Talk Point

Indian women and Budget 2018

Talk Point: The quality of legal assistance offered by prosecution to the rape survivors was incompetent

The Human Rights Watch in their report released in November 2017 examines the implementation the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013, and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences, Act, 2012. I share here the findings of an eight week long court-room ethnography conducted in a fast track court (FTC) in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh in April and May of 2015.
A queue of people stand outside a bank to exchange old notes in 2016 after the government announced the demonetisation scheme.

Talk Point: What has India gained from demonetisation and what are the lessons learnt?

A year since demonetisation, we analyse how has India benefited from the decision or whether it has lost out?
Narendra Modi walking out of Hyderabad House

Talk Point: The direct beneficiaries of demonetisation are the poor

We have to understand demonetisation in the right perspective. The reason why the Honourable Prime Minister took this call was deep-rooted corruption, the complete anonymity about black money wherein nobody knew who is hoarding cash.
A man painted black to protest demonetisation

Talk Point: A political masterstroke, demonetisation created a new constituency of voters for BJP

Demonetisation was a political move with economic consequences. Among other things, it sought to uproot an old political elite that presumably depends on hoarded cash.

Talk Point: No job quota, but private sector should focus on voluntary action

Since Nitish is being seen as a villain among a large sections of Dalits, and is also an ethically beaten public figure right now, everything he says might appear bad. When India Inc is slowly but steadily moving towards integrating Dalit/Adivasis in their workforce chain, why is this man barking private sector quota at this juncture?    
Busy market in Chennai

Talk Point: Political will necessary to implement quota in private sector

Whether reservations in the private sector are feasible or not depends on the political will of the governments. It is a globally proven fact that institutions with greater diversity are more successful and innovative and endure longer.
Nitish Kumar addressing a press conference | PTI

Talk Point: Demand for private sector job quota is more rhetoric than substance

Nitish Kumar finds himself in a fix as he ditched the backward class constituency in jumping onto the BJP bandwagon. As an astute politician, he realised that all his rhetoric would not work with people. Therefore, he has come out with this trick of demanding a 50 per cent reservation in private sector.

Talk Point: A vibrant private sector key to empowering disadvantaged groups

Private sector reservations are a bad idea and step in the wrong direction, because growth and job creation are driven by private entrepreneurs reacting to the profit motive.
File image of Nitish Kumar | Flickr

Talk Point: If US industry can have affirmative action, why can’t we?

What Nitish Kumar has said is not anything new. This issue has been debated and discussed since the 2000s. Several Dalit politicians have stressed the need for reservations in the private sector.

Talk Point: There are still unanswered questions about the legality of demonetisation

On 8 November, 2016 the Prime Minister announced on television that 86 per cent of the money in circulation in the Indian economy stood demonetised. There are still unanswered questions about the legality of the entire exercise and even the process followed to arrive at the decision.

On Camera

Congress headquarters

One in three people at Congress rallies may not have voted for the party: Lokniti-CSDS

Survey data from BJP and Congress rallies during 2019 election suggest that huge crowds are deceiving and don’t translate into votes in favour.
elections

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

Defence

An AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force

IAF workhorse AN-32 gets a fuel that’s green and creates jobs for tribals

The IAF will now run its AN-32 transport aircraft on a blended bio-fuel partly derived from trees. It plans to widen the experiment over the next two years.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi era begins in politics as caste factor fades. Here’s why he won’t be easy to beat

BJP's Mandir politics has subsumed Mandal under Modi-Shah and created a pan-Hindu vote. Modi's challenger has to invent a new politics.