The government has quietly tweaked rules relating to special economic zones – and the new rules specifically favour the Adani Group.
Though businesses in the capital were negatively affected by demonetisation, a survey showed, many continue to see the move as positive.
The heft of the prime minister’s persona alone or the goodwill he enjoys cannot drive India’s external engagement.
While the Centre may choose someone who sees eye to eye with it on pending legal issues, it should remember that the attorney general’s role is conceived as independent and non-political – a principle that Setalvad stood by.
Proponents of Aadhaar have used several derogatory names for those raising questions about the project. But what motivated people to challenge the government’s plan in the first place?
Not only has the Centre gone against federal values, it’s new ban on cattle trade for slaughter infringes on a number of fundamental rights.
The overall strategy underlying Modi’s foreign policy is sound. The challenge going forward must take into account the changed global geopolitical terrain.
A report prepared by a group of civil society organisations has painted a bleak picture of governance and social justice in the country.
Instead of dismantling the regulated APMC mandis, the government needs to make them stronger and build supporting infrastructure like warehouses.
An extract from Vivek Kaul’s ‘India’s Big Government: The Intrusive State and How It’s Hurting Us’.
In this turbulent time, the Kashmiri society and the Indian state need to form a mutually interdependent and harmonising communion rather than a confronting polarity.
While the State Bank of India in Arunachal’s capital has blamed the RBI for the shortage, the public and business establishments continue to bear the brunt of the cash crunch.
Disability activists insist the move will lead to further exclusion of those with disabilities.
While the big talk is valuable, it shouldn’t distract from the Modi government’s actual performance so far.
It seems like the government is using this move to make sure children are forcefully enrolled under Aadhaar, as it has no positive effects on the mid-day meal scheme.
Several universities were running such UGC-funded research centres that were set up under the 11th five-year plan and renewed under the 12th plan.
The Department of Personnel and Training, responsible for implementing the RTI, has claimed it is exempt from sharing details on the appointment of information commissioners.
A drastic decline in residents’ employment opportunities and incomes since the note ban has added to the existing woes of hunger, malnutrition, poor sanitation and drainage congestion.
The Budget estimates of gross tax revenues for 2017-18 are the same as the revised estimates for 2016-17 – 11.3% of GDP.
Not only has the Budget failed to include measures to fix the damage caused by demonetisation, it also hasn’t taken advantage of the opportunities created.
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.
Two supplementary MNREGA allocations were made by the government last year. This means, there’s only a 1%, not 25%, actual increase in this year’s Budget.
The Centre needs to make up for the losses it has caused to those who already live in precarious, marginalised conditions.
Bhatkar is president of RSS-affiliated outfit Vijnana Bharati and was formerly chair of IIT Delhi’s board of governors.
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.
For several of these BJP leaders, the companies they are now on the boards of are unrelated to their past experience.
In the 2017 Budget, the government has the opportunity to correct its misguided approach to spending and focus more on the social progress side of development.
Demonetisation has crushed all the government’s previous pet projects, from the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to Make in India, while still using patriotic emotions to advertise their importance.
Demonetisation was meant to widen India’s tax base and increase our abysmally low tax-GDP ratio. The government could further this aim in more concrete ways through the Budget.
The Modi government’s claim that the public supports demonetisation ignores the localised agitations and dissenting voices from across the country.
As assembly elections approach and the prime minister spends his energies on proving demonetisation was a good idea, a Modi-led propaganda blitz is coming our way.
While the powers in AIADMK are backing Sasikala unanimously, there is a great deal of anger against her amongst party cardres and the general public.
The Rs 6,000 announced by the prime minister as universal maternity entitlements is already mandated under the National Food Security Act 2013, although the government has chosen not to implement it yet.
On Saturday evening, Modi addressed the country for the second time after the demonetisation announcement. Here’s what he had to say.
Though several bills were passed in the first two sessions, there was very little detailed debate and the government routinely used ordinances to bypass parliament.
RTI activist Venkatesh Nayak speaks to The Wire about whether the government is specifically targeting NGOs that question their developmental paradigm.
RTI activists Anjali Bhardwaj and Venkatesh Nayak talk about their hopes and expectations from the Centre for the year ahead.
Fear of unemployment, reduction in aid for poor and marginalised communities grows as Centre continues its clampdown on foreign funding for NGOs.
The human rights lawyer talks to The Wire about the cancellation of Lawyers Collective’s FCRA license, the cases they took up against those in power and more.
Not only are villagers unable to access timely medical care because of the lack of cash, nutrition levels are falling, making people more vulnerable to illness.