Insights into Editorial: Crime and politics: on political candidates with criminal records

Insights into Editorial: Crime and politics: on political candidates with criminal records Context: The Supreme Court has taken a timely decision by agreeing to hear a plea from the Election Commission of India (ECI) to direct political parties to not field candidates with criminal antecedents. The immediate provocation is the finding that 46% of Members …

Insights into Editorial: Black and grey: On terror funding and Pakistan

Insights into Editorial: Black and grey: On terror funding and Pakistan Context: The deliberations, in Beijing, of the Asia-Pacific joint group of the global watchdog on terror financing and money laundering, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), gave Pakistan some encouraging news: that it had progressed in its efforts to avoid a blacklisting. A final …

Insights into Editorial: Abolition politics: on A.P. Cabinet nod to abolish Legislative Council

Insights into Editorial: Abolition politics: on A.P. Cabinet nod to abolish Legislative Council Context: The abolition and revival of the second chamber in State legislatures have become matters of political expediency. Andhra Pradesh is the latest State to favour the alteration of the status quo regarding the Upper House, in an Assembly resolution for its …

Insights into Editorial: The flawed spin to India’s cotton story

Insights into Editorial: The flawed spin to India’s cotton story Introduction: Bt Cotton is a genetically modified organism or genetically modified pest-resistant variety of cotton. Genetically Modified (GM) pest resistant Bt cotton hybrids have captured the Indian market since their introduction in 2002. These now cover over 95% of the area under cotton, with the …

Insights into Editorial: Will the Budget suspend the FRBM’s fiscal deficit goals?

Insights into Editorial: Will the Budget suspend the FRBM’s fiscal deficit goals? Context: With revenue receipts lagging behind budget estimates and economic growth slowing sharply, there is a real risk of the Centre missing its fiscal deficit target this year. Finance Minister is set to present her second Union Budget on February 1, 2020. Fiscal …