Stylized pattern of structural change and economic development in India: 1950-2020

By Prof Balwant Singh Mehta, Dr Arjun Kumar* The process of economic development has been historically linked with the general pattern of structural changes of the national economies in the globalized world. It occurs with changes in structures of broad economic sectors (agriculture, manufacturing and services) in terms of share of output and employment. The … Continue reading Stylized pattern of structural change and economic development in India: 1950-2020

RTI query on societal diversity in higher judiciary: CIC lobs the ball back into DoJ’s court

By Venkatesh Nayak* Last week, the Central Information Commission (CIC) remanded a two-and-a-half-year old RTI query about the procedures adopted for ensuring adequate representation for candidates belonging to weaker segments of society in the higher judiciary back to the Department of Justice (DoJ) for fresh consideration. DoJ had not bothered to send any reply to either the RTI … Continue reading RTI query on societal diversity in higher judiciary: CIC lobs the ball back into DoJ’s court

John Weeks, who humanised economics as discipline, questioned the power of capital

By Bhabani Shankar Nayak* Prof John Weeks, widely admired development economist passed away on 26th of June 2020 at the age of 79. His death is a blow to many friends, comrades, colleagues, students and fellow progressive economists. He was born in Austin, educated in Texas and Michigan, lived and worked most of his professional … Continue reading John Weeks, who humanised economics as discipline, questioned the power of capital

Life in vertical buildings in the Covid-lockdown times and otherwise is not good for sure

By Mansee Bal Bhargava, Sherayu Wadekar* The impact of lockdown-affected is underrated currently amidst the world continuing (rightly so) with the Covid affected. Covid and lockdown are interrelated, their effects too are interdependent over time and space. Although there is right now no such thing like the Worldometers for lockdown, like the one for Covid, … Continue reading Life in vertical buildings in the Covid-lockdown times and otherwise is not good for sure

Surviving the pandemic: Time to boost MSME sector for the sake of inclusive growth

By Prof Balwant Singh Mehta, Prof IC Awasthi, Dr Simi Mehta, Prof Bharat Singh, Prof Soumyadip Chattopadhyay, Prof Nitin Tagade, Rahul Ranjan, Dr Arjun Kumar* MSME sector is the second largest employment creator after agriculture in the country, and provides employment to 120 million people through 36 million enterprises. It contributes around 31% to the … Continue reading Surviving the pandemic: Time to boost MSME sector for the sake of inclusive growth

New Andhra tribal districts should keep in view area’s diversity, topography and culture context

By Dr Palla Trinadha Rao The Government of Andhra Pradesh has taken a decision in a recent cabinet meeting to constitute a committee to study the reorganization of the existing 13 districts into 25 based on the number of Parliament constituencies. Instead of considering the Parliamentary constituency as a unit for forming a new district, … Continue reading New Andhra tribal districts should keep in view area’s diversity, topography and culture context

Would Niti Ayog position for chief economist welcome woman leadership?

Prof Mansee Bal Bhargava, entrepreneur, researcher and educator, who is with the SaciWATERS, Hyderabad, and is Environmental Design Consultant, Ahmedabad, has written an open letter to Niti Ayog and PMO insisting, “We need a chief strategist and not chief economist for the 'Niti' Ayog in its true meaning and to realign India's growth”: I'm writing … Continue reading Would Niti Ayog position for chief economist welcome woman leadership?