Views That Matter

It is Budget time and the government is as usual lamenting that there are no resources. This is what all finance ministers claim, accompanied by hand-wringing and calls for tightening the belts. This becomes the foundation stone for building their dream castles out of some well-known policies:...
The Modi government’s second Union budget will be presented on 28th February 2015.The first one, in June 2014, was almost identical to the interim budget of the UPA government presented a few months earlier, which was a reflection of two things. Firstly, that the commitment to progressively reduce...
  The MNREGA has many problems and inadequacies, no doubt. But it has provided a crucial alternative source of employment and wages in rural economies where most workers are not able to access even minimally decent work for the greater part of the year. Studies across India found that by 2014...
The phenomenal expenditure incurred on military by wealthy nations, particularly United States, not only diverts precious resources from improving lives of their people, but also ensures that they dominate the world through actual use or show of force in order to push their economic interests. 
New Health Policy: Preparing for Privatisation
Selling India’s Poverty in the Name of ‘Make in India’ 
Dismantling Food Security in India
During Obama's visit, the US and Indian governments announced that they have at last found a way around India's Civil Liability for Nuclear Damages Act, 2010. Instead of the US nuclear suppliers having some liability for their supplies, as envisaged in the Act, all the liability would now be...
all likelihood, when Obama meets Modi in New Delhi, he will again try to put pressure on India to ease up on its patent laws so that Big Pharma (giant US and European pharma companies) can sell their exorbitantly priced drugs in India, under protection of patents. 
For the second time in his two-term presidency, Obama will be visiting India, this time round as the Chief Guest of the Republic Day Parade. He is the first US President to be given this largely ceremonial honor. That’s a sign of how much the Modi government is willing to bend over backwards to...