue may go unheeded, for if the BJP has benefited from weaponising security for electoral ends, the Opposition will seek to emulate the same. read more
Jun 13, 2020 20:25
Through its upcoming election, the state will provide a glimpse of the political future to the rest of India and answer questions central to Indian democracy read more
Jun 06, 2020 19:38
The Centre and states coordinated closely in the initial weeks, but differences on the lockdown, health protocol, finances and credit-sharing have now deepened read more
May 31, 2020 06:50
The year saw Modi push long-held ideological beliefs of the BJP. But democratic deficits grew, social harmony became fragile and the economy was mismanaged read more
May 23, 2020 19:21
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on May 12, spoke of using the current crisis as an opportunity to make India “self-reliant”. The same framework — of using the crisis as an opportunity — must be used for something which is as broken as the economy, politics. read more
May 16, 2020 19:20
If the government focuses on demand, and does enough to put more cash in the hands of people and businesses, coupled with the medium- and long-term measures already announced, the Indian economy will survive 2020-21, recover in 2021-22, and jump to a different level of growth after that read more
May 09, 2020 19:22
Labour laws must change to help the economy, and now is as good a time as any to amend, suspend, even scrap them — but not at the cost of workers. Take nuanced decisions on which laws to junk, while preserving those which are to do with lives, livelihoods and liberties. read more
May 02, 2020 17:24
The State scores high on its coercive power, communication, decisiveness and federalism. But its ability to implement nuanced policies, treat the poor humanely, and manage the economy is weak read more
Apr 25, 2020 18:10
Even after the lockdown is lifted, social distancing will continue to remain an established norm. This means that mass rallies, mass protests, and small public meetings in urban neighbourhoods or village squares may not be possible anymore — at least for the foreseeable future. It will be much harder to get a sense of where public opinion stands. read more