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Opinion: Bornali Bhandari and Laxmi Joshi.  Small farmers lack access to tools, as the tractor-dominated farm machinery sector suffers from demand, supply constraints India is simply not producing the sort of farm machinery that our small and marginal farmers want or can readily use at a price which appeals to them. Farm machinery comprises equipment...   Read More


  • Protection from Data Protection Authority

    Opinion: K P Krishnan Parliament has to reconcile the twin challenge of protecting people not just from data fiduciaries but also from the protector itself. The Personal Data Protection Bill (Bill) was introduced in the Lok Sabha in December 2019 and referred to a joint parliamentary committee (JPC). The JPC submitted its report recently. The...   Read More

  • Will raising the marriageable age for women to 21 improve gender outcomes?

    Opinion: Anupma Mehta National health survey indicates the urgent need for lowering maternal and infant mortality rates as well as for promoting responsible and mature parenthood. GoI's decision last week to introduce a Bill increasing the legal age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 years has drawn a lot of attention receiving both...   Read More

  • Why we need to boost Cashew Export in Konkan Region of the State?

    Opinion: Poonam Munjal and Nijara Deka Indian cashew is exported to more than 60 countries in the world with the main markets being UAE USA Netherlands UK Germany Japan and Australia. The country earned foreign exchange equivalent to Rs. 5870.97 crores from the export of 84352 metric tonnes of cashew nuts during the year 2017-18. ...   Read More

  • Cautious Optimism on Gender Data in National Family Health Surveys (NFHS-5)

    Opinion: Anupma Mehta Notable findings from the Woman’s Schedule component of the National Family Health Survey The recently released compendium of Fact Sheets on various health and empowerment indicators under the fifth round of the National Family Health Surveys (NFHS-5) for the period 2019-21 give us something to shout about especially with regard to women’s...   Read More

  • Where will India’s economic growth settle in the next 2-3 years?

    Opinion: Poonam Gupta A reasonable bet for India's growth would be about 7% or higher in the next few years. The baseline growth draws upon the average growth rate of about 6.75% in five pre-Covid years. In the near term monetary and fiscal policies are unlikely to be able to contribute to this growth estimate...   Read More

  • Why India always misses the innovation bus

    Opinion: Sanjib Pohit Fearing the risk of failure very little R&D funding goes towards innovative ventures and emerging technologies. Over the last decade the government has been encouraging domestic firms to come up with innovations in product manufacturing and services. The focus of the NDA government’s programmes like ‘Make in India’ is not only on...   Read More

  • Tourism sector can go places with new ideas

    Opinion: Poonam Munjal and Anupma Mehta Contrary to popular perception that international tourists bring in all the lucre it’s actually domestic travellers who set the cash registers ringing Tourism along with travel is one of the largest service industries in India estimated to be worth over $200 billion in 2018. However being one of the...   Read More

  • The Challenges that Firms Faced during the Pandemic, According to the NCAER

    Opinion: Bornali Bhandari Samarth Gupta Ajaya K Sahu and KS Urs  The pandemic was a health humanitarian and economic crisis all rolled into one. The NCAER Business Expectations Survey (BES) tracked firms throughout the pandemic period on a quarterly basis trying to understand the challenges that they faced how they adapted and whether they were able...   Read More

  • Participation of disabled persons in community activities and socialising: A reality check

    Opinion: Palash Baruah and DL Wankhart The United Nations propounded the celebration of “International Days as “occasions to educate the general public on issues of concern to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity”. As in the past we are going to celebrate the 3rd of...   Read More

  • With India’s demographic transition, come challenges

    Opinion: Sonalde Desai & Debasis Barik The demographic dividend is smaller but will last longer due to regional variation in the onset of fertility decline. As southern states struggle with the growing burden of supporting the elderly northern states will supply the workforce needed for growth. Success brings its challenges. The first challenge is accepting...   Read More

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