The writer is chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the PM. Views are personal.
Debate around terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission ignores the evolution of constitutional mechanisms for devolution of public finance.
It is meaningless to seek clear and present evil in the Mahabharata, where every incident offers a conflict of dharma. There is no black or white
Attempts to legislate schemes akin to Universal Basic Income failed in 18th and 19th century England. In China, too, they haven’t succeeded.
The price of the precious stone has little connection to its use value or marginal utility.
But sparrow numbers are falling with changes in urban spaces.
State’s decision to evolve a uniform employment code is laudable. Done right, it could serve as an example for labour law reform across India
The approach to making buildings friendlier for persons with disabilities has been limited and perfunctory.
Amending Indian Forest Act to have it classified as a grass is a welcome step. But there is still clutter and contradiction in India’s forest laws.
Many redundant laws have been repealed. But much of the deadwood waits to be removed, especially in states.
Making sense of court judgments should not be the daunting exercise that it so often is.
Its report talks about ‘forced marriages’. Its methodology fails to delineate the concept, yielding questionable data.
Draft rules in subordinate courts have either not been adopted or are not implemented in the right context.
Despite problems with the methodology of the rankings, India’s 30-spot jump in World Bank’s Doing Business Indicators is remarkable.
Linking demonetisation with job losses is simplistic and naive.
Some jobs are more sought after. Educational accomplishments don’t always count when it comes to salaries.
In the futile English versus mother tongue divide, India seems to be producing students who are comfortable in neither
Reading him out of context robs his writings of the lessons they hold for modern-day reformers
A Legal Information Management & Briefing System can help reduce government litigation
By allowing Overseas Indian Citizens to appear for UPSC exams, government could broaden the pool for recruitment
Off and on, there have been suggestions that tea should be declared India’s national drink. Though that hasn’t happened, since 2011, tea has been Assam’s State Drink. Tea, in the form we know it now, is not quite an indigenous Indian drink, though some form of Camellis sinensis was indeed drunk locally.
Papa CJ started stand-up comedy in 2004 after his visit to the annual Fringe festival in Edinburgh. Since then, amongst various places, he has performed at the Sydney Opera House and also at gun-point in South Africa, he quips.