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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


  • Replacing Kolkata trams with battery operated electric buses is a bad financial move

    Opinion: Sanjib Pohit The recent announcement by West Bengal transport minister Firhad Hakim has practically signaled the death knell of Kolkata tramways the only city in India which still operates trams. The plan is no more to revive the tram route in the popular north Kolkata route. The plan now is to operate trams only...   Read More

  • Should we have been surprised by the Agnipath protests?

    Opinion: Sonalde Desai A government job with its benefits and safety net is an aspiration for most Indians. Any perceived rollback in such employment opportunities is bound to fuel anxiety. What is surprising about the protests is that the government appears to be surprised that there should be any protest. To appreciate the anguish underlying these...   Read More

  • The reforms needed for G20 to be relevant to all members, and not just advanced

    Opinion: Poonam Gupta and Kavya Singh It is widely believed there is an unevenness in the way rating agencies treat the countries in the Euro zone versus elsewhere. A better governance structure and operating framework are needed to ensure that in situations when EMs are grappling with capital flow reversals for no fault of theirs...   Read More

  • Urban exclusion: Rethinking social protection in India in the wake of Covid-19

    Opinion: Pallavi Choudhuri Sonalde Desai and Santanu Pramanik Economic insecurity caused by lockdowns during the early days of Covid-19 forced many households to rely on government welfare schemes to fulfil their consumption needs. Using data from the June 2020 round of the Delhi NCR Coronavirus Telephone Survey this article shows that few households received both...   Read More

  • Skills training for MSMEs should change

    Opinion: Bornali Bhandari Whether in Tripura or Haryana there is little interaction between MSMEs and the ITIs. District Industries Centres should step in Developing and implementing a vocational skill development policy for micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) is a challenging exercise especially for emerging countries. While imparting of vocational skills should typically be demand-driven...   Read More

  • Gandhian philosophy inspires rural development

    Opinion: Saurabh Bandyopadhyay Anupma Mehta and Laxmi Joshi Gram Swaraj recently got a fillip as Government okayed continuation of Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan One of the unique features of governance in India is that its rural landscape is characterised by a system wherein each village and local unit is responsible for upgrading its own administrative structure...   Read More

  • Why the battle over Roe vs Wade signifies a struggle for America’s future

    Opinion: Sonalde Desai  The right to obtain a legal abortion is vital to reduce inequalities The United States Supreme Court seems poised to overturn its own 1973 ruling regarding women’s right to privacy as they seek abortion. The 1973 judgment in Roe vs Wade was a landmark judgment in which the U.S. Supreme Court on January 22...   Read More

  • NCAER Press Release: Dr Mridul Saggar, the new IEPF Chair Professor

    NCAER is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Mridul Saggar as the Investor Education and Protection Fund Authority (IEPF) Chair Professor at NCAER. He joins the Chair today. The Chair has been established with the support of the Investor Education and Protection Fund Authority under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in the Government of...   Read More

  • Rapid introduction of a central bank digital currency is fraught with risks, especially for end-users

    Opinion: Barry Eichengreen Poonam Gupta & Tim Marple  In her February 1 2022 budget speech Nirmala Sitharaman announced GoI's commitment to issuing a digital rupee. The relevant text ran three sentences in its entirety. 'Introduction of [a] central bank digital currency (CBDC) will give a big boost to digital economy. Digital currency will also lead to...   Read More

  • To boost exports, port logistics must improve

    Opinion: Dripto Mukhopadhyay and Sanjib Pohit  Performance index based on 11 parameters shows ports in the east and south are lagging  India has been making concerted efforts to expand its merchandise exports footprint. And rightly so as exports act as an engine of growth. The objectives of production linked incentive (PLI) schemes or of India becoming a...   Read More