Many of the social realities about actual electricity access can emerge from a new dataset – but will governments choose to accept them?
The government’s idea of devolving Union taxes to the States and expecting them to meet the funding gap for welfare schemes has not worked
What is also certain is that public investment in education and health is distinctly inadequate and undermines India’s development model.
The stock markets are falling, the rupee is sliding; this may be time for ideas such as taxes on capital outflows
If India has to depend on fossil fuels for its energy requirements, at least in the short to medium term, natural gas is by far the cleanest option.
The idea that the free market will act as an antidote to the caste system is wildly optimistic.
The Modi government should have internalised the lessons from the entrepreneurial and innovative ecosystems that emerged in Silicon Valley and Eindhoven rather than relying on sops and entitlements for entrepreneurs.
On December 30, for the first time since 1962, a Chinese truck used the Stilwell Road to bring goods to India.
An extract from the journal of an organic farmer in the Western Ghats, tracing the erratic shift in weather patterns in 2015, its impact on the ground, and the unnerving implications for the future.
Inadequate regulation coupled with the increasing tendency for women to borrow money for consumption rather than income generation is leading to mounting indebtedness in eastern UP and Bihar, and even suicides.
The Indian economy faces a rare double whammy of shrinking prices for producers and rising prices for consumers. Raghuram Rajan recently said India is importing global deflation in commodities, reflecting in shrinking prices for producers. Consumer prices, mostly reflecting what people pay for food items, are rising because […]
In early December, as Tamil Nadu went under water with unprecedented floods, one news that got submerged alongside, was the sentencing of eight autoworkers of Pricol Limited to a ‘double life’ term in prison. The sentences, to run concurrently, were pronounced by a sessions court judge in Coimbatore, […]
Industrial agriculture has been a big driver of climate change – it’s time we took efforts to replace it with a more ecologically peaceful and culturally aware form of food production and consumption.
New Delhi: Come February 2, representatives of various states will visit Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi for the “Mahatma Gandhi NREGA Sammelan”, the annual ritual that celebrates the one-of-a kind rural employment scheme of the Government of India – the MGNREGA. However, along with sharing good practices for […]
Just as Chinese Internet users do not care about content outside the Great Firewall even after it’s unblocked, Free Basics users will likely continue to use the restricted bundle of services provided by Facebook and its partners even after they convert to paid, full Internet access.
A good catalogue, Internet data caps and online piracy – Netflix has its work cut out for it in India.
The outcome document produced of the 10-year review of the World Summit on Information Society has some glaring omissions
Contrary to the NDA’s political claims, the overall emerging picture does not indicate a revival of the economy as had been stated in early 2015. Consequently, the government’s economic managers will remain in fire-fighting mode in 2016.
The debate between Murthy and Facebook raises issues that speak to the larger net neutrality discussion within India.
Developing countries must ensure no new issues are taken up at the WTO and that the Trade Facilitation Agreement does not enter into force until the US and EU agree to fulfil their commitments under the Doha Development Agenda.
A look behind the Andhra Pradesh government’s much touted land pooling policy for the new capital of Amaravati
The Government should strive to ensure that every Indian has access to the full Internet and not just some corner of it chosen by Facebook or any other technology company.
For those from a generation unfamiliar with the political cult classic, The Ugly American, the conduct of the United States Trade Representative, Michael Froman at the World Trade Organisation Nairobi Ministerial, would have served as a good introduction. Even before he had boarded the plane to Nairobi, Froman had […]
With the term ‘Indo-Pacific’ being mentioned only once in the revised strategy, it is clear the core focus for the navy wisely remains the Indian Ocean.
Instead of constructing one base made up of trillions of tons of metal and rocks, why not construct lots of them, each just a shell and a weapon, run by robots?
Government agencies are trying to acquire land without explicitly establishing consent and farmers are up in arms about it
The recently concluded agreement leaves unresolved a number of important procedural questions that have a direct bearing on the interpretation of covenant principles.
India has continued to make very little headway in improving the status of human development within the country, moving up only five notches on the United Nation’s recently released Human Development Index (HDI), a ranked list that measures various dimensions of human well-being. According to the report, which was […]
Nearly 156,000 children engaged in vegetable seed production in India; most women engaged in trade are not even paid minimum wages: Report
A clumsy commitment to GATS could be disastrous for India’s long-term growth. The resultant marketisation would prioritise employability as the main criteria for the evaluation of an education.
On the eve of their Nairobi ministerial, WTO members should remember it is not food procurement policies in developing countries like India but unfair US agricultural subsidies which threaten free trade and farmer livelihoods across the world.
Instead of one seamless national network of high speed trains, the Ministry of Railways is bent upon going for just one corridor, thus defeating its purpose
This week we once again heard the prime minister and finance minister speak, at a recent media house event in the capital, about how well the economy is doing. The truth is nothing can improve our economic fundamentals till public investment is sharply increased. Manipulating statistics may help manage global headlines for […]
Farm distress across the country is a warning signal for the BJP, which faces many state assembly elections in the next two years.
India has celebrated Navy Day on December 4 since the 1971 war with Pakistan, when three Indian missile boats sank three Pakistani ships off Karachi that day with six missiles. This marked the start of India’s first naval offensive against Pakistan and was only the second time anti-ship […]
Concerns about hygiene are a flimsy cover for the casteism that governs middle class household attitudes towards letting domestic workers use their toilet.
The Chinese government has instituted a new credit reporting system that’s effectively Big Data meets Big Brother, and it mimics a corporate habit prevalent in the West.
Protests are mounting in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Puducherry and Chandigarh as the poor insist they prefer getting their grain entitlement at ration shops rather than via deposits into their bank accounts.
Siddhartha Kararwal emphasises his work is not political, but just his way of looking at the times we live in
Focusing on tangible issues such as pharmaceutical exports and building factories makes good headlines for politicians who want to be seen doing something. But to truly improve healthcare in India and Africa, there needs to be much greater focus on the basics.