Hemal Shah

Five reasons why Modi could successfully rekindle US-India relations

At the end of September Modi is due to make his first state visit to America. Hemal Shah argues that despite Modi’s 2005 visa ban and India’s rocky relationship with the US to date, it is possible to be cautiously optimistic about the future relations between the two democratic giants. This post forms part of a new series on the […]

Making India’s labour market more flexible

In a recent policy brief for the Takshashila Institution, Hemal Shah calls for reforms to make India’s labour laws more flexible.

Since the 1991 economic reforms, the growth rate in India has quadrupled but the rate of good quality jobs has remained stagnant. For India to realise its true growth potential and create good quality jobs faster, it has to […]

April 16th, 2014|Development, Economy|Comments Off on Making India’s labour market more flexible|

Falling short: How bad economic choices threaten the US-India relationship and India’s rise

A study by authors at the American Enterprise Institute explains how a US-India strategic partnership built on weak economic foundations will likely flounder. The United States and India are natural allies: Republicans and Democrats alike believe in the goal of a strong India, as a symbol of democratic capitalism, a counterweight to Chinese hegemony, an ally against radical Islam, and […]

India’s labour laws: Time to devolve power to the states?

Hemal Shah highlights the challenges in initiating and implementing market-friendly labour laws, and argues that labour legislation should shift from the Concurrent List to the State List. This post first appeared on The Broad Mind.  India has one of the world’s largest work forces employed in the informal sector. The roughly 400 million informal employees that make up 93 per […]

August 28th, 2013|Development, Economy|Comments Off on India’s labour laws: Time to devolve power to the states?|

Does more mean less? Media digitisation in India

A new project by the Open Society Foundations maps changes affecting the democratic service delivery of news on political, economic, and social affairs. LSE alumna Hemal Shah reviews their study on India, and interviews the lead author on his perspectives on media digitisation in India. It was often unclear what the transition to digital media – the switchover from analogue […]

April 26th, 2013|Media|2 Comments|

“Developing countries should build capacity to have public debates” – Raghuram Rajan

Hemal Shah reports from Delhi on a workshop exploring whether there is an emerging democratic growth model in India, Brazil and South Africa, as an alternative to a Chinese-style growth model. Like other rapidly developing countries, India has recently struggled with a stalled reform process and low growth—over the past two years, average annual growth has dropped below the levels […]

March 1st, 2013|Economy, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on “Developing countries should build capacity to have public debates” – Raghuram Rajan|

Top 10 challenges for India in 2013

Hemal Shah asked LSE academics and Indian journalists, parliamentarians, policy analysts, and economists what challenges India should prepare to tackle in the new year. Here’s what they said… 

 

 

1.       Economic Reforms 2.0

The Indian government’s failure to initiate second-generation economic reforms has been widely criticised this year. Lok Sabha MP Baijayant Panda explains this is because Indian politics has long grappled […]

More knowledge, more HIV risk? The curious case of migrant workers in Mumbai

Farah Seedat identifies determinants of HIV risk among migrant sub-groups in Mumbai and finds that more knowledge leads to greater vulnerability to infection. Seedat’s working paper is summarised here by LSE alumna Hemal Shah. According to the most recent data from UNAIDS in 2010, there are about three million people living with HIV inIndia, accounting for almost 50 per cent […]

November 9th, 2012|Health|Comments Off on More knowledge, more HIV risk? The curious case of migrant workers in Mumbai|

“Policies to increase women’s representation in the political sphere through affirmative action are insufficient” – Farzana Afridi

In an interview with LSE alumna Hemal Shah, Dr Farzana Afridi analyses Indian women’s access to education and the labour market and stresses the importance of changing cultural stereotypes for genuine empowerment.  When it comes to evaluating the third Millennium Development Goal of promoting gender equality and empowering women in the Indian context, many things come to mind: India’s patriarchal […]

November 7th, 2012|Economy, Education, Gender|Comments Off on “Policies to increase women’s representation in the political sphere through affirmative action are insufficient” – Farzana Afridi|

Prosperity and social capital: Is India missing out?

The Legatum Institute’s 2012 Prosperity Index reveals that Indians are the least likely people in the world to help strangers, and this weak social capital could be affecting the country’s overall prosperity, writes Hemal Shah. There has been no shortage of bad news stories coming out of India recently—ceaseless corruption, dwindling economic indicators, fraught calls for governance and economic reforms. […]

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