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Will The Government's Big Real Estate Revival Plan Help The Cash-strapped Sector?
The Union Cabinet recently announced the creation of a ‘special window’ fund to provide debt financing on a priority basis for completion of stalled real estate housing projects in the affordable and mid-income housing sector. Under this measure, the
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Pati Patni Aur Woh: Why Bollywood Refuses To Grow Up Even In The Time Of #MeToo
If one sees the popular Hindi film industry from a distance, the chances of believing that it is not averse to change would be high. Lately, the kind of films that have emerged from the realm of commercial Hindi cinema also add to this perception. Al
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Why Modi's Decision On Not Joining RCEP Makes A Lot Of Sense
When it comes to India's role in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), have we just witnessed the seven-year itch, if not a full-fledged break-up? The build up and bonhomie notwithstanding, India has just announced its refusal to jo
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Pegasus Snooping Scandal And The Privacy Debate
The information from various news outlets, both national and international, till date has brought up that spyware called Pegasus, developed by an Israeli private company NSO, has been used to monitor politicians, government officials, military office
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What This Year's Physics Nobel Laureates Unravelled About The Universe
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2019 was awarded to John Peebles of Princeton University, who enhanced our understanding of the structure and history of the universe. The other half went to Michel Mayor of University of Geneva, and Didier Queloz of Cambri
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Soft Power For Hard Messaging
Recently, an interaction between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several people from mainstream Hindi films and television made headlines. They had assembled to discuss various initiatives to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi
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When A Human And An Android Got Talking
Imagine an evening conversation between the famous PG Wodehouse characters Bertie Wooster and Jeeves. Only our infallible problem-solver Jeeves is an android. This fictional dialogue flags questions and concerns as we confront the age of artificial i
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How Indian Courts Could Be Holding Back The Economy
The central government's budgeted fiscal deficit target was exceeded earlier this year due to fiscal slippages at the state level. A proximate cause was the effort by states to rescue bankrupt electricity boards that continue to pile on excessive deb
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A Peek Into The Joker's Mind
Todd Phillips' Joker sucks you into its tunnel-vision dystopia right away. It's a seductive portrayal of the mental dissolution of one man, a sexy downward spiral, a glorious, gory slide into the abyss. The unravelling of the self is paired with the
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Why This Is A Not So Happy Diwali
Diwali, the festival of lights and traditionally the Hindu New Year, kicks off with Dhanteras, the celebration of wealth and prosperity. This is one occasion when spending in India kicks into high gear. The lights, however, are considerably dimmer th
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Roadmap For India's $5 Trillion Journey
The Modi 2.0 government has set itself a goal to make India a $5 trillion-sized economy by 2024. This is no mean task, as the economy needs to grow in the range of 8 per cent to 9 per cent every year from now on - a seemingly herculean climb given th
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War's Success Shows Critics And Audiences Differ On What Is A Good Film
On the face of it, the breathtaking box office run that the recently released Hrithik Roshan-Tiger Shroff starrer, War, seems to be enjoying, the film has raked in a staggering Rs 206 crore in just seven days, would once again fan the age-old debate
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When Mohan Bhagwat Asked 'Swadeshi Yani Kya Hai' In The Age Of Made In China
Delivering his customary speech on the occasion of Vijayadashami, sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat broke away from the traditional stance of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) calling for a boost in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and privatisation to
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Why Nirmala Sitharaman's Tax Cut Announcement Isn't A Long-term Solution
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman's latest announcement to cut basic corporate tax to 22 per cent from 30 per cent, amid other tax-related structural changes for domestic companies that currently don't avail any tax exemptions was well-received by
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Will Nirmala Sitharaman’s Last-mile Gambit Pull The Economy Out Of Slump?
In another episode of sector-specific reforms to arrest the current economic slowdown, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced measures to revive growth in the housing sector and to push for greater exports. The measures featured: an ease in fo
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How To Get The Indian Economy Back On Track
There was a time in 2016 when the Indian economy was growing at over 7 per cent and it was symbolised as a tiger, even if a caged one. It conveyed the strength of an economy raring to go. Now, with the steep fall in GDP growth for five successive qua
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Lessons For ISRO From The Jolt To Chandrayaan-2
The success for Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) with its second mission to the Moon, called Chandrayaan-2, could not only have been an additional feather in its cap, but actually a very powerful 'statement' about India's technological prowe
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Why The Current Economic Slowdown Is Worse Than That Of 2008
A 5 per cent growth rate translates into about 3.5 per cent growth if we use the old method of GDP calculation. If we take into account population growth, then the growth rate would be even lower. How did we get here and what’s the way out? The ‘S’ w
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Utpal Dutt Today: How Would The Thespian Have Fared In The Age Of Netflix And Chill?
