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  • Free electricity makes little sense. DBT is the way forward Sep 30, 2021 03:07 PM IST

    Free electricity makes little sense. DBT is the way forward

    The main plank of the DBT is targeting. Beneficiaries can be identified based on their economic status. No business should be made to supply free, and then wait fretfully for the government to reimburse the resultant loss. Subsidy is an arrangement between citizens and the government. Businesses should not get embroiled in it 

  • How to make the most of farm laws? Answer lies in farmer producer organisations Mar 31, 2021 10:35 AM IST

    How to make the most of farm laws? Answer lies in farmer producer organisations

    These bodies can handhold their members through the maze of marketplace so that the farmers remain profitable

  • PM Modi’s defence of the much-demonised private sector comes at the right time Feb 11, 2021 03:18 PM IST

    PM Modi’s defence of the much-demonised private sector comes at the right time

    It is strange that the current Congress leadership should decry the role of corporates when its own government in 1991 made the economy leapfrog, thanks to decisive liberalisation measures that unshackled entrepreneurs

  • Why PM Modi's private sector defence is a watershed in India’s political economy Feb 11, 2021 12:20 PM IST

    Why PM Modi's private sector defence is a watershed in India’s political economy

    The government no longer thinks it’s necessary to camouflage reforms. That is a momentous change

  • The dilemma that Twitter and social media pose for democracies Feb 11, 2021 11:22 AM IST

    The dilemma that Twitter and social media pose for democracies

    Freedom of expression is the life blood of democracies, but hate speech and incitement to violence need to be firmly disallowed

  • US will be more concerned about soybeans and agri-exports to China than India’s farm laws Feb 11, 2021 10:41 AM IST

    US will be more concerned about soybeans and agri-exports to China than India’s farm laws

    Washington does not have the political currency to make grandiose statements. Instead, regular concerns will be laced with prosaic and benign verses

  • Message from PM Modi’s Rajya Sabha speech: Reforms will continue and none will be left behind Feb 08, 2021 02:58 PM IST

    Message from PM Modi’s Rajya Sabha speech: Reforms will continue and none will be left behind

    Prime Minister defends farm reforms, says India can achieve great things if it comes together as one 

  • Republic Day violence raises questions about right to protest and agitational politics Jan 29, 2021 08:34 AM IST

    Republic Day violence raises questions about right to protest and agitational politics

    Mass movements are known to go off course because of the inability of its authors to always be in control of circumstances and forces at play 

  • Protesting farmers and a resolute government: Where will the twain meet? Jan 27, 2021 12:56 PM IST

    Protesting farmers and a resolute government: Where will the twain meet?

    If the government’s strategy is to tire the farmers into returning their homes, it seems to have underestimated the trust deficit between itself and the protesting farmers

  • Implement farm laws without delay and investigate those behind Republic Day violence Jan 27, 2021 12:12 PM IST

    Implement farm laws without delay and investigate those behind Republic Day violence

    Parliamentary democracy cannot be held hostage by violent interest groups working to protect their oppressive social and political power at expense of the masses

  • Legal Matters | Is Supreme Court trespassing beyond its remit? Jan 13, 2021 04:23 PM IST

    Legal Matters | Is Supreme Court trespassing beyond its remit?

    The Supreme Court has a well-defined role under the Indian Constitution. Its excursions beyond those boundaries have far-reaching, and counter-productive, consequences

  • By staying the implementation of the three farm laws, the SC has sent out the wrong message Jan 13, 2021 03:12 PM IST

    By staying the implementation of the three farm laws, the SC has sent out the wrong message

    Why is the apex court taking upon itself the burden not cast on it by the Constitution? Even if the court is moved by the plight of the farmers, it could exhort them to abjure their obstinacy in taking to the streets with alacrity

  • Supreme Court wades into farmers agitation, draws flak from both sides Jan 13, 2021 09:02 AM IST

    Supreme Court wades into farmers agitation, draws flak from both sides

    In the eyes of many, the initial reaction of farmers not to go before the committee will make them appear intransigent 

