Articles: January 2019

By: Ranjit K Pattnaik
Category: Common citizen, Governance, Inequality, Taxes, Global, Union Budget, RBI, Jobs, India politics, Indian economy
The Union Budget 2019-20 to be unveiled on Friday will carry all the features of a regular budget without any fresh tax and expenditure proposals. As an interim budget looking to a medium term perspective, its broad goals and direction should typically be growth enhancing along with qualitative... read more
By: Arun Maira
Category: Common citizen, Governance, Health, Inequality, Taxes, Global, Union Budget, RBI, Jobs, India politics, Indian economy, Inclusive growth
Every year there is a hype when the Finance Minister presents the Government’s budget. Though the principal purpose of the budget is to deal with the accounts of the Government, people look to it to gauge which way the country will be heading. In an election year, the Government is expected to... read more
By: Jagdish Rattanani
Category: Common citizen, Governance, Health, Inequality, Sustainability, Taxes, Global, Jobs, Indian economy, Inclusive growth
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is almost half a century old now. It describes itself as “the international organisation for public-private cooperation” and says it is “committed to improving the state of the world”. Early on in its journey, the Forum introduced a system of membership for “the 1,000... read more
By: Arun Maira
Category: Common citizen, Governance, Health, Inequality, Sustainability, Taxes, Global, Jobs, India politics, Indian economy, Inclusive growth
A star at WEF this year was David Attenborough, the legendary advocate of care for our planet. He fears it may already be too late to stop climate change. The backdrop to the TV reports from Davos is the banner: ‘WEF: Defining the Business Landscape’. In a few days, on January 30, the people of... read more
By: Dr. M A Kalam
Category: Common citizen, Governance, Inequality, Global, Jobs, India politics, Indian economy, Inclusive growth
The burning issue of the so-called illegal migrants in Assam and some other States in the North East has assumed disturbing proportions, particularly in the light of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 that has just been passed by the Lok Sabha and is awaiting its passage through the Rajya Sabha.... read more
By: Jagdish Rattanani
Category: Common citizen, Governance, Sustainability, Jobs, India politics, Indian economy
It turned out to be a discussion on the city of Mumbai. The venue was the Taj Mahal hotel and the occasion was the launch of a big fat book called ‘CoastLine’ that tells the tale of Mumbai and the larger Indian coastline in caricatures and charming stories by the uniquely talented Paul Fernandes,... read more
By: Jagdish Rattanani
Category: Common citizen, Governance, Inequality, Sustainability, Global
This may be the information age but the lure of brick and mortar is not diminished. Donald Trump and his idea of a “beautiful” wall on the United States border with Mexico brings alive the idea that nothing is as concrete as concrete. As Republicans push for funding and Democrats hold out, the... read more
By: Dr. Kiran Desai
Category: Common citizen, Governance, Health, Inequality, Taxes, Jobs, India politics, Indian economy, Inclusive growth
It is evident that the ruling party is on uncertain ground as it prepares for the coming general election later this year. This is the message from the 10 per cent reservation announced for the economically backward upper castes, in addition to the present quota for SCs, STs and OBCs. The proposed... read more
By: Jagdish Rattanani
Category: Common citizen, Governance, Health, Inequality, Sustainability, Taxes, Jobs, India politics, Indian economy, Inclusive growth
Nitin Gadkari is in the news. The former BJP President and the minister (Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation) in the Narendra Modi government has used his hometown and the headquarters city of the RSS to make the point that the... read more
By: Arun Maira
Category: Common citizen, Governance, Health, Inequality, Sustainability, Global, Jobs, India politics, Indian economy, Inclusive growth
The immanence of Industry 4.0, a new economic paradigm, in which machines with artificial intelligence will be able to do almost everything that humans can, is ringing alarm-bells. Socialists are concerned about how human beings will support themselves if they do not have jobs. Capitalists are... read more
By: Ajit Ranade
Category: Common citizen, Governance, Health, Inequality, Sustainability, Global, RBI, Jobs, India politics, Indian economy, Inclusive growth
Antyodaya is one of the key principles that animates India’s constitution. It means uplift of the last. It was M. K. Gandhi who said to leaders of independent India, that when you formulate a policy, think about how it benefits the person worst off in society. All public policy must keep in mind... read more
By: Jagdish Rattanani
Category: Common citizen, Governance, Health, Taxes, Global, RBI, Jobs, India politics, Indian economy, Inclusive growth, GST
There was a time when 2020 was far away, and the nation could write a grand vision statement of the new and liberalised India, with no risk of seeing that day come any time soon. Well, we now welcome 2019. In Mumbai, the bars were allowed to be open till 5 a.m. Party hotspots, homes and street... read more