The writer is chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the PM. Views are personal.
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Many redundant laws have been repealed.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.
Questions about the transparency and accountability of autonomous bodies must be answered.
GST is no mean achievement but concerns over basic structure must be addressed in the here and now
Unlike earlier initiatives, ‘Make In India’ is addressing the constraints to manufacturing sector growth
Economics is still loaded in favour of farmers burning crop residue. Subsidising farmers to use better technologies may be a solution
From providing minute digital records to seeding out fake claims, the targeted public distribution system is visibly reforming
Despite all the talk of decentralisation, nothing does. Nobody owns the planning and development functions in panchayat samitis and gram panchayats.
The current outrage over the proposal to tax agricultural income misses the point — often deliberately
But we still have the Indian Telegraph Act of 1885. It must be replaced, instead of piecemeal amendments
Judges can avail of leave without doing it collectively
A stocktaking of the state of public toilets in the city is a depressing exercise
Democracy is about numbers. Yet a democratic government must address each citizen
Technology has made the idea of decentralised planning tangible
People are jumping on to the Gross National Happiness bandwagon, in an attempt to capture something that remains elusive
GDP has shortcomings but finding an alternative indicator is a challenge.
And thereby hangs a tale
The colonial category of “criminal tribes” may have been “denotified” but many communities remain unclassified
In World Bank’s doing business rankings, India doesn’t do as well on trading across borders as it does on other parameters.
The discussion on the fall in employment after the November 8 demonetisation relies on anecdotal evidence. It is not backed by data.
The judiciary must give up its reluctance to accept performance indicators and impart transparency to the collegium process.
To set an example for the judiciary, the Supreme Court must address its own backlog of cases.
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