The finance ministry and a national public finance institute under its control have refused to give copies of research reports on black money sought under the RTI.
The mindless advocacy of war and operational readiness is dangerous, and confirms how little the political class and so-called cultural organisations like RSS know and understand national defence and security.
The Budget speech pitch of ‘Swastha Bharat’ as ‘Samridha Bharat’ is deception, because the allocation for realising that is missing.
Ghulam Nabi Azad alleged that opposition party leaders were being treated as “potential terrorists” and their phones were being tapped.
The Centre’s special skill in repackaging and re-advertising proposals is now quite apparent.
The Wire’s founding editor M.K. Venu talks to Yamini Aiyar, president and chief executive of the Centre for Policy Research.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley’s entire emphasis has been on the poor, with a few tweaks to the salaried, income-tax paying classes almost as an afterthought.
The Wire spoke to experts about the India’s profile in the regional group, the future of ASEAN centrality, the impact of India’s economic protectionism and implications of the Indo-Pacific concept.
If the proposal to impose a 70% safeguard duty on solar cells and panels from China, Taiwan and Malaysia is implemented, it could impact the viability of under-construction solar projects and spoil the investment climate in the sector.
Both Central and state governments continue to spend large sums on other pilgrimages and festivals.
In conversation with Arun Shourie on dissenting judges, judicial independence and the ‘established’ media.
The number of vacancies in the Central Information Commission is set to reach the all-time high of four.
In conversation with the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti president about his time in jail under BJP rule in Assam, the issues in the state, his organisation’s plans to venture into electoral politics and more.
Now foreign companies can invest upto 100% through the automatic route in their single brand retail operations in India.
Leaders like Jignesh Mevani, Shehla Rashid, Umar Khalid, Akhil Gogoi, Kanhaiya Kumar, Richa Singh, Manoj Manzil and many others said they will continue to hold nation-wide protests.
Ahir was speaking at the launch of a 24×7 chemist shop at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Chandrapur, which he represents in parliament.
There were murky goings-on during the trial which the Narendra Modi government has to answer for.
Even in the seats that the saffron party retained in the region, its victory margin has fallen considerably.
In conversation with the economist on his work with randomised control trials, demonetisation and the GST, the ‘Gujarat model’ and more.
The Right to Information Act has not been implemented in letter and spirit, which is why the number of RTI appeals and complaints with the Central Information Commission is growing.
Developed countries claim that India’s price support for crops such as paddy and wheat have breached the cap prescribed by the WTO.
According to the study, the Centre is under-calculating the compensation it owes to the workers for the delay in wage payment.
The federal finance ministry in August renewed the National Health Mission with $20 billion of funding between 2017-20, against the health ministry’s estimated requirement of $25 billion.
Karan Thapar interviews Montek Singh Ahluwalia, former deputy chairman of the Planning Commission, about demonetisation, GST and the overall state of the Indian economy.
Breaking down the details of the defence contract and key political debates around it.
Arfa Khanum Sherwani talks about the ‘Mahapadav’ gathering led by workers and trade unions across India who gathered in Delhi last week to protest against the BJP government’s economic policies.
While government is of the view that the nature of the tax reform required it to be a shock, implementing it in a phased manner could have helped avoid much of the disruptions being experienced.
The Left alone can provide a way out of the socio-economic and political dead end India is in now since it can provide an agenda transcending neoliberal capitalism.
The chief minister also said that “distorting history” is akin to sedition and that “Pakistan” is used as an abuse in Europe, as is “Paki”.
One year later, the stated objectives of Modi’s shuddhi yagna stand unmet, while India’s poor and most vulnerable continue to bleed. “Demonetisation is not the end but the beginning of a ‘long, deep and constant’ battle against black money and corruption and will benefit the poor and the common […]
Demonetisation crippled an economy that ran on cash; it destroyed the livelihoods of millions of farmers, workers, traders, women and the elderly; and it violated the dignity and liberty of law-abiding citizens.
While the negative impact of demonetisation can still be felt, the gains have been minor and could have been achieved even without the disruptive move.
As International Court of Justice Election Nears, India Pushes Campaign to Re-Elect Dalveer Bhandari
Lobbying for Bhandari’s re-election is taking place at the highest levels, including by the prime minister himself.
For most of the past ten years, the economy has been suffering because of the unrelenting regime of very high real rates of interest that the RBI has imposed.
A recent article claimed that the Narendra Modi government has significantly improved on the implementation of various schemes. But the numbers quoted need to be questioned.
Kamal Mitra Chenoy referred to the Gujarat “genocide” and called the BJP “anti-Muslim” in his comments on Al Jazeera.
It seems as though the Centre does not know how to tackle the economic slowdown and lack of jobs in the country.
While the Congress and BJP are in a verbal spat over the election commission’s decision to not announce the Gujarat election dates, former chief election commissioners are mostly refusing to get drawn into the debate.
By announcing the dates of the Himachal Pradesh elections but failing to do so for Gujarat, the EC has ensured that the Model Code of Conduct does not kick in yet in Modi’s state.
“These reports are being generated and sustained only because Islamophobia is so rampant in Kerala, across parties.”