Should the judiciary intervene in clinical trials?

Clinical trials have been facing some adverse reactions and scrutiny for a while with the matter now before the Supreme Court. One of the big question that is being asked is should the Supreme Court or the judiciary have intervened in an issue, which could have well been addressed by the drug regulator or a … Continued

The Descent of Air India

  Should Government or Governments be running airlines? That has been a long-standing question that’s asked every time we talk about Air India.  Today Air India has almost Rs 53,000 crore of debt, Rs 33,000 crore of losses and revenue of only Rs 16,000 crores.  So, what are the reasons behind the descent of Air … Continued

India & China No Longer Delhi & Beijing

  William Antholis, Managing Director, Brookings Institution, recently spent five months between India & China, understanding how the two countries have devolved power and authority. He visited many of the large states and provinces in both countries and met with local leaders to see how they were driving growth as well as sometimes blocking decisions taken … Continued

Can A State Model Be Replicated At The Centre ?

With Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi being annointed as the BJP’s candidate for the Prime Minister’s position in the forthcoming elections 2014, attention will increasingly shift towards the Gujarat model of economic and social progress.   Govindraj Ethiraj speaks with Bibek Debroy, author of the book, Gujarat: Governance For Growth & Development, on what this … Continued

The Rights Regime: Why the Food Security Bill?

  Govindraj Ethiraj, Editor, IndiaSpend in conversation with Dr. Surjit Bhalla, Chairman, Oxus Investments on the Food Security Bill, various subsidies, the Public Distribution System, funds allocated, unaddressed leakages, importance of sanitation and more…   Govind:  We continue our investigation into the whole subsidy debate and specifically on the Food Security Bill. Using that as … Continued

Will The Food Subsidy Bill Deliver: A Primer With Biraj Patnaik

Will India’s Food Security Bill Deliver ? The question has brought forth many harsh and polarised opinions. Many have attacked it for the potential financial damage it could cause. It’s supporters have argued that it was imperative to fix the hunger problem in India.   It might be useful, however, to take a step back … Continued

Can the Food Security Bill tackle malnutrition?

Govindraj Ethiraj, Editor, IndiaSpend, in conversation with Julie Hudman, Director of Research, IndiaSpend, and Purnima Menon, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), on the Food Security Bill, problems of malnutrition and more…

Cabinet Committee On Investments To Show Results Soon

Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission feels that investment friendly policies will show results soon.   Ahluwalia while in conversation with Manvi Sinha Dhillon of Ping, also said that the government should be able to assess the current account deficit in 3 months and take appropriate steps…

Infra Upgrades Can Ensure Growth

States like Odisha are growing at 9% on the back of infrastructure upgradation, says Baijayant “Jay” Panda, Member of Parliament from Kendrapara, Odisha.   Panda, in a conversation with Manvi Sinha Dhillion of Ping, also spoke about the issues on land acquisition & environment concerns delaying infrastructure projects across the country.

Problems In Power Sector Being Resolved

Gajendra Haldea, the architecture of India’s landmark Electricity Act 2003, says there have been mistakes in the bidding and awarding of power projects.   “But that is now being resolved,” Haldea, Advisor to the Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission for Infrastructure, said.  Haldea also spoke about the challenges to take India’s infrastructure to world-class levels.