Week ahead to be choppy, trade cautiously (Column: Market Watch)
  • Week ahead to be choppy, trade cautiously (Column: Market Watch)(17:00)
    By Arun Kejriwal
    Markets continued to remain choppy and gained on two trading days, lost on two days and were flat on the fifth day. BSE SENSEX lost 163.83 points or 0.41 per cent to close at 39,452.07 points while NIFTY lost 47.35 points or 0.40 per cent to close at 11,823.30 points. The broader indices saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 lose a little more at 0.51 per cent, 0.60 per cent and 0.70 per cent respectively. Dow Jones gained 105.67 points or 0.41 per cent to close at 26,089.61 points.
  • Number game (Column: Tete-a-tete)(09:36)
    By Aditti Ahluwalia
    I am glad to have lived through the times that have made me the person that I am. Nothing has precipitated a major transition but there seems to be a legitimate need to make a shift in priorities. Some of my dreams have been wilfully shrugged off now, knowing as much as accepting the kind of happiness that works for me. One cannot buy emotional love but I do intend to buy lots of tiny experiences and fun adventures which can keep me going till a day after forever.
  • Melody scores over noisemakers (Column: B Town)(09:18)
    By Vinod Mirani
    Caravan pre-recorded digital music player, marketed by Saregama (erstwhile HMV music label), reminiscent of your transistor radio from the 1960s and 70s, has hit the market like a storm. Saregama, a dormant company as far as the music scene goes, has not been active as in buying music rights or marketing them for a long time now. Yet, today, the company makes more money out of its old repertoire than other companies.
Radicalisation comes closer home (Column: Spy's Eye)
  • Radicalisation comes closer home (Column: Spy's Eye)(08:58)
    By D.C. Pathak
    There are fresh Intelligence warnings about Islamic radicals attempting to enter into India through the sea route off the coast of Kerala. Investigations into the horrendous terror attacks made on Easter Sunday congregations in and around Colombo, resulting in a huge loss of life and limb, are meanwhile unraveling the scale of foreign and domestic planning as well as resource mobilisation that had gone into that covert offensive. The Islamic radicals chose soft targets but gave a message loud and clear that they were set to take on their US-led adversaries outside of the two theatres of 'war on terror' - Syria and Afghanistan.
Amitav Ghosh's passion for climate change continues with 'Gun Island' (IANS Interview)
  • Amitav Ghosh's passion for climate change continues with 'Gun Island' (IANS Interview)(08:06)
    By Vishnu Makhijani
    New Delhi, June 16 (IANS) Three years after making a forceful plea against the effects of environmental degradation, globally acclaimed author Amitav Ghosh returns to the subject by once again focusing on the Sundarbans, which he terms critical for the well being of West Bengal and neighbouring Bangladesh and lamenting that nations around the world are not responding adequately to the global scourge.
Amitav Ghosh's passion for climate change continues with 'Gun Island' (IANS Interview)
  • Amitav Ghosh's passion for climate change continues with 'Gun Island' (IANS Interview)(17:48)
    By Vishnu Makhijani
    New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) Three years after making a forceful plea against the effects of environmental degradation, globally acclaimed author Amitav Ghosh returns to the subject by once again focusing on the Sundarbans, which he terms critical for the well being of West Bengal and neighbouring Bangladesh and lamenting that nations around the world are not responding adequately to the global scourge.
The budget and beyond (Column: Active Voice)
  • The budget and beyond (Column: Active Voice)(09:36)
    By Amit Kapoor
    How does one determine the finances of a country where the growth rate is slowing, banks are sceptical to lend and tightening fiscal space leaves little scope for adventurism? That is the impossible conundrum facing Nirmala Sitharaman, Indias first woman Finance Minister in the Modi governments new Cabinet. It will be interesting to note how she addresses these pertinent issues facing the Indian economy when she rises up in Parliament on July 5 to deliver her Budget address.
  • Effective policies, not deadlines, the need of the hour (Column: Behind Infra Lines)(09:06)
    By Taponeel Mukherjee
    As India looks to balance its twin needs of clean energy and increased energy demand, a look at policies that may help in expediting the process is worthwhile. Additionally, there are valuable lessons that can be learnt from other sectors that can significantly assist in taking a call between effective policies and time-bound ones.
