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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. 

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

A New Left Rises in the West

September 8th, 2015|Categories: Newspaper, The Hindu|Tags: |

We live in an age of anti-politics. Elected leaders echo notes of despair, lamenting their powerlessness to pass legislation or combat anti-incumbency, while inequality rises. Against this absence of imagination, leaders have arisen offering principled politics combined with soaring rhetoric. This energising phenomenon has upturned established politics with its progressive message. Lycurgus, reforming Sparta to

Building Affordable Homes

June 20th, 2015|Categories: Newspaper, The Hindu|Tags: |

For Indians, the most important form of social security is to own a house. It is a proxy for their social standing and prestige. But housing is expensive: realty in New Delhi and Mumbai is generally priced out of reach and remains mostly unsold. In India, there is a housing shortage, along with rising inventory

What Makes Cities Really Smart

April 24th, 2015|Categories: Newspaper, The Hindu|Tags: |

There is no one definition for India’s proposed smart cities. The Ministry of Urban Development provides benchmarks for various services — maximum commute time should be 30 minutes in medium-sized cities and 45 minutes in metros; water availability must be 135 litres per capita per day; 95 per cent of homes should have shops, parks,

Unlocking Growth Through Labour Reforms

March 21st, 2015|Categories: Newspaper, The Hindu|Tags: |

India’s vast open spaces often seem to dominate its economy and polity. However, by the early twentieth century, as Rajnarayan Chandavarkar notes, industrial labour had acquired “significance out of proportion to its weak effect on the Indian economy”. By 1931, over 4 million workers were employed in perennial and seasonal factories. By the 1980s, with

An uncertain Hobbesian life

January 13th, 2015|Categories: Newspaper, The Hindu|Tags: |

India’s small farmers have been struggling for centuries now and they need social and governmental action to change their future of India’s 121 million agricultural holdings, 99 million are with small and marginal farmers, with a land share of just 44 per cent and a farmer population share of 87 per cent. With multiple cropping