From Mandal to Modi, OBC sub-categorisation is caught up in bad politics

From Mandal to Modi, OBC sub-categorisation is caught up in bad politics

Sub-categorisation of Other Backward Classes is a good idea caught up in bad politics. For the longest time, it was blocked by vested interests. Then it found endorsement due to external calculus of electoral politics. Now it is being deferred, once again, to suit the electoral calendar. Or, perhaps, something even more diabolic. It is time to push for an […]

Shekhar Gupta ko gussa kyun aata hai? He is a victim of Communism and Cold War anxieties

Shekhar Gupta ko gussa kyun aata hai? He is a victim of Communism and Cold War anxieties

Bad ideas persist beyond their expiry date, Shekhar Gupta aptly reminds us in his recent Cut the Clutter episode. So do anxieties, especially of those who grew up amid the ideological debates of the Cold War days. This results in two sources of bad economic ideas in our public life. There are votaries of old, bad socialism: those who miss Stalin’s economic vision and want to recreate bureaucratic monstrosity […]

Rs 20 lakh cr can reboot economy, add jobs, tackle climate change. If there’s political will

Rs 20 lakh cr can reboot economy, add jobs, tackle climate change. If there’s political will

Rs 20 lakh crore is a lot of money for a country like India. This translates into a little over Rs 15,000 rupees per person and a little less than 10 per cent of our GDP. That’s more than what anyone expects the Narendra Modi government to deliver, more than what many economists and activists had asked for. Prime Minister Modi’s critics would have little to complain if the ‘economic package’ he announced in his address to the nation Tuesday has the same meaning as […]

Don’t blame Covid or financial package. Politics is holding India’s migrant workers hostage

Don’t blame Covid or financial package. Politics is holding India’s migrant workers hostage

Afuture historian might call this the great hostage drama. The Narendra Modi government’s actions vis-à-vis the migrant workers during the Covid-19 lockdown now leave no room for confusion. This is not about containing the coronavirus infection. This is not even about saving the government some relief package. This is about keeping workers hostage. Our response to the plight of the migrant worker brings out all that is rotten […]