There’s very little sensitivity being shown in forcefully shoving India’s small traders and producers into the formal economy. To what extent will this affect the BJP’s support base?
Given the imperious attitude of new leaders to institutions of the old order, the questioning of central bank independence is a given.
Using military activities to shop for votes will lead to political mud-slinging, to the detriment of the honour and sanctity of the special forces.
CAPFs face infrastructural deficiencies, poor personnel management, lack of medical facilities and inadequate promotional opportunities, which affects the morale of officers and leads to a high attrition rate.
The BSF has denied arresting Tej Bahadur Yadav and claimed that his voluntary retirement plea was rejected on the grounds that a court of inquiry into his allegations is pending.
The survey does not lift the mist of confusion on India’s macroeconomic situation after demonetisation, while the conservative fiscal stance being proposed will only lead to an aggravation of the problems confronting the economy.
Inflationary concerns aside, we also have to realise that fiscal deficits are always accompanied by trade deficits.
Despite emphasis on ’empowerment’ over ‘entitlements’, which comes with its own set of problems, health and education remain invisible in the Modi government’s social policy agenda.
Rs 119.70 crore was owed to Air India by the Prime Minister’s Office for the use of chartered flights by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
From potentially slashing middle-class subsidies as a method of funding a UBI, to eyeing the RBI’s reserves as a means of creating a ‘Bad Bank’, this year’s Economic Survey tackles three pressing issues.
The economy requires a massive increase in government expenditure to overcome the drastic impact of demonetisation. But will this cause foreign capital to depart?
Relieving the cash constraints of the poor is a critical way forward in the light of the high dependence of the poor upon non-institutional lenders.
Violations of regulations continued unchecked under both Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi, while successive governments at the Centre chose not to act either.
The Modi government’s clampdown on foreign funding has forced several NGOs to lay-off its employee, and has impacted education and social welfare initiatives.
After demonetisation, the NDA government needs to get its affairs in order: starting from reviving private investment to delivering on social programmes.
Army chief Bipin Rawat may have benefitted from the ‘invisible hands’, but he should take a strong stance on keeping the army free from ideological penetration.
The Madras high court is inching closer to a final verdict on allegations of large-scale loot, with official collusion, of precious minerals from the coast of Tamil Nadu
The first step should encouraging an innovation culture that encourages people to solve mundane and everyday problems in a decentralised way.
With no helpline or information centre to go to, parents from economically weaker sections wanting to admit their child in a private school through the Right to Education Act struggle to gather basic information about the policy.
Long term trends suggest India’s growth story is kept alive through higher government expenditure: GDP from public administration has now surpassed the GDP from the agriculture sector.
The charge was refuted and dubbed as a ploy to defame the civic bodies that are controlled by the BJP.
The RBI must now revisit its blanket refusal to answer an RTI query on demonetisation and provide a proper reply in a fortnight’s time.
The consultation process surrounding the new license failed to help protect accountability, privacy and user rights.
A report from several civil society actors has found that the Right to Information Act is not functioning as it should be.
There is no evidence to show that introducing Aadhaar identification into the employment guarantee Act will reduce corruption, while chances are it will increase the struggles of vulnerable citizens.
The homeless, especially women, have no place to go to during the winters in the capital.
While the president’s office has been quick to clamp down on any unauthorised usage of images, the prime minister’s office has stonewalled RTIs while refusing to take remedial action against Reliance Jio or Paytm.
The draft National Litigation Policy aims to make government an efficient litigant, however, the law ministry is yet to provided a timeline for its implementation.
“Weaknesses can only be overcome if you accept the strategy…If you don’t accept the strategy, then you will let your weaknesses limit you,” says the Army chief
Alok Kumar Verma was selected by a three member panel comprising the prime minister, CJI Jagdish Singh Khehar and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge.
Far from the UBI schemes proposed in advanced economies, in India it’s a question of whether the Centre can juggle its finances and find a better way of delivering welfare.
Generalising a few complaints to indicate larger problems in the service tarnishes the image of the entire military force.
The finance minister needs to begin to think of strategies to counter the negative impact of a tax war on business taxation.
The biggest lesson India has to share is the importance of creating a diverse public sphere that is inclusive and welcoming to all.
Rather than treat the recent grievances of soldiers as mere aberrations, the government would do well to address the fundamental problems of the security forces and the worsening civil-military relations in order to have effective security.
With the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement, China has an opportunity to be an agenda-setter and demonstrate leadership on global trade.
In a series of tweets, the economic affairs secretary warned that Amazon’s intolerance would come “at its own peril.”
Out of the 144 recorded farmer suicides, over 40 were from outside the Cauvery delta region. Observers and farmers directly attribute demonetisation as one major factor behind the suicides.
In a letter to RBI governor Urjit Patel, the employee’s union says that the image of the central bank has been dented beyond repair.
There are several issues with the National Medical Commission Bill – the primary being that it fails to provide a holistic approach to healthcare, and excludes nurses, paramedics and other medical professionals from its ambit.