April 3, 2020

April 3, 2020

Issue Articles

Coping with the Coronavirus Pandemic

Are Indians Safe?
India must act now to prevent a spike in coronavirus transmission that could quickly overwhelm its weak health systems. Cooperation between union & state governments, increased testing and evaluating the social & economic consequences of lockdowns are crucial.

India Cannot Fight Coronavirus Without Taking Into Account its Class and Caste Divisions

The country must rethink its strategy of fighting Covid-19 by taking into account the lives, the work and the living conditions of the marginalised sections of the society.

Covid-19 in India

The Chronicle of a Pandemic Foretold
India could not have prevented the entry of Covid-19 but it could have responded better to the warning signs of January. If it had, it could have reduced the toll this disease will now take and the hasty imposition of the lockdown could have been avoided.

Knowns and Unknowns in the Covid-triggered Global Economic Crisis

The traditional toolbox of fiscal and monetary measures will not help deal with the exogenous shock given by Covid-19 to the global economy. In these unknown waters for now the state can at best ramp up medical services and devise proper relief for the poor.

In Search of a New Theology

Fiscal Fundamentalism and Illusion in the Union Budget, 2020-21
The Coronavirus outbreak calls for a major stimulus by the Government to rescue an already sagging economy. But the 2021 Budget was itself premised on fiscal conservatism and had made unrealistic revenue projections, whose weak basis now stands exposed

The Continuing Relevance of MGNREGA

For more than five years the Government has been lukewarm towards the MGNREGA. Yet, in the midst of the ongoing slowdown this very programme is a potentially effective instrument that it can and should use to address the economic emergency in rural areas.

What Makes for Economic Growth Persistence?

‘India needs to build quality institutions of the kind that have been associated with the dynamics of growth in the high productivity countries. This also means that India needs to focus on creating constituencies and coalitions for institutional reform.’

Forum/Letters

On Covid-19

On Vikram Patel, "India's Tryst with Covid-19" -1
Vikram Patel's "India’s Tryst With Covid-19" (17 April 2020)  is an excellent and incisive article. Its analysis should guide our policy discourse and...
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