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    Education cash transfers: Improving the quality of education in India

Education cash transfers: Improving the quality of education in India

In India there are serious concerns about the quality of education students receive under the current system. Karan Bhasin (Independent Economist) argues why the government should move away from a production subsidy to a consumption subsidy approach to the provision of primary and secondary education with the introduction of education vouchers.

The last three decades have witnessed an unprecedented […]

June 24th, 2019|Economy, Featured|1 Comment|
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    South Asia’s logistical hub: Challenges and opportunities for Sri Lanka’s transshipment future

South Asia’s logistical hub: Challenges and opportunities for Sri Lanka’s transshipment future

A key objective of Sri Lanka’s post-2015 foreign policy framework is to position the country as a dynamic and prosperous centre of the Indian Ocean and make it a regional maritime and logistics hub. However regional competition and under-utilisation of ports mean that the country is falling short of its objective. Inoka Perera looks at the state of trade in […]

June 21st, 2019|Economy, Featured|0 Comments|

Changing tracks: Modernising India’s railways

The Indian railways have a rich 165-year-old history built on miles and miles of tracks dependent on a multi gauge system from 1871. In 1991 the government announced a change to this gauge system; however, it remains incomplete. Chitresh Shrivastva argues how completing this transformation could unlock the Indian economy.

When we refer to gauges, we are referring to the […]

June 7th, 2019|Economy, Featured|Comments Off on Changing tracks: Modernising India’s railways|

The expanded state in post-liberalisation India

It is thought that as economies liberalise, the state apparatus will withdraw from economic and social life. Lipika Kamra (O.P. Jindal Global University) argues, however, that in India the state has reorganised itself. Drawing on ethnographic research on new actors that are now a part of the state, she argues why the state’s role has expanded in post-liberalisation India.

Scholars […]

April 15th, 2019|Economy, Featured|Comments Off on The expanded state in post-liberalisation India|

Pakistan: Foreign reserves and the debt crisis

Abid Rehman (National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad) and Kinza Tahir (National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad) argue that in order to reduce external debt, Pakistan should focus on the non-debt-creating inflows of the economy, such as foreign direct investment and exports, rather than accumulating more debt-creating inflows in order to repay previous debt.

Pakistan’s troubled economy is one […]

April 10th, 2019|Economy, Featured|Comments Off on Pakistan: Foreign reserves and the debt crisis|
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    Looking southeast: SAARC and international trade disruptions

Looking southeast: SAARC and international trade disruptions

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 […]

February 20th, 2019|Economy|Comments Off on Looking southeast: SAARC and international trade disruptions|

Pakistan’s Twin Deficits and IMF Fiscal Conditionality

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 […]

November 20th, 2018|Economy, Featured|Comments Off on Pakistan’s Twin Deficits and IMF Fiscal Conditionality|
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    Modi’s Demonetisation Two Years On: Economic Necessity or Political Ploy?

Modi’s Demonetisation Two Years On: Economic Necessity or Political Ploy?

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 […]

November 8th, 2018|Economy, Featured|1 Comment|

Can manufacturing change India’s demographic destiny?

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 […]

September 5th, 2018|Development, Economy, Featured, Technology|Comments Off on Can manufacturing change India’s demographic destiny?|

Book Review: Widows of Vidarbha: Making of Shadows

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 […]

August 30th, 2018|Agriculture, Book Reviews, Featured, Rural Areas|Comments Off on Book Review: Widows of Vidarbha: Making of Shadows|

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