Why Trump’s pro-war aide quotes the Gita

Most Indians are unaware that Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s chief strategist and member of his national security council, is not only the most powerful person in the White House today but he is also a great admirer of the Bhagavad Gita. Bannon is militarily inclined and believes in waging a holy war against Islam “to establish dharma in the world”. His long-time collaborator Julia Jones says, “He used to talk a lot about dharma — he felt very strongly about dharma… one of the strongest principles throughout the Gita.”

क्यों अपराधी जीत जाते हैं, उदारवादी नहीं?

जब भी चुनाव आते हैं तो मैं यह सोचकर हताश हो जाता हूं कि हम सच्चे, स्वतंत्र और सुधार चाहने वाले उदार नागरिकों की बजाय फिर अपराधियों, लुभावने नारों वाले भ्रष्टों और राजनीति क वंश के सदस्यों को चुन लेंगे। इस बार तमिलनाडु में शशिकला और अमेरिका में डोनाल्ड ट्रम्प की धक्कादायक जीत साफ-सुथरे उदारवादियों की नाकामी को रेखांकित करती है।

Why classic liberals don’t win elections, and populists do

We are in the midst of another election season in India, and each time a poll rolls around, I get depressed at the thought that we are about to elect criminals, corrupt populists, and members of political dynasties rather than upright, independent, reform-minded liberals.

The Budget will tell if aspirational Modi is now a populist Modi

The question on our minds is: has the Prime Minister changed? Is Narendra Modi turning populist? We shall have the answer on Wednesday when the finance minister presents the Budget. The nation elected Mr Modi on an aspirational platform of creating jobs, containing inflation, and stopping corruption. Indeed, in the first half of his term, he has pursued responsible policies to meet these goals. As a result, the economy has turned around; inflation has been licked; fiscal indicators are healthy.

As stagnant West gets meaner, rising India spells hope but there’s a big if

2016 was a dreadful year and it is a relief that it's over. The values I cherish most took a profound battering. As a classic liberal, I want equal rights for all; I reject racial and caste discrimination; I revere religious freedom; I seek a free economy based on competition; and I uphold dissent. These beliefs have been undermined by Donald Trump's election in America, Britain's exit from Europe, and rising racism, intolerance and nationalism in the world, including in India where Narendra Modi has made his first big mistake with ill-considered notebandi.

કાળું નાણું આ રીતે પણ બહાર લાવી શકાય

નોટબંધીનાં ત્રણ અઠવાડિયાં પછી સામાન્ય માણસની જિંદગીમાં તકલીફો, આર્થિક ગતિવિધિઓમાં સુસ્તી અને અનેક ક્ષેત્રોમાં નોકરીઓ જવાના સમાચારો આવવા લાગ્યા છે. આગામી  બે ત્રિમાસિક ગાળામાં અર્થતંત્ર બે ટકા જેટલું સંકોચાશે - રાષ્ટ્રીય સંપત્તિનું આ ખૂબ મોટું નુકસાન છે, પરંતુ હવે પીછેહઠ કરવાની કોઈ ગુંજાશ નથી. ચાલો, જોઈએ કે નરેન્દ્ર મોદી નોટનાબૂદી સિવાય કેવી રીતે કાળાં નાણાંવાળાના ભ્રષ્ટાચારના સ્રોત નાબૂદી કરી શકે છે.

नोटबंदी को बचाकर ऐसे निकालें कालाधन

नोटबंदी के तीन हफ्ते बाद आम आदमी की जिंदगी में तकलीफ, आर्थिक गतिविधियों में सुस्ती और कई क्षेत्रों में नौकरियां जाने की खबरें दिखने लगी हैं। अगली दो तिमाही में अर्थव्यवस्था दो प्रतिशत अंक से सिकुड़ जाएगी- राष्ट्रीय संपदा का यह बहुत बड़ा नुकसान है। लेकिन अब पीछे हटने की कोई गुंजाइश नहीं है। आइए, देखें कि नरेंद्र मोदी नोटबंदी को बचाकर कैसे कालेधन वाले भ्रष्टाचार के स्रोत खत्म कर सकते हैं।

Ten ways to save demonetisation and stop the economy from choking

After almost three weeks of demonetisation, there is visible pain in the lives of ordinary people, a noticeable slowdown in economic activity, and reports of job losses in many sectors. The economy may contract by as much as two percentage points over the next two quarters — a colossal loss in national wealth. However, there can be no rollback. The gains from a cleaner, whiter economy are far bigger in the long run. Here’s how Narendra Modi can save demonetisation.

When netas see votes in clean air, they’ll cut through the smog

Two apparently unrelated events occured in Delhi in the past few days. In the first, Narendra Modi made a tough, risky move — one of the riskiest in his career — against the long-festering problem of black money. In the second, Arvind Kejriwal was seen floundering as he tried to cope with Delhi’s foul air. What connects the two events is the stark contrast between the decisive action in the case of black money and a sense of helplessness in response to pollution.