CJI Ranjan Gogoi: The man who settled India’s longest-running dispute

I have never witnessed a Chief Justice of India speaking his mind in quite the way that Ranjan Gogoi did last week. The occasion was the book launch of my friend and fellow journalist Mrinal Talukdar. A CJI launching a book is itself a rarity, but Justice Gogoi’s candour at the event was rarer. He … Read moreCJI Ranjan Gogoi: The man who settled India’s longest-running dispute

Enter the Smog: As smog descends on Indian cities, see what the data really says

Is Delhi truly the epicentre of India’s air quality crisis? Is the air in other cities in the central-north region just as bad? Are there southern cities with equally bad air quality? As smog descends on Indian cities, we try to see what the data really says. Indian cities among most polluted WHO found that … Read moreEnter the Smog: As smog descends on Indian cities, see what the data really says

Five messages from Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly polls

By Arati R Jerath The verdict from the recent assembly polls in Maharashtra and Haryana reaffirm two fundamentals of Indian politics that the Narendra Modi juggernaut has sought to obliterate. One, voters make discerning choices and often vote differently in parliamentary and assembly elections. Two, strong regional chieftains with mass bases can hold their own … Read moreFive messages from Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly polls

The biggest lessons for India from the PMC Bank fiasco

When Kiran Gupte saw televised images of anguished depositors breaking down and weeping outside the branches of Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative Bank (PMC) over the last fortnight, bitter feelings came flooding back. Since 2014, whenever he has heard of someone considering depositing money in a cooperative bank, he has advised them against it, because he … Read moreThe biggest lessons for India from the PMC Bank fiasco

The Co-op crisis: How 1,500-odd urban cooperative banks are being run and regulated

Last Friday, no one turned up to deliver milk at Avillion Greenfields, a cooperative housing society in Mumbai. The delivery boys were apparently unable to withdraw enough cash from their bank to buy milk supplies. Their savings are currently stuck at Punjab Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank, which has been put under restrictions by the Reserve … Read moreThe Co-op crisis: How 1,500-odd urban cooperative banks are being run and regulated

Startup nation: Indian startup founders reveal important new trends

Even in the fast-paced disruptive world of startups, a few things are hard to change. Gender bias, for one. Sairee Chahal, founder of Sheroes, a community platform for women, is at times at the receiving end of it. Often it comes in the form of “innocent” remarks and “friendly suggestions”. “You started this alone?” she … Read moreStartup nation: Indian startup founders reveal important new trends

Valley ahoy: A slew of Indian B-to-B founders are shifting base to Silicon Valley

What’s the point of so much shuttling?” Saket Modi, 29, asked himself a few months ago. Last year, the cofounder of Lucideus, a cybersecurity startup, spent four months in Silicon Valley. This year, in the first four months itself, he had to make seven trips from Delhi to California. Eventually, in July, Modi, who was … Read moreValley ahoy: A slew of Indian B-to-B founders are shifting base to Silicon Valley

Guerrilla Fighter: How Raj Thackeray is making an unlikely political comeback

By Omkar Khandekar Raj Thackeray likes things a certain way. As the organiser of the south Mumbai edition of his ‘Modi-mukt Bharat’campaign, Sanjay Naik’s job is to do ensure it is so. The streets must be swept, the rally venue filled to the brim and the riff-raff kept out. The last part, however, can often … Read moreGuerrilla Fighter: How Raj Thackeray is making an unlikely political comeback

With India’s economy growing at about 7%, why the auto industry is hurting so badly?

Rajesh Goel should be celebrating. He managed to steer clear of the headwinds currently battering India’s auto industry and clock impressive March numbers for Honda Cars India (HCIL), where he is director for sales and marketing. Honda Cars posted sales growth of 27% in March, and for 2018-19, it reported sales uptick of 8%, the … Read moreWith India’s economy growing at about 7%, why the auto industry is hurting so badly?

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