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Bringing Money Back

Estimate of illicit financial outflows and the demand to repatriate these are fraught with issues. First, there can be reversals in direction of flows of illicit money thereby making it tough to ascertain undeclared wealth held abroad. Second, even if the money is traced by the authorities of country, institutional impediments may prevent repatriation. Third, once such money is repatriated it may be more useful to employ these to set up trade transparency units.

India Needs to Stand by Sheikh Hasina

In a country of peasants that Bangladesh primarily is, voters want to see water flow down common rivers and bother less about agreements on outer space that India offered during Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit in early April. She is a friend of India and has done much to address its concerns. Hasina deserves a solid Indian payback, not big words or symbolic gestures.

Why the Court Intervened in Indian Cricket

In January 2017, the Supreme Court sought to hold the Board of Control for Cricket in India to account. The Court and the public, albeit separate from one another, wish to see theBCCI function transparently and be accountable not only to the public exchequer but also to the average cricket fan and citizen.

Payment for Ecosystem Services

Paying farmers for ecosystem services that they provide could be a novel way to achieve multiple goals of doubling the farm incomes, reduce rural–urban migration, reduce pressure on urban infrastructure, and at the same time, incentivise sustainable agrarian practices in India.

Communal Politics Gaining Ground in West Bengal

The steady decline of the left and the Congress has created a political vacuum in West Bengal. While the Trinamool Congress government consolidated its support base with important populist measures, some of its pro-Muslim policies drew flak from a section of the Hindus. The Bharatiya Janata Party is trying to enter into Bengal politics by attacking the TMC on its appeasement policy and is trying to whip up pro-Hindu sentiments. With the weakening of secular democratic forces, the polarisation of the society on communal lines is taking place with much vigour.

Temple as the Political Arena in Kerala

The left in Kerala faces a serious crisis when it encounters the cultural politics of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. It is a complex and unfolding situation demanding serious attention, and the familiar modes of analysis may not help much.

Aspiring for Universal Health Coverage through Private Care

The National Health Policy 2017 makes a case for expanding private sector participation through collaboration. The policy offers little assurance of providing integrated and universal healthcare.

Brexit and the Future of the UK

Brexit is a Conservative Party policy-idea that got out of hand. The collapse of the centrist and liberal Tory leadership created a vacuum for hardliners within the party, in the right-wing media, and in other smaller parties to occupy that space, and call for the reinvigoration of British exceptionalism through Brexit. Unfortunately, a political and constitutional crisis besets the United Kingdom, reducing the reality of British exceptionalism to Little England isolationism.

Taxation on Tobacco in India

An increased disposable income among Indians has expanded their tobacco purchasing power and tobacco consumption. In fact, beedis and smokeless tobacco are increasingly being used among women and children which portends that the present taxation system does not motivate users to give up smoking.

No Country for Afghans

Afghanistan is clearly unprepared for a massive influx of refugees, and human rights groups have raised concerns about their future in a country ripped apart by war and terrorism with a worsening security situation. Many of the refugees are likely to join the ranks of close to a million internally displaced people in Afghanistan and live in inhuman conditions by all accounts.

Uttar Pradesh Elections 2017

This article examines the electoral alliance between the Samajwadi Party and the Congress in the recently held Uttar Pradesh assembly elections in the context of India’s complex polity at the national and state levels.

Suppressing the Symptoms or Treating the Malady?

Maharashtra, which recently witnessed several attacks on front line doctors, has comparatively very low levels of per capita public health spending, shortfalls in health facilities, and major shortages of specialist public doctors. Dialogue mechanisms should be developed based on community monitoring, while existing legal provisions for grievance redressal need implementation. Doctor–patient communication must improve, and the serious ailments afflicting public health services in Maharashtra must be addressed to move beyond superficial solutions.

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