In an achievement that boosts the Modi government and more importantly increases India’s attractiveness for investors, the country has been placed 77 in World Bank’s global ease of doing business ranking this year. This amounts to a cheerworthy 65 rank leap since 2014. Of the 10 metrics tracked for this ranking, India improved on six this year. A closer look at the … [Read more...] about Good business: World Bank gives India a ranking boost – and indicates how much remains to be done
By Swami Tejomayananda We find that we grieve or cry whenever we commit a mistake. We continue to commit mistakes, big and small and repeat the same ones over and over again. The consequence of mistakes is suffering and regret. We commit them due to any one or a combination of factors: ignorance, wrong notions, force of habit, family pressure, social pressure, peer pressure or … [Read more...] about Why are our lives filled with sorrow?
Reports indicating that government made a reference to Section 7 of the RBI Act – a provision never used till date owing to successive governments respecting central bank autonomy – while seeking the easing of lending norms and more liquidity for NBFCs, are cause for worry. It is the equivalent of the treacherous use of Article 356 of the Constitution by the Centre … [Read more...] about Nuclear button: Government can counsel urgency to RBI – but it must forego Section 7
Did you know nitty-gritty was a racially charged word, someone asked me recently. I didn’t. Apparently it has unpleasant origins in a slave ship. To many people, political correctness seems like a tripwire laid across language, you never know what innocent word will get you into trouble. You called a female friend hysterical? Didn’t you know that means a disease of … [Read more...] about ‘Political correctness’ is a straw man: You are either on the side of civic respect, or you are cool with belittling others
Filmmaker Shivendra Singh Dungarpur started his Film Heritage Foundation in 2014, which has since introduced over 150 individuals to the highly specialised world of film preservation. He talks to Mohua Chatterjee about the shortage of trained archivists in India and how to fix it: Why did you think of taking up preserving films when the National Film Archive of … [Read more...] about ‘Films, especially those on celluloid, need to be saved … There were no trained archivists to take over NFAI after PK Nair’