Articles

November 24, 2016

Is Communist Kerala apathetic to Ease of Doing Business?

“Economic progress cannot be achieved without industrial progress.” The saying of the great social reformer Sree Narayana Guru was quoted by the Finance Minister (FM) of Kerala, Dr Thomas Issac, during this year’s budget speech. He may need to rework […]
November 19, 2016

The Economics of Terror

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while announcing that high denomination notes would no longer be legal tender after midnight on November 8, cited the need to curb terrorism financing as one of the prime reasons for taking the drastic step. Funding […]
November 18, 2016

Demonetisation: A Positive Step towards a Less Cash Society

The Prime Minister announcing the withdrawal of the legal tender status of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes was conceived as a surgical strike on black money. At the same time, the demonetisation of currency is intended to push the […]
November 14, 2016

Between The Hand And The Sickle: The Collapse Of Agriculture In Kerala

The state of Kerala has witnessed a significant decline in agricultural production in the last few decades. In this context, Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) has conducted a study: A stagnant agriculture in Kerala: The role of the state […]
November 12, 2016
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What to learn from the victory of Donald Trump

The 2016 Elections defied all expectations since the very beginning. These were evident with the massive support for Bernie Sanders and his socialist programmes winning hearts of youth in U.S, or even an outsider like Trump winning the Republican Presidential […]
November 10, 2016

Black Money, Corruption and Demonetisation

The demonetisation of currency[1] after a long period of 38 years was a welcome and bold step taken by the Government of India on November 8, 2016. The last demonetisation was implemented in 1978[2] by withdrawing Rs 1000, Rs 5000, […]
November 4, 2016

Will Transit Oriented Development congest our cities?

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has taken up Transit Oriented Development (TOD) initiatives, which are intended to redistribute the density in alignment with the areas that are catered by mass transit projects in the city. This project has the potential […]
November 3, 2016

Making Sense of Ease of Doing Business Rankings

The latest of World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) Rankings has given a rude shock to the Government of India. It has belied the Centre’s year long efforts to improve things on the ground especially since it has been […]
October 29, 2016

Narendra Modi’s Guns vs. Butter Approach to Terror From Pakistan

Raymond E. Vickery Jr.* When Pakistani militants killed 18 Indian soldiers at the village of Uri in Kashmir recently, the Indian drums of war were sounded.  In the past, India had acted with “strategic restraint” in response to terrorism from […]
October 28, 2016

Apathy by Rationing Ration Cards

By Dr D Dhanuraj & Deepthi Mary Mathew* As expected, there is long queue of person outside taluk supply offices for commissions and omissions in the new batch of ration cards getting ready for distribution in Kerala.Taking into account the […]
October 26, 2016

US Presidential Election – The Indian Prospects (Part 2)

By Vinson Xavier Palathingal* Now when it comes to Trump, his weaknesses are well known. His fondness for drama and theatrics is obviously making his policy messages less discernable to the public. He shows extreme immaturity, almost that of a […]
October 25, 2016
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KSRTC Doldrums: Is there a Way Out?

The debt-ridden Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) repeatedly finding a space in the regional media is no longer a surprise for the people of Kerala. The day-to-day functioning of this public sector undertaking is limping due to inefficiency, inferior […]
October 21, 2016

US Presidential Election– The Indian Prospects (Part 1)

  By Vinson Xavier Palathingal* The United States is heading to the polls on November 8 to elect its 45th President. As it is universally settled by now, the options American people have this time around are very limited. Both […]
October 19, 2016

Donald Trump on a Slippery Road– Part II

Donald Trump has deepened his political trench with the exposure of the 2005 video tapes, revealing his promiscuity with women. With the mainstream media in hot pursuit of his blood, his party leaders led by influential Congressman Paul Ryanare deserting […]
October 11, 2016

When India (and Pakistan) stopped a nuclear disarmament crusade at the world court

By Harisankar K. Sathyapalan* On October 5, a judicial endeavor by a small Pacific island to mould a nuclear-zero world by holding the atomic-armed states for their alleged violations of international law came to naught at the International Court of […]