Category: Policy

Semi-skilled workers bear the brunt of India's contractual labour habits

The cost paradigm of India’s labour

The 'cheaply' available labour, which India relies on, is now struggling with unfair employment contracts which offer neither regularity nor employment benefits.

/ January 13, 2017

Is the Census out of fashion?

Despite the skepticism around census data, social participation is essential to benefit from effective public policy making.

/ January 12, 2017
Poor Man

How politics played a bigger role than economics in demonetisation

An analysis of how the political benefits outweigh the economic factors for the present government.

/ January 10, 2017
Nirbhay has only been partially successful in the previous two attempts.

Trashing Nirbhay: Crashing India’s defence strategies?

The let-down of Nirbhay is reported more as a failure than a technical snag. Here's why India's defence sector has a long way to traverse before success.

/ January 10, 2017

The cost of war: A bit too steep?

In war, ultimately everyone loses. It's a zero-sum game. But how much cost does the populace of the country, which includes the soldiers, really pay?

/ January 9, 2017
Poor man's pension

NPS forces the aged to annuitise 40% of their pension wealth. Time for a change?

What is the draw-down policy of retirement, and why it needs to be revised?

/ January 8, 2017

Education brings tolerance? Think again

It’s often said that a person’s tolerance rises with their education level. But pragmatic observations of the social trends around the world say otherwise.

/ January 6, 2017

What does the government’s recommendation to pay the highest possible dividends mean for the PSUs?

PSUs have been asked to pay maximum dividends to meet the challenging deficit target. What does it mean for PSUs and how beneficial is it?

/ January 5, 2017
Alternative energies

Is solar power a possible break through in renewable energy?

Decentralized solar electricity has the potential to create real social and environmental value. But is potential enough to make for a scale-able solution?

/ January 3, 2017

It’s ‘cool’ to have recycled water!

In light of climate change and a growing population, water authorities around the world are looking at the treatment of recycled water to achieve water security and sustainability.

/ January 1, 2017
Dharavi, Mumbai

Informal settlements: The darker side of urban growth

Informal housing is a growing problem of urbanisation. How can urban development be structured to tackle this challenge?

/ January 1, 2017
The young labour in a world of automation

How do automated jobs affect young job-seekers in the labour market?

The automation trend has created concern that middle-skill jobs will be eroded. In this age of decreasing need for human labour, how will the millennials find jobs?

/ December 31, 2016

The future of ‘clean’ energy

How can the energy industry adapt to meet the needs of a growing population while also supporting low-carbon growth? This essential transition will not happen without collaboration amongst the stakeholders.

/ December 28, 2016
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Unequal economic returns among generations in Australia is a consequence of ‘generation gap’

Every generation participates equally in the working of an economy. But the policies adopted by the Australian government have led to inequitable returns among these generations.

/ December 27, 2016

Why Karnataka government’s technological intervention can’t solve the problem of rural health centres

To address absenteeism among staff at public hospitals, the government of Karnataka introduced Integrated Medical Information and Disease Surveillance System. How successful is it?

/ December 26, 2016
USA and Russia's flag

What does Trump’s affinity to Russia mean for the US foreign policy?

Trump has embarked on re-alignment of American foreign policy which will change its relations with China and Russia.

/ December 25, 2016
The deadly rise of terrorism in the 21st century

Terrorism has captured our cities from all sides. How can we reclaim them?

The terrorists want to destroy our cities and turn the citizens against one another, but we can't let that happen.

/ December 24, 2016

Is NASA’s climate research programme going to be Trump-ed?

Donald Trump believes climate-change is a hoax created by the Chinese. Will President-Elect Trump spell the end for NASA's climate research programme?

/ December 16, 2016
Oil Train

Trump’s self-sufficiency energy policy – A threat for rest of the world

US independence from OPEC may disturb oil market due to reallocation of imports and increase in oil production, but is this really a problem for OPEC?

/ December 15, 2016

How can Obamacare be made more caring?

Several republican leaders have raised the need to repeal or reform Obamacare. What are the issues faced by the current policy and how can they be resolved?

/ December 14, 2016
health care in US

How would Trump care for American health care?

Although as a candidate, Trump has repeatedly called for repealing and replacing Obama's health care policies, would it be as easy as it sounds?

/ December 12, 2016

Welcome to Amma Unavagam: India’s first socio-economic food policy

Subsidised food through Amma Unavagam: This is how Tamil Nadu got it right.

/ December 3, 2016

How has Google changed its track on ad tracking policy?

Do you think all online ad tracking is anonymous? Learn how Google has secretly linked your personally identifiable information to tracking.

/ November 30, 2016

Demonetization: Has the government unleashed a ‘demon’?

The decision of the government to demonetize the currency has come under great fire. The resultant havoc has only brought suffering so far. Is it all really worth it?

/ November 27, 2016
School Closures

Right to Education is being used to close down schools. How ironic is this?

The government is closing down unrecognised schools, impeding access to education and further making it difficult for to fulfil the literacy dream.

/ November 24, 2016

The sad truth of the “Rent-a-womb” industry

India has become a hot destination for commercial surrogacy. However, the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill prohibits the same. Is this provision viable in Indian context?

/ November 24, 2016

Identities for migrants: Information Technology is key

Migrants registration infrastructure can co-produce citizens, institutions and territory; and can be extremely helpful in normalising them into society.

/ November 21, 2016
oil prices

Oil prices are not determined by the dollar

The myth about the dollar making the oil prices go up or down is false. If anything, oil prices lead the dollar, not vice-versa.

/ November 20, 2016
black money

How can the ban on currency notes affect the Indian economy?

The positive implications of banning notes of 500 and 1000 are many. However, we need a continuum of measures to curtail the black money market.

/ November 14, 2016

Is India’s cash based economy ready for a cashless world?

With the decision to demonetise higher denomination notes, the government of India took its first huge step towards a cashless economy. But is India ready?

/ November 11, 2016