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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


  • BIMSTEC can boost ties with the East

    Opinion: Sanjib Pohit Transport connectivity between India’s N-E and the eastern neighbourhood can improve. But trade gains per se seem limited. After a gap of four years the BIMSTEC (comprising Bangladesh Bhutan India Mynamar Nepal Sri Lanka and Thailand) summit was held virtually in last week of March to deliberate on the prospects and way forward...   Read More

  • Unpaid female workers and employment rate

    Opinion: Palash Baruah and D. L. Wankhar Claims and counter-claims have characterized the debate about the scenario of employment and unemployment in the country. Both Government and private agencies shell out various shades of data and information to prove a point. Going by the official data set it is seen that Government collects and collate employment...   Read More

  • Why men are more equal than women

    Opinion: Anupma Mehta Several changes may have taken place in the lives of Indian women but gendered realities continue to reflect in their status in a family every day. The iconic utterance by French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr more than 150 years ago “The more things change the more they remain the same” accurately sums...   Read More

  • Go green, Calcutta
    Go green, Calcutta 28 Feb 2022

    Opinion: Sanjib Pohit Hybrid trolley buses and trams are a way out Calcutta’s mayor Firhad Hakim announced that reducing the city’s pollution would be a priority. A significant volume of Calcutta’s pollution emanates from the transportation sector. With India setting its net-zero emission target for 2070 Calcutta’s transportation needs to be geared towards that goal. Calcutta...   Read More

  • Education should be priority, not banning of hijab

    Opinion: Sonalde Desai It is time for us to focus on empowering all women including Muslim women by ensuring their access to education employment and public safety. After two years of living behind a mask and trying to decode muffled voices and hidden expressions one begins to develop empathy for millions of women hidden behind face...   Read More

  • Does the Budget give a leg-up to agriculture?

    Opinion: Bornali Bhandari & Ajaya K Sahu A marginal re-allocation of expenditure away from income support towards more productivity and employment enhancement schemes could have been adopted The agriculture and allied sector is going through a slow but dynamic change. Does Union Budget 2022-23 anchor the sector into its more dynamic growth path? The answer lies...   Read More

  • The Real Buzz behind the Fizz—The Truth about Alcohol Consumption in India

    Opinion: Sanjib Pohit Anupma Mehta Samarth Gupta and Soumi Roy Chowdhury  The latest data on alcohol consumption in India is bound to cause a mental hangover unless the seriousness of the addiction at the national level is viewed with a clear rather than a befuddled mind. A report released in 2019 by the Ministry of Social...   Read More

  • State Financial Management Systems Are Bringing Checks And Balances To Public Finance…

    Opinion: Bornali Bhandari and Pawan Kadyan The Covid-19 pandemic has brought public finances into the eye of the storm. Efficient and effective Public Financial Management (PFM) in the 21st century involves the usage of Financial Management Information Systems (FMIS). The key objectives of PFM are—“to maintain a sustainable fiscal position effectively allocate resources and efficiently deliver...   Read More

  • Unlocking India’s solar potential: Phased restrictions on solar inputs will allow redressal of land, labour & capital constraints

    Opinion: Prerna Prabhakar & Divy Rangan Budget FY23 has extended support to the solar energy sector on enhancing domestic production capacity with an additional allocation of Rs 19500 crore in the form of Production-Linked Incentives (PLIs). Budget FY23 signals fast-paced movement towards India’s renewable energy target of 450 GW by 2030 60% of which is...   Read More

  • How RBI’s status quo on key policy rates is appropriate for India

    Opinion: Poonam Gupta With the bond yields rising all around the world and credit rating agencies and foreign investors starting to discriminate across emerging markets laying down a fiscal pathway will help bolster their confidence in the strength of the Indian economy and in its key policy frameworks to yield stable policies for robust economic...   Read More

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