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FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
A JOB ON ITS HANDS
DO WE SEE A CM?
The Lonely Naysayer
BEING A GOOD SPORT?
A MODERATE FOR 2022
UNLOCKING LIC'S VALUE • THERE IS MUCH TO GAIN FROM BRINGING LIC TO MARKET VIA AN IPO, AND GETTING A HOLD ON THE FISCAL DEFICIT NOT THE LEAST TEMPTING OUTCOME, BUT THERE ARE HURDLES TO CROSS
THE BIG PICTURE
THE VALUATION PUZZLE
OPENING THE DOOR WIDER • The FDI hike in insurance could be a win-win for companies and insurance buyers. But foreign partners will want more say in the business
LOTUS SUTRA • The BJP’s sweep of local body elections signals its resurgence in Gujarat. Will the result set the tone for the assembly poll next year?
“What we promise, we deliver on time”
GOVERNANCE FIRST • Chief Minister Vijay Rupani’s delivery model
PUNCHING ABOVE THEIR WEIGHT? • The Big Two Dravidian parties are still managing overambitious small allies, pushing for bigger slices of the seats pie
Amma in Waiting • The mercurial Sasikala has announced that she is backing off, but for how long?
WHERE ARE THE JOBS? • Mamata Banerjee’s claims of massive employment creation in her decade-long rule run into some rather dismal statistics
CHANDY BACK IN THE SADDLE • The former Kerala CM’s entry has revitalised the Congress poll campaign
BRACING FOR ELECTORAL WAR • On the face of it, the Assam assembly election is a three-sided contest, but there is more to it than meets the eye
SHIFTING LOYALTIES • Party ties don’t run deep and candidates are only too happy to switch sides if it will get them a ticket to contest the polls
THE GREAT INDIAN POLL DANCE • Slogan wars, star attractions and bruised egos—all the buzz this election season
STAR TREK • BENGAL PERSONALITIES AND THE PARTIES THEY HAVE JOINED
FEMALE FORCE • THE BIHAR GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO INCREASE WOMEN’S RESERVATION IN ALL GOVERNMENT JOBS TO 35 PER CENT HAS PROVEN TO BE A GAME-CHANGER FOR THE STATE POLICE FORCE
WONDER WOMEN • Meet the policewomen who are setting a stellar example for the young girls growing up in Bihar
FAST FOOD FACTS
NO THOUGHT FOR FOOD • India’s ambitious attempt to develop large food processing hubs across the country has not yielded the desired results. At the heart of the failure lies a tale of misguided policies, botched implementation and basic infrastructure issues
THE MEGA FOOD PARK SCHEME
WHY MFPs FAILED
THE POP (CULTURE) ARTIST • Atul Dodiya wants to be remembered as the Mohammed Rafi of the Indian art world. With his playful repertoire and consistent output, the artist already justifies the comparison
ART CRAWL • Exhibitions you mustn’t miss
Finding Plurality in Patna • Opening this month, the Bihar Museum Biennale will highlight the state’s ethics and aesthetics
MUSIC MAED EASY • ONE OF INDIA’S TOP MUSIC PODCASTS, MAE THOMAS’S MAED IN INDIA TAKES RADIO BACK TO ITS ROOTS
LISTEN up • INDIAN PODCASTS ARE ALL THE RAGE ON SPOTIFY