Insights into Editorial: A strategic pause: On RBI holding interest rate

Insights into Editorial: A strategic pause: On RBI holding interest rate   Context: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released its fifth bi-monthly monetary policy statement for 2019-20 in which the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), led by Governor Shaktikanta Das, decided to keep the policy repo rate unchanged at 5.15%. All six members of the …

Insights into Editorial: Seed Bill must serve farmers, not MNCs

Insights into Editorial: Seed Bill must serve farmers, not MNCs Context: The revised draft Seeds Bill 2019, which the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare placed in the public domain recently for suggestions and comments, seems to be a watered-down version of a draft prepared. The Bill is aimed at ensuring supply of modern, high …

[Insights into Editorial] National shame: On gender sensitisation

Insights into Editorial: National shame: On gender sensitisation   Recent Issue: The outrage expressed in Parliament over the Hyderabad gangrape-murder of a veterinary doctor must translate into actions that make a tangible difference to women’s safety. Some MPs like Jaya Bachchan overshot their ambit by prescribing patently illegal punishments like lynching and burning rapists alive. …

[Insights into Editorials] – Making Air India’s disinvestment work

[Insights into Editorials] – Making Air India’s disinvestment work In News: The once-iconic Air India has, in the last four decades, witnessed a calamitous fall. The diminution had been gradual when it operated in a near-monopoly environment but the pace of descent intensified when it faced competition. In the late 1990s, the government recognised the …

[Insights into Editorial] – ISRO successfully launches CARTOSAT-3, 13 Nano-satellites

[Insights into Editorial] – ISRO successfully launches CARTOSAT-3, 13 Nano-satellites                                                          Context: India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its forty ninth flight (PSLV-C47), successfully launched Cartosat-3 and 13 commercial nanosatellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. This is the 21st flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with 6 solid …

Insights into Editorial: The misadventure of a new citizenship regime

Insights into Editorial: The misadventure of a new citizenship regime Context: The appetite of the Indian state for counting its people is evidently insatiable. The Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner has completed a 10-year project of data collection, at the household level, for the Census of 2021. The individual level data collection …

Insights into Editorial: India’s enduring document of governance

Insights into Editorial: India’s enduring document of governance Context: At 69 and stepping into 70, India’s Constitution is one of the world’s oldest and most enduring. At the time of its birth, constitutional experts the world over did not expect our Constitution to survive very long. One of its most incisive critics was Sir Ivor …

Insights into Editorial: What is Consumer Expenditure Survey

Insights into Editorial: What is Consumer Expenditure Survey Context: Recently, the government announced that in view of “data quality issues” the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation had decided not to release the results of the all-India Household Consumer Expenditure Survey conducted by the National Statistical Office (NSO) during 2017-2018. It asserted that any findings …

Insights into Editorial: Importance of Citizens Duties

Insights into Editorial: Importance of Citizens Duties               Introduction: According to Mahatma Gandhi the very performance of a duty secures us our right. Rights cannot be divorced from duties. Mahatama Gandhi held that “Satyagraha was born, for I was always striving to decide what my duty was.” Swami Vivekananda …

Insights into Editorial: Should we do away with subsidies for higher education?

Insights into Editorial: Should we do away with subsidies for higher education? Context: Recently, the proposed fees hike of residential hostels in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has sparked a widespread protest and controversy over subsidies in higher education. Almost more than a fifth of the population is below official poverty limits and 93% of the …

Insights into Editorial: The myths around free trade agreements

Insights into Editorial: The myths around free trade agreements Context: India’s decision not to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) has led to an avalanche of write-ups, editorials and interviews. Most looked at the effect of the decision around four issues: exports, investments, integration into the global value chain (GVC) and domestic industry. Let …

Insights into Editorial: Understanding space Internet

Insights into Editorial: Understanding space Internet Context: The SpaceX, the world’s leading private company in space technology, fired a spray of 60 satellites into orbit. This is the first operational batch of what is intended to eventually evolve into a constellation of nearly 12,000 satellites aimed at providing low-cost and reliable space-based Internet services to …

Insights into Editorial: Poshan Abhiyaan promises to revive traditional food systems

Insights into Editorial: Poshan Abhiyaan promises to revive traditional food systems                Introduction: India is home to millions of women and children who are undernourished. Malnutrition was the predominant risk factor for death in children younger than five in every state of India in 2017, accounting for 68.2 per cent …

Insights into Editorial: India’s growth hinges on cooperative federalism

Insights into Editorial: India’s growth hinges on cooperative federalism     Introduction: In the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index released last month, India ranked 63, an impressive jump from its lowly rank of 142 in 2014. Yet, there is anecdotal evidence of investors being frustrated by venality, indifference and corruption at the operating …

Insights into Editorial: Treating education as a public good

Insights into Editorial: Treating education as a public good Introduction: Education, for most of us, is a necessary public good central to the task of nation building and, like fresh air, is necessary to make our communities come alive. It should not be driven solely by market demand for certain skills, or be distracted by …

Insights into Editorial: Renovate, not rebuild

Insights into Editorial: Renovate, not rebuild Context: The Central government is considering either redeveloping Parliament House or building a new structure. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the government is considering suggestions to build a new Parliament House or renovate the existing one with improved facilities by 2022, just in time to celebrate 75 …

Insights into Editorial: Bringing CJI under RTI, a welcome move

Insights into Editorial: Bringing CJI under RTI, a welcome move Context: After a decade, the Supreme Court has accepted the Delhi High Court ruling that the office of the Chief Justice of India is a ‘public authority’, and hence would be subject to the same rules of transparency and accountability as other individuals and organisations …

Insights into Editorial: India: world’s most investment-friendly economy, says PM Modi

Insights into Editorial: India: world’s most investment-friendly economy, says PM Modi Context: BRICS Summit 2019: India is the world’s most “open and investment friendly” economy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said as he wooed the BRICS business leaders and urged them to invest in the country’s infrastructure development. BRICS countries account for 50 per cent of …

Insights into Editorial: Guru Nanak’s teachings provide a road to a better future

Insights into Editorial: Guru Nanak’s teachings provide a road to a better future Context: India and Pakistan agreed to build the Kartarpur Sahib corridor for Sikh pilgrims to visit the Gurdwara in Kartarpur (Pakistan). India had first proposed the Kartarpur Sahib corridor in 1999 when the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee took a bus …

Insights into Editorial: After RCEP reticence, need for reform recalibration

Insights into Editorial: After RCEP reticence, need for reform recalibration Context: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India would not sign on to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement. The agreement, which is dubbed as the world’s biggest trade agreement, is expected to proceed with the 15 other members of the agreement, including Australia, …