Opinion

 (Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
(Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

Opinion | The missing egg in Indian children’s diet

Stoking religious sentiments while making policy decisions on food could end up harming India’s chance of reaping an enormous demographic dividend

 (Photo: iStock)
(Photo: iStock)

Opinion | Tech has radically changed teens’ experiences today

All technologies have obvious benefits and potential harmful effects, but the key lies in moderation

The modern disaffection for the other gender does contain a sign of something good. Photo: Bloomberg
The modern disaffection for the other gender does contain a sign of something good. Photo: Bloomberg

Opinion | The end of affection between men and women

What we are going through is the reformation of men—by women, and by some very phoney men

A file photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah at the party's National Council meet in New Delhi (PTI)
A file photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah at the party's National Council meet in New Delhi (PTI)

Opinion | BJP’s 2019 strategy focuses on untouched territories

BJP has been toiling hard to win most of the 125 LS seats left untouched by the party so far

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Photo: iStock

Opinion | The final step before buying insurance

Before you switch off after buying insurance, read the policy kit carefully

Photo:Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times
Photo:Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times

Opinion | Why India’s sedition law needs to be buried

In a country where public discourse reduces to binaries, it is hard to imagine navigating through dark areas that lie between the actual law on sedition and its implementation

Photo: Abhijit Bhatelkar/Mint
Photo: Abhijit Bhatelkar/Mint

Opinion | How India’s economy smoothly navigated troubled waters

Given its integration with the world economy, India cannot continue to grow rapidly as global growth declines

Photo:Reuters
Photo:Reuters

Opinion | The 10% solution will not solve the job crisis in the country

When almost 90% of the general castes qualify for the quota, the provision of 10% quota is a joke

A file photo of a Sentinel tribal. Photo: Reuters
A file photo of a Sentinel tribal. Photo: Reuters

Opinion | Why isolation of indigenous groups is crucial today

Such groups serve as environmental sentinels, safeguarding 80% of global diversity

An Anti-brexit protester is seen outside the Houses of Parliament in London.Photo:Reuters
An Anti-brexit protester is seen outside the Houses of Parliament in London.Photo:Reuters

Opinion: Calls for a second Brexit vote deserve consideration

There is a majority against all conceivable solutions but none in favour of a concrete one

Wyatt Russell plays scruffy, easy-going Dud in ‘Lodge 49’.
Wyatt Russell plays scruffy, easy-going Dud in ‘Lodge 49’.

Opinion | House of alcohol and alchemy

'Lodge 49' made me think hard about fruition, about the fact that characterslike you and mefind validation after they find their beliefs to be proven right

The idea of a universal basic income has gained currency in the West because of the threat of automation-induced job losses. Photo: Mint
The idea of a universal basic income has gained currency in the West because of the threat of automation-induced job losses. Photo: Mint

Is India ready for a universal basic income?

Unlike farm loan waivers, universal basic income does not impair credit culture and, unlike farmer-specific transfers, does not seek to tie down people to farming

Farmers need irrigation more than poll freebies

Even as debt waivers and farmer-centric doles are announced to tide over farmers' indebtedness, the level of investment in irrigation remains poor

Finance minister Arun Jaitley will present the interim budget on 1 February. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
Finance minister Arun Jaitley will present the interim budget on 1 February. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

Finance ministry has a poor forecasting record

Given the over-optimistic revenue estimates and under-budgeted expenditure, the finance ministry's budget projections should be taken with a pinch of salt

The analytics on data captured by various tax and regulatory authorities has empowered the tax administration in India to focus its efforts towards potentially non-compliant taxpayers. (PTI)
The analytics on data captured by various tax and regulatory authorities has empowered the tax administration in India to focus its efforts towards potentially non-compliant taxpayers. (PTI)

Opinion | Tech changing the face of indirect tax, transfer pricing

The capability of the government to digitize tax compliance has reached a new high after GST came in to effect

Academics get tenured because they have displayed intellectual curiosity and accomplishment sufficiently. (Hindustan Times)
Academics get tenured because they have displayed intellectual curiosity and accomplishment sufficiently. (Hindustan Times)

Opinion | The conflation of means and ends in higher education

Tenure becoming an end in itself shows up in areas such as accreditation, ranking of institutions

As the spending on digital goes from the ideation stage to the execution stage, which allows them to compete on a level playing field with others, Indian players are seen benefiting from clients’ budgets.  (Reuters)
As the spending on digital goes from the ideation stage to the execution stage, which allows them to compete on a level playing field with others, Indian players are seen benefiting from clients’ budgets.  (Reuters)

Opinion | IT analysts are missing three elephants in the room

The first elephant is the turmoil in the US equity markets, which indicates the end of a long expansion 

Jet’s predicament echoes the dire scenario of India’s aviation industry.  (Reuters)
Jet’s predicament echoes the dire scenario of India’s aviation industry.  (Reuters)

Opinion | Jet Airways’ Naresh Goyal at a crossroads

Burdened with debt and rising costs, Goyal has little time to make some tough choices—to give up the driving seat or continue frantic efforts for cash to run India’s 2nd largest airline

The 103rd amendment introduces a new exception—and creates a category allowing reservations for “economically weaker sections of citizens”.
The 103rd amendment introduces a new exception—and creates a category allowing reservations for “economically weaker sections of citizens”.

Opinion | Why amending an inconvenient Constitution is a political move

The politically-connected upper-caste Indians, with the status but not the income, will benefit from the new quota

Essar Steel lenders have accepted ArcelorMittal’s  ₹42,000 crore bid for the 10 million tonnes-a-year steel plant (Reuters)
Essar Steel lenders have accepted ArcelorMittal’s 42,000 crore bid for the 10 million tonnes-a-year steel plant (Reuters)

Opinion | India's bankruptcy code had teeth. Now it's got dentures

  • A bankruptcy law that can only be used against small entrepreneurs would take the country back to where it was in 2001
  • If PSBs do not wield their voting power on creditor committees, the moral core of the bankruptcy code will collapse

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(Mint)

Opinion | The way ahead for the debt markets in 2019

  • 2019 is likely to be a year of reversals, furthering the investment case for debt market
  • As the shadow of the IL&FS saga and the NBFC liquidity crunch recede, 2019 is likely to be a better year for debt against the backdrop of lower crude and stable macros

The issue of farm distress is facing fatigue in the news cycle.
The issue of farm distress is facing fatigue in the news cycle.

Opinion | India and the growing business of outrage

Outrage had a business model, which now that polls are over, has no currency in social media

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(Ramesh Pathania/Mint)

Opinion | Universal basic income scheme may not be right for India Story

UBI will be very difficult to repeal once introduced and so the government would do well to deliberate over the issue

 (Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)
(Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)

Opinion | Fuel cells versus LI batteries is much heat, a lot of gas

It appears likely that both LI and fuel cells will have a role to play in India’s electric vehicle road