What direction the current standoff between President Donald Trump and the press in the United States will take is important for the future of democracy.
Globally, the concept of a universal basic income, or UBI, is seen as a non-targeted provision in addition to existing services in health, nutrition, education and so on, but in India much of the talk around it is also directed at attacking “wasteful subsidies” and even the food security programme and the employment guarantee programme.
Caught in a peculiar web of debt, Jharkhand defaults on payments for power purchased from DVC and this comes as a blow to the Central government’s Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana.
There is a depressing erosion in the credibility of the major institutions that are vital for the functioning of Indian democracy as they are bent to the will of the ruling dispensation.
Jet-set gurus and godmen (and women) with their pretence of rarefied thinking push religion into regressive identity politics and into a means of mass mobilisation for political purposes.
The way the jallikkattu imbroglio has been handled may lead to different, perhaps undesirable, outcomes in similar situations where the judiciary, the people and the government are involved in a face-off.
An economic team that is adept at pro-worker and protectionist rhetoric will provide Trump the lever to go ahead with his pro-business populism.
In the absence of a digital base in India, the road to a near-cashless economy seems fairly long and the journey is likely to be slow and tedious. But that has not stopped the Prime Minister from giving the “Digital India” mission a whole new dimension.