Rajesh Mahapatra

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

Demonetisation 100 days: It’s time Modi govt said note ban was a mistake

On February 7, the PM spoke in Parliament on demonetisation. Given that this was the first time he spoke on the issue in the House, one expected the PM would support his claim with hard data and empirical evidence. Unfortunately, he didn’t. He didn’t because he can’t.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks in Lok Sabha on February 7, 2017(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks in Lok Sabha on February 7, 2017(PTI)
Updated on Jun 23, 2020 07:55 PM IST

Political donations: It’s time to revisit the idea of a National Election Fund

Cleaning up the system of political funding will help close the tap on a potent source of black money. It will also ensure a level playing field for all stakeholders in a multi-party democracy such as ours

The more competitive a democracy gets, the better it is for the people of the country(HT Photo)
The more competitive a democracy gets, the better it is for the people of the country(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 05, 2017 07:57 AM IST

Budget 2017: The numbers are deceiving, they hide more than they reveal

At first glance, the budget numbers look reassuring but a closer examination of the numbers tells another story,

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley arrives at Parliament to present the Union budget for 2017-18 in New Delhi on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.(Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley arrives at Parliament to present the Union budget for 2017-18 in New Delhi on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.(Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 02, 2017 08:58 AM IST

Arun Jaitley says Budget 2017 meant to help the vulnerable, not the affluent

Finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday the philosophy behind his budget is to spend more on identified success stories and carrying on with the government’s campaign against black money.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley with MoS Arjun Ram Meghwal and Santosh Gangwar arrives in the Parliament to present the Union budget.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Finance minister Arun Jaitley with MoS Arjun Ram Meghwal and Santosh Gangwar arrives in the Parliament to present the Union budget.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 02, 2017 06:06 PM IST

Budget 2017: It is time Arun Jaitley opted for fiscal expansionism

The present-day economic context and evidences from the past make a compelling case for the government to loosen its purse strings. Should the finance minister opt for a higher fiscal deficit, it ought to be on account of spending creates assets, jobs and an opportunity for inclusive growth

If Arun Jaitley opts for a higher fiscal deficit, it ought to be on account of higher spending under all such heads that create assets, jobs and an opportunity for inclusive growth.(Arvind Yadav/HT file photo)
If Arun Jaitley opts for a higher fiscal deficit, it ought to be on account of higher spending under all such heads that create assets, jobs and an opportunity for inclusive growth.(Arvind Yadav/HT file photo)
Updated on Jan 29, 2017 10:05 AM IST

Budget 2017-18: For Arun Jaitley the challenges are many, the solutions few

It remains to be seen how the lawyer-turned-politician balances the competing demands on the money his government has. As some would say, the real verdict on Arun Jaitley’s budget will come when the results for these elections are declared on March 11

The Union finance minister is expected to come with measures that will help revive investment, exports and consumption demand, especially after the hit these have taken in the aftermath of demonetisation(Arvind Yadav/HT)
The Union finance minister is expected to come with measures that will help revive investment, exports and consumption demand, especially after the hit these have taken in the aftermath of demonetisation(Arvind Yadav/HT)
Updated on Jan 23, 2017 05:00 PM IST

Demonetisation: Why PM must pay attention to YV Reddy’s warning on RBI

Former RBI governor YV Reddy doesn’t have a reputation for speaking out of turn. If he has chosen not to sit out, there is reason to believe the credibility of the RBI has been seriously undermined

According to the RBI’s own admission made before a parliamentary committee, the central bank was given just a day’s notice to execute the decision.(HT)
According to the RBI’s own admission made before a parliamentary committee, the central bank was given just a day’s notice to execute the decision.(HT)
Updated on Feb 16, 2017 07:11 AM IST

To implement GST, Modi must now rekindle the spirit of Team India

The demand for higher compensation apart, new fault lines have surfaced within the GST Council, which is finding it difficult to reconcile differences between the Centre and the states in matters relating to jurisprudence and control -- who taxes whom and what

In this file photo, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley can be seen chairing the sixth Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council meeting in New Delhi . He once described Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation exercise and the passage of the GST bill as two ‘big-bang reforms’ that would change the game.(PTI)
In this file photo, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley can be seen chairing the sixth Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council meeting in New Delhi . He once described Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation exercise and the passage of the GST bill as two ‘big-bang reforms’ that would change the game.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 08, 2017 08:55 AM IST

An ‘action-packed’ 2017 foretold by events of New Year’s eve

A more aggressive BJP could mean governance at the Centre will suffer. Key economic reforms will either get delayed or shelved. An accommodating BJP, on the other hand, could help Parliament do business.

Samajwadi Party supporters protest against SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav after announces the expulsion of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav from the party for six years at out side CM residence in Lucknow on Friday.(PTI)
Samajwadi Party supporters protest against SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav after announces the expulsion of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav from the party for six years at out side CM residence in Lucknow on Friday.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 01, 2017 07:20 AM IST

The New Year resolution Delhiites would want Modi and Kejriwal to make

If the expectations of the local BJP unit were to weigh in on the choice of Jung’s successor, Delhi may end up with an administrator and a political scenario that would further escalate the turf war.

