Mint opinion: India’s descent into stepwells of growth

Important long read by Kaushik Basu. How India started out as a promise and is now fast deteriorating into decline.

Debuted with Opinion in Moneycontrol today

I will be writing op-eds for moneycontrol, India’s number 1 financial news website, and today was my debut. Do read. https://twitter.com/moneycontrolcom/status/1298891411601776643 Moneycontrol Link: https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/opinion/time-for-a-policy-rethink-on-crime-and-poverty-eradication-5762451.html

Fiscal measures and global debt

Here is the latest on fiscal measures (courtesy: IMF) deployed by different countries: Source: IMF blog This stimulus collectively amounts $11 trillion worldwide. Yet, the state of global public debt is worrying too. Source: IMF Blog Authors Vitor Gaspar and Gita Gopinath write: In the face of a sharp decline in global output, a massive…… Continue reading Fiscal measures and global debt

7 Things Govt Could Have Done To Stop the Delhi Riots

7-things-govt-could-have-done-to-stop-the-delhi-riotsDownload The law, judgments and precedents are unanimous: the police are empowered, can and must take urgent action to curb rioting. As former police chiefs tell us, the Delhi riots could have been stopped at many levels and stages. They were not. First published in Article-14. PALLAVI SINGH New Delhi: The toll in the deadliest…… Continue reading 7 Things Govt Could Have Done To Stop the Delhi Riots

Share from Mostlyeconomics: Three development paradigms of Indian economy

Vijay Kelkar Convocation Address at BHU: Three development paradigms of Indian economy https://mostlyeconomics.wordpress.com/2020/01/30/vijay-kelkar-convocation-address-at-bhu-three-development-paradigms-of-indian-economy/ — Read on mostlyeconomics.wordpress.com/2020/01/30/vijay-kelkar-convocation-address-at-bhu-three-development-paradigms-of-indian-economy/

Neighbourhood B-schools: can they deliver?

First published in Mint: https://www.livemint.com/Home-Page/QbtpPYTVCckhsFz9mNEGPJ/Neighbourhood-BSchools–High-on-promise-but-can-they-deli.html neighbourhood-b-schools-_-high-on-promise-but-can-they-deliver_Download

Bihar’s IIT dream

Patna: Along the busy Rajendra Nagar flyover in Patna, the skyline is dotted with huge, irregularly placed hoardings. More than a hundred in number, they congregate with a purpose: to help every child in the city enter the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), the country’s premier technical institutes. This dream caught Navneet Rajan’s fancy when…… Continue reading Bihar’s IIT dream

In the job market, Caste role reversal

I am absolutely thrilled to share another story on caste. This one again has gone missing from Mint’s website. I found this story’s draft on my drive and googled with the first four lines. Guess what, this blog had shared the story with the Mint link that does not work anymore. Thanks to the blog,…… Continue reading In the job market, Caste role reversal

Dalit Capitalism

I covered Dalit capitalism for Mint in its early days when DICCI as a chamber of commerce for the Dalit community had just come up. My boss at Mint, who is an economist, always felt proud of my work, especially on Dalit capitalism. Today, I spoke to Milind Kamble, founder and chairman of DICCI, in…… Continue reading Dalit Capitalism

‘Good research is vital’

This very interesting interview with Alpa Shah is a must-read for anyone aspiring to write narrative non-fiction. Shah, a professor of anthropology at my alma mater London School of Economics, speaks beautifully and honestly about her writing process while working on ‘Nightmarch’ and has great messages for both academics as well as writers of the…… Continue reading ‘Good research is vital’

The Kashmir Conundrum

Apologies for being away for almost a week. I have missed you, hope you have too. I had no realization of what significant events my brief interlude from blogging would bring. But while I have been away, Jammu and Kashmir as a state of India don’t exist the way it used to. It’s now a…… Continue reading The Kashmir Conundrum

Much Fuss Over GDP But How Do We Measure Happiness?

So, what are we going to do when we fix our GDP numbers back home? May be, join the global efforts on finding means to measure happiness, because number-driven GDP is already being punched for being an ineffective tool.

India and US Trade War Isn’t Unreal

United States–India trade ties have been in news for all the wrong reasons, of late. There may be optimism that it’s just a mini conflict that can be resolved easily, but the road ahead is nothing short of thorny. It’s a crisis that can snowball into a big rift if not managed properly. The institutional…… Continue reading India and US Trade War Isn’t Unreal

Plan panel mulls ways to spur Dalit capitalism

The government has begun discussions with Dalit entrepreneurs on what can be done to promote business ventures set up by members of their community. As a part of its discussions with various groups before it finalizes the 12th Plan for 2012-17, the Planning Commission has sought suggestions from the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and…… Continue reading Plan panel mulls ways to spur Dalit capitalism

85% quota seats going empty as candidates fail to make the grade

With barely a month to go before they begin their new academic session, the six new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), launched by the government this year, are struggling to fill their incoming classes. Against the backdrop of the government wanting to implement 27% quota for other backward classes (OBCs) in higher educational institutions, the…… Continue reading 85% quota seats going empty as candidates fail to make the grade

Indian campuses get a foreign flavour

Opportunity brought Tatiana Alejandra Cardona to Phagwara, 335km north of New Delhi. This past summer, during her arduous search for a job, Cardona, who hails from Colombia, stumbled upon an online advertisement for faculty positions at Lovely Professional University (LPU), a private institution. Cardona, who is 23, recalls that “the university appeared very big”, and…… Continue reading Indian campuses get a foreign flavour

Not enough teachers to educate India

Roop Singh Taroke, huddled in the back rows of a damp and congested classroom, drew a blank at the mention of a geometry box and looked to his teacher for help. At the upper primary school in Amazhir village, only 30 students out of the 180 enrolled in classes I to VIII had turned up…… Continue reading Not enough teachers to educate India