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R Jagannathan is the Editor-in-Chief of Firstpost.

Aug 23, 2016

Budget in January? It’s more about politics than economics

The ostensible reasons for shifting the budget date to January next year are two-fold. One, since it takes till mid-May for the budget to pass, effectively two months of the financial year (April-March) elapse, giving the budget only 10 months to work its wonders. Shifting the budget to January means the whole budget will be done and dusted before the financial year begins. #Atal Bihari Vajpayee #budget date #Finance Minister Arun Jaitley #financial year #InMyOpinion #NDA #PM Narendra Modi #Union Budget

Aug 17, 2016

India should ensure that Pakistan rots in Saarc, but Saarc must not rot in Islamabad

The ideal would be a Saarc minus Pakistan; since that is not possible, we must ensure that Saarc is not hijacked by Pakistan. #Afghanistan #Bhutan #China #India #InMyOpinion #Iran #Islamabad #Nepal #Pakistan #SAARC

Aug 4, 2016

GST Bill: Cong’s 18% rate a pipe dream while Arun Jaitley’s 20% economically workable

Even though 20 percent is a stiff GST rate, it seems to be the appropriate level at which all considerations merge: inflation and revenue loss risks will be tolerable, and the political fallout minimal. #Arun Jaitley #car tax rate #ConnectTheDots #Entertainment tax #Entry tax #Excise rate #Goods and Services Tax #GST #Luxury goods #Octroi #P. Chidambaram #taxes on cars #VAT

Jul 28, 2016

Arvind Kejriwal’s madness: Just persecution complex, or is there method to it?

Arvind Kejriwal seems to suffer from a persecution complex. For a man who received the most thumping mandate in Indian electoral history, he could have shown a greater amount of confidence and self-assurance. #Aam Aadmi Party #Arvind Kejriwal #BJP #InMyOpinion #Narendra Modi #Nitish Kumar #Rahul Gandhi #Sonia Gandhi

Jul 19, 2016

Shah Faesal is right, Arnab model of vigilante TV is losing credibility

The problem is that news TV, which has a weak business model, is trying to drum up viewership by using extremely provocative language and aggression with guests and alleged wrong-doers. #Arnab Goswami #Burhan Wani #InMyOpinion #Kashmir #Shah Faesal #Times Now #Zakir Naik

Jul 6, 2016

Sting of PM Narendra Modi’s Cabinet reshuffle lies in portfolio allotment

What appeared to be a tepid attempt at a Cabinet reshuffle by Narendra Modi in the morning of Tuesday turned out to be a significant shake-up with political and performance overtones by the late evening. #Arun Jaitley #cabinet rejig #Cabinet reshuffle #ConnectTheDots #Jayant Sinha #NDA govt #PM Narendra Modi #Prakash Javadekar #Smriti Irani

Jun 30, 2016

7th Pay Commission is just what the doctor ordered for tepid growth

The 7th Pay Commission is coming at the right time for us. While economists will fret about what it will do to the fiscal deficit or retail inflation, the chances are that they will be proved wrong. #7th Pay Commission #consumer goods #CriticalPoint #Finance #fiscal deficit #food inflation #government employees #retail inflation

Jun 30, 2016

Judges selection: Will the SC once again tell govt who’s the boss?

This clause does not even suggest a direct role for the judiciary in the appointment of judges, leave alone the creation of a collegium. The government only has to ensure effective consultation. #ConnectTheDots #judges selection #NJAC #Supreme Court

Jun 28, 2016

After the Arnab show: Now we know Narendra Modi little better and much of it is good

Not that Goswami didn't have tough questions to ask, but Modi took them head on where he was comfortable, offered a straight bat for the difficult ones, and deflected those that seemed likely to dislodge his stumps. #Arnab Goswami #ConnectTheDots #Frankly Speaking #media and modi #Narendra Modi #Raghuram Rajan #Subramanian Swamy #Times Now