The NEP promises a much-needed overhauling of higher education in India
The NEP has a welcome focus on system overhaul in higher education, but much will depend on the actual rules and sub-rules and implementation, apart from the ability of the government to increase funding to the sector
Centre’s railways reforms continue unabated
The BJP-led central government is focusing on the 360-degree development of the Indian Railways — inviting greater private participation in running trains is one of the many steps towards modernising this lifeline for millions of Indians
Modi Govt 2.0 | Bold steps with a focus on long-term reforms
The Narendra Modi-led government has enacted several vital reforms and taken long-term policy decisions aimed at restructuring the economy
Policy | Restructure labour laws to benefit one and all
The labyrinth of labour laws are the main reason why medium-size enterprises are entirely missing in India. These laws must be restructured
Citizenship Amendment Bill | Hollow arguments and farcical allegations
Most of the reasons raised by those opposing the CAB are futile, even misleading. However, the concerns raised from the Northeast are real and must be redressed in a proactive manner.
Ayodhya Verdict | A new standard for resolving religious disputes
What is special about the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict is that a centuries-old religious dispute was finally resolved through reasoned arguments, and not through brute force on the streets as has mostly been the case around the world in such religious disputes.
Policy | Fine-tuning trade policies to complement geopolitical goals
Trade has always been used as an extension of the larger geopolitics. From the US to China, from Europe to Japan, everyone uses it. New Delhi would do well to put pressure on Kuala Lumpur till it changes its anti-India position on Kashmir.
Politics | The growing economic and diplomatic relevance of India’s diaspora
While the Indian diaspora has been a good-will ambassador and argued for the better relations between the host country and India, it is the Narendra Modi government that has fully realised its potential for public diplomacy.
Politics | The demolition of the Ravidas temple and a growing Dalit assertion
The massive protest in Delhi, seen after the demolition of the Guru Ravidas temple, can be seen as a moment in the consolidation of a new religious identity. It is also a manifestation of the rise of the new generation of the Dalits.
Policy | Modi’s call to empower every district is an economic and cultural opportunity
The idea of ‘One District, One Product’ is derived from the ‘One Village, One Product’ movement in Japan. The movement, launched in the Otia prefecture of Japan in 1979, was aimed at revitalising the village economy and social communities.
Politics | What’s the future course for Mayawati’s BSP?
With the decimation of much of the Opposition and the aggressive inroads made by the BJP, the BSP wants to dig in as an exclusive party of the Dalit. It doesn’t want to dilute its brand value and agenda by allying with other parties.
Political Pulse | BJP is the new aggregator in Indian polity
Modi destroyed the foundation of the old politics of the caste-based patronage model by ensuring universal access to public goods.
Policy | Differential voting rights without safeguards is like playing with fire
It’s a divided house as supporters and opponents of DVR pitch their case. The ball is now in Sebi’s court. And the last word is yet to be heard.
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