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Anil Padmanabhan

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PM Khan versus PM Modi

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Anil Padmanabhan Last week, the prime ministers of Pakistan and India addressed each of their countries on the occasion of their 73rd Independence Day on 14 August and 15 August, respectively. While PM Imran Khan chose to address the assembly of Pakistan-occup... More »

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The Gadkari plan for behavioural change on roads

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Anil Padmanabhan Thirty-five years ago a Maruti 800 changed the way we drove. Last week Nitin Gadkari, Union minister for road transport and highways, got the approval of Parliament for a new law, which if implemented in spirit and substance, could give anothe... More »

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Social capital in new India key to $5-tn economy

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Anil Padmanabhan Last week, the Indian Express carried an insightful opinion piece by Badri Narayan, professor in Govind Ballabh Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad, in which he pointed out the return of social politics or politics that is sensitive to so... More »

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India has to bite the bullet to fix its water crisis

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Anil Padmanabhan On 17 June, Amitabh Kant, chief executive officer (CEO) of India’s policy think tank, NITI Aayog, took to the social media platform Twitter to join the ongoing debate over water scarcity. “Water is the biggest challenge India faces. India has ... More »

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Richard Thaler and Narendra Modi’s India

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Anil Padmanabhan Last week, the Union finance ministry presented the annual Economic Survey or the report card on the economy to Parliament. Keeping with tradition, this year’s Survey too, guided by a new author, Krishnamurthy Subramanian, provided a unique in... More »

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All eyes now on finance minister Sitharaman

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Anil Padmanabhan Over the last fortnight or so, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has gone off the public grid as it were. While she has—as insiders reveal—diligently gone about her task of putting together her first Union budget, she has at the same time ke... More »

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All eyes now on finance minister Sitharaman

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Anil Padmanabhan Over the last fortnight or so, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has gone off the public grid as it were. While she has—as insiders reveal—diligently gone about her task of putting together her first Union budget, she has at the same time ke... More »

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Crowdsourcing finds its niche in budget-making

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Anil Padmanabhan In less than two weeks from now, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present her and this government’s first Union budget. Keeping with the practice it initiated in its preceding tenure, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democ... More »

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NDA’S challenge: Fulfilling poll expectations

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Anil Padmanabhan Last week Narendra Modi formally took over as the prime minister along with a new-look cabinet. From the campaign notes compiled by Mint’s reporters, as well as feedback from the unusually large number of guests that went beyond the usual elit... More »