The yes-sir-present-sir response of Doordarshan to the ruling party, its slants and biases, are unfailingly all too obvious. The private channels have become adept at being more inscrutable, even devious, in their ways, much like their counterparts in the West.
Finding ways of shutting out at least some of the capital inflows and addressing India’s vulnerability may be a better way to go than rail at developed economies as the RBI Governor has been doing.
The United Nation’s MDG report 2014 shows that despite India’s significant economic progress, around one-third of the world’s extremely poor people reside in the country.
A scholarly, well-researched book shows that the much-vaunted “growth” in Gujarat in the last decade has benefited big capital more than the common man.
The U.N.-approved new definition of work has several laudable aspects, but an important one for India is the inclusion in it of the unpaid work done by women for households and society.
The right of governments to identify and pursue the most appropriate mix of economic and social policies in order to achieve equitable and sustainable development in their own national contexts should not be inhibited by the threat of legal retribution.
The Indian government’s pursuit of fiscal consolidation in the Union Budget by providing large transfers to the rich, which it calls “tax expenditure”, while trimming subsidies, or expenditures that benefit the poor, is the best example of the ideology of anti-populism.
One has the nagging suspicion that behind the plot of who is out to get the hero, the real theme may be about making a grand case for the corporates that want a free run of the country's mineral-rich swathes.
The new government’s decisiveness in ensuring quick clearances, and incentives for lending, for large infrastructure projects during the honeymoon period will be watched keenly for the benefits it brings to the corporate sector and big private capital even as the rest of India is likely to be left out and not pleased at all.