The writer is chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the PM. Views are personal.
Is there a correlation between popularity of Chulbul Pandey or ‘Singham’ and absence, or presence, of moustache allowances in states?
What is sacrosanct about the office timing of 9 am to 5.30 pm? Without disrupting the IST, surely it is possible to have working hours, and office-hours in the Northeast from 8 am to 4.30 pm?
Defining and counting beggars, vagrants and religious mendicants remains a conundrum
It needs an enabling ecosystem. The present regime has attempted to provide just that.
Latest data shows that the Swachh Bharat Mission has initiated a behavioural change in most parts of the country. It seems irreversible.
India must offer unique services, not just depend on low-cost production
Archaic laws, more recent state legislation do not address the most important issue: What should their role be?
Many give false evidence under oath, but complex laws and reluctance to initiate proceedings make prosecution a rarity.
When it was enacted, Section 377 was lenient compared to its predecessors
There is little data in India on the number of bee colonies and bee-keepers, or the honey produced.
Bengaluru municipality’s new pet licensing laws are beset by the familiar failing of public policy — confusion and multiplicity of objectives
The Legal Information Management and Briefing System aims to improve Union government’s handling of cases. Its data can also be used to reduce litigation, declog the judicial system.
Eighteen to sixty-four should be the age range of the working population factored into policy, since enrolment in senior secondary school is rising.
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.