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What Indians think of demonetisation, three years after the jolt
A quarter of Indians believe there was no real benefit from the drastic move.
The key players who could challenge Modi’s bid for India’s prime ministership
Many names could emerge if a united opposition challenges BJP.
Here’s why India’s electoral bonds make political funding even more opaque
The information on donors is not public, so voters remain in the dark.
Joblessness is worsening India’s social and gender inequalities
Next year, India is expected to overtake China as the world’s most populous country.
Black-Owned Bank OneUnited Offers the Blackest Royalty Bank Card Money Can Buy
Just when you thought it couldn’t get no blacker … BLAOW! Turns out that royalty is in more than our DNA; it’s in our ATMs, too. Read more...
Everything you need to know about India’s parliamentary election
The world's largest democracy begins voting for a new national government this week. Here's what's at stake.
Why GST hasn’t helped fulfil Modi’s promise on black money
The underlying cause of the black economy is political.
How money lubricates politics in the world’s largest democracy
Demonetisation seriously inconvenienced political parties taking donations in cash.
Why millions of Indian traders are setting Chinese goods on fire
Small-town India is splurging on luxury—and here’s what it’s buying
Overall luxury spending grew by 4% between 2013 and 2018 in the country.
The good, the bad, and the ugly of Narendra Modi’s economic legacy
Narendra Modi, the prime minister, was a product of the mass exasperation against the misdeeds of the previous government. The regular revelation of corruption scandals,…
India’s Rs2,000 notes were always meant to be phased out
India’s crisp, pink Rs2,000 notes are a grim reminder of the massive demonetisation exercise prime minister Narendra Modi’s government undertook in November 2016. The overnight…
Narendra Modi says he cleansed the Indian economy and now it is primed for growth
Narendra Modi hasn’t wasted any time. The Indian prime minister began 2019, a year he will be seeking re-election, with a broad defence of even…
A new board game lets you play Indian politics—dirty, sly, and ruthless
Spreading fake news, bribing media outlets, and exploiting caste tensions are all tactics that Indian political parties have for long been accused of using to…
Modi’s former chief economist explains why demonetisation was popular despite the pain
On Nov. 08, in a dramatic nationally televised speech that I watched in my room in North Block, the prime minister announced that the top…
If You Want to Understand the Economics of Institutional Racism, Read This
To properly understand white supremacy and institutional inequality, there is no need to study the Ku Klux Klan or ask why you can’t say the n-word. Racism has less to do with the hate in one’s heart
India’s obsession with renaming cities will tear its society apart
When I began writing this column, Mughalsarai had become Deendayal Upadhyay Nagar, Allahabad had become Prayagraj, and Faizabad district had become Ayodhya. When I was…
RBI versus Modi government: Timeline of a bitter battle
India’s financial markets are on heightened alert ahead of a crucial board meeting of the country’s central bank today (Nov. 19). The build-up to the…
Why India’s supreme court allowed linking Aadhaar with PAN
The supreme court’s verdict on India’s Aadhaar Act, pronounced last week (Sept. 26), walks a fine line between an individual’s right to privacy and the…
How to Lose $3 Billion of Bitcoin in India
Accusations of tax evasion and police corruption, a kidnapper who was kidnapped, a fugitive politician, and billions in bitcoin lost. This is crypto-trading Gujarat-style.