The State of the Stateless

November 25th, 2016|Categories: The Hindu|Tags: |

With the government highlighting human rights abuses in Balochistan, conversations about India’s asylum policy have arisen. The recent election of Donald Trump as US President and his stated position on acceptance of Syrian refugees has made the world an unfriendly place for refugees. However, any grant of asylum must be tempered by India’s track record towards refugees. 

The Rise Of Racism And Bigotry

November 6th, 2016|Categories: NDTV, Newspaper|Tags: |

As the United States goes to the polls on November 8, the world waits with baited breath. Polls are increasingly tightening, with Hillary Clinton leading by 11 points a week ago and cratering to 3 points currently. Donald Trump is the closest he's been to the presidency till date. We've always believed that voting in

Water crisis: In the lead up to a summer of disputes

April 8th, 2016|Categories: Hindustan Times, Newspaper|Tags: |

On March 13, NTPC’s 2,100 MW Farakka Super Thermal Power Station in West Bengal had to stop generation, given a declining availability of cooling water from the Farakka feeder canal. This hit power supply in five states, affecting 38,000 households, while leaving the town of Farakka without potable water. On the Ganga, ferries were suspended,

India’s bad loans conundrum

March 24th, 2016|Categories: Deccan Chronicle, Newspaper, The Asian Age|Tags: |

India’s commanding heights are being brought down by its own laxity. With the rate cut underway in savings schemes, India’s fiscal policy is beginning to come to grips with its bad loans conundrum. India’s economy remains bedevilled by bad debt-laden public sector banks (PSBs) — unable to recoup them given the economy’s state, and unable

Supreme Court is a force for progressivism

March 5th, 2016|Categories: Mail Today, Newspaper|Tags: |

Democracy evolves through the guiding presence of an independent and progressive judiciary. A judiciary undertakes interpretation of the law, clarifying statutes and their meaning to the case at hand (Munroe Eagles, Christopher Holoman, Larry Johnston, 2004). When meanings clash, courts uphold the framework of basic law and the constitution that prevails in the land. The

Drug pricing: A bitter pill to swallow

February 26th, 2016|Categories: Newspaper, The Hindu|Tags: |

The international pharmaceutical industry has found its cash cow in India’s beleaguered consumers. With a minimum wage of Rs.250/day for a government worker, a basic wage worker afflicted with a chronic disease like multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis faces penury. His treatment, with drug combinations, which works out to roughly Rs.1.2-Rs.1.5 lakh, is the equivalent of nearly 4-6

The Age of Big Government

January 29th, 2016|Categories: Newspaper, The Indian Express|Tags: |

In less than a week, the process for electing the next US president will start. Bernie Sanders, seemingly unelectable, has drawn near-even with Hillary Clinton in polls in Iowa, upending the Democratic nomination process. He remains an authentic social democrat — a liberal in the true sense, who fights for universal healthcare, environmental protection and

Budget needs to be aligned towards bolstering long-term rural credit policy

January 19th, 2016|Categories: Newspaper, The Economic Times|Tags: |

While the last decade’s fiscal Budgets were rhetorically pronounced as pro-poor, the Asian Development Bank’s social protection index (SPI) has ranked India 23rd in social protection across Asia-Pacific countries, with its spending at 1.7% of GDP. China, ranked 12th, spent 5.4% of its GDP on such measures. Even Mongolia had a better figure of 9.6%

Subsidies should be tightly targeted, transparently administered

December 18th, 2015|Categories: Hindustan Times, Newspaper|Tags: |

While spending cuts and lower oil prices have reduced India’s deficit, our near-term outlook remains clouded. India has set aside Rs 4,55,145 crore for payment of interest on public debt in 2015 (non-plan expenditure, central government budget 2015), including those paid for special securities issued to oil-marketing companies, fertiliser companies, FCI etc. Outlays for subsidies

Ensuring Climate Justice

December 3rd, 2015|Categories: Deccan Chronicle, Newspaper, The Asian Age|Tags: |

Indians are likely to be among the worst affected victims of climate change, with average temperatures in north India potentially rising by 2.9 to 5 degree celsius by 2080. With 60 per cent of India’s population dependent on agriculture, and its long coastline threatened by erosion, global warming is a high impact risk. With concern