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Opinion: Sonalde Desai: Population growth and the changing geographic and generational balance of power The United Nations estimates that the world population will reach 8 billion on November 15, 2022. Our minds had barely wrapped around a global population of 7 billion in 2011, and now, only 12 years later, we are looking at a...   Read More


  • Reluctance to take Covid-19 vaccines could hinder achieving herd immunity sooner

    Opinion: Santanu Pramanik and Sonalde Desai  The beginning of the vaccination programme suggests that the end is in sight. How quickly we reach the goal post depends on how well prepared we are as we enter the race. At the nation begins its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic through a massive vaccine rollout the entire focus...   Read More

  • A potentially risky trade-off for markets

    Opinion: K.P. Krishnan Sebi's proposal on concentrated holdings could disrupt the balance between the supervisory and business roles of stock exchanges. On January 6 the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) released a discussion paper on the review of the current ownership and governance norms regulating stock exchanges and depositories. Market infrastructure institutions (MIIs) such...   Read More

  • Recapitalization of state-owned banks: Privatization should do it

    Opinion:  Sudipto Mundle India can fix its public-sector lenders by letting them raise enough equity capital to significantly reduce government control. As with the whole economy the covid pandemic dealt a severe blow to India’s banking sector which was already reeling under a huge burden of non-performing assets (NPAs). Stress tests reported in the Financial...   Read More

  • Alarming Decline in Child Nutrition Levels in India

    Opinion:  Anupma Mehta The COVID pandemic has understandably grabbed most of the Government’s attention becoming the single largest health focus in the country currently but as India moves ahead to deal with this challenge it would do well to simultaneously focus on the health of its most precious human resource its children. The year 2020...   Read More

  • Reality check: Why ‘benefits’ highlighted in Farm Bills aren’t feasible to implement

    Opinion:  Sanjib Pohit Multiple rounds of discussion on the Farm Bills do not convince the farmers to withdraw the agitation. The proponents of the Farm Bills seem to highlight the benefits. However in realities many of these are not feasible for an ordinary farmer. That is the reason for the continuous deadlock. It is the...   Read More

  • The case for a deeper democracy

    Opinion:  K P Krishnan There is a strong connection between bolstering democracy and achieving a better functioning financial system A great debate has surged in recent weeks in India about democracy and “tough” economic reforms. In the field of finance the main path of reforms is intertwined with deepening of democracy. This is what has...   Read More

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  • Addressing the last-mile challenges in covid-19 vaccine distribution

    Opinion:  Sonalde Desai The establishment of a national expert group for Covid-19 vaccine distribution and Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) to track and manage vaccine stocks and storage is welcome. However little attention has been directed towards the last-mile challenges in vaccine distribution. Three challenges deserve particular attention. Twice is Nice First cold storage requirements make...   Read More

  • Decoding The Credit Puzzle

    Opinion:  Bornali Bhandari  Samarth Gupta Ajaya K Sahu & KS Urs  The importance of credit to an economy cannot be over-emphasised. The NCAER Quarterly Reviews of the Economy (June & September) has detailed out the tsunami like effect of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) on the Indian economy. Unlike the contraction in year-on-year (y-o-y) growth shown...   Read More

  • Just dedicating a day to the disabled won’t help make their lives easier

    Opinion: Palash Baruah and D L Wankhar International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD): The WHO estimates that more than one billion people - about 15% of the world's population - experience some form of disability Not many of us are aware that we celebrate about 173 “international days” every year which as per the United...   Read More

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