Election Campaign Rally in India: 5 Observations

I attended a Narendra Modi election campaign rally in Hyderabad on 1st April 2019. I came out of the rally enlightened not so much about the governance but about what drives our country and what does not. Here are the 5 observations from the rally. Please note that these are not about Narendra Modi per […]

Does RBI Rate Cut Really Help Indian Economy?

RBI has had another round of interest rate cut on 4th April 2019. What needs to be done to boost the Indian economy? What is the universally accepted answer to which RBI under Shaktikanta Das keeps obliging? Share Market at Historical Highs Sensex has crossed 39000. It is the historical peak for the Indian share […]

Indian Railways Displays Reservation Charts and Vacant Berths Online: Digital India Farce

Indian Railways has made the reservation charts for all trains public on the IRCTC website. The passengers do not need to run behind the TTE for vacant berths on trains. This is a big step aimed at ensuring greater transparency and eliminating on ground corruption. Based on the information of seat availability, passengers will be […]

Jet Airways Rescue by Government of India: Socialism At Best

If there was ever a doubt whether Government of India is capitalist or socialist, the Jet Airways saga puts all the suspicions to rest. We have a rational private investor – Etihad who wants to take the first flight out of the company. At the same time, there is a Government of India who wants […]

Why Rahul Gandhi Continues Rafale Allegations: Mera Baap Chor Hai

Ever since Rahul Gandhi has got the whiff of Rafale deal, he has been going nonstop. He has alleged involvement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rafale deal corruption. Indian Media which thrives on allegations has given enough and more coverage to these accusations. Rahul Gandhi has come up with a slogan “Chowkidaar Chor […]

Ameenpur Lake Hyderabad: A Biodiversity Heritage Site Fends For Itself

Ameenpur Lake in Hyderabad has the distinction of being the first water body in the country to be declared a Biodiversity Heritage Site. I suppose having such a tag meant that it must be very important and unique from the viewpoint of nature/environment/wildlife. I checked the website of National Biodiversity Authority, Government of India to […]

5 unanswered questions for SBI bailout of Jet Airways

Jet Airways has lurched from one crisis to another throughout its existence. The noteworthy aspect is that it has always managed to survive whatever the crisis is. The latest mess for the airline is its inability to pay for the lease of its aircrafts and they getting grounded one after the other. A company is […]

Shaktikanta Das, the RBI Governor, and Indian State

Shaktikanta Das was appointed as RBI Governor within 24 hours of the resignation of Urjit Patel. For the job as important as RBI Governor, it would be expected that the Government will need some time to come up with the replacement, but that was not to be. It was almost like the Government knew all […]

MPs and MLAs should be called lawbreakers, not lawmakers

Our media refers to MPs and MLAs as lawmakers. Media would report that the lawmakers have given a statement, lawmakers have done something or lawmakers have not done something. It sounds fashionable to report about MPs and MLAs as lawmakers. All of us know that nothing can be farthest from the truth. Why do we […]

Review: Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro: India’s Day Out

A movie Presents a microcosm of India. Shows what works in India and what does not. Is hilarious, idealistic, crazy, outrageous, realistic but not preachy. Made by a first-time director assisted and acted by who’s who of Indian cinema in later years. Made on a shoe-string budget, without the dance and songs routine, goes on […]