GST Report Card

Context: After one fiscal year into the implementation of the GST, it is worth asking how it has performed in terms of revenue generation, both for the country and for individual states. And, here, the news, based on analysing nine full months of data, is encouraging. Three important and new Read More …

India and SCO

Context: Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Qingdao, China was the first SCO summit attended by India as a full-fledged member. Significance for India SCO now has about half the world’s population and a quarter of its GDP. Its boundary extends southwards to the Indian Ocean. The SCO’s relevance for Read More …

Acres of contention

Context: The number of legal disputes involving property, contract, labour, tax and corporate laws is bound to increase with an expanding economy. How they are adjudicated by courts not only has direct consequences for the disputants, but also shapes the behaviour of individuals and entities involved in production, commerce and Read More …

Why so few women enter the job market in India

Context: Women’s participation in the labour force declined sharply in the country precisely when the country’s economic engine was growing the fastest: between 2004-05 and 2011-12. National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) Survey: Data from the two latest quinquennial employment surveys of the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) show that this Read More …

The cost of the missing women in Indian politics

Context: B.R. Ambedkar once said that “political power is the key to all social progress”. What, then, to make of the fact that India—a country where women suffer substantially greater socio-economic disadvantages than Western democracies like Spain—has a cabinet that is only 22% female and a Lok Sabha that has Read More …

Menstruation Benefit Bill

Context: The Menstruation Benefit Bill tabled by a Member of Parliament from Arunachal Pradesh earlier this year triggered widespread debate on the need for India to put in place a system of paid leave for all working women every month. Bill in other countries & In India: Several countries have Read More …

India and Maternal Mortality

Context: The country’s maternal mortality ratio had come down from 167 per 100,000 live births in 2011-13 to 130 in 2014-16. India has made sustained progress in reducing maternal mortality, it missed the millennium development goal (MDG) of reducing MMR by 75% from 437 in 1990 to 109 in 2015. Initiatives under Read More …

The law on SC/ST promotions

Context: Responding to the government’s complaint that promotions were at a “standstill” because of verdicts by the High Courts of Delhi, Bombay, and Punjab & Haryana, the Supreme Court said the government was “not debarred” from making promotions so long as they were “in accordance with the law”. While the Read More …