A fortnightly column from The Wire’s public editor.
The Modi government’s pulses promotion programme raised hopes of a lot of tur farmers. But a bumper crop later, weak state procurement and an export ban is forcing them to sell at prices well below the MSP.
Conditionalities related to utilising health services do not make any sense in the absence of a service guarantee and only serve to blame the victims and not the system for its failures.
In the 53rd episode of Jan Gan Man ki Baat, Vinod Dua talks about the successes and failures of the BJP-led government and the predicted major layoffs in the IT sector.
New topics in India’s draft UPR report include a section on state control of the Internet, with a reference to the Centralised Monitoring system.
Meanwhile, Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma has questioned whether the BJP is attempting to marginalise the minority Christian community.
Despite the hardships, why do many people continue to back what most economists and analysts have termed a bad policy?
Social Security Provisions for Assam’s Tea Garden Workers in Budget a Step Towards Amending Plantations Act
Centre has allocated Rs 771.10 crore for a social security scheme, which is likely a move towards doing away with the ‘in kind’ component of wages paid to the plantation labourers.
The economy requires a massive increase in government expenditure to overcome the drastic impact of demonetisation. But will this cause foreign capital to depart?
An NGO’s annual reports on primary education have gained popularity in India and abroad, but its fundamental message on poor learning levels remains unheeded.
To tackle black money that originates in the process of electing MPs and MLAs, the legal provision that freezes the number of Lok Sabha and state assembly states must be revisited.
The Citizens Whistleblower Forum has demanded that the IT department’s records on the Sahara and Birla groups be forwarded to the CBI for a “thorough criminal investigation”
The latest rules create a window for NRIs and Indians who travel abroad to change their last 500 and 1000 notes, but what about everyone else?
People have lost their jobs, small businesses are closing down and the agricultural sector has been hit hard as a result of demonetisation. The RBI must increase the supply of cash to curb further fallout.
While manufacturing emerged as the largest employer outside the agricultural sector in 2005-2013, livestock farming employed double the amount of workers during the same period.
The penalty for holding more than ten old notes may include financial fines and a jail term of up to four years in certain cases.
While the prime minister is partly right, it isn’t the whole picture and there is certainly more than enough blame to go around.
A move allegedly aimed at ending the generation of unaccounted income that has nothing to say about the funding of political parties is not credible.
The celebrated social theorist and political psychologist spoke to The Wire about Modi, demonetisation and the state of Indian democracy.
NE Dispatch: Demonetisation, Economic Blockade Disrupts Life in Manipur; Karmapa’s Tawang Visit Draws Ire From China
A round-up of what’s happening in India’s Northeast.
Limits on the number of parliamentary sittings has allowed the executive to avoid demonetisation-related queries, undermining the legislature’s power.
“It (demonetisation) undermines notes, it undermines bank accounts, it undermines the entire economy of trust.” Sen told NDTV.
The former banker and AAP leader talks on the disservice done to India’s banking system and why we weren’t better prepared to become a cashless economy.
The increase in deposits and the fall in lending rates is simply because the government has made it impossible to hold cash. When the economy does adjust to a new equilibrium, the fallout could well be significant.
Aziz is scheduled to attend the Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference in Amritsar in December, which will be the first high level visit since the external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj travelled to Pakistan last year for the same meeting.
On Wednesday, the founder of Microsoft had described demonetisation as a “bold move” and an “important step” in moving away from a shadow economy.
The Confederation of All India Traders said small and medium businesses were severely impacted, and appealed that they be authorised to accept at least one higher denomination note from consumers with KYC details.
In the aftermath of Uri and the surgical strikes, atavistic calls for revenge blurred the focus on terrorism as the enemy of peace and development, as well as efforts to seek a settlement of outstanding issues with Pakistan through dialogue.
Leaked e-mails give the first account of how one of the world’s wealthiest charitable foundations negotiated to rescue its India operations.
If India is to become truly competitive, the government must improve efficiency and transparency of public administration among other factors.
In private correspondences, Ford Foundation president Darren Walker rubbished Sunday Guardian’s stories, calling it a “mouthpiece for the BJP”
There is one inescapable problem: it’s hard, if not impossible, to judge a strategy that is designed to remain hidden.
The ‘Make In India’ campaign aims to make India a global manufacturing hub, but RBI data suggests that both FDI in manufacturing and the percentage of FDI flowing to manufacturing declined in 2015-16.
Caregiving struggles are not a family’s circumstance or an individual’s issue, but the result of our collective failure at imagining community-based and non-gendered care.
The executive’s steadfast refusal to address the shortfall of judges in India’s courts endangers the very concept of constitutional justice.
The verdict tells voters that choosing a local government is of no use, and that the lieutenant governor is the ruler of Delhi.
The court’s rejection of the recent use of Article 356 is a reminder that there is no alternative to strictly adhering to the constitutionally laid down procedures.
The cabinet expansion reflects caste calculations to fix emerging weaknesses in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. It hardly has anything to do with merit even as there is consensus that the cabinet suffers from a considerable talent deficit.
In a wide-ranging interview, the prime minister claimed that criticism on the failure at Seoul was a result of heightened hype due to a successful US visit.
Giving a point-by-point rebuttal to the charges levelled against it, the Lawyers Collective said all foreign contribution received by it “were spent for the purposes received and accounted for”.