Why Is It So Hard For Liberals To Accept Modi’s Victory?

It is a wait-and-watch situation for the Indian liberals who continue to be skeptical about Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi.   The BoomNews’s show #TheIndiaHangout’s panel discussion, anchored by Govindraj Ethiraj, with journalists Ayaz Memon, Kumar Ketkar and James Crabtree, came to the view that liberal thoughts may change based on action in the future by … Continued

Breaking Down The New Mandate

So, what worked in favour of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) leader Narendra Modi during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections? A clear shift of Dalit/Muslim votes to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a vote for governance and leadership and a clear preference for the BJP among young voters.   That, among others, are the salient points … Continued

Ensuring Employment Responsibility of Govt: CPI’s Uma Maheswari

R T Uma Maheswari, Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate from Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu, says that the issue of lack of access to drinking water in the area has been addressed during her tenure. While ensuring employment is the responsibility of the Government, Maheswari says her challenge would be to take up key issues with … Continued

Time To Empower People With Real Power: AAP’s Meera Sanyal

Meera Sanyal, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Mumbai (South), Maharashtra, feels the need is to empower people from the political, economic and social perspective. Sanyal feels the education system is badly broken and that needs to be addressed so that the young people can learn to learn.   This initiative is part of Mera … Continued

Railways, Coal Transport Are Not Side Issues, They Are Core Issues: Rakesh Mohan

Dr Rakesh Mohan, executive director, International Monetary Fund, in conversation with Govindraj Ethiraj at Growth Net.   Govind: There is political change on the Indian horizon. Does that also mean there’s economic change ahead? What are the preconditions, as we sit here today, at much lower growth rates than ever before or at least in … Continued

Can India Afford Entitlement-Driven Welfarism: N K Singh

N K Singh, Member of Rajya Sabha, in conversation with Govindraj Ethiraj, at The Growth Net.   Govind: The economy has seen some tough times in the last five years.  The big question is how is it going to pan out now after a new Government comes in. I’m joined by NK Singh, Member of … Continued

95% Of Government’s Attention Should Be Focused On Fixing Domestic Issues, Says Ahluwalia

Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, in conversation with Govindraj Ethiraj at The Growth Net.   Govind: So, we are entering a new phase. It’s not an unusual phase but it’s a new phase, the Government might change. What is the situation, as you see it today? Is there a tailwind or some headwind? … Continued

IndiaSpend Debates: Where Are The Jobs?

India is facing a jobs crisis: between 2004-05 and 2011 -12, 37 million people moved out of agriculture. And between 2011-12 and 2018-19, 12 million jobs will be added to agriculture.  Which means there is going to be a serious imbalance, and which also suggests the economy is not doing as well as it should … Continued

IndiaSpend Debates: Can good economics lead to good politics?

Why did the voters vote the way they did in the recently concluded assembly elections in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh? Govindraj Ethiraj, Editor, IndiaSpend, posed the question to Ajit Ranade, Group Chief Economist, Aditya Birla Group, and R Jagannathan, Editor, Firstpost, on the co-relation between economic and social indicators and the voting patterns … Continued

IndiaSpend Debates: CRISIL: The State of the States Report

  Did you know that Punjab is the most prosperous state in India and Madhya Pradesh the least? This is in the context of consumer durables, according to the latest report by ratings agency Crisil titled Prosperity & Equality.   Govindraj Ethiraj, Editor, IndiaSpend, spoke to D K Joshi, chief economist, Crisil, about the report … Continued