GST council meeting

Explainer: How the Centre-state dispute over GST compensation will play out

In case of a dispute between Centre and the states on the recommendations of the GST Council, a dispute resolution mechanism can be established. Read more »

Monetary policy: RBI must pause rate cuts to anchor inflation expectations

Emerging markets need some kind of market-based capital flow management and macro-prudential measures as well as more exchange rate flexibility. Read more »

RBI may keep rates unchanged, but 25 bp cut desirable

It is surprising that the Reserve Bank of India stuck to a literal, narrow interpretation of its mandate and chose to focus on short-run inflation. Read more »
RBI interest rate mechanism

Interest rates: The case for a free hand to RBI, banks

Any agency other than the Reserve Bank of India and lenders interfering will adversely affect the systems already in place in the country’s financial sector. Read more »
Indian farmer on bullock cart

Farm Bills 2020: Death warrant to mandis, end of small farms

In depth: The three farm bills are historic -- they would change agriculture sector beyond recognition. But they will lead the country into an uncertain future. Read more »
government securities

Gilt-edged? Investing in government securities in the times of COVID-19

The returns offered by the government bonds are moderate, but they provide secure and safe asset quality for investors with low risk appetite. Read more »
Personal data protection in India

Drawing a line: Protection of personal data in a digitised world

Along with legal provisions to protect privacy, the government must introduce data protection in school syllabus to make internet secure for future generations. Read more »
NEP 2020

National Education Policy 2020: Will it truly champion liberalism?

Liberal education is the opening up of education to interdisciplinary understandings, to choices, and to critical inquiry. But will this government permit it? Read more »
A coal mine in India

GST Council meeting: A case for the abolition of the coal cess

The impact of the GST compensation cess on coal is not confined to the metal and energy sectors. Its ripple effect is felt on many other industries. Read more »
India ageing crisis

Ageing in times of Covid-19 pandemic

It is imperative that the state and civil society play a more constructive and interventionist role in ensuring the social security of older persons. Read more »