New Delhi: Internet freedom in India has improved for the second year running, according to the latest global report on the Internet from Freedom House, a US nonprofit organisation that monitors freedom worldwide. The India section of the 2014-15 edition of Freedom on the Net – prepared by […]
The Finance Ministry’s proposals for high-tech cash transfers as a foundation for social policy in India are fraught with dangers.
Q&A with Ashok Lavasa, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change.
‘The United States’s hypocritical stance of seeking to protect itself against foreign tax havens while preserving itself as a tax haven for residents of other countries needs to be countered,’ says new global report
One year after closure of the Nokia factory in Sriperumbudur, it is not clear that the government has learned any lessons from the failure of that celebrated manufacturing venture.
Raghuram Rajan, the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, delivered the convocation address at IIT Delhi on October 31, 2015. His speech ranged from reminiscing his younger Delhi days to intelligent ways of working to the rules of respectful conduct, and touched upon as well as paralleled developments from around the country […]
When the one-child policy was introduced, fertility rates had already fallen drastically, though there was an apparent paradox that overall population growth rates were very high.
India accounts for 3% of the global middle class with 23.6 million people. It has the lowest threshold for a person to be considered middle class with annual wealth of $13,662 (Rs 737,748 or Rs 61,480 per month). With 23.6 million people, the Indian middle class holds almost […]
Throughout the previous decade, Bihar has consistently been the lowest per capita recipient of fuel subsidy transfers amongst all states and Union Territories.
The challenges and concerns facing nuclear power development are huge but expect Africa’s powerhouses from Egypt to Nigeria to reach operational levels eventually.
Depleting grazing lands, the disappearing role for indigenous cattle breeds in agriculture production as providers of milk, energy, manure and beef, coupled with a ban on cattle slaughter have led to plummeting cattle populations
So far, the NDA government has been a mute spectator to the US pharma strategy of forcing Indian generics manufacturers to produce only what is required for Indian consumers and abandon the export of cheap drugs to Africa.
In this excerpt from his new book, T.N. Ninan looks at how the tension between these two goals is playing out in Indian today
The dynamics generated by the new connectivity infrastructure China is pushing across Asia and Europe will impel India and Pakistan to normalise their economic relations too.
Chicken has emerged as India’s third highest source of protein, with consumption almost tripling. However, with rising demand pushing up prices, the consumption of costlier protein sources has fallen.
Some leading economists have been very optimistic about China. But as countries grow, their service sectors tend to increase as a proportion of output and employment.
South Africa stunned the UN climate change negotiations by saying the two co-chairs and some developed countries’ attitude to developing countries was akin to apartheid.
A ballpark estimate of revenue, based on the average mine life of 30 years, suggests the government would earn Rs.11,100 crore annually if all the 67 mines were in operation.
India has been hugely successful in building a better life for many. But there are also terrible dangers of inequality, if those who have escaped from destitution use their wealth to block those who are still imprisoned by it.
With his growing investments in renewable energy which is a big part of Narendra Modi’s Make in India policy, Gautam Adani may not have any use for his coal mine in Queensland. What will he do with it?
The choice of Angus Deaton as winner of the 2015 Economics Nobel comes at a time when there is increasing global concern about rising inequality.
Coming back to Mumbai after three decades, the author is taken aback at the almost total obliteration of the history of its once humming mills
He has been known for emphasising the importance of democratic practices in formulating public policy, especially focusing on the social sector.
After some initial reluctance, Indians have vigorously taken to buying goods online. If data is needed to confirm the general sense, online sales have grown from $0.7 billion in 2012 to $7 billion in 2015 and are expected to cross $12 billion in 2016. It is the rule […]
The Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations were conducted in secrecy and leave out large nations such as China, Brazil and India but it is too early to say if such an arrangement will work
Ahmedabad: The Gujarat Agricultural Land Ceiling (Amendment) Bill, 2015, unanimously passed in the two-day monsoon session of the Gujarat state assembly – after Congress MLAs were suspended for creating a “ruckus” – is finally beginning to get national attention. The Bill is lying with President Pranab Kumar Mukherjee, awaiting his final […]
There’s no ‘non-natural disaster response’ legislation that explicitly defines the extent to which state actors can interfere with the provision of public services to quell unrest.
They battled the spectre of inundation and the harshness of a soil they had no means of cultivating. But the razor-like etches Gujarat’s quarries have scarred their lungs with have left them, literally, gasping for air
If meat export is the policy, is it a deliberate “policy diversion” on the part of senior BJP leaders to discredit our thriving meat industry with their innuendo and even outright suggestions that beef is being exported along with buffalo meat?
Since April 1, 2015, India’s cooking gas subsidies have been distributed solely by electronic transfer through the Direct Benefit Transfer for Liquefied Petroleum Gas scheme (otherwise known as DBTL or PAHAL). Under this system, which has replaced the direct sale of cooking gas cylinders at subsidised prices, households place […]
In the most predictable reaction to any re-balance of power, the Board of ICANN remains sceptical of a proposal that would make the corporation more accountable.
Volkswagen intentionally deceived those to whom it owed a duty of honesty. It fraudulently misrepresented its automobiles to be other than what they were.
Entry-level salaries for salespersons in Mumbai are between Rs 6,000 and Rs 8,500, less than what farmhands in rural India can make in a month.
The Indian government has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 33-35% of its 2005 levels by 2030.
Unless there is a real attempt to overhaul the election funding system, no dent will be made in the black money economy
For Gandhi and his colleagues, khadi represented a swadeshi that was not based on parochial nationalism. It was their answer to the demand for economic justice and dignity for India’s millions.
A shocking new report on the automotive sector questions whether manufacturing in India can ever deliver on its promises without offering a safe environment for workers.
Narendra Modi will be mistaken if he thinks American companies will treat the NDA differently from the previous regime.
Treating life saving drugs as just another profit making commodity can lead to a big public relations disaster, as an American fund manager discovered
There is no need for grand digitisation projects. There are simple solutions that can make governance easy, transparent and accountable.