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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…
India's Inequality Problem
India’s inequality is driven by limited upward mobility due, in turn, to unequal opportunity. Greater taxation of wealth will make possible investments in education, health, and infrastructure which…
When Narratives Drive Economic Policy
Demonetisation was not just an egregious act of cruelty but also an economic policy disaster. Yet, the successful use of popular narratives to sell the demonetisation story meant that the public did…
How (Not) to Fight Monopolies
RK Hazari's landmark work on corporates in 1960s India holds lessons for contemporary questions on promoting small and medium firms and ensuring effective corporate governance. These questions…
Learning from Crises
India's banking regulation has come this far through a process of learning from a series of bank failures in the last century. But it might not be adequate to meet present and future threats.
‘Mere Paas Sarkaar Hai’
The uniqueness of agriculture calls for continued & not less government intervention. Reform of Indian agriculture is needed, but this must be to enhance state capacities and strengthen…
A curated set of 35+ articles published in ‘The India Forum’ during a year which began with the demonstrations against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, ended with the farmer protests against the new…
The India Forum
What Did You Do in the Last 24 Hours?
The first nation-wide survey of the time spent by men and women on various activities during all 24 hours of the day brings out the gender inequalities in the work that each of them do.
Comorbidities of the Indian Economic Recovery
The comorbidities of falling investment, exports, and consumption will make recovery look like the Nike swoosh logo: a flat and protracted recovery. A series of measures, including a rebuilding of…
Confronting Precarious Work
The precarisation of labour is written into the very logic of platform business models. Ignoring this, and focusing only on social security measures to protect workers, normalises exploitative labour…
Mohammad Sajjad Hussain