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May 25, 2017

Declogging Courts: Divert All That Can Be Diverted For Arbitration And Mediation

With around 30 million cases clogged across courts in India and delays accounting for an economic loss of 0.5 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) (State of Judiciary, Daksh India), the timely delivery of justice has become a […]
May 2, 2017

H-1B Visa restrictions and fallout

Substantial changes are being made to the existing US immigration framework. A key reason for this being a wave of nationalist and protectionist sentiments that has swept over the very proponents of liberalisation. President Trump’s electioneering rhetoric was around the […]
March 10, 2017

Fifteen Factors that could Influence BJP in UP Election 2017

BJP had secured 42.3 per cent of the total vote share in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, which helped them to win 71 seats of the total 80.If this is translated to the Legislative Assembly seats, it […]
March 10, 2017

Analysis of UP Election 2017

The sheer size of the electorate in the most populous state of the country which chooses candidates over 403 constituencies makes the election in Uttar Pradesh the most closely fought and closely watched. The almost month long political battle was […]
March 10, 2017

Verdict 2017 – A Pre-poll Analysis

The Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh (UP), Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa that concluded on March 8 would be a crucial litmus test for major political parties in deciding their future status and identity in Indian polity. Almost one-fifth of […]
March 5, 2017

Union Budget 2017–18: How Kerala Fared?

Kerala’s polity was highly critical of demonetisation, perhaps, more than that of any other state in the country. The fiscal situation in Kerala, already challenged by fiscal distress, worsened following the ban on Rs.1000 and Rs.500 notes announced on November […]
February 28, 2017

Doubling Farmers’ Income – Are the Claims True?

Agriculture provides the principal means of livelihood to around 58 per cent of rural households and contributes to 18 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in India. However, agricultural production has been stagnant in the country for the […]
February 22, 2017

Punjab Assembly Election 2017-An analysis based on the previous elections

Punjab Election 2017 presents an unprecedented challenge to pollsters. On the one hand, there are issues like anti-incumbency factor and corruption charges against the Badal Government (SAD) and the fight for survival of the Congress Party. On the other hand, […]
February 17, 2017

The Impact of Budget 2017–18 on Infrastructure

Infrastructure development is considered a key benchmark for gauging the growth trajectory of a country. The allocation for infrastructure in the Union Budget 2017–18 was analysed with renewed interest for two reasons – the merger of the railway budget with […]
February 16, 2017

India’s Defence Budget: Advance or Retreat?

The hyped Union Budget 2017–18 is being adjudged as a delicate balancing act of the Central Government. Focusing on foundational requisites like poverty alleviation, infrastructure and rural employment, the Government has been successful in conveying how and why a disruptive […]
January 31, 2017

What can the Defence Sector expect from 2017-18 Union Budget

The Union Budget 2017–18 that comes in the wake of the demonetisation drive will be keenly watched in the country. Amidst speculations of being a budget with extrasops, defence, a crucial sector that was inconsequential in the previous budget,can do […]
January 31, 2017

Fiscal Stimulus or Fiscal Discipline?

The Union Budget 2017–18 is unique in many ways. It will be the first budget after the unprecedented demonetisation and will be presented on the first working day of February. The assembly elections scheduled in five states also give a […]
January 30, 2017

Demonetisation, Budget and Expectations

The Central Government will present the budget for 2017–18 on February 1, 2017. The decision to present the budget a month in advance is praiseworthy; normally the budget is presented on the last day of February. Another salient feature of […]
January 28, 2017

Taxing Capital Gains in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi signalling the introduction of capital gains tax on equities has caused a tremble in the stock market. He puts forward the argument that profits from the capital market should make a fair contribution to nation building […]
January 11, 2017

Governments Are Banning A Product That Could Save Millions Of Lives

Governments around the world are hotly debating whether e-cigarettes and vaping products are valuable tools to help people to quit smoking, or a harmful menace that may lead to more tobacco use and cause other health problems. Even the United […]