  • Protests or vandalism? Don’t kill the golden goose of private enterprise Dec 31, 2020 12:40 PM IST

    Protests or vandalism? Don’t kill the golden goose of private enterprise

    It’s a simple fact that for faster growth and an improvement in incomes, we need non-farm manufacturing jobs to grow in India, including Punjab. Agriculture can support only so many people and we need to move workers to better productive sectors 

  • Peaceful protest is a democratic right, but vandalism hurts India’s image Dec 31, 2020 08:35 AM IST

    Peaceful protest is a democratic right, but vandalism hurts India’s image

    The Punjab vandalism coupled with the hooliganism at the Apple factory at Kolar send a wrong message to global entrepreneurs who wish to be part of India’s growth story. It shows that the Indian state is incapable of safeguarding private property

  • Vilifying private enterprise threatens to push back India to the 70s Dec 30, 2020 08:35 AM IST

    Vilifying private enterprise threatens to push back India to the 70s

    The first thing economic growth requires is trust, stability and law and order. If India continues on the path of political opportunism and populism pandering to one set of private producers' unjust demands, it is doomed to be trapped forever in the low-income category

  • Driving away investors with acts of violence is the surest way to keep India poor Dec 30, 2020 08:27 AM IST

    Driving away investors with acts of violence is the surest way to keep India poor

    Big business is welcome so long as it operates within the rules. The government must reach out to the public and explain that it is such large groups with their large investments that can help transform India faster

  • Farmers’ agitation cloud over agriculture which began the year well Dec 29, 2020 08:46 AM IST

    Farmers’ agitation cloud over agriculture which began the year well

    The farmers fail to understand that, at the end of the day, farming will become more efficient, their incomes will rise, consumer prices will become more predictable and farm trade will greatly benefit

  • The quest for a middle path amid farm protests Dec 22, 2020 11:03 AM IST

    The quest for a middle path amid farm protests

    By undertaking reforms, the PM has shown his intent to drive up the sector. Through empathy and consultation, the Modi government should now bring convergence with the stakeholders

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s positive signal to farmers to hear and clear their woes Dec 18, 2020 08:48 PM IST

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s positive signal to farmers to hear and clear their woes

    Farmers should take the PM's call to discuss all their concerns. By offering to discuss, Narendra Modi has opened up the door for those willing to find a solution to the current stalemate

  • Farm Reforms | PM Narendra Modi’s reassurance to farmers comes at the right time Dec 18, 2020 07:17 PM IST

    Farm Reforms | PM Narendra Modi’s reassurance to farmers comes at the right time

    Intervention from the highest level should assuage the concerns of the protesting farmers. Now, a breakthrough in talks is expected, and the true potential of the farm reforms will be realised

  • Without much delay, Punjab and Haryana will have to diversify from wheat and rice cycles Dec 18, 2020 01:00 PM IST

    Without much delay, Punjab and Haryana will have to diversify from wheat and rice cycles

    The three farm laws would have already made it clear to farmers of Punjab and Haryana that they have no option but accept the reality of the beginning of the end of unlimited procurement 

  • Bibek Debroy: Why we should move away from APMCs Dec 18, 2020 08:50 AM IST

    Bibek Debroy: Why we should move away from APMCs

    In other areas of economic policy-making, we are moving away from heavy-handed State intervention characterising the period from second-half of the 1960s to 1970s. Why not agriculture?

  • Farm Laws | Reforms and consensus do not always go hand in hand Dec 17, 2020 10:30 AM IST

    Farm Laws | Reforms and consensus do not always go hand in hand

    Agriculture has remained a sensitive subject to tinker with because any well-intentioned move is fraught with huge political risks. However, the Narendra Modi-led government is walking the talk when it comes to agrarian reforms

  • Farm reforms essential to the long-term sustainability of agriculture Dec 16, 2020 12:33 PM IST

    Farm reforms essential to the long-term sustainability of agriculture

    The Centre needs to convey the importance of these reforms, convince the farmers of the short- and long-term benefits of these new laws, and ensure that reforms in the agriculture sector are here to stay

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