Ease of doing business studies incomplete without including the parameter of corruption

By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers will recollect, much has been made of India’s 30-point jump in the latest round of World Bank’s rating of 190 countries for the Ease of Doing Business (EDB). On International Ant-Corruption Day (9th December), I am sharing with you an argument pointing out a major weakness in the study, namely, the omission of ‘corruption’ as a … More Ease of doing business studies incomplete without including the parameter of corruption

Funding political secrecy: FinMin, ECI and RBI have no information about Electoral Bonds scheme

Venkatesh Nayak* “The name’s Bond, Electoral Bond- a sovereign guarantee of donor secrecy for political party funding!” In the near future, this is how an Electoral Bond might introduce itself to large donors (money-wise, not girth-wise or chest size) to seduce them to put money in the pockets of any political party (with apologies to … More Funding political secrecy: FinMin, ECI and RBI have no information about Electoral Bonds scheme

Valmiki community demands from political parties for ensuring its equal status in society

Manav Garima Trust (MGT), a grassroots organization in Ahmedabad working among Gujarat’s Valmiki community, has put forward a list of 18 demands to be included in the electoral manifestos of political parties fighting assembly elections in Gujarat. Signed by Parsottam Vaghela, director, MGT, text of the letter listing the demands: In Gujarat the total population … More Valmiki community demands from political parties for ensuring its equal status in society

Demonetization: Media allowed government to go unquestioned, created a halo around the move

By Subodh Mohanty* The media, which mounted a sustained campaign against the previous government’s alleged scams, allowed the present government to go unscathed even after such a worse blunder called demonetization that plunged the country’s economy into turmoil, forced the entire population (barring a minor section of the rich and powerful) into queuing for hours … More Demonetization: Media allowed government to go unquestioned, created a halo around the move

Ordinary citizens reject Aadhaar, support Opt Out, Delink campaign, as govt ignores its dangers

By Reetika Khera* The Government recently claimed in the Supreme Court that 118 crore Indians would be hurt if the Court passed an order against Aadhaar. What this claims ignores is that people have been coerced to enroll for and “seed” or link Aadhaar to various schemes. The consequences of such coercion are terrible – … More Ordinary citizens reject Aadhaar, support Opt Out, Delink campaign, as govt ignores its dangers

Gujarat voters’ survey shows weak efforts of state institutions in fulfilling people’s needs

Text of Gujarat voters’ survey report by the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), carried out in February-March 2017: The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has conducted the largest ever survey in India with over 270,000 respondents in 527 Lok Sabha constituencies. The larger purpose of the survey is to highlight voter priorities so that elections … More Gujarat voters’ survey shows weak efforts of state institutions in fulfilling people’s needs