Confronting the Pandemic of COVID-19

March 24, 2020

rom a shifting world order to a co-ordinated economic slowdown, the pandemic of Coronavirus Disease (or COVID-19) has gripped us in times of persisting glut of distrust. There is no one way to interpret the implications – both current and protracted from inaction today.

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The Purpose – Ila Gayakwad

March 4, 2020

If you have secured a place in a highly competitive course but make a conscious choice to let your actions make fellow humans suffer the same evil that they suffered at your family’s hands, you need to rethink about the purpose of education. If you are a 99.something percentiler and make a conscious choice to weed out the concept of ‘sustainability’ from your lifestyle, your education has failed.

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Student Agitations: Textbook Case of Democracy in Practice

March 4, 2020

So I think now even Doc and Marty would agree that if the students are saying something everyone should sit up and better listen. Students are more than just test scores. They have their own opinions, desires, ideas et al.

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The Red Game

March 4, 2020

These students are the latest instruments in political attacks expertly directed from Lutyens’ and other redundant political corridors. Unincited violence and damages to public property in the name of protests is a mere representation of their desperation about slowly losing their relevance in Indian politics.

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Are failed experiments publishable?

March 2, 2020

Why are publications given so much importance? Is it because they convey a telling story about the on-going research(s) in the world? Is it because they act as ‘validation’ for a researcher? Or is It because it helps other researchers to use existing literature to develop their own research questions?

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Understanding the Uber Business Model

February 27, 2020

Economists love Uber. Or at least, it’s imperative that they do because it’s the closest you can get to taking the pure economic theory of textbooks and summoning it to real life. Uber managed to create an open market, governed strictly by the forces of demand and supply.

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Operation Twist- the antidote for Economic Growth

February 25, 2020

Operation Twist was the name coined for a monetary policy tool by the US Federal Reserve with a far-fetched motive to influence the prevailing interest rate in the markets. The tool essentially aims at changing the shape of the yield curve through the simultaneous buying and selling of short-term and long-term government securities.

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Education in India

Endogenous Growth Theory Serving Lessons for India: Education Budget 2020

February 25, 2020

The education budget was presented under the umbrella of an ‘aspirational India’ theme. The theme itself kept me wondering if it just meant a meagerly increased spending and a few ‘new’ schemes like always, or did it really mean a stronger emphasis on ‘quality of education’.

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The conundrum of Income Taxation in India

February 13, 2020

. The government’s estimate of 10% nominal growth in GDP for next year with retail inflation currently at 7.35% is worrisome as it indicates a real growth rate of 2.5%, lagging at the tax buoyancy front. With this statistic and the option of new tax slabs, it is necessary to estimate and observe the interaction effect of these variables. Will the government be able to meet its fiscal deficit target with a negative effect of tax buoyancy and elasticity?

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National Infrastructure Pipeline and India’s Infrastructural Challenges

February 10, 2020

The only path forward is to build trust in the bureaucratic and administrative functions of the state. Following or setting up clear objectives like in the China and South Korea model can push infrastructural growth and development.

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