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Punjab Agriculture

Punjab’s economy, including its agriculture, has been in crisis for some time on various fronts. But the pandemic provided an opportunity to the state government to set up an expert committee to suggest measures for rolling out a medium- and long-term strategy for the revival of the state economy. This article provides critical commentary on the various recommendations of the committee to deal with the agrarian crisis and presents an alternative perspective.

National Health Policy, 2017

The National Health Policy, 2017 reflects the perfunctory attitude towards public health, so deeply entrenched among the mandarins of the health ministry. The policy paves the way for the contraction of public healthcare systems, thereby reducing the government’s involvement in the delivery of health services, and facilitates the dominance of the private sector in curative care. However, in the absence of a robust public healthcare system, the goal of achieving “healthcare for all” becomes even more onerous.

Understanding What Has Gone Wrong in Pakistan

Rentier Capitalism: Disorganised Development and Social Injustice in Pakistan by Shahid Ahmed, UK: Palgrave Macmillan UK, March 2016; pp 248, $120(hardcover).

Browbeating Free Speech

The legal notice issued by the Times Group to a law student writing a blog on intellectual property rights issues is another instance of corporate might being used to suppress dissent and criticism in various forms of the media.

Opportunities for Science Careers in India

A science career in India is like the mad hatter's tea party in Alice in Wonderland, you cannot find the place in the first instance, when by some chance you do find it the people already at the table shout at you to go away, if you do manage to find a place at the table there is no tea or food going around, your companions think you are an excellent participant if you quietly fall asleep at the table, and occasionally they dunk you in a teacup for no particular reason, just for the fun of it. But it is a living of sorts... Is there any way of improving this situation?

MSRDC and Mumbai-Pune Expressway

This case study of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway points out that delivery of infrastructure like road and highways, especially mega projects, totally through the private sector is currently difficult. In the absence of such private sector capacity to take on this responsibility, the role has been creatively shouldered by the Maharashtra government by forming and supporting a road development corporation - carved out of its public works department in its primary mission, the building of essential projects in a timely fashion. The experience of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway indicates that the public sector, freed of political intervention and outdated organisational structure and given command and authority to innovate is able to deliver needed products efficiently.
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