If the expectations of the local BJP unit were to weigh in on the choice of Najeeb Jung’s successor, Delhi may end up with an administrator and a political scenario that would further escalate the turf war.(Virendra Singh Gosain/ Hindustan Times)
If the expectations of the local BJP unit were to weigh in on the choice of Najeeb Jung’s successor, Delhi may end up with an administrator and a political scenario that would further escalate the turf war.(Virendra Singh Gosain/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 07, 2017 01:18 PM IST

Getting Parliament to work: If Vajpayee could do it, why can’t Modi?

What Parliament has been missing most is the absence of towering personalities on either side. In the past, we had such leaders in the Opposition as Atal Bihari Vajpayee of the BJP, socialist Madhu Limaye, the Janata Dal’s Chandrashekhar and Indrajit Gupta from the CPI, who could defuse such situations

When Vajpayee was prime minister, he demonstrated how the onus of upholding parliamentary tradition rested with the governing party.(File Photo)
When Vajpayee was prime minister, he demonstrated how the onus of upholding parliamentary tradition rested with the governing party.(File Photo)
Updated on Dec 19, 2016 08:46 AM IST

Tamil Nadu after Jaya an opportunity, but cashing in will be tough for BJP, Cong

Breaking fresh ground in Tamil Nadu for a national party is easier said than done. Whenever a section or group of Tamil society has felt abandoned by the dominant Dravidian parties, it hasn’t been appropriated by a national party

Whenever a section or group of Tamil society has felt abandoned by the dominant Dravidian parties, it hasn’t been appropriated by a national party(HT Photo)
Whenever a section or group of Tamil society has felt abandoned by the dominant Dravidian parties, it hasn’t been appropriated by a national party(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 12, 2016 03:15 PM IST

Simultaneous polls: The argument is as flawed as its assumptions

Frequent elections aren’t bad because they cost money. They are bad when they are occasioned by a fragmented polity and eroding legitimacy of political parties, as has been India’s experience over the past three decades

Frequent elections aren’t bad because they cost money. They are bad when they are occasioned by a fragmented polity and eroding legitimacy of political parties, as has been India’s experience over the past three decades(PTI file photo)
Frequent elections aren’t bad because they cost money. They are bad when they are occasioned by a fragmented polity and eroding legitimacy of political parties, as has been India’s experience over the past three decades(PTI file photo)
Updated on Dec 04, 2016 09:47 AM IST

The war on black money is missing its targets by miles

It appears now that the prime minister’s bold initiative runs the risk of getting derailed because the government machinery has failed him. Worse, in their attempt to make up, the authorities charged with the responsibility of executing the plan are creating a new imagery of the enemy

Updated on Nov 29, 2016 01:44 AM IST

Demonetisation: Inconvenience to insecurity, the narrative is changing

I see a once-assured narrative steadily wilting. The earlier almost nonchalant and casual attitude that demonetisation was going to be all but a temporary ‘inconvenience’ seems to be rapidly mutating. Anxiety has replaced hope and the previous unflappable patience is making way for discernible worry and anger.

People stand in lines outside a bank to exchange or deposit discontinued currency notes in New Delhi.(AP)
People stand in lines outside a bank to exchange or deposit discontinued currency notes in New Delhi.(AP)
Updated on Sep 03, 2017 06:07 PM IST

Demonetisation: Understanding the politics behind what PM sees as a game changer

The BJP is looking at new social alignments. The demonetisation needs to be looked at in this context. The have-nots appear to have endorsed the prime minister’s decision. The cash hoarded by their immediate employer and exploiter is the most familiar imagery of black money for them.

A bank employee checks stacks of new 2000 rupee notes in Ahmedabad.(AFP Photo)
A bank employee checks stacks of new 2000 rupee notes in Ahmedabad.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Nov 14, 2016 09:05 PM IST

Haryana completes 50 years: Why the state’s success is self-limiting

The state has made impressive strides in 50 years, but Khattar’s culturally regressive agenda and failure to push for an equitable social order pose serious risks to the state’s failure.

Haryana has made impressive strides in 50 years, but Khattar’s culturally regressive agenda and failure to push for an equitable social order pose serious risks to the state’s failure.(HT File Photo)
Haryana has made impressive strides in 50 years, but Khattar’s culturally regressive agenda and failure to push for an equitable social order pose serious risks to the state’s failure.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 07, 2016 12:44 PM IST

Yadav vs Yadav: Akhilesh’s assertion is right, but it comes at a wrong time

Most political observers believe Akhilesh has the broadest support within the party and will eventually have Mulayam on his side. That the ongoing crisis will see the younger Yadav emerging stronger and a Samajwadi Party that will be more in sync with modern-day politics

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav at an event in a school in Lucknow.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav at an event in a school in Lucknow.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 30, 2016 09:47 AM IST

The Congress at crossroads: For India’s grand old party, it’s now or never

The party must also move to decentralise decision-making in the party. Even today it has many promising faces across states who can lead the party in their own right

