As international trade regimes undergo their biggest structural changes since the creation of the WTO in 1995, Kannan Kumar (Pahle India Foundation) and Aakanksha Shrawan (IIT Delhi) argue that the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) can hold the key to helping South Asian countries ride international trade disputes. Such answers for SAARC, an organisation that hasn’t met […]
As talks between the IMF and Pakistan continue, Nadir Cheema explains why fiscal austerity may be needed to reduce Pakistan’s current account deficit and why energy subsidies may be a key target for any fiscal cuts.
Notwithstanding the recently secured short-term support from Saudi Arabia and claims of support from China, Pakistan’s large medium-term external financing gap continues to render an IMF […]
Two years ago today, India’s prime minister Narendra Modi, took the radical step to take all 500- and 1,000-rupee notes out of circulation in a bid to tackle ‘black money’ in the Indian economy. Twenty-four months on, Bhaskar Pant asks if that decision was motivated by politics rather than economics.
Indian Rupee Note | Credit: PixaBay
We are two years on, but the […]
Despite India’s substantial youth population, little concerted effort has been made by the government to ensure their accommodation in India’s labour market. Manufacturing could help partially address this, write Shubhranka Mondal and Pratibha Joshi.
The current status of employment in India
India currently has the world’s largest youth population. The working age group of 15-59 years forms an overwhelmingly large percentage at […]
In Widows of Vidarbha: Making of Shadows, Kota Neelima makes an admirable attempt at shedding light on the wives of the farmers who have committed suicide during India’s ongoing agrarian crisis. However, Neelima falls short at portraying the women as productive workers wielding their own agency, instead drawing on a reductivist framework, primarily focusing on their widowhood, Sumedha Pal […]
While the retaliatory tariffs of the China – US trade war are hurting both producers and consumers in China and the US, Aakanksha Shrawan explores whether it is possible for India to benefit, and how it might achieve this.
A lot has been written about the China – US trade war that has been going on for the better part of this year. US […]
Despite its growing reputation as one of the stronger economies of South Asia, the image of Sri Lankan labour may be at risk following a thirty-year civil conflict, alternative spending priorities and growing institutional imperfections. Labour market reforms and private sector action is required to help Sri Lanka escape the paradox of slow growth and labour scarcity, Ganeshan Wignaraja writes.
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Examining poverty trends in South Asian countries: where is Sri Lanka among its South Asian counterparts?
South Asia has been accommodating a significantly large share of global income and multidimensional poor compared to other regions, but the Sri Lankan example can be learned from, writes N.R Ravindra Deyshappriya.
South Asia has been accommodating a significantly large share of global income and multidimensional poor compared to other regions. The multidimensional poor refers to individuals who are deprived of more than […]
Professor Anirudh Krishna joined academics and students at the London School of Economics in a workshop organised by LSE South Asia Centre. The workshop, examining key themes of Krishna’s latest book Broken Ladder: The Paradox and Potential of India’s One Billion, provided a platform to exchange ideas on potential solutions and strategies to address the mass poverty experienced by […]
While national discourse often restricts regional leaders to their respective states or regions, Tridivesh Singh Maini argues that their global vision must be invited onto the world stage by Prime Minister Modi.
There are a number of developments over the past few days which yet again send a strong message that states are bound to play a substantial role in India’s ties […]