Open access: A game changer for green energy?

News: Government recently notified green energy open-access rules. The article analyses the rules. India’s 2030 target is 500 GW of non-fossil generating capacity. However, the present grid-connected installed capacity (including large hydro) is about 165 GW. What was the need for green energy open access rules? To reach the figure of 500 GW, the renewable… Continue reading Open access: A game changer for green energy?

The duality of India

Context: In the history of Independent India, the South India States have reacted to the policy moves by the Centre quite differently from their counterparts in north India. How was the response of south India to the Centre’s major policy initiatives different from the response of north India? (1) Demonetization Period: In North India, there were… Continue reading The duality of India

The complex world of regulators

News: Recently, there has been an important change in the working of the government. Nowadays, the statutory regulatory authorities (SRAs) have become important institutions of the government. What are the issues in SRAs? They face questions of accountability and excessive concentration of power. They seem to depart from the principles of the separation of power… Continue reading The complex world of regulators

Arun Prakash writes: Agnipath, between the lines

News: Recently, the government of India introduced a new recruitment scheme for the armed forces, Agnipath. How do other nations solve their challenges with armed forces? All major nations undertake a periodic (every 4-5 years) review of their evolving national security objectives, the options available, and the economic/military means available for achieving them. For example,… Continue reading Arun Prakash writes: Agnipath, between the lines

The head and heart of secularism

News: Whether a particular religious practice offends the principles of secularism is often debated in India. The French model of secularism It is clear of all religious considerations. It debars the public officials to demonstrate their religious affiliation, does not permit the wearing of Cross or, if worn, cannot be shown and prohibits the wearing of… Continue reading The head and heart of secularism

On India’s unemployment issue: Persistent problem

News: Poor state of employment creation in India is reflected in the recurrent protests against changes in the government’s recruitment policy or delays in appointment. The ongoing violent protests against the change in the recruitment policy for armed forces, which have led to a massive loss of public and private property, are yet another example… Continue reading On India’s unemployment issue: Persistent problem

The flawed rationale behind Agnipath

News: Recently, the government launched the Agnipath scheme. It has sparked off vehement protests from aspirants to defence services. Nature of Indian Defence Forces India has always had a complete volunteer defence force. Indeed, there is fierce competition to join as the riots indicate. There are strong economic reasons for such a high competition. There… Continue reading The flawed rationale behind Agnipath

The next level – 5G will open up opportunities for businesses

News: Recently, Cabinet has approved the much-awaited airwave auction for ultra-fast mobile internet networks. With this, India is set to join the league of 5G-enabled nations. What is 5G technology? Read here: 5G technology What are the benefits of 5G technology? Must read: 5G Impact: Traffic To Teaching, Factories To Farming What is a Spectrum… Continue reading The next level – 5G will open up opportunities for businesses

Trained but unemployed

News: In a recent interview, the Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship said the government was spending ₹ 5,000 crore on skill development initiatives. Further, the government seeks to recruit one million people in 18 months Background The government announced the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), its first skill development initiative in… Continue reading Trained but unemployed