Capital calculus

Given that the onset was late, we have so far only a week of data of the monsoon, which has stayed largely concentrated over Kerala. Photo: AP<br />
The charges of impropriety in public office are rapidly eroding the BJP’s hard-earned social capital—among the middle classes at least —a little over a year after its runaway win in the general election. Photo: Hindustan Times<br />

India: rules vs exception-based

4 min read . 29 Jun 2015
It was Narasimha Rao, who was holding the commerce portfolio, who announced a massive delicensing of industries (the centrepiece of the 1991 economic reforms agenda) on the morning of 24 July 1991. Photo: Hindustan Times<br />

Remembering Narasimha Rao

4 min read . 06 Apr 2015
Finance minister Arun Jaitley’s Union Budget 2015 will be keenly watched by foreign and domestic investors and by the 1.2 billion-strong populace. Photo: PTI<br />

How to read Union Budget 2015

4 min read . 25 Feb 2015
Few can quarrel with the government about winding down the Planning Commission as it exists today. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint<br />

Requiem for the Planning Commission

3 min read . 25 Aug 2014
Besides recording the momentous break from an oppressive and debilitating colonial rule, this 15 August promises to be different due to five fundamentally changed circumstances. Photo: Hindustan Times<br />
What is striking about the latest baton exchange is the ideology of inclusion—whether it is lip service or otherwise (something we will know only over time), the NDA has sworn its commitment to it. Photo: PTI<br />

UPA to NDA: present continuous

3 min read . 15 Jun 2014
The Lok Sabha election results threw up a simple majority for BJP and 336 seats for its National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Photo: Sneha Srivastava/Mint<br />

Decoding Verdict 2014

3 min read . 19 May 2014
It is clear that consumers too are now distinguishing between cheap power that is promised but rarely delivered and power that is available but costlier. Photo: HT<br />

In defence of the power regulator

4 min read . 03 Mar 2014
For Indians the Maruti 800 is a reiteration of the self-belief that solutions unique to its circumstances are eminently doable and can pack a successful business model. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint<br />

Maruti 800: Myth and reality

4 min read . 09 Feb 2014
Education outcomes, as measured by abilities in reading, writing and doing maths, have deteriorated among children between the ages of six and 14.. Photo: Mint<br />

India’s crisis of learning

4 min read . 20 Jan 2014
Cleaning up the voter lists across urban India should be pursued on a war footing ahead of the next general election.  Photo: Hindustan Times<br />

The urban voter apathy myth

4 min read . 01 Dec 2013
The Tehelka episode is rapidly acquiring a personality dimension, given the alleged involvement of high-profile editor Tarun Tejpal. Photo: Hindustan Times<br /><br />

The sign of four

3 min read . 27 Nov 2013
In rally after rally, Gandhi unabashedly stakes his party’s claim to the entitlement regime, especially the latest addition to this portfolio, the food security law. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/ Mint<br />

Rahul Gandhi’s big political gamble

4 min read . 27 Oct 2013