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  • Build and sell: Changing dynamics of real estate business

    Following the key reforms of demonetisation, Real Estate Regulation & Development Act (RERA) and Goods and Services Tax (GST), coupled with enabling policy initiatives, the real estate sector is looking at new business models that are set to change its very dynamics. Thanks to RERA, we...

  • How can India improve her Happiness Quotient?

    While it's debatable whether something as subtle as happiness can be plotted on the basis of gross factors such as income and life expectancy or intangible values like social support and generosity, we cannot brush aside the fact that we are ranked much unhappier than our counterparts in...

  • Do movies with roles needing big preparation turn into big flops?

    Just reading and knowing about the preparation that Alicia Vikander undertook to play Lara Croft takes our breath away. But at the end of it all, what has she got to show?It's not as though "Tomb Raider" is the worst film ever made on this planet. God knows there are enough franchise films from...

  • Hawking's life is a shining example of power of brain

    Stephen Hawking achieved incredible glory in his life much after doctors had handed him a death certificate. It was 1963, when Stephen, a brilliant, bubbly Cambridge scholar, first heard the three words that were to warp the course of his life forever: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or...

  • Will Drabu's ouster impact PDP-BJP alliance in J&K?

    Jammu: The decision by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to drop Haseeb Drabu from her council of ministers for his remarks at a business meet in Delhi is being hotly debated in political circles - especially what its consequences could be on the state's PDP-BJP ruling coalition.By...

  • Why are India's farmers committing suicide?

    Farmer suicides have been taking place across India for years now, and studies of rural distress reveal the deeply-rooted, tenacious causes, such as lack of irrigation, fragmentation of land, unsuitability of seeds and inadequate sources of credit. Despite the democratically-elected...

  • The Modi economy: Mostly sunny, with a few clouds

    On Sunday, January 7, the New York Times ran a front page story titled "Rising Anxiety in India is Piercing Modi's Aura of Invincibility". The article discussed the decline in GDP, consumption and consumer confidence and its impact on India and Indians.A little more than two weeks later, on January...

  • Gorakhpur, Phulpur results may set opposition template for 2019 polls

    By Prashant Sood & Brajendra Nath SinghNew Delhi: The shocking defeat of the BJP in Gorakhpur and Phulpur parliamentary bypolls has raised the morale of the opposition parties, set a successful template for them for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and sent out a message that the BJP will not find the...

  • Airport infrastructure: Case for expediting growth

    With its rapidly-growing economy, the fact that India needs significant investments in airport infrastructure cannot be overemphasised. While Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and privatisation of airports have been attempted to some extent, the time has come to accelerate the pace on this...

  • PR armtwisting: Open letter to Rani Mukerji on her busybodies

    Dear Rani, I've known you for years. We've had our ups and downs. To your credit you've never held any of my write-ups about you, against me no matter how negative it was. I remember I had once written an especially nasty tabloid piece on you for which Karan Johar (rightly) rebuked me and (wrongly)...

  • Five years on, mandated philanthropy not delivering in India

    India is now into the fifth year of its unique experiment of legally binding companies to be socially responsible. This push by the government to solve the country's most challenging social problems was based on the idea that the corporate sector will come up with transformative solutions that will...

  • BJP's politics of dualism could easily backfire

    The Shakespearean phrase "fair is foul, foul is fair" can be one way of describing the contradictory nature of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) policies in different parts of the country.The party's penchant for trimming its sails in accordance with regional sentiments as, for instance, over the...