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COVER STORY

31-10-2014

The Mega Sale

Disinvestment cover

Briefing

U.K. model

In the U.K., larceny by design

Cover Story
The 35-year-old “U.K. model” of privatisation provides important lessons about the true intent of the sale of a mind-boggling range of public assets to private, and foreign, entities.
PSU disinvestment

End of debates

Cover Story
The silence of the Sangh Parivar outfits and NDA constituents on the issue of PSU disinvestment is deafening.
Cover Story

The mega sale

V. SRIDHAR Cover Story
The Modi sarkar is all set to unleash a privatisation drive that will result in the sale of valuable public assets. The exercise defies economic logic and threatens to undermine a social compact that has endured since Independence.

HMT Watches to shut down

Cover Story
THE news that the venerable watchmaker HMT Ltd is going to wind up its business does not come as a great surprise to observers of the Indian economy.

Letters to the Editor

Letters
Jayalalithaa IT was good to learn that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was convicted after a long-drawn-out legal battle (Cover Story, October ...
Data Card

Climate change and insurance

Low insurance penetration in India is the key reason why loss of life and property on account of climate change disasters remain unmitigated.

HMT Watches to shut down

Cover Story
THE news that the venerable watchmaker HMT Ltd is going to wind up its business does not come as a great surprise to observers of the Indian economy.

An upright judge

The Nation
SPECIAL COURT Judge John Michael D’Cunha, who convicted Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case, will be known as the judge who sent a ...

A scheme that wasn’t

The Nation
AMONG the several ingenious devices invented by the accused in the “disproportionate wealth” case to explain away their ill-gotten assets, what took ...

Under the same roof

The Nation
WHAT has baffled Special Judge John Michael D’Cunha, who presided over the “Jayalalithaa’s disproportionate wealth case”, was why Sasikala Natarajan, ...

Legal angles

The Nation
IT was the second legal setback for former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and her co-accused in the disproportionate wealth case when, on ...
Political Corruption

Source of the wealth

T. S. Subramanian The Nation
The judgment in the disproportionate wealth case against Jayalalithaa says the Chief Minister was the real source of the wealth and delineates the ways in which she and her co-accused amassed it.
India-U.S.

Hand in hand

Vijay Prashad World Affairs
Narendra Modi’s sublime gifts to Barack Obama and the two leaders’ visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr memorial was ironically followed by a renewal of the 10-year military agreement and a revitalisation of the nuclear deal to take forward the strategic relationship.
Turkey

Playing with fire

John Cherian World Affairs
Turkey decides to send its troops inside Syria and Iraq to fight the jehadis even as evidence emerges that a blowback from its earlier actions promoting them could singe its secular political edifice.
Health Care

Unfair practice

DIVYA TRIVEDI General Issues
Growing corruption and malpractices in the medical field raise the question whether measures like regulation and audit of medical practice will have to be initiated to protect the gullible public.

Cuba: More for less

General Issues
THE near-universal health care system put in place by socialist Cuba ranks among the best in the world. In this developing nation health care is free ...

A definition that works

Jayati Ghosh
FOR a while now, there has been much focus and concern about the decline in women’s workforce participation in India. The large sample surveys of the ...
Governance

Critical reports

The Nation
TERMING the 100-day good governance claims of the Narendra Modi government as hyperbole, several organisations have released their own report cards on ...

Images of history

Rahaab Allana, curator of the “Drawn from Light” exhibition, says the photographs featured are marked by a creative tension between universal aspects of photography and the culture-specific pictorial conventions of 19th century India.
West Bengal

Shadow of Islamist terror

The Nation
APART from the attack on the American Centre in Kolkata in 2002, West Bengal has been largely free from terror strikes by Islamist extremist forces.
Public sector equity

An obsession to sell

C.P. CHANDRASEKHAR Cover Story
The government is in a hurry to sell public sector equity, instead of borrowing, to fund its expenditures, thus losing an income greater than the interests it would have to pay on its debts. The process is also unsustainable because available resources will inevitably run out.
Interview: Sitaram Yechury

‘Indian private capital has gained most from the public sector’

Cover Story
Interview with Sitaram Yechury, Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M).
Disinvestment move

Privatising profits

The privatisation move comes against the backdrop of a Supreme Court judgment against mala fide and arbitrary allocation of natural resources to private players without following a fair, transparent method.
SAIL & ONGC

Twin targets

Cover Story
Two of India’s biggest public sector companies, SAIL and ONGC, are on the disinvestment block at prices that raise doubts about the timing and the intent of the government.

A scheme that wasn’t

The Nation
AMONG the several ingenious devices invented by the accused in the “disproportionate wealth” case to explain away their ill-gotten assets, what took ...

Under the same roof

The Nation
WHAT has baffled Special Judge John Michael D’Cunha, who presided over the “Jayalalithaa’s disproportionate wealth case”, was why Sasikala Natarajan, ...

Legal angles

The Nation
IT was the second legal setback for former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and her co-accused in the disproportionate wealth case when, on ...
Political Corruption

Source of the wealth

T. S. Subramanian The Nation
The judgment in the disproportionate wealth case against Jayalalithaa says the Chief Minister was the real source of the wealth and delineates the ways in which she and her co-accused amassed it.
Health Care

Unfair practice

DIVYA TRIVEDI General Issues
Growing corruption and malpractices in the medical field raise the question whether measures like regulation and audit of medical practice will have to be initiated to protect the gullible public.
Governance

Critical reports

The Nation
TERMING the 100-day good governance claims of the Narendra Modi government as hyperbole, several organisations have released their own report cards on ...
West Bengal

Shadow of Islamist terror

The Nation
APART from the attack on the American Centre in Kolkata in 2002, West Bengal has been largely free from terror strikes by Islamist extremist forces.
Essay

Ruffling feathers

A.G. NOORANI The Nation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has perpetuated the Indian bullishness in border relations with China by raising hostile questions during Chinese President Xi Jingping’s visit, which was supposed to boost bilateral trade.
Jayalalithaa's bail plea

The law on course

Ravi Sharma The Nation
With the Karnataka High Court denying bail to Jayalalithaa, her only hope of securing bail is through a special leave petition in the Supreme Court.
O. Panneerselvam

Quiet loyalist

The Nation
OTTAKARA Thevar Panneerselvam, “OPS” to friends and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) cadre, is simply a “Jaya-fearing man”. Some ...
Reactions

The day after

AIADMK activists stage bizarre acts of protest across Tamil Nadu after Jayalalithaa’s conviction on September 27 and the rejection of her bail plea on October 7.
G. Bhavani Singh

Blowing hot and cold

RAVI SHARMA The Nation
Special Public Prosecutor G. Bhavani Singh’s actions and statements have been contradictory and controversial. As such his appointment, too, has seen many flip-flops.
Gender violence

Helping hand

ANUPAMA KATAKAM Social Issues
In collaboration with the Maharashtra government, Rahat, an organisation working for victims of sexual assault, guides them through the traumatic process of trial in rape cases.
Essay

Ruffling feathers

A.G. NOORANI The Nation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has perpetuated the Indian bullishness in border relations with China by raising hostile questions during Chinese President Xi Jingping’s visit, which was supposed to boost bilateral trade.