- A year from now, India is likely to be in the midst of a massive vaccination initiative. What’s the fine print?
- There are long days ahead. But there’s reason to remain positive about prospects of getting vaccinated in India. In the meantime, continue to socially distance, wear masks and so on
LONG STORY CAPSULE
Long Story Capsule | The plan to remake Lutyens’ Delhi04 Oct 2019
A redeveloped zone in the heart of country’s capital is on the cards. What will central Delhi gain and what will it lose?
Ferrying a Swiggy or Zomato delivery may earn just ₹30-40 per order. Is it fair?18 Sep 2019
On Monday, Zomato delivery personnel launched protests in Mumbai and Bengaluru. The immediate trigger was a drop in the basic pay per delivery from ₹40 to ₹30. Incomes of delivery men dropped to ₹20,000 from 60,000 in just one year. The food delivery business in India is at an inflexion point
Long Story Capsule | Fallout of the battle against plastic waste18 Sep 2019
From 2 Oct, 12 items are proposed to be banned by the Central Pollution Control Board. Thin carry bags, wrapping films, straws and disposable cutlery likely to be targeted. There’s no denying Indian cities are drowning in plastic waste But the confusion regarding what could be banned is taking a toll on small manufacturers.
How India can play drone diplomacy | Long Story Capsule17 Sep 2019
After the Houthi attack on Saudi oil facilities, West Asia is in turmoil. US-Iran confrontation could end up causing turmoil in the West Asia region. The region desperately needs a peace process. India should take the lead here.
Long Story Capsule | Slowdown stories from India’s heartland12 Sep 2019
A ground report from Vidisha district in Madhya Pradesh, an hour-and-a-half away from Bhopal, shows rural households struggling to stay afloat and curtailing even essential consumption.
Beware the nudge effect in Indian federalism | Long Story Capsule10 Sep 2019
The centre is trying to get the 15th Finance Commission to give it a larger share of taxes from the divisible pool. The Union seeks a separate mechanism for funding of defence and internal security, currently in the Union list. This raises further uneasiness for those who cherish the values of cooperative federalism.
Long Story Capsule | How B2B ecommerce turned the corner03 Sep 2019
Since the end of 2016, several B2B companies have prospered. This change has been largely driven by GST and demonetisation. Indian businesses are now more willing to pay for using a digital platform.
Long Story Capsule | How one man is killing the Amazon rainforest30 Aug 2019
As a man-made blaze scorches through the world’s biggest rainforest, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro’s reckless policies are causing a global crisis.
Long Story Capsule | Does India need a law mandating two-child families?28 Aug 2019
With a forceful message from PM Narendra Modi in his Independence Day address, there could be a new law on family planning as early as November, say government insiders. While there is little doubt that India has a population problem, any strategy to change fertility rates should be carefully thought out.
Why the Khan Market gang will always remain relevant27 Aug 2019
Enough obituaries have been written for liberals and liberalism, but ideas like openness and dissent will always remain relevant.
How desi networks help businesses solve big problems23 Aug 2019
Peer entrepreneur forums like Bouncing Boards of Erode act as a lifeline on managerial and emotional fronts. A bouncing board is a closed, informal club of about a dozen entrepreneurs from diverse sectors. There are now three bouncing boards in Erode alone and one each in Trichy and Coimbatore. Bouncing boards have become a vital self-help group for such entrepreneurs.
Long Story Short: Why Hong Kong is at a point of no return22 Aug 2019
Protesters in Hong Kong are speaking up for democracy and for independence from China, but the inability to compromise puts the city’s status as a financial centre at risk
The revolt against food delivery apps21 Aug 2019
Five years ago, there were only a handful of online food aggregators. Today, the industry is a behemoth that ferries 80 million food orders each month in over 500 cities. Ordering food online is convenient and restaurants gain from the extra visibility. But who is raking in the profits? Five years into the food delivery boom, many restaurants have now come to the conclusion that they are losing more than they gain.
Living on the edge in India’s coastlines20 Aug 2019
When much of Kerala submerged under water last year, the Madhav Gadgil report on the degree of ecological damage underway all along the Western Ghats attained center-stage. This year, the same fate has befallen villages and cities along the fragile western coastline. What can India do to avoid this recurrent, annual date with parched summers followed by devastating floods?
PM on I-Day: Don’t view wealth creators with suspicion16 Aug 2019
In his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to people to not view wealth creators, or industrialists, with suspicion. This was the Prime Minister's first Independence Day address after his historic re-election in the 2019 general elections. PM Modi also reiterated the government's aim of making India's economy worth $5 trillion in the next five years.