- Money creation to pick up pace (Guest Column)(15:48)
By Suyash Choudhary
The focus of monetary policy is now conclusively on ensuring better transmission. Towards this, for the first time in recent history the RBI has consciously moved liquidity stance to positive. Indeed, the Governor has lately referred to the Rs 1-1.5 lakh crore positive system liquidity as a comfort factor and facilitator for banks.
- Developing ties with Bhutan (Comment)(13:16)
By Shubha Singh
Prime Minister Narendra Modis two-day visit to Bhutan was aimed at re-engaging with the Himalayan neighbour during his second term in office as part of his âneighbourhood first policy. The visit had added significance since Bhutan has been changing under its new government and India-Bhutan ties had to be reoriented to the new winds blowing in Bhutan.
- A CDS for the armed forces must come with full play (Comment)(13:14)
By Lt-Gen Harwant Singh (Retd)
The proposal for appointing a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) has been doing the rounds since the time of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister and Lord Mountbatten, the last British Viceroy in India. In response to a communication from Lt.Gen M.L. Chibber, former Director General Military Operations (DGMO), Mountbatten wrote in 1977: "Last time Nehru stayed with me here at Broadlands, before the Chinese invasion, I urged him to appoint General K.S. Thimayya to the CDS post right away as I could see trouble brewing with China. I warned him that if a war came, the Indian army would suffer a quick defeat. He ( Nehru ) said there is no question of there being a war as India wishes to be at peace with everybody. To this I replied that it takes two sides to decide whether there would be a war or not and that if China or Pakistan invade, there would be war on your hand."
- Book captures brilliance of Ranjit Singh's polity, rule (IANS Interview)(17:42)
By Vishnu Makhijani
New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) The secularism of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780-1839) needs to be stuided in the current context for the manner in which he brought together a collection of warring misls (confederacies) to create a Sikh Empire that stretched from the Khyber Pass in the west to western Tibet in the east, and from Mithankot in the south to Kashmir in the north, says US-based poet, playwright and commentator Sarbpreet Singh in a new book.
- Kashmir: Will BBC Once Again Lift The Veil Of Secrecy? (Comment)(10:24)
By Saeed Naqvi
It is just as well that the BBC has decided to expand its shortwave radio service in Kashmir to beat the communications blackout. This is not the first time the BBC has played this role - and for good reason. Because the supine, mainstream media in L.K. Advanis words crawls when it is asked to bend.
- Advancing interdependence and common ground on Independence Day (Comment)(09:24)
By Frank F. Islam
In his first speech after winning the election for his second term, Prime Minister Narendra Modi proclaimed that "â¦we have to win 'sabka vishwas' (everyones trust)." What will be required to win that trust is establishing a true state of interdependence. Interdependence can be achieved by creating a country in which there is a shared understanding of the value of each citizen and a reliance on one another to eliminate discrimination, hostility, and prejudice and to provide equality and opportunity for all. All citizens must be active participants in shaping the future of India. They must be equal partners in Indias inclusive economic mobility and in Indias shared prosperity.
- What next? Filmmaker's dilemma (Column: B-Town)(09:12)
By Vinod Mirani
With the kind of films that unspool every week, one can conclude that there is a dearth of not only ideas but also direction! A varied kind of films are being made. Each filmmaker trying to come out with something different. This includes all - big as well as medium-range producers. The idea seems to be taking a shot in the dark. It is all about taking chances.
- The opposition's blind spot (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:04)
By D.C. Pathak
Prime Minister Narendra Modi rightly began his Independence Day address by declaring that the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A, approved by the two Houses of Parliament with a two-third majority, had restored 'One Nation, One Constitution' for India. In a play of domestic politics, however, the developments relating to Kashmir are producing a political fallout at home in which the principal opposition strangely is showing up as the chief apologist for Pakistan.
- Education and its economic outgrowths (Column: Active Voice)(09:20)
By Amit Kapoor
In his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the issue of population explosion in the country and the need to address it. He added education as a means of both moderating the trend of rising population and making them productive as well. Development trends throughout history have shown that as literacy levels go up, fertility rate falls and economic growth is easier to achieve. The latter is due to the fact that with education, child progress takes place at a faster rate making the future generation of workforce more productive.
- Now for the roadmap for financing (Column: Behind Infra Lines)(09:02)
By Taponeel Mukherjee
As India celebrated its 73rd Independence Day, the roadmap for the next phase of growth is of prime importance and much interest across the spectrum. While the details are being debated upon, the three focus areas of greater details on the financing of new investments, efficient allocation of government funds and innovative steps around the privatisation of government assets deserve increased attention.
- Now, Marvel Superheroes in a book format (IANS Interview)(09:08)
By Vishnu Makhijani
New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) You have read about them in comics -- that was the original genre. They then transformed to the stage, to the small screen, then to the big screen and soon the streaming platform. Now, read about your favourite Marvel Superhero in book format with the seven titles that have been released making waves worldwide and also in India, where they recently debuted.
