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Are We Heading towards a Synchronised Global Slowdown?

The global economy is heading towards a downturn. However, is the world prepared to deal with the consequences? Whether it is a slowdown or recession, it remains to be seen as to what the future would hold for the banking systems of Eurozone and China, and the global stocks in general.

Unity in Diversity

After independence, the quest for unity required actions through which trust was created and an enabling environment provided so that different points of view could be presented and discussed, in place of being pre-judged and dismissed as suspect or politically motivated. It was a deeper commitment to a diverse India that prompted this form of action; it could not have been otherwise.

The City in the Constitution

The Constitution of India considers states to be the smallest unit of governance, leaving further devolution of powers at their discretion. Even the 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendments do not sufficiently empower the panchayati raj institutions or urban local bodies to respond to the needs of citizens in a democratic manner. With growing urbanisation, the problem of democratic deficit in the cities is going to become even more acute.

Forbearance over Default

In a move ostensibly aimed at helping micro, small and medium enterprises hurt by demonetisation and the goods and services tax regime, and burdened with distressed debt, the Reserve Bank of India acceded to the demands that a lenient regime of debt restructuring should be put in place. However, the evidence suggests that this would not go very far in helping the units in this large sector. This gives rise to the suspicion that the real intent of the move is to open the door to a return to a regime wherein bad debt, resulting from default on debt service by large corporate borrowers, is restructured at the cost of the taxpayer.

Is the Pathalgadi Movement in Tribal Areas Anti-constitutional?

The Pathalgadi movement has stemmed from the unabated alienation of land from tribal people, and is a democratic assertion for the realisation of their rights in light of the government’s failure to implement the same.

World Order without Hegemony

Most Western theories presume that a titantic clash will occur during a power transition. But what if rising powers cannot assume the burden of underwriting the world order? We must contemplate alternate futures where a changing balance of power does not necessarily yield a new hegemony or a breakdown in the basic tenets of international order.

Where Marriage Is Dangerous for Women

“Better to have never been born than to be born a woman!” I have heard this sentiment expressed numerous times by low-income Dalit and lower-caste women friends of mine in Tamil Nadu. Married women in urban slums and low-income settlements have a tough time keeping their families functioning...

Army’s Robustness in Aid of Civil Authority

When the army is called in aid of civil authority, robust action taken by the army in a timely manner can prevent civil disturbance from exacting a strategic cost. The recent revelations on army inaction in the critical first 24 hours during the Gujarat carnage in 2002 are examined.

War on Air Pollution Will Not Be Won in the Courts

Despite certain measures adopted in the last 12 months, the air pollution problem across northern India has re-emerged this winter, and only worsened after the Diwali festival. The conversations, however, continue to be dominated by Delhi, and revolve around finding quick fixes, mostly pushed by courts, without looking at the deeper, underlying problems or addressing state capacity to deal with air pollution.

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