Rethinking the Gulf

Context: India’s relations with the key Gulf countries have never been as good as they are today. Relation with Gulf nations: The deepening energy interdependence is marked by growing volumes of energy imports into India and the prospect of substantive investments from the Gulf into the Indian hydrocarbon sector The Read More …

Make planning fashionable again

Context: Economic planning is not considered fashionable today. India under Nehru’s leadership: India under Nehru’s leadership inaugurated a strategy for industrialisation of the country in the early 1950s This involved the setting up of public sector units (PSUs) in diverse areas of manufacturing; research institutions in cutting-edge technologies of the Read More …

#MeToo’s importance for women’s jobs

Context: The #MeToo campaign has implications for the much-debated issue of India’s female labour force. India’s female labour force participation rate: The country’s female labour force participation rate (LFPR)—the share of women in the working age range (15 years and above) engaged in any economic activity or looking for work—stands Read More …

What can India teach us about start-ups?

Context: Empirical evidence has shown that there is a very strong link between start-ups, especially small enterprises, and job growth in India. There is a strong upward relationship between employment growth and the number of start-ups. The rate of new start-ups in India is too low: Evidence also suggests that Read More …

India and EU

Context: The European Union released its strategy on India after 14 years. India is on the top of the agenda of the EU in the field of external relations… this strategy paper reflects that EU has taken India’s priorities very seriously.  Transformative shift The new strategy underscores a transformative shift in Brussels Read More …

The need for reforms in the education sector

Context: When we think about the future of work—and all the jobs that will have to be created for India’s expanding youth population—we should hold one thought above all in mind: most children who are currently in primary school will be earning their living in employment that don’t yet exist. Read More …

Inclusive Green Growth Index

Context: When it comes to pollution, and specifically air quality, not nearly enough attention has been paid to data collection and analysis, especially in emerging economies like India and China, where air quality deterioration is obvious and severe. Though broad figures are being collected, there is not enough granular data Read More …

A Matter of Dignity

Context: The 2018 WHO dementia plan focuses on the urgent need for a multi-phased approach and a multi-sectoral policy response to address the needs of people with dementia, their carers and families. The rapid increase in ageing population across countries requires national strategies to deal with age-related diseases — dementia Read More …

Suicides in India: What data shows

Context: If Indian states were countries, three states would have the third, fourth and fifth worst rates of female suicide in the world, recent data shows. Men commit suicide at a higher rate across the world, but India has not been able to lower the suicide rate among men, the Read More …

Weaponization of disintermediation in India

Context: The worst kept secret in India is its broken delivery system. Some blame it on red tape and others on unbridled rentier incomes (read bribes). Whichever way you look at it, the fact is that the system is broken, with satraps operating as intermediaries. Presumably why almost everything about Read More …