India’s revamped FTA strategy

Synopsis: Early Harvest Schemes (EHS) as an FTA strategy is misaligned with India’s immediate requirement of an employment-promoting trade policy. Introduction Recent statements from the commerce ministry have indicated that India is going to revamp its Free Trade Agreement (FTA) strategy and that FTA negotiations would be expedited towards early conclusion. The revamped FTA strategy… Continue reading India’s revamped FTA strategy

There finally seems to be a path forward for GST. Centre and states must strike bargain

Synopsis: After one and a half years of dispute, and with the economy showing signs of recovery, a path forward for the GST finally seems visible. This opportunity needs to be seized What has set back the GST for the past year and a half? Lack of revenues: In 2016-17 the various taxes that were… Continue reading There finally seems to be a path forward for GST. Centre and states must strike bargain

Transient easing: On inflation

Synopsis: Cutting fuel taxes is a sure-shot way to address a major component of price pressures. Introduction The latest retail inflation data suggest, that price pressures have begun to moderate in the economy, with CPI showing inflation having slowed for a second month to 5.3%, after July’s 5.59%. However, price trends among the constituents of… Continue reading Transient easing: On inflation

Cabinet approves major Reforms in Telecom Sector

Synopsis: Govt has introduced a range of reforms for improving the ailing telecom sector. These reforms were much needed in light of the recent Vodafone Idea crisis resulting in a likely duopoly of Airtel and Jio in India’s telecom space. Introduction The Union Cabinet approved a number of structural and process reforms to rescue the… Continue reading Cabinet approves major Reforms in Telecom Sector

Democracy of Producers

Synopsis: Real democratic freedom is impossible without economic equality. Introduction Democracy is about freedom. Rosa Luxemburg famously opined that real freedom is the freedom to disagree. In a functional sense, democracy means discussion, debate and dissent. But in India, these are fast disappearing and there is a deliberative deficit. How democracy accumulates undesirable tendencies? Shrinking… Continue reading Democracy of Producers

We Ignore True Secularism At Our Own Peril

Synopsis: Indian state shouldn’t be running Hindu temples when it doesn’t run mosques, churches, gurdwaras. Introduction This article highlights the essence of Secularism and how it impacts Indian culture. What is Secularism in the Indian context? Secularism in the Indian context does not mean that the state will stay away from religion. In India State… Continue reading We Ignore True Secularism At Our Own Peril

Where is the strategy for dealing with learning loss during Covid?

Synopsis: As the schools reopen, it should not just be the regular business. This should be used as an opportunity to revamp the education system. Introduction COVID has impacted the various sections of society, especially the students. With the question of reopening the schools, the parallel debate is going on how to cover the damage… Continue reading Where is the strategy for dealing with learning loss during Covid?

Hardly the India- China century Deng envisioned

Synopsis: As China becomes increasingly assertive, the options with New Delhi are limited. Introduction This article is highlighting the changing trajectory of India-China relations. As China grows economically and militarily, it seems to be adopting a hardened posture towards its neighbours, including India. How both the countries talked earlier tensions in India – China relations?… Continue reading Hardly the India- China century Deng envisioned

Bhashas & Bharat: The current language policy is wise, born out of pragmatism. We can’t afford linguistic extremism

Synopsis: India’s notion of diversity has allowed multiple languages to flourish and multiple communities to thrive and unite. Introduction Recently, India celebrated the Hindi Diwas 2021. About Hindi Diwas The Constituent Assembly adopted Hindi in Devanagari Script as one of the official languages of the Union of India on 14th September 1959. This day is… Continue reading Bhashas & Bharat: The current language policy is wise, born out of pragmatism. We can’t afford linguistic extremism

Should Facebook let the Taliban post

Synopsis: With the Taliban coming to power in Afghanistan, it raised many issues, including how the digital media giants will handle their communication and posts. Introduction Recently, a Pakistani blog Hum Sab was banned by Facebook for posting comments on the Taliban. Given that the Taliban is now in power in Afghanistan, can Facebook ban… Continue reading Should Facebook let the Taliban post