Public Policy

‘India has 3-5% of GDP that it can put into this process of stabilisation of the economy’

Junaid-Kamal-Ahmad

Junaid Ahmad is the World Bank’s India country director. He spoke to Nalin Mehta on the World Bank’s $1 billion emergency support package for India:     What does the World Bank’s $1 billion Covid-19 package for India entail? The objective is to support the government’s effort to stop the pandemic. It’s about putting money into testing, screening, […..]

We are in economic emergency: To fight Covid-19 impact, India must push through fiscal stimulus and Universal Basic Income

Uday Deb

“I’ve sent all my staff off on leave for 15 days,” a resort owner in Bharatpur told me. “I don’t know when they will be back. Business is not just low. It’s down to zero, with everything closed down.” Far away in New York Andrew Carmellini, the chef behind some of the city’s best known […..]

The challenge begins now: CDS is off to a blistering start. But serious reform to integrate armed forces requires painful decisions

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The appointment of the Chief of Defence Staff by the Modi government is probably the most significant military reform in five decades, and General Bipin Rawat has got off to a brisk start.   His declaration that India may soon have two to five geographical “theatre commands”, integrating weapons and personnel of army, air force […..]

‘CDS a positive development… next logical progression would be towards creating joint theatre commands

Anit_Mukherjee

General Bipin Rawat’s appointment as India’s first chief of defence staff is a big reform in defence management. Anit Mukherjee, assistant professor at Nanyang Technological University and author of The Absent Dialogue: Politicians, Bureaucrats and the Military in India, talks to Nalin Mehta about it: To what extent will the CDS matter? The recently unveiled […..]

NRC’s political googly: Assam’s NRC mess of unintended consequences changes politics as usual in the north-east

Illustration: Uday Deb

Imagine if you and your family have lived in your town for decades and you possess a legitimate Indian passport, Aadhaar card or ration card. Yet, if you can’t demonstrate that your parents or grandparents or other family members had a legitimate citizenship document that was valid before March 24, 1971, you would still be […..]

Bhakt goggles? Why jobs became secondary in this poll campaign

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As we wait for the end of this long election season, one of the big questions that has flummoxed all liberals and those fighting the BJP is why Brand Modi still seems relatively impervious to the problem of falling job-creation and several declining economic indicators, which would have brought any other government low. Irrespective of […..]

‘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 […..]