July 15, 2022

The need for a policy initiative in the New Economy domain

The rapidity at which the gig economy or platform economy or new economy services has spread across the world is a classic story of innovation in the demand-supply economics. Gig work encompasses contract based jobs for short term employment on […]
July 10, 2022

Are we adding fuel to fire? A Case Study of Green Tax on Vehicles in Kerala

With the underlying principle of “polluter pays”, green tax was introduced in 2021 by the Government of India as an attempt to reduce the number of older vehicles on the road, thereby pushing people towards buying newer, less polluting vehicles. […]
April 13, 2022

THE MENTAL HEALTHCARE ACT 2017: AN INCLUSIVE APPROACH

Mental health can be defined as a state of well-being in which individuals can cope with normal stresses of life and function productively. Whereas, mental illness can be described as a mental condition during which an individual is negatively affected […]
April 13, 2022

State’s Expectations with Civil Society Partnerships

Civil Society, in general and organisations, in particular have played, and continue to play a role in the policy process. At different times, and due to diverse demands, the civil society has either contributed in policy formulation and implementation, or […]
October 12, 2021

COVID-19 & THE BRICS Labour Market SHE-CESSION

Covid-19 Pandemic drastically altered many things including Female Labour Participation Ratio (FLPR). Economists witnessed strange and asymmetric FLPR around the world prompting them to call it a phenomenon of “She-cession”. This article captures two decades of FLPR in the BRICS […]
October 6, 2021

Spanish Flu & ‘W’ Shaped Mortality Age Profile: Lessons For Present Pandemic

Introduction In 1918, an H1N1 influenza strain emerged to cause the Spanish flu pandemic, a disaster that has been called the ‘greatest medical holocaust in history’. 50 million people died of Spanish Flu in the course of two years from […]
October 6, 2021

BRICS & Covid-19 Casualties: Lessons from Four Continents

Introduction Since 2001, when Goldman Sachs economist, Jim O’ Neill grouped the BRICS countries for their rapid economic development, it has become an important forum connecting the economies of four continents. Its member countries- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South […]
October 6, 2021

COVID-19 & URBAN INDIA’S UNEMPLOYMENT CATASTROPHE

In the 2000s, India was well on her economic growth trajectory. A burgeoning young population, adequate supply of low-cost labor, fast-growing global IT and pharma sectors complimented India’s robust economic growth choices. But India had witnessed a turnaround since 2018 […]
September 9, 2021

International Remittances and Policy Making: A South Asian Perspective

Migration is a constant in the history of humanity. It has gathered the attention of nations and policy makers with the key focus on international remittances. Between 1990 and 2015 the number of international migrants rose by over 60% or […]
July 1, 2021

Mapping the trajectory of women labour & GDP per capita during COVID-19 in India

On 24th March 2020, the Indian government announced its first lockdown to control COVID-19. What followed was a mass exodus of migrant workers from cities as industries & allied sectors closed down. India’s GDP per capita saw a fall & […]
June 24, 2021

COVID-19 Casualties Mapping in G7 Countries: Lessons from Japan

Introduction G-7 countries are the most advanced industrial democracies in the world. Member countries are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the US – the most industrialised countries of the world representing nearly 70% of global GDP for […]
June 23, 2021

COVID-19 and the worst pandemics in history: Lessons & Correlations

Introduction Since its inception in 2019 December (WHO, 2021) COVID-19 has affected almost every country in the world. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to haunt us all around and 3rd wave warnings make it scarier, pandemic lessons from history may […]
June 23, 2021

Intellectual Property Right Waiver: A False Good Idea?

Economist Joseph Stiglitz believes that the difference between developing and developed countries stems not only from resource gaps but also from knowledge gaps. Middle-and-low-income countries have low levels of innovation and patenting, and thus struggle with the affordability of life-saving […]
January 9, 2021

Vaccine Diplomacy: An Interplay of Global Powers

The year 2020 will go down in history as the year where an invisible virus brought the world to its knees. It started off with Wuhan gaining international attention for spreading the COVID-19 pandemic, to banning international flights, lockdowns of […]
January 8, 2021

What is behind the Recurring Onion Price Spikes?

To Indians, nothing can bring more tears to the eyes than an onion price hike. After all, it has led to the fall of governments and inflicted debilitating losses on farmers in the last few years. But what really baffles […]
January 8, 2021

Erdogan and Turkey’s Quest for Neo-Ottoman Empire

“We will never bow to banditry on our continental shelf, nor will we pull back in the face of sanctions and threats,” said Recep Tayyip Erdogan once while talking about his country. Erdogan, a Turkish politician serving as the current […]
January 5, 2021

Will the Left Government Create History in Kerala?

The Communist Party of India-Marxist [CPI(M)]-led Left Democratic Front’s (LDF) sweeping win in the local body elections this year was a morale booster for the ruling government, and foretells a clear edge for the incumbent in the upcoming Assembly elections. […]
May 28, 2020

Some COVID Thoughts

A PDS Discussion (May 23)One could see long queues these days not only in front of the BEVCO outlets but also in front of the Ration Shops (PDS). As a public policy researcher, I was curious to understand the reasons […]
April 3, 2020

India’s Lockdown: Partial Success is Total Failure

Democracy is government by discussion. The India Government, in announcing the nationwide lockdown in response to the global coronavirus blitzkrieg, appeared to have rewritten this definition. It now reads: democracy is government by action. This invariably leads to two questions: […]
March 23, 2020

Water Conservation and Agricultural Policies

The agriculture sector in our nation has always enjoyed the privilege of being a vital part of our economic structure and with almost 160 million hectare of land under cultivation, the sector employs the majority of our population. Though the […]
March 6, 2020

Social Media Shaping Political Opinion and Impacting Poll Campaigns

Diminishing readership of the print media and the entry of smartphones have strengthened social media’s role in shaping political narratives. In a way, it has become a linkage between the governing body and those who are governed, with people feeling […]