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States in Dire Straits as GST Promises Turn Sour Analyses & Assessments

States in Dire Straits as GST Promises Turn Sour

With the Centre unable to abide by its commitment and legislation to compensate States for a shortfall in GST revenues, setting the stage for a royal battle

COVID-19: Supporting the poor Analyses & Assessments

COVID-19: Supporting the poor

Is Universal Income the best system to support people during times of distress? Analysing the best version of free cash transfer that would help people the most.

India and FTAs: the next manufacturing hub? Analyses & Assessments

India and FTAs: the next manufacturing hub?

China's role as the world's primary manufacturer is at risk as trade partners struggle to meet demands. Can India provide an alternate supply line?

Seeking Remedies for the Indian Financial Sector Analyses & Assessments

Seeking Remedies for the Indian Financial Sector

The failures of IL&FS, PMB and Yes Bank have left the Indian financial sector in shambles. How can reforms change the landscape of our economy?

Revoking the Ban: Cryptocurrency in India Analyses & Assessments

Revoking the Ban: Cryptocurrency in India

The Supreme Court has lifted the ban on trading in cryptocurrencies. How will the government create an effective regulatory framework to monitor digital currencies?

Disinvestment - Going Private Analyses & Assessments

Disinvestment - Going Private

Public sector undertakings (PSUs), including profitable ones, are up for sale to generate revenue. Is this visionary prudence or short-term juggling?

ZBNF and Resilient Food Systems Analyses & Assessments

ZBNF and Resilient Food Systems

Will Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) provide a holistic alternative to chemical-based agriculture and create resilient food systems.

Defence Budget-Dwindling Share of Pie Analyses & Assessments

Defence Budget-Dwindling Share of Pie

Defence Budget 2020-21 with a 9.4% growth, translates into an increase of Rs. 40,367 crores. How would this affect India’s defence preparedness?

One Nation One Ration Card-Digitalising PDS Analyses & Assessments

One Nation One Ration Card-Digitalising PDS

One Nation One Ration Card (ONRC) is set to digitalise the Public Distribution System (PDS). Can it stem the systematic leakages and corruption?

Bodo Accord-Dawn of a New Start  Analyses & Assessments

Bodo Accord-Dawn of a New Start

The Tripartite Bodo Agreement endeavors to fulfill political, social and economic aspirations. Will it be the new norm for bringing peace in NE India?

RCEP & India- Dodging Competition Analyses & Assessments

RCEP & India- Dodging Competition

In a surprise move, Indian ‘Act East’ policy did a volte-face when India opted out of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) raising questions about the competitiveness of Indian…

Run on the Banks? Analyses & Assessments

Run on the Banks?

The run on Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative Bank (PMC) has gripped the attention of Indians who trust the Indian banking system with their life savings. Will the country's beleaguered banking…

Corp. Tax Concessions-Stemming the Tide Analyses & Assessments

Corp. Tax Concessions-Stemming the Tide

From the financial year 2012, the Indian economy has been witnessing a slowdown in both savings and investments. To arrest this downtrend the Government has come forth with a slew of measures…

An Antidote to Economic Slowdown Op-Eds

An Antidote to Economic Slowdown

In the last quarter of FY 18-19, India logged 5.8% growth. Some economists expect the GDP for the first quarter of FY 19-20 to be lower than 5.8%, suggesting that there is a structural issue with the…

US Sanctions impacts Chabahar funding Analyses & Assessments

US Sanctions impacts Chabahar funding

The government of India has reduced the previously allocated amount for Chabahar port from INR 150 Cr to INR 45 Cr in the Budget 2019-2020. What would the likely impact of the resulting slow progress…

India’s electric two-wheeler market Analyses & Assessments

India’s electric two-wheeler market

India proposes a policy that electrifies most of its two-wheelers over a 6-8 year period. Considering the failure to incentivise the car industry with a similar strategy, is this new proposal likely…

Indian exports and the US-China trade war Analyses & Assessments

Indian exports and the US-China trade war

The US-China trade war is expected to have repercussions for markets around the world. A report by the Finch Group says that India's exports are likely to be affected by the trade war. What impact…

Japan’s legal proceedings against India in WTO Analyses & Assessments

Japan’s legal proceedings against India in WTO

India and Japan have a close economic and strategic partnership, with India being the largest recipient of Japanese aid. Japan recently made a formal complaint to the World Trade Organisation (WTO)…

Maruti Suzuki’s electric drive Analyses & Assessments

Maruti Suzuki’s electric drive

Maruti Suzuki has announced that it will cease all production of diesel cars by 2020. Why has the company abandoned diesel engines? Maruti Suzuki is an Indian automobile manufacturer, a subsidiary of…

Reliance circumvents US sanctions Analyses & Assessments

Reliance circumvents US sanctions

Reliance’s circumvention of US sanctions meets legal requirements and is likely geared towards a weaning period in light of further sanctions against Venezuela. The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela…