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A Dominant Presence in Indian Labour Economics

Labour economist Dipak Mazumdar (1932–2018) framed the way in which employment issues in India and developing countries are thought of.

External Commercial Borrowings

External commercial borrowings have emerged in the past few years as one of the instruments preferred by Indian companies to raise debt. However, its growing share in the composition of the country’s external debt is a cause for concern for the economy as the exposure to interest rate and currency fluctuation increases.

Pursuing FDI for Technology

The discussion paper on “Industrial Policy 2017” floated by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has stressed promoting the transfer of foreign technology as one of the key priorities with respect to the existing foreign direct investment policy regime. However, the focus remains on ensuring enhanced access to technology. This may not lead to technology transfer owing to several restrictive conditions imposed on the usage of technology by the licensor. For gaining real acquisition of technology, a purposive policy intervention is required through regulatory supervision of costs and conditions negotiated in technology collaboration agreements.

Mismanagement of Land in Meghalaya

The recent clashes in Shillong between the indigenous Khasis and the minority Dalit Sikh community, cannot be dismissed as merely communal identity politics at play. The roots of the conflict, beneath overtones of tribal assertion, have much to do with the unique land distribution in the state, and the challenges that regulation presents.

Modifying School Textbooks

All textbooks, as a matter of course, should be revised regularly. However, at no point should they become a site for an ideological battle between political parties, and the impact on the students using them should be the main focus.

Coal Auctions

The National Democratic Alliance government has often claimed revolutionary success in introducing the auctioning of coal blocks. However, the auctions route accounts for less than one-sixth of the total coal reserves allocated by them. The rest has been allocated through the allotment route to government companies, which have gone on to sign mine developer-cum-operator contracts with private coal miners, opening up an opaque channel for back-door privatisation.

Statehood for Delhi

The Supreme Court’s interpretation of Article 239-AA of the Constitution in Government of NCT of Delhi v Union of India has reaffirmed the centrality of representative democracy and federalism to India’s constitutional government. However, it has only restored an unhappy status quo as far as Delhi is concerned. The fault lies in Article 239-AA itself, an incomplete and unworkable division of powers and responsibilities that gives Delhi a lot of government, but little governance.

Developmental Rhetoric, Uprooted Lives

Any developmental activity can be meaningful only when the dispossessed and displaced people are taken care of and adequately rehabilitated. Nevertheless, their basic rights to life and decent rehabilitation are often violated by governments and project authorities. Such violations are particularly evident in the Gundlakamma Reservoir Project in Andhra Pradesh.

Downgrading the Status of Chief Information Commissioner

The right to information, much like the right to vote, is rooted in the same fundamental right, with the offices of the chief information commissioner and the chief election commissioner, respectively, operating at the same level of autonomy, towards the enforcement of these rights. The proposed amendments to the Right to Information Act, which reportedly seek to downgrade the status of the chief information commissioner and information commissioners, reduce the autonomy of this constitutional institution and are, consequently, an assault on the right to information and democracy.

From Agenda of Alliance to Agenda of Split

The upping of the anti-militancy operations following the break-up of the Peoples Democratic Party–Bharatiya Janata Party alliance in Jammu and Kashmir is seen as being carried out with a view to win the general elections at the cost of Kashmiri lives and bodies scarred with pellets. Mudasir Amin...

The Next Stage of Planning in India

A close review of the Niti Aayog’s vision document vis-à-vis earlier plans and programme details offers valuable insights and suggestions on the real issues that India must face for inclusive growth.

Rising Caesarean Births

India’s rising rate of caesarean births is a cause for concern and signals the need for strategies to deal with it. Adverse outcomes of caesarean births include high risk of maternal and neonatal death, various maternal morbidities including infections, need for blood transfusion, neonatal morbidities related to iatrogenic prematurity, and potential complications in subsequent pregnancies.

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