Trends in Economic Inequality in India
There has been an increase in economic inequality in India over the past few decades, with the rich-poor gaps among the largest of several peer economies. Household surveys show that alongside the…
A review article around Anwar Shaikh's 'Capitalism', published more than six years ago and now turning into a classic.
K. Vela Velupillai
Gasping for Air, Bathing in Coal
The precarity of informal workers in India's coalfields point towards the need for discussions around 'just transition' to bring together climate justice and labour justice.
Reconceptualising Women’s Work in the the National Sample Survey
A good approach to build a new framework for measuring women’s work better is for the National Statistical Office to accept the definitions and categories recommended in 2013 by the 19th…
The Stranglehold Continues at the WTO
The World Trade Organization may have given up on its ambitious trade agendas of the 1990s, but its decisions on individual issues continue to be controlled by the US and the EU. Despite public…
D. Ravi Kanth
A Fresh Spike in Farmer Suicides in Punjab
Since 2015, there has been a sharp rise in farmer suicides in Punjab. Farmers in the state borrow large loans at high interest rates; some of which is used for consumption. According to official data…
Central Bank Digital Currency
A central bank digital currency is a new form of money unlike any of its previous manifestations. The ability of individuals and businesses to hold and make electronic payments using a CBDC will have…
Do We Know What has Happened to Poverty since 2011-12?
The government's lack of respect for national surveys on consumption has meant that the door has been opened to preparation of unofficial estimates on poverty made on questionable assumptions.…
How Dynamic are India’s Labour Markets?
While policy works to provide more jobs to the unemployed, it must also tackle the deep-seated structural issues in India's urban labour market: long-term unemployment; women exiting the labour…
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…