Naxalism Rears Its Head Again But Is Losing Ground

        Left extremists or Maoists, in Indian parlance, are back in the news with plans to observe Martyrs Week, ‘Shahid Saftah’, from 28th July to 2nd August 2014, in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region. The damaging of Essar Steel’spipeline near Balapam-Vishakhapatnam district on 26th July is being highlighted as a mark of strength and part of the Martyrs … Continued

Why Slowing FDI Is A Concern & An Opportunity

  The Union Budget on 10th July is expected to set the ball rolling for discussions on what the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)- led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government will do to spur investment and growth in a weak economy.   Economic growth slowed down from almost 7.5% in 2004-05 to 4.7% in 2013-14 during … Continued

Public Libraries Are Doing Well In India, Thank You

So, when was the last time any one of us visited a public library in India? Most likely, not in a while. We also assume that they’ve disappeared.   Which is possible, but data seems to suggest that libraries are alive and thriving. Rare books, the rarified atmosphere of the library, it seems, can still … Continued

Making Delhi’s Police Accountable To Delhi’s Citizens

The national capital of Delhi came to a stand-still on 20th January, 2014 after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his supporters from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) held a ‘dharna’ (protest) for more than 30 hours.   One of Kejriwal’s main reasons for staging the protest was to bring the Delhi Police under the state … Continued

Inflation Below 10%, Seriously?

It might be difficult to believe that consumer price inflation (CPI) was below 10% in December, 2013 as claimed by the Government when it released the data on January 13, 2014.   Not that a per cent here or there matters much to the monthly budget because it only seems to rise. Nevertheless, it’s worth looking at what … Continued

Slowing economy may force Chidambaram to wield budget knife

India’s Finance Minister may have to slice at least Rs 20,000 crore ($3.2 billion) from Government spending to prevent a budget blow-out, which could threaten to send the country’s credit rating into “junk” status, two ministry officials said.   P. Chidambaram will make a final decision on whether to go ahead with the cuts at … Continued