There is need to guard against temptation to focus on specifics of World Bank measures

Excerpts from the note “An Economic Strategy for India”*, authored, among others, by Raghuram Rajan, former Governor, Reserve Bank of India: Careful but quick policy reforms are needed for the sectors/areas that are stressed. These include agriculture, infrastructure (including power), exports and banking.  There are common themes in any revival. Typically, we need to redeploy … More There is need to guard against temptation to focus on specifics of World Bank measures

Black money menace closely associated with growth story in the form of mal-development

Excerpts from the Preface to the book “The Black Economy in India: Transition to the Grey Political Economy”, by Prof Kamal Nayan Kabra, published by Aakar Books* The updated version of “The Black Economy in India: Problems and Policies”, Delhi, (1982), under the title “The Black Economy in India: Transition to the Grey Political Economy”, … More Black money menace closely associated with growth story in the form of mal-development

Reservation in appointing faculty: Govt of India must treat educational institution as a unit

Former IAS bureaucrat PS Krishnan* has prepared a note the Order of Allahabad High Court in Vivekanand Tiwari case on 7.4.2017, regarding implementation of reservation in faculty-level recruitments in Universities/Colleges/Other Educational Institutions faculty, even as writing to the HRD minister to come up with a bill in the winter session of Parliament to ensure that … More Reservation in appointing faculty: Govt of India must treat educational institution as a unit

Poor implementation of Atrocity Act, caste hierarchy affect justice delivery to Dalits, Adivasis

The National Dalit Movement for Justice and the American Bar Association have come with a report on Dalit and Adivasi victims for accessing justice in the Exclusive Special Court under SCs and STs (PoA) Amendment Act 2015. Titled ‘Criminal Justice: In the Shadow of Caste’, the report particularly focuses on discrimination against Dalit and Adivasi … More Poor implementation of Atrocity Act, caste hierarchy affect justice delivery to Dalits, Adivasis

Chrysotile asbestos: Violation of ethics by NIOH and NHRC has caused public health hazard

By Dr Gopal Krishna* Experiences from Gujarat-based National Institute of Occupational Health (NIOH) and New Delhi-based National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) bring forth violation of ethics by these two institutions in the matter of research on white chrysotile asbestos by the former and the use of the outcome of this research by the latter. Ignoring … More Chrysotile asbestos: Violation of ethics by NIOH and NHRC has caused public health hazard

Empowering women, gender equality are the most cost effective ways to ensure food security

By Sheshu Babu* One of the major goals to be achieved in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) policy by countries globally is ‘ food security.’ The UNDP made a ‘universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity’  in the year 2016 and India was one … More Empowering women, gender equality are the most cost effective ways to ensure food security

Health and environmental benefits of implementing the emission standards for coal-based TPP

By Lauri Myllyvirta, Sunil Dahiya* Based on calculations done using emission data obtained by Greenpeace India from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) under the Right to Information (RTI), more than 76,000 people died due to non-implementation of emission standard notification within stipulated time frame (before December 7, 2017) till now during last 1 year. … More Health and environmental benefits of implementing the emission standards for coal-based TPP