‘Being part of MVA a difficult journey; political interference in every constituency’

Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA from Bhiwandi East and two-time Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Corporator Rais Sheikh elaborates on where his party stands in the present political situation in Maharashtra, his experience working with the Thackerays and the future of the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance. Q) The SP is part of the MVA alliance. Can … Read more

Jugjugg Jeeyo: Neetu Kapoor captures the raw anguish of a loveless marriage in one scene, everything else is just noise

In Jugjugg JeeyoNeetu Kapoor silences a flustered Varun Dhawan, who plays her son, after he snaps at Kiara Advani, her daughter-in-law, with just a few words, “Khabardar Naina se aise baat ki mere saamne (Don’t you dare talk to Naina like that in front of me). Keeping in tone with her character, Neetu doesn’t yell … Read more

Clampdown & unclear policy, crypto exchange founders leaving India

MULTIPLE INDIAN entrepreneurs and developers in the Web 3.0 space are moving out of the country in a bid to shift base to more crypto-friendly destinations. The co-founders of India’s largest cryptocurrency exchange WazirX, Nischal Shetty and Siddharth Menon, have moved to Dubai with their families. Polygon co-founder Sandeep Nailwal is also among those who … Read more

Gujarat 2002 cases | Moving key riot trials out to indicting state: What Supreme Court once said and did

Dismissing the appeal by Zakia Jafri, wife of former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri who was killed during the 2002 Gujarat riots, against the Special Investigation Team clean chit to then Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others over allegations of conspiracy in the riots, the Supreme Court, in its judgment three days ago, referred to proceedings … Read more

Sushil Kumar Modi writes: A skewed playing field

As technology flattens the world, the way we operate our daily lives — travel, entertain, educate, shop, communicate and even obtain food — is undergoing a radical change. This has impacted a variety of stakeholders in the country differently – there are obvious winners and losers. The nature of our success in dealing with this … Read more

Ishan Bakshi writes: On startups, a gravity check

The cycle, however long, eventually turns. And turned it has, in India. The startup ecosystem which has been in overdrive for the past few years — propelled by a combination of factors, but largely, by the era of cheap money — is now showing signs of weakness. And with this turn comes the realisation that … Read more

SC grants interim relief to Sena rebels, asks if Dy Speaker can decide on own removal

Shiv Sena rebel MLAs, who had been asked by Maharashtra Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal to reply by Monday evening to notices on pleas seeking their disqualification from the Assembly, got interim relief when the Supreme Court said they had time until 5.30 pm on July 12 to send their replies. The vacation bench of Justices … Read more

‘Sweets seem to break down the barriers between communities’: Chef and food writer Rajyasree Sen

Sweets are a quintessential part of Indian cuisine, with no occasion complete without people enjoying a decadent dessert. From north to south and east to west, the country boasts of varied sweets, each with its unique flavour. Chronicling this love for sweets in India and their rich history is chef, food writer and columnist Rajyasree … Read more

Repo rate rise: Should you choose a fixed interest rate home loan?

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) raised the repo rate in May and June by 90 basis points as inflation escalated. Two consecutive rate hikes by the RBI indicate that inflationary pressures are here to stay. Further rate hikes are expected and required to tame inflation. Following the changes in the repo, lenders have passed … Read more

Overturning of Roe v Wade — A catastrophic constitutional rewind

In May 2022, a leaked draft of the majority opinion of the United States Supreme Court sounded the alarm on a potential seismic shift in women’s right to personal autonomy with the overturning of the landmark 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade. On 24 June, the decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was … Read more