As we head for budget, unemployment remains a big concern area with rates over 9%

Status report on urban unemployment for Indian states by Indian Political Drama (IDP): In November, 2019, the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation came out with the quarterly bulletin on Urban unemployment scenario in India for the fourth quarter (January to March, 2019) of FY 18-19. The report gave a holistic view of all the … Continue reading As we head for budget, unemployment remains a big concern area with rates over 9%

How Sudha Ramen, IFS, brought an 18-acre water body back to life

Her positive attitude and ability to work hard helped young forest officer, Sudha Ramen, to revive Chennai’s Otteri lake in Vandalur Zoo. The dying lake had once attracted thousands of migratory birds. Now it was all dried up. Sudha took up the challenge, and in less than a year, much has changed. The lake is … Continue reading How Sudha Ramen, IFS, brought an 18-acre water body back to life

India is losing its economic way: Growth is significantly lower, debt and distress are growing

Excerpts from the transcript of Raghuram Rajan’s lecture at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, U.S., on October 16: We are in a very worrisome place in India today. Growth has slowed considerably, the fiscal deficit is large, leaving little room to do something about growth, and there’s rising debt levels … Continue reading India is losing its economic way: Growth is significantly lower, debt and distress are growing

Indian economy is in need of alternative action to revive investment, employment, social goals

By Sunanda Sen* That the Indian economy is currently experiencing a slowdown  is more than evident, both with the deliberations in different private circles and with official statements signalling a series of remedial measures , mostly focussed on the ailing financial sector! However, as we point out, the ailing Indian economy has concerns that go beyond flagging … Continue reading Indian economy is in need of alternative action to revive investment, employment, social goals

A high GDP growth rate based economy in the context of unacceptable levels of pollution

By Shankar Sharma* While addressing chief ministers of the states in July 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was reported as having said that he wanted India to be a "$5 trillion economy" by 2024. This means roughly doubling of the size of our economy in 5 years. As a part of the efforts to accelerate … Continue reading A high GDP growth rate based economy in the context of unacceptable levels of pollution

Why ‘unemployable’ disabled people face exclusion, have been deliberately shut out of labour force

By Sheshu Babu* Since the major aim of capitalists is to see that maximum production can be extracted from labour, exploitation of workers becomes a key factor. Ordinary workers, thus, face constant harassment, humiliation, misery and burden of work. Disabled, in addition, face alienation and abuse both from the employers as well as society. The … Continue reading Why ‘unemployable’ disabled people face exclusion, have been deliberately shut out of labour force

Ideas in draft New Education Policy clash with RTE amendment to reverse the no detention policy

By Aarti Mangal The draft of New Education Policy (DNEP), along with revamping the higher education, has also made significant changes in the school education system. On the one hand, the recommendation to include  Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) under free and compulsory education is laudable if it is implemented effectively in the school … Continue reading Ideas in draft New Education Policy clash with RTE amendment to reverse the no detention policy