Articles: April 2016

By: Ajit Ranade
Category: Governance, Inequality, Philanthropy, Global, India politics, Indian economy, Inclusive growth
Measured as the Gini coefficient of income distribution, India fares better than Brazil and possibly China and Russia. But in wealth inequality terms we fare much worse. And if we use metrics like access to healthcare, basic quality education, sanitation we see a very unequal society.
By: Ranjit K Pattnaik, Jagdish Rattanani
Category: Common citizen, RBI, India politics
The Reserve Bank of India’s “State Finances: A Study of Budgets 2015-16” is a service to the nation and deserves to be studied threadbare if we are to understand where the States’ finances are headed and if the nation is truly on course to achieving the outcomes it has set for itself.
By: Sudarshan Iyengar
Category: India politics, Indian economy
The ‘patidars’, who are Patels, a surname noted for being numerically the most popular Indian last name in the US, are angry and agitating against the government because as a caste group they feel that the political and economic space for them in their homeland Gujarat has shrunk significantly.
By: Sudarshan Iyengar
Category: Common citizen, Jobs, Inclusive growth
Shouldn’t the education to children equip them with relevant skills so that they get productively engaged as adults in multi sector economic activities in villages? Shouldn’t the stewards of the country realise that mindless and uncontrolled urbanisation is creating an inhuman and unequal society.
By: Usha Thorat
Category: Common citizen, RBI, Indian economy
If the RBI feels that interest rates should be lowered keeping in view that inflationary pressures are reducing and expectations are getting softened, the impact on the economy will be felt only when the lending rates come down and stimulate credit demand. This is why transmission is important.
By: Arun Maira
Category: Common citizen, Governance, Sustainability, India politics, Indian economy
The country is open to citizens’ protests: on the streets, in the press, and increasingly in a hyper-active social media. Issues can be raised in the public space. But they cannot be resolved there. Slogans and placards draw attention to problems. They cannot describe a complete solution.
By: Ajit Ranade
Category: Common citizen, Governance, Inequality, Sustainability, India politics, Indian economy, Inclusive growth
In the last couple of years the dumping ground has become a deadly menace. Frequently fires break out, causing acrid smoke, suffocating the people who live in nearby suburbs. The fire smolders for several days, and the smog makes the air quality so bad that it can be life threatening.
By: Ranjit K Pattnaik, Jagdish Rattanani
Category: RBI, India politics, Indian economy
The goal of transforming India by working for the benefit of farmers, poor and the vulnerable is highly laudable but it is not in sync with approach adopted for mobilising resources. Fiscal consolidation, fiscal integrity, fiscal prudence and fiscal rectitude critically hinge on fiscal empowerment.