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Behave Like a Grown-Up

India may end up gaining by losing the WTO case on export subsidies On the one hand, US President Donald Trump says the World Trade Organisation (WTO) does not provide a level playing field, and so threatens unilateral trade barriers. India …

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America Walling Itself In

America Walling Itself In Why US President Donald Trump’s ill-advised protectionism is bound to fail Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar In pursuance of his ‘America First’ policy, US President Donald Trump has imposed import tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on …

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Narendra Moderately Modi

A good but incomplete report card from the PM on his government At the Economic Times Global Business Summit last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a detailed report card on India’s economic performance, and declared “India is open for business”. …

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Modi Is a Very Lucky Man

With the global economy upbeat, the PM enters poll season on a rising tide When asked to promote a general with many qualifications, Napoleon Bonaparte asked, “Is he lucky?” While merit and hard work matter a lot, luck can make …

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We’re on a Learning Curve

Education happens to be the greatest creator and leveller of wealth Wealth is more than real estate and financial assets. It is education, above all. The good news: the educational gap between the poor and rich is closing rapidly, levelling …

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A Little This & Lots of That

Post-Gujarat, PM Modi will opt for incrementalism and populism in his final year The BJP’s sixth successive victory in the Gujarat election has been called a ‘semifinal’, a prelude to the general election in 2019. What does the victory portend …

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The Day Choice Was Killed

The Hadiya verdict negates several freedoms, including to marry a terrorist Inthe ‘love jihad’ case involving the conversion of a Hindu girl to Islam, the Supreme Court should not just rescind the judgement of the Kerala High Court, but slam …

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(Held) Back in the USSR

The 1917 Russian Revolution carried the seeds of its system\’s collapse in 1991 The 1917 Russian Revolution seemed epochal for most of the 20th century , before ending in tragi-farce in the Soviet collapse of 1991. Today\’s youngsters cannot imagine …

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Much Too Much of a Stretch

Don\’t phase elections over weeks. Hold simultaneous polls on one day The Election Commission (EC) is one of the most respected institutions in India. Its impartiality is essential to ensure that democra cy is free and fair, and this has …

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