'The Big Bash' of the World Cup 2019 (Column: Close-in)
  • 'The Big Bash' of the World Cup 2019 (Column: Close-in)(08:36)
    BY YAJURVINDRA SINGH
    England's famous ground, the Old Trafford in Manchester, has been a historic venue for Indian cricket. There have been some wonderful moments and equally depressing ones as well. But, overall, India has come out with some magnificent performances there.
Khadakvasla tales: Reliving 50 years of NDA (Comment)
  • Khadakvasla tales: Reliving 50 years of NDA (Comment)(09:20)
    By C Uday Bhaskar
    Callow young men, still in their teens, join Indias prestigious National Defence Academy (NDA) as cadets every six months and three years later they are well-trained military officers in the making and branch out to the army, navy and air force. The most cherished event is the 50th anniversary of the passing out from the NDA and this week. On June 15 the 36th course will meet at Khadakvasla, Pune for what is a poignant and perhaps last such course get together - the Golden Jubilee Reunion (GJR).
Challenges before the 'Republic of Modi' (Political Calculus)
  • POCSO Act on crime against children doesn't picture reality: Author Arita Sarkar (IANS Interview)(16:32)
    By Vishnu Makhijani
    New Delhi, June 13 (IANS) The number of cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act is on the rise but the data procured under it is not "an accurate picture of reality" while convictions under it are a mere 20 per cent. It is a relatively new law and is "still evolving", says author Arita Sarkar, whose book "Kidnapped" probes the gruesome abductions and killings of over 10 children in the recent past.
NBFC wounds need salve (Column: Market Watch)
  • NBFC wounds need salve (Column: Market Watch)(12:48)
    By Arun Kejriwal
    Markets began the week on a strong note and registered new lifetime highs on June 3. They surrendered some of the gains on the same day and all of it and a little more by the end of the week to register minor losses. The four-day trading week saw BSE Sensex close at 39615.90 points a loss of 98.30 points or 0.25 per cent, while NIFTY closed at 11,870.65 points a loss of 52.15 points or 0.44 per cent.
Decoding Congress failure in the 2019 general election (Comment)
  • Decoding Congress failure in the 2019 general election (Comment)(10:28)
    By Rahul Vatsa
    The recently held general election was different from any other held in India in the sense that for this election, the ruling party as well as the opposition were in serious election mode for almost four years before it was held. On the ruling party side, the BJP knew well that its 2014 victory was more a mandate against the incumbent UPA government, and this factor would not be there in 2019.
  • Kashmir: Test of India's national security policy (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:16)
    By D.C. Pathak
    Kashmir has, in recent years, become the fulcrum not only of India's internal security but also of India-Pakistan relations and our foreign policy at large. It goes to the credit of the Modi government that the problem of Kashmir was first put in its right perspective ending a whole lot of ambiguities that were allowed to be enmeshed around this important border state of India. The three basics of the 'issue' in Kashmir were always clear - that the state of Jammu & Kashmir was an integral part of India, that the Valley-centric polity could not disregard the reality that the state was a composite territory housing multiple faiths and therefore not open to a communally-oriented solution finding and that talks with Pakistan on the unfinished agenda symbolised by the existence of LoC fell squarely within the domain of the Centre permitting no third party intervention, external or internal. The earlier regimes - for reasons of our domestic politics largely - seemed to have compromised on these paradigms in a manner that encouraged the pro-Pak separatists in the Valley on one hand and gave leeway to Pakistan to take to cross-border terrorism to destabilise the state, on the other.
Patriotism: End Of A Season; Khans: End Of An Era! (Column: B Town)
  • Patriotism: End Of A Season; Khans: End Of An Era! (Column: B Town)(09:02)
    By Vinod Mirani
    In an earlier column, NDA 2.0: Time filmmakers branched out, dated May 26, 2019, I had suggested that the industry rode on the prevailing nationalism and patriotic fervour under NDA rule. Most of the time, it worked. That was the time to tell the stories about our heroes in various fields like sports, army and so on. Films on war or, otherwise, the stories based on social issues. Like Padman, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, aptly supported by star power, found takers.
A new look Modi cabinet (Column: Political Calculus)
  • A new look Modi cabinet (Column: Political Calculus)(09:24)
    By Jayanta Ghosal
    The evening crept up slowly. Different colours of light over the presidential palace. After sitting in front of a historical architecture, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Damodardas Modi, started his second innings. After he took oath, other ministers took oath one by one.