Factionalism has intensified in poll-bound Punjab, where the ruling Badals stand discredited among the electorate and the Congress has a real chance of returning to power(HT file photo)
Factionalism has intensified in poll-bound Punjab, where the ruling Badals stand discredited among the electorate and the Congress has a real chance of returning to power(HT file photo)
Updated on Oct 23, 2016 06:14 PM IST

BRICS covers ground on terror, but outcome may have fallen short of Modi’s hope

The five-nation BRICS grouping may have endorsed the strongest ever statement on terrorism but diplomacy observers are not sure if the outcome matched the hope that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had raised through a forceful pitch on the issue.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrive for a photo opportunity ahead of the BRICS Summit in Benaulim, Goa.(Reuters)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrive for a photo opportunity ahead of the BRICS Summit in Benaulim, Goa.(Reuters)
Updated on Oct 19, 2016 10:46 AM IST

Modi calls Pakistan the mother ship of terrorism

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Published on Oct 17, 2016 07:02 AM IST

Modi calls Pakistan ‘mothership of terror’, fails to get consensus at BRICS

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday succeeded in getting BRICS members to make their strongest statement on terrorism but a consensus eluded India’s efforts to nail Pakistan-based terror groups.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the BRICS and BIMSTEC Outreach Summits in Mobor, Goa on Sunday.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the BRICS and BIMSTEC Outreach Summits in Mobor, Goa on Sunday.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 17, 2016 04:47 PM IST

Selective approach to terrorism will be futile: PM Modi at BRICS Summit

A selective approach to countering terrorist individuals or organizations will be futile and counter-productive, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday.

PM Narendra Modi addresses the plenary session of BRICS Summit in Benaulim, Goa.(PTI Photo)
PM Narendra Modi addresses the plenary session of BRICS Summit in Benaulim, Goa.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Oct 16, 2016 04:57 PM IST

Country in India’s neighbourhood is ‘mother ship’ of terror: PM Modi

The “mother ship” of terrorism is a country in India’s neighbourhood and extremist modules across the world are linked to it, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday, referring to Pakistan.

PM Narendra Modi speaks at the Leaders’ Restricted Meeting during BRICS Summit in Goa.(Photo credit: @MEAIndia)
PM Narendra Modi speaks at the Leaders’ Restricted Meeting during BRICS Summit in Goa.(Photo credit: @MEAIndia)
Updated on Oct 16, 2016 01:42 PM IST

Russia supports India on terror, China still on fence

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Published on Oct 16, 2016 09:31 AM IST

India, Russia ink defence, energy deals

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Published on Oct 16, 2016 07:22 AM IST

PM Modi nudges China on Masood Azhar ban, NSG bid ahead of BRICS Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday nudged Chinese President Xi Jinping to forge a common ground on designating Jaish chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist, saying the two countries should improve coordination within the UN panel that decides on such sanctions.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrive for a photo opportunity ahead of BRICS Summit in Benaulim, Goa, on Saturday.(REUTERS)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrive for a photo opportunity ahead of BRICS Summit in Benaulim, Goa, on Saturday.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 16, 2016 10:15 AM IST

India, China recognise terrorism as key issue: MEA after Modi-Xi talks

India and China are expected to discuss the fallouts of the deadly cross-border terror attack on an army camp at Uri on Jammu and Kashmir last month attack by Pakistan-based, while India will make a pitch with its eastern neighbour to further isolate Islamabad, for backing terror infrastructure.

India and China are expected to discuss the fallouts of the deadly cross-border terror attack on an army camp at Uri on Jammu and Kashmir last month attack by Pakistan-based, while India will make a pitch with its eastern neighbour to further isolate Islamabad, for backing terror infrastructure.(ANI)
India and China are expected to discuss the fallouts of the deadly cross-border terror attack on an army camp at Uri on Jammu and Kashmir last month attack by Pakistan-based, while India will make a pitch with its eastern neighbour to further isolate Islamabad, for backing terror infrastructure.(ANI)
Updated on Oct 16, 2016 01:48 AM IST

Slowing economies, divergent outlooks: BRICS needs mortar to be relevant

The hope from BRICS was that it would bring equity to global economic architecture and offer a political counterweight to model that would match the advanced West. A decade on, as leaders of the five member nation meet at the 8th annual summit, that ambition remains to be realised.

A man rides past a billboard, which shows the faces of all five BRICS leaders, near one of the venues of the summit in Goa.(Reuters)
A man rides past a billboard, which shows the faces of all five BRICS leaders, near one of the venues of the summit in Goa.(Reuters)
Updated on Oct 19, 2016 12:38 PM IST

‘Old friend’ Russia’s stand on combating terrorism mirrors our own: Modi

Russia’s stand on combating terrorism mirrors that of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday, amid increasing focus on cross-border terrorism from Pakistan and New Delhi’s push to globally isolate Islamabad.

Russian President Vladimir Putin being welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of 17th India-Russia annual summit meet in Benaulim, Goa on Saturday.(PTI Photo)
Russian President Vladimir Putin being welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of 17th India-Russia annual summit meet in Benaulim, Goa on Saturday.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Oct 16, 2016 01:13 AM IST
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