Freedom of Speech?

By Madhusudan Raj A couple of months ago there were clashes between the students of ABVP, a student union body backed by the ruling BJP party, and AISA, a student union body backed by the communist/left parties of India, in the Ramjas College of Delhi University. The reason of this clash was an invitation by […]

GST (Goods and Service Tax)

GST india

The Narendra Modi government is ready to implement its new tax regime viz., GST (Goods and Service Tax) from the month of July 2017. They have now announced the applicable tax rates for some 1211 products. The Finance minister Arun Jaitley is telling that under this new tax regime tax filing will become simple and […]

Hard to Solve Job Issue?

A couple a days ago the chief economic advisor of Modi government Mr. Arvind Subramanian said that India’s current employment challenge is particularly difficult as sectors that did well in generating jobs in the country’s previous economic boom years — information technology (IT), construction and agriculture – are in trouble now. The IT sector that […]

Government Spending is the Problem, Not the Revenue

The Narendra Modi government of India is trying desperately to bring more people inside its tax net (sic) since it came to power 3 years ago e.g., they tried drastic measures like demonetization, making Aadhar card compulsory for filing IT-returns, linking it with bank accounts and PAN card etc. Continuing the same trajectory, the finance […]

The Rising Military Industrial Complex in India

Since the Narendra Modi’s BJP government came to power in 2014 the dreaded military industrial complex[1] is taking its firm roots in India e.g., recently the present defense minister of India Mr. Arun Jatiley held consultations with representatives of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CII) on the proposed Strategic Partnership (SP) model meant to promote […]

Indian Companies Continue to Fire Workers

The Indian companies are trapped between the Scylla of worsening economic condition world over – e.g., rising nationalism and its corollary protectionism, slowing world economy amidst the huge government, corporate and household debt overhang, increasing trend of automation amidst socialist economic policies etc., – and the Charybdis of increasing government interference, in the form of […]

Banking Sector and its Bad Loans

A recent Presidential Ordinance legally empowered the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to enforce expeditious resolution of non-performing assets (NPAs), aka bad loans, of Indian banks. The problem of Nonperforming Assets (NPAs) of banks has become very grave over a period of time. According to estimates Indian banks, mostly public sector banks like the SBI, […]

Rising Protectionism in India

The Finance Minister of India, Mr. Arun Jaitley, who is attending ‘Asia’s Economic Outlook: Talking Trade’ in Japan right now, recently said that, Protectionism can blunt US firms’ efficiency … US firms may become sluggish if cheaper products and efficient services are cut off to them due to protectionist policies … India has so far […]

India and Captialism

By Madhusudan Raj In this book review I am going to take a look at a very important book written by French sociologist Professor Jean Baechler, The Origins of Capitalism. What differentiates the Western civilization from the rest of the world is its capitalist spirit, which, sadly, started waning in the last part of the […]

Parents against High Fees of Schools

Parents protesting

By Madhusudan Raj Many parents in different states of India, including the state of Gujarat which is my home state, are right now agitating against private schools (sic) for higher fees (see here, here and here). Troubled about the rising cost of their children’s schooling many of these parents are asking the government to control […]