There is a popular opinion that, having a democracy for a poor or low income country is a trade-off. We would have to forego faster growth for democracy. But, if you ask me, I wouldn’t trade democracy for any other system in India. I believe that, prosperity and democracy can never be separated from each … Continue reading Would you trade off Democracy for any other System?
In this chapter, we will discuss Poverty and certain things around it. What is Poverty? How the perspective about Poverty has changed over the years? Various Definitions of Poverty, The Concepts of Absolute Poverty and Relative Poverty, Measurement of Poverty – various methods and committees; Causes of Poverty; Linkage between Growth and Poverty reduction; Non-income … Continue reading Poverty, Related Concepts and Its measures
Context: It is projected that approximately 20% of Indians will be elderly by 2050, marking a dramatic jump from the current 6% and there is likely to be a shift in the disease patterns from communicable to non-communicable, which itself calls for re-gearing the health-care system toward “preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative aspects of health.” … Continue reading Palliative Care in India
Approach: Introduce with transformational aims of GST Discuss how various stakeholders benefit from the GST regime and the impact on doing business Mention some challenges with GST Conclude appropriately Answer: The Goods & Services Tax (GST) is aimed at a simplified, assesse-friendly tax administration system in the country with a paradigm shift towards ‘One Nation, One Tax, … Continue reading The Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime aims to re-shape India’s economic landscape benefiting various stakeholders, while also making it an easier place to do business. Comment
Tipu was an autocratic or rather despotic ruler; by some accounts, he despised the Hindus (while also gave the support for Shringeri Temple and Ranganath Temple of Mysore ). He also wanted to impose the Persian language over Kannada. Having recognized those vices, Tipu was inspired by the ideas of the French Revolution. He wanted … Continue reading A comment on Tipu Sultan’s death.
A nuclear strategist from the MIT, said, “There is increasing evidence that India will not allow Pakistan to go first.” Since then, there has been speculation among the strategic circles that India might reconsider its no-first-use strategy. Let us analyse the different aspects of it. Evolution of India’s nuclear doctrine Homi Jahangir Bhabha, the pioneer … Continue reading Will India abandon No-First-Use policy?
Of the triumvirate – Lal-Bal-Pal ( Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal) of India’s freedom movement against the British colonial rule, Lala Lajpat Rai was a multi-faceted personality and led a life of ceaseless activity dedicated to a selfless service to the nation. He was drawn into one of the most creative movements … Continue reading Profiles of Personalities: Lala Lajpat Rai
Ban is the easiest thing any TDH can do. What's the use of the years of legal experience in the jurisprudence if the SC wants to ban by imposing the top-down diktats which affect the businesses and then go on making perpetual exceptions for the made diktat? The directive that there shouldn't be wine shops, … Continue reading Poor diktat by Supreme Court on alcohol ban along highways
The BJP in the Uttar Pradesh elections promised of a loan waiver to the farmers in the state if it won the elections. Not just them Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh met PM to seek assistance for a loan waiver for farmers in the state. The Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra is under pressure from … Continue reading Loan waivers: Poor economic logic and anti-farmer move
We began with basics of Macroeconomics, and in the previous post, we had discussed GDP and how it is calculated. As enumerated in that post, there are many challenges and drawbacks to using the GDP as a standalone metric. GDP is like a speedometer: it tells you whether your economy is going faster or slower. … Continue reading Chapter 3: Beyond GDP, other measures of Development