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Chasing Unicorns: India’s Dreams of a Digital Economy
India now has 100 unicorns They have generated such a level of enthusiasm that the country’s hopes now seem to rest on dreams of a digital economy. But questions must be raised about the nature and…
A Looming Crisis in Fertilisers
India needs to urgently take measures to improve fertiliser availability in the short and long term. The absence of major investments since the 1990s, and now the Ukraine war and the Chinese ban on…
M.P. Sukumaran Nair
An Indian Green Deal
A Green Deal for India could successfully address the triple crisis the country is now facing: an economic slowdown, poor health services and a high carbon intensity of economic activity.
Is Digital the Future of Money?
Crypto currencies are the product of innovations in digital and financial technologies. They can improve speed transparency, and reduce costs, but cannot eliminate national currencies. A discussion…
Undermining the Legal Guarantee of MGNREGA: Right, Left, and Centre
Governments of every political dispensation have sought to hollow out India’s rural employment guarantee scheme. Only a mass movement that keeps the vulnerable at its centre can make the MGNREGA what…
A Tale of Two Indias
Pandemic in India has seen a majority of its citizens going hungry to bed while another, smaller, section making millions. An inclusive, sustainable, and equitable recovery must deal with the triple…
What is ‘Formalisation’ of the Economy?
The informal sector is not made up of tax dodgers but largely of enterprises struggling to survive. It will take a structural transformation for the informal to become formal. The recent contraction…
Is India Experiencing a K-Shaped Recovery?
Well before Omicron arrived, all the evidence was that far from a robust economic recovery, India had been witnessing a rebound only in the the formal sector. The informal sector and labour have been…
Covid-19 and the Informalisation of India’s Salaried Workers
The pandemic forced a fraction of India's salaried workers to fall back on self-employment or casual work, or to withdraw from the workforce entirely. It was only the salaried who held secure…
The Europe-India Balance Sheet
Europe is sceptical about realising the economic potential in India because of corruption and trade barriers. Elsewhere, there are growing concerns about human rights violations, while on security it…