Does the New York Times really have an India problem?

The New York Times (NYT) has long been a lighting rod for criticism, and things are no different regarding its India coverage and analysis. Economist Vivek Dehejia for one has criticised what he calls the "rabid anti-India editorializing of today’s New York Times" and attributed it to the "unremitting hostility of the Anglo-American liberal media establishment" towards the …

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Gassing about LPG

In a recent interview, Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed full credit for transferring LPG subsidies directly to consumers. He also took a potshot at the Congress Party, saying that "the so-called pro-poor have been just repeating that there is leakage in subsidy", implying that his government had done all the heavy lifting here. The Modi government's achievements with …

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What are you smoking Mr Gadkari (and can I have some)?

Of all the topics covered in this blog, India's highway construction programme attracts the most yawns from friends and family (and the least interest in social media). But apart from its intrinsic importance and the resonance that highway construction programmes have long had in discourses of modernity -- think the New Deal and Hitler's autobahns -- it …

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Arun Jaitley’s imaginary outflows

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley claimed credit, at the Vibrant Gujarat summit in Gandhinagar on 12 January 2015, for having halted "the reverse journey of investment leaving our shores and going outside" that he said had been occurred over the past 3-4 years. While such rhetoric may be understandable in the battle for public opinion, in …

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Road construction has slowed, not accelerated, under Narendra Modi

In a 9 December press release, Crisil Research found that highway projects awarded in the fiscal year 2013-14 are showing "a sharp pick-up in execution amid a pro-active government and faster approvals by implementing agencies". https://twitter.com/CRISILLimited/status/542536758353620992 While this may be true of those 16 projects, it has yet to translate into an acceleration in the road …

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