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DoT’s AGR overreach – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine In the din around the Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) imbroglio that threatens to force Vodafone Idea into bankruptcy and turn India’s telecom market into a duopoly or a near-monopoly, the law of unintended consequences on several non-telecom players... More »

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Lessons from the Emergency – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine In hindsight, it appears that the biggest mistake that Indira Gandhi committed during the Emergency was not in declaring it, bypassing constitutional and political propriety; it was rather in the way she handled the ire of the young men and women,... More »

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The age of portable viruses

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BusinessLine The “portability” of viruses is a public health concern that will plague the times we live in, as a plane-load of people is all it takes to bring in an illness. This is being seen with the “novel Coronavirus”, first reported in China’s Wuhan city ... More »

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A tale of two centres of protest

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BusinessLine It’s a tale of two places, and two contrasting attitudes on display by the governments concerned. If in Delhi, the police, under the Centre, has allegedly remained bystanders to mob violence against JNU students, the Maharashtra Police has handled... More »

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India shouldn’t ditch Iran – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine “India should have shown more backbone,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told Indian journalists visiting Tehran recently. Zarif was speaking before the drone strike which killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and Iran’s tragic accidental do... More »

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For universal access to healthcare

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BusinessLine Most middle-class taxpayers in private jobs are stuck between the devil and the deep sea when it comes to accessing quality, and yet affordable, healthcare. Their faith in government hospitals is eroding, and dependence on expensive private hospit... More »

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Pitfalls of patenting in India

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BusinessLine “Innovate, patent, produce and prosper,” was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new motto for young scientists, at the inaugural function of the 107th Indian Science Congress. He suggested innovation and patenting will “make our production smoother” —... More »

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Tech’s 2020 agenda – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine Any technological advance can be dangerous, observed Isaac Asimov, legendary sci-fi writer, decades ago. “Fire was dangerous from the start, and so (even more so) was speech — and both are still dangerous to this day — but human beings would not b... More »

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India’s solar storage needs a leg-up

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BusinessLine Even as the government grapples with discom dues, here is one issue that needs focus in the new year — battery storage for harvesting solar energy. Unlike conventional energy, renewable energy (such as solar) cannot be generated with precision, si... More »

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Democracy is down, but not out

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BusinessLine It used to be accepted wisdom that authoritarian governments would collapse under the weight of their own contradictions, and democracy would triumph. But as the Roaring ‘20s approach, the great fear is democracy’s about to be swamped by authorita... More »

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Why BJP lost Jharkhand – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine With voter behaviour being a complex phenomenon, it is simply erroneous to attribute an election victory or defeat to a singular factor. Even so, some factors, such as the personality of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are decidedly more critical th... More »