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Anil Padmanabhan

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Does new India have appetite for tough change?

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Anil Padmanabhan A fortnight ago, the surface transport ministry headed by Nitin Gadkari notified a steep revision in fines on road violations under the new law passed by Parliament in its last session. On 2 October, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gand... More »

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NDA govt takes guard for next 100 days in office

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Anil Padmanabhan On Sunday, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) completed the first 100 days of its second term in office under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In the normal course, it would have been a good moment to take stock of the some ... More »

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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 »