Opinion

Putting the spring back into the economy

The government needs to ensure that the bureaucracy does not become a part of any deal-making with the business class which can lead to decisions that are not in the best interests of the country.


In a hole, and still digging

United States President Barack Obama’s announcement of $1 billion in military aid to selected European NATO countries has provoked mixed reactions in Europe and Russia, and has revealed domestic pressures on Mr. Obama.


Smaller State, bigger problems

he interests of the people of the two States will be better served if both Chief Ministers approach the difficult issues with a dispassionate mind. Mr. Naidu can take the lead, but Mr. Rao should follow.


Obama’s climate plan: rhetoric vs. reality

Unless technologies can reconcile more energy with fewer (or no) greenhouse emissions, the crusade against climate change will continue to fail. The best approach is to tax carbon emissions. But there’s little public taste for this.


Building value chains, raising output, lowering customs duty can help contain food prices

The annual inflation in consumer prices, which had moderated to 8.03 per cent in February 2014, accelerated to 8.59 per cent in April 2014.


Huge cost of inaction on the environment

As the government prepares new policies for a better, more prosperous India, it would do well to take a look at a small report brought out by TERI on the costs of environmental inaction.


The growth of the fragile ego

Unseemly anger, low self-image, latching on to archetypes. Why are men increasingly giving in to negative feelings?


A crisis of identity

The Centre should make all attempts to recommence subsidised LPG cylinder sales through direct transfers of money into the Aadhaar-seeded bank accounts of consumers, as recommended by an official committee constituted to review the scheme.


The North-eastern challenge

In almost every movement, ‘outsiders’ have been targeted — whether it is those from another State, of a different linguistic or ethnic group or the so-called ‘Bangladeshis’.


The battle for toilets and minds

The official sanitation policy has been uniquely focussed on building toilets. But the connection between good health and using toilets has not yet been made.


Reforming the European project

All the anti-European Union parties should not be thrown in the basket of anti-immigration and ultra-nationalistic political forces.


The new urban agenda

The success of the government’s policies will depend on how well they bridge the distance between intention and implementation.


The monsoon arrives

A developing El Niño phenomenon can take its toll as the monsoon establishes itself over the country. If that happens this year, rainfall in June, which is essential for several crops, could be affected.


Affordability — the factor behind Africa’s mobile digital revolution

Declining prices of handsets and data, along with faster transmission speeds, mean Facebook, Twitter and cash transfer services can reach the remotest areas.


Agenda for manufacturing micro enterprises

Of the 11.5 million manufacturing MSMEs (4th Census), 99 per cent are MEs and less than 1 per cent are SMEs. Also, 91 per cent of the units are unregistered.


Tackling India’s economic headwinds

The BJP manifesto only presents a hint of its macroeconomic plan. Hopefully, the Union Budget will help clarify matters.


Brazil’s ignominious football World Cup

We must understand that when Brazilians revolt against the World Cup, they aren’t questioning the role of football in their lives, but the use of the game as a breeding ground for new, larger inequities.


Boosting markets for new issues

Considering the requirements of infrastructure finance, it is time that debt and quasi-debt instruments such as convertible debentures are popularised.


No tolerance for hate crimes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his first few days in government, has already shown he has the ability to rise above his own past record. If he wants to erase the shadow of the 2002 events, his government will have to be firm in its actions against hate crimes.


El Niño will be disastrous for the world’s coral reefs

The last big El Niño in 1997-98 caused the worst coral bleaching in recorded history. In total, 16 per cent of the world’s coral was lost and some countries like the Maldives lost up to 90 per cent of their reef coverage.