Indian Economy

ZBNF

Zero Budget Natural Farming: A Stepping-stone or sidestepping of stone to reform?

September 20, 2019

“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the cornfield.” If one estimates dignity by its immediate utility then agriculture is beyond any doubt the primary and noblest science. Are these “founders of civilization” then, given the adequate right to choose their fate?

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Wheat Field

India’s wheat conundrum

September 17, 2019

Thus we reach the conclusion(which might be contrary to popular opinion and conventional wisdom) that to boost India’s wheat export to the world in general and the United Kingdom and Bangladesh, in particular, we need reforms at two levels. First Food Security Guarantee (which is now a legal right) and Farm Income Support should increasingly rely more on direct benefit transfer and less on price control. Second, regulation of international trade in wheat should be governed by market forces rather than by frequent tariff and import control interventions. Instead, the government should focus on making Indian wheat produce cost and quality competitive.

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Middlemen

Understanding the Phenomena Called ‘Middlemen’

September 17, 2019

The middlemen thus give traction to voices that would otherwise be not heard owing to their distance from the state that still exists. They enable thousands, if not millions to avail social protection that are guaranteed as laws.

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Midday Meal

THE ENIGMA OF MIDDAY MEAL

September 17, 2019

Midday meals’ problems need permanent political priority and financial allocation. They are also a healthy blow to the existing inequalities of class, gender and caste. Having said this, India still has a long way to go in realising the full potential of midday meals. It should not miss out on this opportunity of becoming more economically and socially advanced.

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UBI

UBI: The maze nobody is willing to enter

August 27, 2019

With about 60% of the Indian Population involved in agricultural work and agrarian distress being an omnipresent issue, it’s high time for the Government to recognize and deliver a means to the section of individuals that will curb inequality to a considerable extent.

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Happiness in India

Can the rich idea of a poor country pave way for development?

August 18, 2019

If GDP is the factor that led to national happiness, then prosperous economies of China, USA and India would have occupied the top positions in the WHR 2018. Thus, there are some other factors other than financial prosperity that lead to the happiness of the Nordic countries such as Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

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‘Auto’nomics- Implications of car sales on the Economy.

July 18, 2019

Fifteen years ago, the Audis and the Mercedes were reserved for the posh pockets of Kolkata, if at all they could be seen. Over the decade, the high-end cars have become a common sight. Nowadays, an Audi can be seen maneuvering the streets of an upper-middle to middle-class neighbourhood and nobody bats an eyelid! The […]

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Indian farmer

Why rural distress in India needs more than quick fixes

July 18, 2019

Rural demography and its realities have been studied in India, from two broad lenses – the first one, which evaluates the economic parameters of the agrarian society and the others, being sociologists, who were keen to study inter-caste dynamics and family relations.

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Nirmala Sitharaman Budget 2019

The Bahi-Khata 2019

July 14, 2019

The 5th of July witnessed a Budget from an eclectic perspective demographically. Unambiguously, the ‘bahi-khata’ did garner praise from all over the country but the gold that seemed to be hidden under the glitters didn’t quite appease.

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Whose Responsibility is it Anyway?

June 25, 2019

Contrary to the belief that industrialisation ubiquitously gives rise to wealth disparity, by allowing capital owners to keep accumulating excessive profits, in the last 25 years the world has seen a converging trend in equality. However the most populated countries, China and India, have seen a general rise in inequality.

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