- 'Vidya Sinha was Rajnigandha to fans after her first film'(17:12)
I am at a loss of words to hear about Vidya Sinhas demise, simply shocked beyond words. Till only the other day, I was watching her on the television show, "Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala". I was felt happy watching her on the show because our association is a really long one. I know her from the days of her first film, "Rajnigandha" (1974). Now, on hearing about her death, I am extremely sad and dont know how to react.
- Exposing get rich quick schemes (IANS Interview)(09:32)
By Vishnu Makhijani
New Delhi, Aug 13 (IANS) Get rich schemes - call them what you may - have siphoned off some Rs 7 lakh crore but no one seems to bat an eyelid, laments Aruna Ravikumar, a three-decade veteran of the print and electronic media, in her new book, tracing their origins to the liberalisation of the economy in 1991.
- Needed: A new mindset in Bollywood (Battling Change-II)(09:20)
By Amit Khanna
If the Industry has survived (thrived?) so many decades it is because of the influx of fresh capital from new, glamour struck players. Every generation since the beginning of the Indian film Industry has seen a fresh set of
- Applied Intelligence (Column: Spy's Eye)(15:44)
By D.C. Pathak
A remarkable transition that is happening on the quiet to push the world from the Information Age to the overpowering Age of Intelligence is felt but not consciously absorbed by the leaders of business and industry including those responsible for Corporate Governance. They are aware that comprehensive information was needed today for successful decision-making in any sphere and that all enterprises therefore had to make an investment on gathering and analysing information that was either available in the open or accessed through channels created with some special effort. The open sources of information broadly include publications, online material, seminars and conferences, public contacts and even trade exhibitions. The advent of the Age of Information gave instant access to any information that was put in the public domain and therefore any competitive advantage a player could derive from it would be incumbent upon the latter's ability to use competent analysis to read into that open information some significance for the future that others had not noted. Analysis thus becomes an instrument of Intelligence generation.
- Bollywood: Coming to terms with today (Battling Change - I)(09:24)
By Amit Khanna
Bollywood is going through a purple patch in the last couple of years. Or so it appears. The revenues are up by 11 per cent year on year. Number of hits and successful films is on the rise. Box office collections and non-theatrical revenue are on the rise. Stars (actors and directors) are earning in tens of crores. Even the technicians, writers, musicians are much better paid than a couple of decades ago. The number of films made every year has increased as have the number of screens.
- Let markets run their course before entering them (Column: Market Watch)(15:12)
By Arun Kejriwal
The week gone by had plenty of action and played out on expected lines as mentioned in the previous weeks article. It all began with the Rajya Sabha and then the Lok Sabha scrapping special status under Articles 370 and 35A for Jammu and Kashmir and making it a Union Territory with an Assembly. It also made Ladakh a Union Territory without an Assembly. The divide right across the centre of the principle opposition party Congress was clear. It lost the chief whip in the Rajya Sabha on the issue. Further, a large number of ex MPs from the Congress from the NextGen who incidentally had all lost the Lok Sabha battle this time voiced their view against the party line. Fearing another split, on Saturday night the Congress made Sonia Gandhi the interim Congress President. This after the party had said that the next President would be a non-Gandhi.
- Has Xi Jinping found the answer to Hong Kong? (Comment)(14:22)
By Akhil Bhardwaj
What started as a demonstration by 12,000 citizens against a proposed legislation for extradition of criminal undertrials to China has escalated into a daily assembly of over two million protesting against Chinese ainterference' in Hong Kong, an examination of police brutality under the gaze of international press and a demand for full democracy. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Carrie Lam's counter-mobilisation strategy is reduced to maintaining radio silence. Not only did Lam lose all credit amongst the pro- democracy camp having described the June 12 protest as a "riot", she has also lost support of the pro-Beijing (dare I say anti-democracy?) section of Hong Kong having suspended the extradition bill that triggered the protests. Additionally, there have been anonymous accounts of the Hong Kong police expressing resentment at being forced to play a violent role in what should have been a political debate.
- The character they lent to films (Column: B-Town)(10:18)
By Vinod Mirani
There has been a class of actors known as character artistes. Nobody ever thought of calling them stars, let alone superstars. But the fact is there have been some superstars in this category, too. Whoever the star of a film may be, it would never be complete without the breed of character artistes propping it up.
- Why Modi acted now on Kashmir? (Comment)(10:10)
By Deepika Bhan
The question is why did Modi chose ânow to do what he has done with Article370? There was no big election in sight so as to create a build up for electoral gain. Neither was there any major crisis or any embarrassing situation for the government to find a succour in Kashmir. Perhaps, this was the best time to enact the best of action story for the Modi-Shah Combine.
- Indian Left now in Jurassic park (Column: Political Calculus)(09:30)
By Jayanta Ghosal
A joke surfaced on social media after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. A black-and-white photograph featuring that ultimate jewel of Bengali romantic films, Uttam Kumar with Suchitra Sen. She said, "Let us go somewhere, where only we will be alone and no one else there." In response, Uttam Kumar said, "Then we should go to Alimuddin Street."