Six ‘freedom’ reforms to bolster job creation and employability Editorial 30th Dec’20 LiveMint

Covid highlighted the government’s will to tackle issues taking a long-term view: Covid’s pain reminded us of our economy’s pre-existing issues, including inadequate formalization, financialization, urbanization, industrialization and human capital. In such situations, economists and policymakers often think only of the present, with the belief that current circumstances are special, unique and unprecedented. However, theContinue reading “Six ‘freedom’ reforms to bolster job creation and employability Editorial 30th Dec’20 LiveMint”

Factory of the world Editorial 28th Nov’20 TimesOfIndia

Global efforts at diversifying supply chains: Global companies have stepped up efforts of diversifying their supply chains in the wake of the Covid-19-induced disruptions and US-China trade tensions. They are looking to implement the ‘China Plus One’ strategy i.e., not depending on China alone for any supplies, and looking for more locations. For example, largeContinue reading “Factory of the world Editorial 28th Nov’20 TimesOfIndia”

Farm bills are seen by farmers to deliver freedom to private capital Editorial 27th Sep’20 FinancialExpress

Farm bills passed by the Parliament: Three bills with huge impact on Indian agriculture, including two farm bills and one concerning the stocking of agriculture produce, were passed by the Parliament. These are: The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 (FPTC) The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and FarmContinue reading “Farm bills are seen by farmers to deliver freedom to private capital Editorial 27th Sep’20 FinancialExpress”

Agri reforms: Where did the APMCs go wrong? Editorial 26th Sep’20 FinancialExpress

Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs) were brought in to ensure fair prices for farmers: Pre-APMC days in Indai were dominated by price misinformation and arbitrage (quick purchase and sell with middlemen making profits). APMCs were created in the early 1960s to ensure price discovery and fair transactions. They were designed to create infrastructure for auctions andContinue reading “Agri reforms: Where did the APMCs go wrong? Editorial 26th Sep’20 FinancialExpress”

To Return To Steady Growth Editorial 25th Sep’20 TimesofIndia

To Return To Steady Growth Editorial 25th Sep’20 TimesofIndia Economic downturn due to Covid-19: The GDP of India fell by 23.9% in April-June quarter of 2020 relative to that in the same quarter in 2019, according to recent government estimates. The decline is comparable to countries in which economic activity had been similarly severely impacted during theContinue reading “To Return To Steady Growth Editorial 25th Sep’20 TimesofIndia”

An independent fiscal watchdog for Parliament Editorial 21st Sep’19 TheHindu

Headline : An independent fiscal watchdog for Parliament Editorial 21st Sep’19 TheHindu Details : Access to all of good quality analysis on economic, fiscal or financial matters is important for democracy: For an effective democracy, it is important for our electorate and the representatives to have an independent, non-partisan source for these hard facts and evidence. This isContinue reading “An independent fiscal watchdog for Parliament Editorial 21st Sep’19 TheHindu”

Science for disaster management Editorial 31st Aug’19 TimesOfIndia

Headline : Science for disaster management Editorial 31st Aug’19 TimesOfIndia Details : Managing disaster and emergency risks: In an increasingly interconnected world, disaster and emergency risks are becoming more complex and difficult to manage. Therefore, it is critically important to optimise the application of scientific and technological capabilities to understand, reduce and manage disaster and emergencyContinue reading “Science for disaster management Editorial 31st Aug’19 TimesOfIndia”

Incisive interventions that blunt the RTI’s edge Editorial 10th Aug’19 TheHindu

Headline : Incisive interventions that blunt the RTI’s edge Editorial 10th Aug’19 TheHindu Details : Meaning of Democracy: Democracy has to percolate beyond the bare promises of formal political equality. Along with a system of popular sovereignty founded in universal adult franchise, it also assures a set of rights, among others, to a freedom of expression, lifeContinue reading “Incisive interventions that blunt the RTI’s edge Editorial 10th Aug’19 TheHindu”

Languages and civilisation Editorial 5th Apr’19 IndianExpress

Headline : Languages and civilisation Editorial 5th Apr’19 IndianExpress  Details :  Importance of language: Language is a tool for intellectual and emotional expression. Language is a vehicle for the transmission of culture, scientific knowledge and a worldview across generations. It is the vital, unseen thread that links the past with the present. The great Indian poet AcharyaContinue reading “Languages and civilisation Editorial 5th Apr’19 IndianExpress”

Editorial : Agriculture sector

Headline : Time for India to relook the agricultural sector Editorial 30th Mar’19 FinancialExpress Details : India’s progress in agriculture: India has made significant strides in agriculture and food security since independence. It has transformed from a food deficit nation to ensuring its food security despite an almost four-fold increase in population. But time has come toContinue reading “Editorial : Agriculture sector”

China slowdown presents India an opportunity to shine Editorial 20th Feb’19 LiveMint

China slowdown presents India an opportunity to shine Editorial 20th Feb’19 LiveMint Details : Middle income trap: Many countries that have succeeded in moving out of mass poverty (through rapid economic growth) have struggled in their effort to move to mass prosperity. Research by economists showed that the most common point when inertia sets inContinue reading “China slowdown presents India an opportunity to shine Editorial 20th Feb’19 LiveMint”