What do we know about India's devastating second wave, and can we assign responsibility for it?
Direct criticism for scarce or expensive vaccines at the government, not the private sector
The outspoken "independent" heroes of a decade ago -people like Vinod Rai, the auditor who couldn't count, remember him? - have quietly vanished into sinecures provided by the next government
There are several reasons why we are not yet, as Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan claimed recently, in the "the endgame" of the pandemic in this country
For sustained growth India needs to use foreign capital and foreign know-how to produce goods that it sells in foreign markets. What's self-reliant in that?
History will judge this Budget based on whether the Centre's big bet on a public sector borrowing-driven growth revival works out
Conspiratorial thinking leads to tyranny. It means you imagine connections between disparate groups of dissenters, and thereby elevate in your mind their danger to the state
If you want to understand today's politics, read novels about the fall of Rome. Populism is democracy's oldest and most enduring disease
Govt has so far been restrained and sensible in pandemic response. Budget must not throw away that effort
How we deal with the new strain of coronavirus will show whether we have learnt the right lessons from the initial response to the coronavirus
Everyone and their editor is convinced that we want to know exactly what they were reading this year.
The govt must retain, in this last lap, a focus on evidence-based policy making, rather than attempting to appease special interest constituencies of one sort or another
Can the 2020 BJP leadership can, at this late stage, manage to reconcile its absolutist, majoritarian, Hindi-Hindu-Hindustan approach with the coalition dharma of its Vajpayee-era predecessors
Much remains uncertain about the Indian economy's future path. How can we grade the government's efforts to prop it up?
Literary fandom in East Asia is certainly of a different, and usually more intense, quality than elsewhere