Opinion

WeWork—shared office spaces in Mumbai (Mint file)
WeWork—shared office spaces in Mumbai (Mint file)

Opinion | The mystery of WeWork’s edge

  • Many on Wall Street suspect that WeWork has merely dressed itself up as a tech firm to catch investor attention. What investors should do is ask how it really expects to turn profitable

The country should not regress to the pre-liberalization days of seeing all exports as good and all imports as bad (Mint file)
The country should not regress to the pre-liberalization days of seeing all exports as good and all imports as bad (Mint file)

Opinion | To make or not to make

What we can match on price and quality locally, we should make ourselves, and once we do a better job of it, the whole world would open up as a market

Former umpire Steve Bucknor of the West Indies (Bloomberg File)
Former umpire Steve Bucknor of the West Indies (Bloomberg File)

Opinion | An umpire hurled

The appeal of wired umpiring lies in its accuracy. But would the game retain its charm? That’s not so obvious. Having umpires around, with all their quirks and follies, has always been part of the game’s fun

It is true that unhindered debt accumulation by the state is not a desirable objective, but these are extraordinary times which call for extraordinary measures. Photo: AFP
It is true that unhindered debt accumulation by the state is not a desirable objective, but these are extraordinary times which call for extraordinary measures. Photo: AFP

Opinion | All that the Indian economy needs is a ten-letter word

Restoring the confidence of businesses and consumers is key to reviving ‘animal spirits’ in the economy

The appointment of the CDS will certainly change the civil-military balance, and, if done correctly, will address some of the grievances of the Armed Forces pertaining to their status vis-a-vis the civil services.
The appointment of the CDS will certainly change the civil-military balance, and, if done correctly, will address some of the grievances of the Armed Forces pertaining to their status vis-a-vis the civil services.

Opinion | Appointing a chief of defence staff would just be the first step

To take the logic of the CDS to its conclusion, the Armed Forces should be operationally restructured into theatre commands

Pakistan PM Imran Khan (left) and Indian PM Narendra Modi.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan (left) and Indian PM Narendra Modi.

A tale of two speeches: PM Khan versus PM Modi

The PMs articulated differing messages for the people of their countries

Indonesia President Joko Widodo, Vice President Jusuf Kalla, and their wifes Iriana Widodo and Mufidah Kalla react during a ceremony to celebrate Indonesia's 74th Independence Day at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Saturday. (REUTERS Photo)
Indonesia President Joko Widodo, Vice President Jusuf Kalla, and their wifes Iriana Widodo and Mufidah Kalla react during a ceremony to celebrate Indonesia's 74th Independence Day at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Saturday. (REUTERS Photo)

Opinion | A capital city in the jungle? It’s not a crazy idea

Widodo will be hoping for a Brasilia and to shake up the primacy of Java, the main island

Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock

Opinion | The audience as a piano: the strange case of Alfred Hitchcock

In memory of the most famous director in cinema history on his 120th birth anniversary

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A Kashmiri woman walks past a bus used as a road block by security forces during restrictions, in Srinagar (Reuters file)
A Kashmiri woman walks past a bus used as a road block by security forces during restrictions, in Srinagar (Reuters file)

Opinion | India’s voice in New York

The Kashmir issue is expected to come up at the United Nations Security Council for the first time in several decades later today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at his supporters from the ramparts of the Red Fort, in New Delhi on Thursday (PTI file)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at his supporters from the ramparts of the Red Fort, in New Delhi on Thursday (PTI file)

Opinion | Popular anxiety

What’s disturbing is our failure to arrest and reverse a trend within population growth: that of our widening gender gap

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(Photo: Reuters)

Opinion | From ramparts of Red Fort, citizen Modi reaches out

PM Modi called upon the ‘swabhimaan’ of Indian citizens to resolve the problems

Security personnel guard near the Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium during the 73rd Independence Day functions in Srinagar, Thursday. (PTI)
Security personnel guard near the Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium during the 73rd Independence Day functions in Srinagar, Thursday. (PTI)

Opinion | J&K bifurcation leaves a host of unresolved issues

Apart from administrative changes, there is the issue of the applicability of AFSPA

The irony is that proving plastic surgery was invented in India in Vedic times doesn’t require any such contrivance because old texts suggest it indeed was (Photo: ANI)
The irony is that proving plastic surgery was invented in India in Vedic times doesn’t require any such contrivance because old texts suggest it indeed was (Photo: ANI)

Opinion | The deity, the elephant and the plastic surgeon

Offering India’s beloved elephant god as proof of ancient plastic surgery expertise does little for our scientific heritage. The purpose of such assertions is to make claims of supremacy in all the sciences

Even though its chances are looking bleak, a deal with the EU could help prevent political fragmentation of the UK and keep political tensions in Northern Ireland at bay (Photo: Bloomberg)
In a world that is undergoing a foundational change, it is essential for individuals to develop an awareness of their sense of purpose and stay connected with it (Photo: Bloomberg)
In a world that is undergoing a foundational change, it is essential for individuals to develop an awareness of their sense of purpose and stay connected with it (Photo: Bloomberg)

Opinion | The best way to prepare students for jobs of the future

The labour market today is far more dynamic, with fresh graduates expected to take charge of their own lives and equip themselves with life skills that will make them job-ready

What is needed is an enabling environment to strengthen the rural economy, with an enhanced role for the employment guarantee scheme, for example (Photo: Bloomberg)
What is needed is an enabling environment to strengthen the rural economy, with an enhanced role for the employment guarantee scheme, for example (Photo: Bloomberg)

Opinion | What happened to poverty during the first term of Modi?

Consumption declined over the period 2014-18, confirming fears that people ended up worse off

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