Articles: September 2018

By: Martin Macwan
Category: Common citizen, Governance, Inequality, Taxes, Global, Jobs, India politics, Indian economy, Inclusive growth
‘Dalit’ is a popular identity in India as it is in Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and other parts of the world. Further, ‘Dalit’ is not limited to the Hindu religion alone. The identity transcends religion as there are Christian Dalits, Muslim Dalits, Sikh Dalits, Buddhist Dalits and Jain Dalits, too.
By: Jagdish Rattanani
Category: Common citizen, Governance, Inequality, Sustainability, Taxes, India politics, Indian economy, Inclusive growth
At the root of India's failing system is a health network that has become a money-spinning racket.  Anecdotal accounts of what goes on in the name of health care at the bigger hospitals and the mushrooming set of fancy nursing homes and older ones rechristened as “specialist” hospitals with... read more
By: Jagdish Rattanani
Category: Blackmoney, Common citizen, Governance, Sustainability, Taxes, Global, India politics, Indian economy
There are two wings on which scandals of the Rafale and Bofors variety take flight. One is plain fact and the other is perception. The government has its back to the wall on both counts. There is now little doubt that it is fast losing or has already lost the political battle on the Rafale deal.... read more
By: Ranjit K Pattnaik
Category: Common citizen, Governance, Inequality, Sustainability, RBI, India politics, Indian economy, Inclusive growth
The recent measures announced by the authorities may provide some short term relief but the sustainable solution to the problem is encouraging green field FDI and non-oil exports such as iron and steel, non-ferrous metal, and automobiles. Fixing the slide requires clear policies and prioritisation... read more
By: Ajit Ranade
Category: Common citizen, Taxes, China-India, Global, RBI, India politics, Indian economy, GST
The big news this week was on two key prices. One is the price of the almighty dollar, and the other is the price of petrol (or diesel). These two are the most important price signals in the economy. And both are of imported items. India has a huge shortage of oil since domestic supplies meet... read more
By: Himadri Bhattacharya
Category: Common citizen, Governance, Taxes, Global, RBI, India politics, Indian economy
One obvious casualty of widespread restructuring was the supervision of banks. The examiners of banks never had a clear idea on what to do with the so-called restructured loans, particularly in respect of medium and large enterprises, which were indistinguishable from NPAs. Or, for that matter how... read more
By: Jagdish Rattanani
Category: Common citizen, India politics, Inclusive growth
The idea of winning elections through so-called strategists like Prashant Kishor is far removed from what elections in India actually are (and of course what they are meant to be). It is the desperate search for the magic pill that will get votes, unmindful of the simple fact that such a formula... read more
By: Ajit Ranade
Category: Common citizen, Taxes, China-India, Global, RBI, Jobs, India politics, Indian economy, GST
On August 31, it reported that India’s GDP growth rate for the April to June quarter was a solid 8.2 percent, well past the psychological level of 8. This was the highest growth rate recorded in the past nine quarters and makes for some good news on the economic front. Growth was much higher than... read more
By: Dr. M A Kalam
Category: Common citizen, Governance, Inequality, Jobs, India politics, Inclusive growth
Hardly anyone is aware today that in Britain there existed a party called the British Union of Fascists (BUF) whose members were known as the Black Shirts. The BUF had its genesis in 1932, mainly due to the overzealous efforts of a Member of the British Parliament, Sir Oswald Emald Mosley (1896-... read more
By: Jagdish Rattanani
Category: Blackmoney, Common citizen, Governance, Sustainability, India politics, Indian economy, Inclusive growth
India’s GDP growth has come in at 8.2 per cent for the quarter covering April, May, June of 2018.  The growth number is by any standards robust. Dr. Bibek Debroy, Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to Prime Minister has said that it reflects “superior acceleration in India... read more