The recent Bihar Caste Survey provides data about the links between caste and economic status that was not readily available earlier. It focuses on....Read More

Key priorities for employment policy Measures that generate income for the poor are more important than tweaking the applicability threshold for la....Read More

THE GREAT DIVIDE by NITIN DESAI The Covid epidermic has widened the great divide that separates the living cond....Read More

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The fiscal conservatism of the finance ministry means growth revival is going to take longer and may not be seen till late i....Read More

The current Covid epidemic has been compared with the great plague of the of the 14th century which led to revolutionary changes in the polity, eco....Read More

Recently a seminar organized by the Institute for Human Development in Delhi discussed the proposals for a Universal Ba....Read More

The farmer’s agitation in Madhya Pradesh and several other States has raised concerns about the health of the agr....Read More

A recent report prepared for this year's annual Fund-Bank meeting gave a much lower figure for the incidence of poverty....Read More

The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Kailash Satyarthi Is a tribute to a very special set of social activists. They ar....Read More

This is the season for party manifestos with their vague and quite unexciting promises. But in this sea of platitudes s....Read More

The ever energetic Jairam Ramesh has unveiled a new land acquisition policy for discussion. He has taken on the difficu....Read More

The role of the government in the operation of land transactions has once again hit the headlines.....Read More

Bill Gates and Warren Buffet have launched an appeal to all rich individuals to pledge half of their wealth to charity.....Read More

Two months ago this column had dealt with the challenge of the Maoist insurgency in Central India. In that context it r....Read More

The meticulously planned attack by the Maoists on the CRPF in Dantewada has shocked the Delhi Establishment. This episo....Read More

Elinor Ostrom, the co-winner of this year’s Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics is actually a political scientist.....Read More

These days Wall Street bankers sound like the lady who killed her husband and then asked for mercy because she was a wi....Read More

The spectre of a runaway price rise is haunting the corridors of power in this pre-election year. Memories of earlier e....Read More

Last month’s column on SEZs attracted many responses, all of them supportive of the doubts expressed.....Read More

Political scientists draw a distinction between business-friendly and market-friendly governments.....Read More

The youth of India are very much in the news these days as the agitations for and against reservations in education and....Read More

A meritocratic system of higher education is the key. The secondary school examination results in places like Maharashtra are front-pag....Read More

A few weeks from now, the G-8 leaders will meet in the safe surroundings of the Gleneagles resort hotel in Scotland.  After the mayhem of the ....Read More

On 7 May 2005, a well-organized group of leftist revolutionaries attacked and laid waste Hindalco’s mine in Chhattisgarh. Those absorbed in t....Read More

Does a country need a policy for poverty reduction or is a policy for growth and efficiency sufficient?  Certainly, it is difficult to find an....Read More

The economy of my village in Gujarat has changed dramatically in the past half century.  Many things have contributed to this – the shif....Read More