Market isn’t God; LIC’s listing does not reveal its true value

The grossly undervalued IPO price, arising directly from the unconscionable use of a very low multiplication factor, would be the original sin from which LIC can never get redemption
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Lifting the media veil: Why TRAI, MIB are interested in media and cross-media ownersh...

Last month, telecom regulator TRAI issued a new Consultation Paper (CP) on sensitive and contentious issues related to media and cross-media ownership. The paper invites comments by interested stakeholders by June 7, 2022. Including TRAI’s detailed recommendations of 2014, which were put in cold storage by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasti...

At Udaipur chintan shivir, Congress really needs to scratch its head

Doubts within a section of the party over the Congress high command’s conviction in going through with the blueprint for organisational transformation are seemingly on account of the possibility of the party leadership being passed on once again from Sonia to Rahul Gandhi — or even to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

Corbett national park, India’s famous tiger sanctuary, turns haven for the corrupt

All is not well with the Corbett Tiger Reserve. Often touted as one of India’s best managed national parks, it’s on the verge of losing much of its shine. Sheer mismanagement at middle and top levels, laced with serious allegations of illegal constructions right inside the forest and felling of trees has rattled the Uttarakhand government in the re...

Bagga’s episode exposes glaring chinks in Punjab AAP’s armour

Even if it was the Aam Aadmi Party’s absolute intent to do so, it couldn’t have made itself and, more importantly, its newly minted chief minister, Punjab’s Bhagwant Mann, look as bad. L’affaire Bagga which played out all through Friday (May 6) has come as a sad testament of the AAP embracing the very political tactics it had vigorously promised to...

A first in Bollywood: LGBTQiA+ film with a queer actor in the lead

A debate that has been raging on in recent months— further strengthened by the release of Alia Bhatt-starrer Gangubai Kathiwadi in February — is whether queer characters in mainstream movies should be played by actors belonging to the LGBTQiA+ community. A Sanjay Leela Bhansali biopic based on 'Mafia Queens of Mumbai' had received flak even befo...

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Beyond e-cars: How electrifying trucks, buses, scooters will help tackle climate chan...

It turns out electrification can work wonders for almost all transport options, from bikes to motorbikes to buses to freight trains and even to tractors and heavy trucks

Honeymoon over: AAP under fire over rising law & order issues in Punjab

The violent communal clashes in Patiala, on April 29, have come as a rude shock to the newly elected Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Punjab. It has made them realise the perils of ignoring simmering challenges in the border state, such as the precarious law and order situation. Brandishing swords and hurling stones, members of a Hindu right-...

Stalin doesn’t need Hindutva crutch to achieve target of trillion-dollar economy

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin is comfortably placed as the elected head of a large state whose indicators are showing positive signs nationally. But there is one thing that seems to be making the crown rest uneasy on his head – the raging rhetoric of polarisation as saffron tides rise all around. In some ways, Stalin’s lieutenants want to ...

To remain on fast lane, India’s EV sector needs strong regulation

Electric two-wheelers or EVs have become one of the most “inflammable products” in India as reports of several vehicles going up in flames pour in from different parts of the country. As per reports, EV manufacturers are in the process of recalling nearly 7,000 vehicles, following a statement from Union Road Transport and Highway Minister Nitin ...

From Jai Shri Ram to Hanuman Chalisa: The evolving Hindutva tool-kit

After converting Jai Shri Ram into a communally divisive war cry following the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992, it is now the turn of the Ayodhya king’s most loyal disciple to drive fear into the minds of the minority

Prashant Kishor’s Congress entry plan layered with too many ifs and buts

Desperately searching for a panacea to the unending troubles within her party, interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi is likely to take a final call this week on the terms of engagement with poll strategist Prashant Kishor. Ever since the Gandhis and Kishor got back to discussing a joint future ad nauseam, commentaries have been made listing ou...

BJP banking on Hindutva for outright win in Karnataka Assembly polls

Union Home Minister Amit Shah recently paid a visit to the Siddaganga Mutt in Tumakuru, near Bengaluru, a prominent Lingayat community mutt to attend the birth centenary of the late pontiff Dr. Shivakumara Swamiji. The visit is seen as a clear pointer to the BJP party's religious-centric approach to the forthcoming election. Will Karnataka voter...

Driving seat: Is AAP leading forceful takeover of Punjab’s truck unions?

Truck unions are an unlikely place to flex political muscle. But it is exactly so in Punjab, where many leaders of the ruling AAP are reportedly using force to take over truck unions. The reason: truck unions are associated with muscle and money power and a dishonest union president can earn lakhs a year by way of cuts in government contracts. The...

UP MLC poll results: Time for introspection for both BJP and SP

Earlier this week, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept the polls held for filling 36 vacancies in the Upper House of the state assembly, the Vidhan Parishad. The symbolism of BJP’s ‘double engine ki sarkar’, so far a descriptor for simultaneous saffron rule at the Centre and in the state, has now been replicated within the UP legislature too. ...

Is Kejriwal remote-controlling Mann’s Punjab govt? Whispers grow louder

In the run-up to the Punjab Assembly election in January, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal was asked how he would handle power equations within the party if Bhagwant Mann became chief minister of the state, much bigger than Delhi. “We will work together,” the Delhi Chief Minister replied. Sitting by his side, Mann said the new AAP gove...

CUET has its pluses, but keeping coaching institutes at bay is a challenge

The entrance test faces the danger of becoming yet another stress-inducing choke point for students which coaching institutes and factory-schools will thrive on

It is time for India’s communist parties to reinvent or perish

The self-appraisal of the CPI (M) in its 23rd party congress in Kannur earlier this month was a reiteration of what is already an established fact. “The party is facing the most challenging situation since its formation in 1964. Two out of the three strong bases of the party – West Bengal and Tripura – are under severe attack and there has been er...

Burden of farm expense has increasingly passed from Centre to states

Of the total public expenditure in agriculture, the Centre’s share fell from 50% to 37% between FY11 and FY20, while the states’ increased from 50% to 63%

No end to crisis-ridden Congress’ woes

There is no end to the litany of woes for the crisis-ridden Congress. Still soaking in the shock of its rout in the recent polls for five assemblies and searching for a revival blueprint, the Grand Old Party now has trouble brewing in two of the three states where it is a junior partner in the ruling alliance. On April 5, a delegation of 25 Congre...

Maharashtra, Jharkhand rumblings add to woes of crisis-ridden Congress

The Congress’s repeated decimation at the hustings – both nationally and in assembly polls – has swiftly eroded the confidence within the party and amongst its allies

Trouble boils over for two of India’s neighbours

India’s neighbours in the north-west and south are facing instability; while in Sri Lanka it is mainly economic unrest, in Pakistan it is political instability

Trade pact with Australia: It’s take some, give some for India

The agreement provides zero-duty access to 96% of India’s exports to Australia; it also paves the way for Australian exporters to tap the Indian market with a consuming population of over a billion

Reaching out to allies, rebels, Sonia turns over a new leaf for Congress revival

On March 31, as he arrived at the DMK’s office in Parliament, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin had an unexpected visitor waiting to greet him. “I just came to say vanakkam”, interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi told Stalin as he walked in. Gandhi’s impromptu call on Stalin, particularly when she was scheduled to meet him anyway on April 2 ...

An ordeal by fire for new electric vehicle makers and users

Auto experts say the incidents are not due to a minor design flaw that can be remedied easily - it is the basic structural malady of using lithium-ion batteries

AAP hopes to do a Punjab in Kejriwal’s home state Haryana, but it’s not e...

The recent landslide victory of the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Punjab assembly elections has rekindled the party's hopes in Haryana.
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