Articles: March 2017

By: Ranjit K Pattnaik, Jagdish Rattanani
Category: Common citizen, India politics, Inclusive growth
There is a poor-rich divide that is accentuated in the age of conspicuous consumption. Flashy cars, luxury apartments and crowded malls are as much a sign of growth as they are of a deepening divide– a tinderbox that raises questions on social stability and sustainability of our model of development
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Category: Common citizen, India politics
When the results were declared, Irom Sharmila’s eyes welled up, but she did not allow her tears to diminish her steely resolve. Yet, there was also a glimpse into why she failed at this juncture. Electoral politics is all about convincing people and then gracefully bowing to their verdict.
By: Ajit Ranade
Category: Common citizen, India politics, Inclusive growth
For far too long the farm sector was neglected or has suffered from muddled policies and inefficient implementation. While conventional policy push should continue and strengthen (more irrigation, credit) we also need a push to ensure the profits from agro processing go predominantly to the farmer.
By: Ranjit K Pattnaik, Jagdish Rattanani
Category: Common citizen, RBI, Inclusive growth
In India, household sector deposits made by individuals, businessmen, traders, professionals, trusts, self-help groups etc. account for more than 60 per cent of the total deposits. In sum, the bulk of the money of the people of India provides the fuel for the banking industry to exist and run.
By: C L Dadhich
Category: RBI, Indian economy
India’s agriculture growth has been a cause of concern for some time now. The contribution of agriculture in India’s economic output is about 14 per cent now, down by almost half since the 1980s though more than 50 per cent of the country’s population is involved in farm-related activities.
By: Ajit Ranade
Category: Common citizen, RBI, Indian economy
Beyond GDP, the numbers on job creation are dismal. Investment growth, especially from the private sector, is stagnant. The mega projects stuck because of clearances or loan delinquency are a huge backlog. So let’s get beyond the current GDP debate and puzzle, and focus on the larger task at hand.
By: Ajit Ranade
Category: Common citizen, Union Budget, India politics
This is the first budget to have mentioned about transparency in political funding. In its fight against black money the government cannot ignore the issue of unaccounted money in politics. Hopefully this sunshine will eventually mean that political parties will also come under the ambit of RTI.