‘Delhi’s Reforms To Improve Ease Of Doing Business Largely Window-Dressing’

Mount Abu: In 2016, India stood 130th among 190 countries in the World Bank’s ‘ease of doing business’ ranking. A year later, having implemented a slew of reforms, India climbed to the 100th pos...

‘2019 Is An Election To Save The Republic.’ A Young Political Party Abjures A Personality Cult In The Forthcoming Battle

Mumbai: In late November 2018, amid rising agrarian distress, thousands of farmers from nearly 200 organisations across the country marched to Delhi to demand a special session of parliament to addres...

‘Politicians And Bureaucrats Don’t Want To Devolve Powers To Local Governments’

Mumbai: In April 2018, India marked the silver jubilee of the passing of the 73rd Amendment to the Constitution, which formalised the decentralisation of governance through panchayat raj institutions ...

‘India On Track To Achieve Open Defecation-Free Status Earlier Than October 2019 Deadline’

Mumbai: The Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 2, 2014, to change the behaviour towards usage of toilets, and ensuring ‘Clean India’ or Swachh Bhar...

‘Government Is Preparing The Ground For Decline Of Rural Jobs Programme’

Mumbai: In the budget for 2018-19, the government allocated the largest sum for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), the world’s largest job-guarantee programme, ...

‘Reduce Stigma To Make Women Comfortable Accessing Safe Abortions’

New Delhi: Abortion was legalised in India almost half a century ago, yet unsafe abortions--performed in unhygienic conditions by untrained providers--are the third largest cause of maternal death. Ne...

We Will Not Accept Any Decision That Undermines The State’s Fiscal Domain: Kerala Finance Minister

Mumbai: The finance commission is a constitutional body created every five years to decide on Centre-state financial relations. The latest panel constituted for 2020-2025 was asked to use the 2011 pop...

‘We Need To Remove The Stigma On Sanitation To Pull More Entrepreneurs In’

Mumbai: Tackling India’s water, sanitation and pollution challenges is not every banker’s idea of retirement. But for Naina Lal Kidwai, the former country head of HSBC India--and the first woman i...

‘Even Without India’s Water Crisis, Doubling Farmers’ Income In 5 Years Impossible’

Mumbai: India is the world’s largest consumer of groundwater, extracting twice as much as China, the world’s most populous country. India extracted 250 cubic kilometre of groundwater in 2010--1.2 ...

Why India Is Failing To Educate Its School-Going Children And How That Can Change

India has enrolled more children in secondary schools than ever before, but is failing to teach them what they should be learning, while the most vulnerable are falling further behind the rest, as Ind...