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The Need for an Innovation Survey in India

Mainstream measures of innovation at both the macro and micro levels, measure only a part and not the full extent of innovation that occurs in India, and, by and large, ignore the emerging innovation activities occurring in the service and informal sectors. There is a need for evidence of other forms of innovation to complement these measures to accurately present a holistic picture of innovations in developing countries like India.

Overlooking the Idea of Common School in the Education Policy

The Draft National Education Policy, 2019 lacks commitment to the idea of common school and encourages segregation and differentiation of schooling experiences for different socio-economic groups.

Vision without Basis

The Draft National Education Policy, 2019 strives to provide a vision, albeit not presenting any statistical basis or taking into account the sociopolitical and historical contexts, the regional or statewise variations and disparities, financial responsibilities, and the gains made by the earlier initiatives.

What’s in It for School Education?

The Draft National Education Policy, 2019 is silent on the role of the state in providing equality of opportunity in and through access to school education. It has fallen into the trap of measuring outcomes while remaining indifferent to input shortcomings and systemic inequalities.

The Post-political Dalit Movement in Maharashtra

The contemporary Dalit movement in Maharashtra is marked by five distinct trends, that is, increased militancy, sub-caste assertion, middle-class activism, public symbolism, and a rightward shift. These are not manifested through political mobilisation but predominantly in sociocultural spheres. The congruence and divergence of these from B R Ambedkar’s normative political project need to be explored.

Elections in Indonesia

The organisation of political discourse and the citizen’s imagination around the personality cults of leaders and ascendant majoritarianism in Indonesia raises concerns about the health of democracy.

The Accuracy of Agency Ratings

Recently, regulators as well as market participants have raised serious concerns about the validity of external credit ratings in predicting the true status of corporate default risk in India. A comparison is made of the historical rating trends in India along with the global benchmarks. The credit rating agencies need to provide more insights about corporate rating movements to enable banks to derive early warning signals about inherent credit risk. The kind of risk indicators that need to be disclosed has been highlighted.

Pro-incumbency Favoured the BJP in Himachal Pradesh

The 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Himachal Pradesh saw an all-time high polling percentage. The Bharatiya Janata Party emerged as a party that was supported across various sections irrespective of caste, gender, age and education statuses, as reflected in its escalated vote share.

What Sealed BJP’s Victory in Chhattisgarh?

The Bharatiya Janata Party, which was decimated by the Congress in the assembly polls held in November 2018, bounced back in Chhattisgarh by recording an impressive victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. While a strong anti-incumbency sentiment worked against the BJP in the assembly elections, Narendra Modi’s image-building exercise helped the party’s candidates win in the Lok Sabha polls.

Access and Equity Aspects of Higher Education in Jeopardy

An assessment of the draft National Education Policy 2019 is undertaken in this article in reference to the gross enrolment ratio. The draft policy does not review the current situation in higher education and in the light of past policy documents. It needs to focus on the access and equity aspects of higher education since these areas have not received the required attention.

Romer and Nordhaus’s Nobel Winning Contributions

The contributions of Paul Romer and William Nordhaus to both economic theory and policy are critically assessed here. By undertaking a brief history of economic thinking prior to their pioneering work, it validates the Nobel award. However, it is argued that the Nobel Prize has mostly been awarded to work that employs neoclassical, or more accurately, marginalist assumptions. On the policy front, it is suggested that India should formulate its economic policies by drawing inspiration from some of the work by Samuel Bowles and Mariana Mazzucato alongside that of Romer and Nordhaus.

Jammu and Kashmir

The 2019 parliamentary elections reaffirmed the fact of regional divide on religious lines in Jammu and Kashmir. Banking on Narendra Modi and Hindutva ideology, the Bharatiya Janata Party swept the polls in Jammu. Amidst the historic low participation in south and central regions of Kashmir division, the National Conference made a solid comeback in the Valley, while People’s Democratic Party’s seemingly unrelenting downslide continued.

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