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Monika Halan

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While we were not looking, India won some battles

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Monika Halan A call from a political party scare-mongered me into checking if my name had indeed been struck off the election list. A visit to the Election Commission site for Delhi told me that all it needed was an SMS to check if my name is on the list—I mes... More »

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Sensex hits 40 but is far from the middle-age slump

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Monika Halan The bellwether Indian broad market index, the 30-stock Sensex, had its 40th birthday on 1 April. Actually launched on 2 January 1986, the base date was 1979, or that is the day when the value of the index was 100. Forty years later, the value of t... More »

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New Middle India’s pushback and the Big Indian Dream

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Monika Halan I am signing copies of my book in Mumbai. The store manager and I are sitting in an alcove and doing the signing ceremony, where he hands me the book and I sign while he cracks open the next one before handing it over. Two native European (for wan... More »