Public Policy

‘If global fight against AIDS, TB and malaria is going to be won, it has to be won in India’

Peter Sands,

Last month the government hosted a preparatory international meeting for the replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, which is seeking to raise $14 billion for funding health systems globally over the next three years. Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund,spoke to Nalin Mehta on the issue:   What […..]

‘India choosing to benchmark itself on PISA a massive signal … it says India wants to be measured globally’

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India recently announced that in 2021 it will be rejoining the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which tests performance of 15-year-old schoolchildren in mathematics, science and reading. India withdrew from this global measurement system administered by Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2009. Junaid Ahmad, World Bank’s Country Director in India, spoke […..]

If everyone gets reservation, then no one gets reservation

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In 1989, when V P Singh changed the course of Indian politics with his sudden decision to implement the Mandal Commission’s recommendations, a leading magazine headlined its coverage by calling it the “war of the crumbs”. The anti-reservation riots that followed were solidly rooted in a job market that was shrinking in relation to the […..]

‘Data about Indians must remain in India … Next time you get into a country-to-country standoff, data will play a huge part’

Uday Shankar

At a time when control over personal data is emerging as the new great battle of our times, the government is reportedly planning to table the Personal Data Protection Bill in the upcoming winter session of Parliament. This follows the report of the Justice BN Srikrishna committee on data protection. Also, recently Reserve Bank of […..]

Don’t over-reach on internet controls

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Everyone agrees that fake news is a deadly menace. The spread of false information, purposely crafted to mislead citizens, as opposed to genuine mistakes in news reporting or even just plain old biases, is something that all of us deal with on social media sites every day. The problem is how do we stop it. […..]

No Vijay Yatras against Army: Politicising cantonment roads hurts the army, harms the nation and jeopardises security

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Anyone who has ever felt anything for the Indian army cannot help but be taken aback by the spectacle of political vijay yatras that were seen in the last few days on some of our army cantonment roads. Cantonments are the bedrock of the Indian army. Even if you think that some cantonment roads needed […..]

Latest GDP numbers appear to have slain the demon of DeMon, but economic fundamentals remain a challenge

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From Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s made-for-TV ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’ jibe to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s retort on the ‘Grand Stupid Thought’ of an 18% cap on GST rates, Modi government’s economic performance has been shaping the prestige poll battle in Gujarat. The stakes are high for both: a resurgent Rahul, campaigning with a newfound overt […..]