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Recent data shows how market-led growth has led to inequalities and thwarted expansion. The proposed GST, which is on the fast track to be implemented, will further enhance inequalities as it is an indirect tax. While designing the tax rates for different commodities, the GST Council should keep in mind that luxuries and other non-merit goods are taxed at higher rates.


The market dynamics are today more unfavourable than it has been for the rural poor and it is extremely important to analyse whether the food policies are pro-poor or not. The larger question in such a situation is to understand whether food is a commodity or a right for the rural poor.


The new entrants to the world wide web are usually relegated to suffer a dumbed down limited version of the internet thanks to hurdles in access, affordability or language barriers. But we have been getting this bit wrong.

While the government had done well to announce resetting of interest rates—this was done to align small savings rate to market rates of government securities—every quarter instead of every year in February, the 10-bps cut in the last six months shows that it is still reluctant to follow its own order.   
Considering the perceptible impact of DBT for fertiliser subsidies on stakeholders, it is imperative that the Government comes out with a roadmap so that the beneficiaries get adequate time to prepare for the transition.

There were no takers for tomatoes at the mandi in Mysuru at the beginning of August. Mohan Kumar, a young agronomist with Bigbasket.com, an online grocer that engages with organic farmers, said there was a glut.


The spectrum auction, which kicks off on October 1, is being studied with keen interest by telecom experts, Government, corporates and consumers. There is general consensus that it will turn out to be a major success.


It is disappointing to learn that Indian companies are not serious about CSR despite the mandate being stipulated in Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013.

After August 3, 2016, any discussion on negotiation will be incomplete without mentioning the way the BJP garnered support for getting the GST Bill passed in the Upper House. A story on negotiation will remain untold unless it features the Prime Minister Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.  

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Addressing entrepreneurs, policymakers, technologists, and academics December 7 at the Carnegie India Global Technology Summit in Bengaluru, India's Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar underscored the need to harness the power of technological change for faster economic development.
The strangest of the several barbs hurled hurdled at Pakistan during and after the recently concluded Heart of Asia conference at Amritsar, India,  was that Pakistan is trying to change perception about the Taliban writes Monish Gulati  
Actually, Modi is on to a long-term experiment in India. He and the government aim to re-engineer human souls and minds as much as socio-economic realities. writes Sudip Bhattacharyya for South Asia Monitor.
This has been a mind-boggling year for Europe. First Britain’s shock European Union referendum result and the ensuing backlash against immigrants seemed to signal the rise of the right in Europe. The certainty that the right was on a steady march to power seemed confirmed by the U.S. election result and was seized upon by right-w
US President Barack Obama’s pivot to Asia, such as it was, is an endangered species in the Trump era. Looking back, was it in essence more rhetoric than a policy to be implemented? Leaders of South-east Asia, East Asia and further afield are asking themselves this question.a
The Heart Of Asia conference in Amritsar called for immediate elimination of terrorism to help the war-ravaged country in its political and economic transition. Access the full text here...
The traditional ties between India and the United Arab Emirates have,  over the decades grown, riding on the strength of trade and investments. The Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be the chief guest for the 2017 Republic Day
It is accepted conventional wisdom the world over, ever since well-known military theorist, Carl Von Clausewitz, first articulated the aphorism in the late 18th century that “war is a continuation of politics by other means”.  

An aching sense of love, loss and yearning permeate this work of fiction which, however, reads like a personal narrative set in an intensely disruptive period of Indian history, and adds to the genre of partition literature, writes Ni...


This is a path-breaking work on India's foreign policy since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister in May 2014 and surprised everyone by taking virtual charge of the external affairs portfolio. A man who had been denied visa by some count...


The pattern of Chinese actions on the global stage demonstrates that it lives by the credo of might is right, a potent tool in its armoury for the pursuit of aggressive designs, writes Sudip Talukdar for South Asia Monitor....


The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others of their ilk not only destabilise Pakistan and make it one of the world's most dangerous places but also threaten neighbouring Afghanistan and India -- and even far...

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