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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


  • RBI’s Monetary Policy Announcement in the CNBC Indianomics program

    IEPF Chair Professor Dr Mridul Saggar speaks to Latha Venkatesh, CNBC TV18 on “RBI’s Monetary Policy Announcement in the CNBC Indianomics program, 30 September 2022. Watch the Video

  • Polluting a river is a sin against it!

    Opinion: Sanjib Pohit and Anupma Mehta: Immersion of idols laced with harmful chemicals does an irreparable damage to a river, time to stop sinning against salvator. It is that time of the year again, when the devout prepare fancy and exotic idols of gods and goddesses, venerate them for a few days and then consign them...   Read More

  • Beyond the statistical soundbites: why data matter

    Opinion: Sonalde Desai:   While collecting official statistics will always be a purview of state institutions, they must be governed by independent governing bodies that can ensure scientific integrity and broad oversight. We seem fascinated with statistical soundbites, vacillating between the bizarre and the expedient. In October 2021, major newspapers featured stories that claimed that over...   Read More

  • How inflation targeting framework has worked well for India

    Opinion: Poonam Gupta:   In India, the inflation target (for CPI headline inflation) was set at 4%, with an upper tolerance limit of 6% and a lower limit of 2%. GoI constituted a six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), including three ex-officio members from RBI with the RBI governor as its chairperson, the deputy governor in charge...   Read More

  • Formal work, informal worker

    Opinion: Bornali Bhandari Gautam Kumar Das Samarth Gupta Ajaya K Sahu & KS Urs  In the platform economy workers function in a formalised realm but without benefits of tenure or welfare One of the research questions that the NITI Aayog report ‘India’s Booming Gig and Platform Economy: Perspectives and Recommendations on the Future of Work’ poses...   Read More

  • How to sustain 7% growth for India

    Opinion: Poonam Gupta and Barry Eichengreen: India’s annual GDP growth 7% plus is the continuation of an ongoing acceleration. The question is whether this can last. One country stands out from the gloomy overall tone of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) recent update of its World Economic Outlook. Against the backdrop of tepid 3.2% global growth...   Read More

  • How India can Sustain Rapid Economic Growth

    Opinion: Poonam Gupta and Barry Eichengreen Given its favorable demography democratic polity and large and diversified economy India can in principle grow at 7% or higher for years to come. But the only route to such growth that remains open runs through structural reforms that the government has taken off the table. One country stands out...   Read More

  • Who is vocational education training for? Data shows over 84% Indian didn’t get any

    Opinion:Palash Baruah and  D. L. Wankhar  Periodic Labour Force Survey data shows the situation is worse for women. And those who got the training, almost half of them accounted for self-learning or ‘learning on the job’ Vocational and technical training has been the central pillar of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious skill building mission since...   Read More

    FIX FROM GROUND UP 01 Aug 2022

    Opinion: Poonam Munjal & Nijara Deka  Prepare business strategies for districts and leverage existing government schemes to make India a global economic powerhouse In the face of the COVId-19 pandemic and the rise in food and fuel prices it may appear difficult for the country to reach its US $5-trillion economy target by 2025. But...   Read More