Now for the next steps after rate cut (Column: Behind Infra Lines)
  • Now for the next steps after rate cut (Column: Behind Infra Lines)(09:24)
    By Taponeel Mukherjee
    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) rate cut is expected to provide a boost to the economy. Lower interest rates will help in providing support to the economy but are not the sole elixir that India needs. The focus must not be just on the immediate economic issues but on the broader target of implementing changes that have a long-lasting positive impact on the economy.
Monetary policy: RBI bids to better transmission (Comment)
  • Monetary policy: RBI bids to better transmission (Comment)(19:02)
    By Suyash Choudhary
    The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) delivered a unanimous 25 basis points (bps) rate cut as well a change in stance to accommodative. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) forecast has been marginally revised upwards for H1FY20 to 3-3.1 per cent (from 2.9-3 per cent), but is a shade lower for H2 at 3.4-3.7 per cent (from 3.5-3.8 per cent).
Modi's second term: Need to replace FEAR with HOPE (Comment)
  • Modi's second term: Need to replace FEAR with HOPE (Comment)(10:38)
    By Frank Islam
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's re-election by such large margins in a sweeping victory is testimony to his popularity across India. Many media articles during the seven-week long election process, however, expressed fear that a Modi victory would disenfranchise tens of millions and threaten Indian democracy itself. This perspective is attributable to what I call the FEAR (False Events Appearing Real) syndrome. This syndrome is caused by thinking that the past is a prologue and believing that only bad things will happen in the future. Modi's challenge in his second term will be to replace that FEAR with HOPE (Healing, Opportunity and Progress for Everyone).
Hard truths about new power equations (Khan Market Dialogues - III)
  • Hard truths about new power equations (Khan Market Dialogues - III)(12:30)
    By Amit Khanna
    Since the 1950s, three words whose defintions have been altered to suit political gain by the Nehruvian and later Leftist idealogues are Liberal, Secular and Activism. Anyone not subscribing to the perspective of these words is a pariah. Who has determined that these words mean not what they were supposed to but something quite apart because a group of Fabian and Marxist intellectuals so decreed? Every political ideology has a relevance and context to the times its proponents live in. Human ingenuity and social progress are a dynamic reality beyond ossified pedagogy and doctrines. When a thinking elite, in itself a contradiction of popular ideology, appropriates often through state patronage, academic nepotism or sheer absence of another perspective, all public discourse its the beginning of the end of this exclusive club. Convenient parallels are drawn selectively from say 100 years of recent history rather than taking a longer historical perspective.
Two focal points to boost investments and infrastructure (Column: Behind Infra Lines)
The face of the power elite (Khan Market Dialogues - II)
  • The face of the power elite (Khan Market Dialogues - II)(12:26)
    By Amit Khanna
    Since their inception, various government organisations, both policy making and dealing with education and culture, were packed with handpicked Left-leaning members of the New Delhi elite (now epitomised as the Lutyens Delhi or IIC/Khan Market gang). Air kissing socialites in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata where they would meet with khadi clad intellectuals of Delhi and whatever the new royalty discussed would soon influence public discourse. After all this was civil society. All a part of a cozy club with similar antecedents - privileged upbringing, public school education, Oxbridge or at least elite college (St Stephens, St Xaviers, Loyola, and such like) club memberships, summers in the hills, golf, polo, inherited lineage and property or government issue (GI) luxuries.
Lutyens's Delhi has to change (Khan Market Dialogues-I)
  • Lutyens's Delhi has to change (Khan Market Dialogues-I)(12:58)
    By Amit Khanna
    Post-election analysis is a part of every democracy. It's just 10 days since the Narendra Modi-led Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to an even bigger victory than its triumph in 2014. Today the party has a simple majority on its own and a near two-third majority through its coalition National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
India needs both development and security (Column: Spy's Eye)
  • India needs both development and security (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:00)
    By D.C. Pathak
    The sweeping victory of Narendra Modi and his party in this General Election - that went far beyond any conventional poll arithmetic - was transformational in the sense that for the first time the Indians at the grass roots level believed that the promise made by a leadership earlier had been sincerely pursued by it. Prime Minister Modi had post- 2014 called for 'sabka saath sabka vikas' and declared that he would put the 'nation first' in handling the issues of governance. The development schemes that he announced aimed at benefiting the common man regardless of rural-urban distinctions and what is truly modernistic - using the power of technology as a great equaliser.