It might have been 26 years since the great Utpal Dutt passed away — yet, in addition to the scores of film afficionados that continue to rediscover him, every year, legions of new admirers join the ever-growing list of the thespian’s fans. It’s inte
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'Tripathi Bach Jayega!' Decoding Pankaj Tripathi And Why India's Drooling Over This Middle-aged Guy
The only thing worth remembering in the Abhishek Bachchan-starrer Run (2004) was Vijay Raaz and his impeccable comic timing. ‘Kavwa biryani’ and ‘chhoti Ganga’ have become inside jokes between friends at informal get-togethers. But while Raaz was sur
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India’s Time To Trade Freely: A ‘Free And Open Indo-Pacific’ Is On Its Way, But Is India Ready?
Our country’s increasing importance in the geo-economics of the Indo-Pacific emerges from the very fundamentals presented by its macro-economy marked by a market of 1.35 billion people whose incomes are growing at a rate of 7% to 8% per annum. India’
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Surge Of Nationalism Or Political Promotion: What Is Wrong With Bollywood’s Recent Blockbusters?
Every Independence Day brings to mind images from films over the years that celebrate India and what it means to be free. The most potent of the delivery tools amongst the arts, the film has played a significant role in building up passion for the na
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The Second Time Curse: 'Sacred Games 2' with Saif Ali Khan, Pankaj Tripathi and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, hit by Netflix’s season two syndrome
If you haven’t binge-watched a show while cooking, cleaning, brushing your teeth, have you really binge-watched a show? Well, that’s what I did with Sacred Games 2 from the night of August 15 to the next morning. Eight episodes, each at least 45 to 5
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Mission Mangal Movie Review: 'Mission Mangal' is Mission Accomplished for Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan!
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Sharman Joshi, Tapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari Director: Nikhil Advani Hindi/U/2 hours, 13 minutes/Drama Stars: 4 Stars ​There is absolutely no true way of knowing if the Mangalyaan mission that's famed fo
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The Floods Are Your Fault: Why I Think We Are Primarily Responsible For The Devastating Flooding All Around
When the monsoon wrecked my home state, Kerala, in 2018, it was taken as an aberration by nature that rattled its people out of their laidback lives. We considered it a one-off occurrence which we eventually fought and overcame. Although the vestiges
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Tracing The Legacy Of Lord Ram: This Clan Of Jaipur Royals Claims That They Are Descendants Of Kush, The Son Of Ram
While listening to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, the Supreme Court cursorily asked if there were any descendants of Lord Rama in Ayodhya. Senior advocate CS Vaidyanathan, appearing for deity Ram Lalla Virajman, said he was unaware, but a lot
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Remembering Shammi Kapoor, India's answer to Elvis Presley
For the longest time, Shammi Kapoor remained the man who’d boisterously declare his love for Pan Parag — red-lipped from chewing some, dressed in a blue silk kurta and Nehru jacket, with back-brushed slick hair and a bushy beard. “Baratiyon ka swagat
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Batla House Movie Review: With ‘Batla House’, John Abraham Packs A Powerful Patriotic Punch!
Cast: John Abraham, Mrunal Thakur, Ravi Kishan, Abdul Quadir Amin, Manish Chaudhary UA/Hindi/146 minutes/Action-Thriller Director: Nikhil Advani Stars: 3.5 Stars So, Batla House is inspired by real-life events from 2008, when Delhi was shaken by seri
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Because Rakhi Is Not Regressive! An Open Letter To Those Who Think Raksha Bandhan Is Patriarchal And Sexist!
It’s that time of year again when harmless colourful pieces of thread are going to become the symbols of the systematic oppression of women — or, as some liberals might say, the very epitome of all-things-patriarchal. What is it about Raksha Bandhan
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Happy Birthday Sridevi: A homage to Bollywood's fabulous 'Hawa Hawaii'
The last film of Sridevi's I watched before her demise on February 24, 2018, was Ravi Udyawar’s Mom (2017), a rape-and-revenge drama. Seen in the author-backed role of a teacher, who sets out to avenge her stepdaughter’s rape after the accused are le
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