Textile and Diamond Merchants are Up in Arms against GST

On one side farmers in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat etc., states are protesting against the policies of the BJP government, and now merchant/traders and manufacturers are also up in arms against the central government’s new tax regime of GST (Goods and Service Tax). Yesterday the local textile industry of Surat city called for a shutdown […]

The Suffering of Indian Farmers

Farmers from various states of India like Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat etc., are right now agitating against their local state governments demanding, mainly, cancellation of their debts as well as better minimum support prices of their products. In the on-going agitation already six farmers have been killed by police firing. This agitation is a […]

Affordable Healthcare?

Since coming to power in 2014 one of the aims of the Narendra Modi government’s welfare state is to make healthcare more affordable in India by, mainly, trying to curb prices of drugs used to treat critical ailments such as cancer, HIV/AIDS and diabetes. In their efforts to do so they have declared some 350 […]

India’s Holy Cow

by Madhusudan Raj The present Narendra Modi government of India issued orders banning the selling of cattle (cow and buffalo) beef a couple of days ago. This diktat has created a fury in various Indian states, especially the southern states and the state of West Bengal both of which have now announced that they will […]

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)

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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 […]