About Arnab Mitra

Arnab Mitra is a journalist with 20 years experience — 17 of them in business journalism – in Kolkata and Delhi. Now working as National Business Editor of Hindustan Times, he has watched, with a sinking feeling, as the quality of public discourse has plummeted from the riveting to the banal; from an era not so long ago when every argument celebrated diversity to a time when manufacture of consent is the goal of every debate.

One is a middle class poster boy in Delhi and large swathes of urban India. The other is a dead demagogue who engendered admiration and revulsion in equal measure. [Read more]

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India has not learnt any lessons from the 1962 war with China. [Read more]

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I see striking parallels between the opposition to FDI in multi-brand retail and the early resistance, in the mid-1980s, to the introduction of computers. Then, as now, the main opposition came from the ruling party, albeit a different one, in West Bengal. [Read more]

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It may sound harsh, but there’s no running away from it. Whichever way you look at it, it’s a betrayal. The angry public reaction to the petrol price increase is, in my opinion, completely self serving, capricious and, ultimately, self defeating. [Read more]

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Why are we being so harsh on Mamata Banerjee?

Every act of omission or commission by her government is magnified by the national media and presented as yet more evidence that West Bengal is looking down a long and slippery road. [Read more]

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