India's trade negotiations strategy

Trade negotiations: How can India strike a strategic balance

Trade negotiations and policy formulation have witnessed a radical change since mid-1990s with the increase in non-tariff measures. Read more »
Budget 2021 by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Budget 2021: High fiscal deficit inevitable, but govt must have a roadmap for future

The finance minister may be tempted to introduce a coronavirus cess in Budget 2021, but it will do more harm than good at present. Read more »
Budget 2021 healthcare expenditure

Budget 2021: Need higher healthcare spending, holistic approach

Through Budget 2021, the government must ensure that money does not come in the way of strengthening R&D, medical education, infrastructure, manpower and logistics systems. Read more »
Thomas Isaac's Kerala budget 2021

Kerala Budget 2021: The return of the welfare state

No one can fault the finance minister for putting a bevy of welfare schemes in Kerala Budget 2021 in an election year amid a global pandemic and economic crisis. Read more »
mental health problem in india

A ticking time bomb: Tackling India’s mental health crisis

India has a huge mental health challenge at hand -- it has 0.3 psychiatrists, 0.12 nurses, 0.07 psychologists and 0.07 social workers for 100,000 people. Read more »
India defence budget 2021

Budget 2021: Strategic imperatives for defending a $5 trillion economy

Union Budget 2021: Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman should raise capital expenditure in defence as India needs to enhance its strategic capabilities. Read more »
PLI scheme and electronics industry

PLI Scheme: Is the electronics industry’s window of opportunity closing?

The government launched the PLI scheme to make Indian manufacturers globally competitive by creating economies of scale and making India a part of the global value chains. Read more »
financial inclusion of farmers

Financial inclusion: Some steps to give farmers access to funds

The government must use technology to ensure that funds offered through its schemes reach small and marginal farmers and offer them benefits of financial inclusion. Read more »
smart cities in India

Not 100 smart cities: India will need half a million smart towns

There is no reason why the residents of 100 smart cities should receive facilities as they are being extended to just about 30% of the country’s population. Read more »
Indian MSMEs face export barriers

MSMEs need access to global value chains and cheap funds

The government should focus on the funding needs of MSMEs with respect to access to finance which includes financing gaps in working capital and access to funds at lower interest rates. Read more »