2018 will be the year to fight harder

This column first appeared on The Wire *** Recent events, precipitated almost entirely by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), have revived a debate over the fundamental characteristics of India. The fault-lines in society grew deeper in 2017. The national flag, the cow, a temple, historical fiction, and ‘love-jihad’ – …

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Sustainable development must be financed from domestic resources

  Bangladesh faces a significant challenge in its attempt to achieve and sustain high growth while ensuring environmental degradation is kept to a minimum. As global climate negotiations attempt to elicit commitments from rich countries towards the climate finance pots, countries such as Bangladesh must not forget that the key to long-term environmental sustainability rests …

Can Rahul Gandhi make us look forward to the Congress party’s future?

As Rahul Gandhi gets ready to take over as the Congress party president, everyone agrees that he faces a formidable challenge. He has to establish his authority within the party, revive the party organisation, and weave an alternate narrative to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The last couple of months have gone reasonably well for the …

The ‘middle class’ is a fair-weather friend: lessons from AAP’s journey

Arvind Kejriwal’s is a remarkable story. When the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won the Delhi assembly elections in 2015, expectations were sky-high. The thumping majority was unprecedented. Kejriwal, with his promise of change, and of taking on any rival, no matter how big, was, and continues to be both an exciting and exasperating politician to …

Bangladesh needs a ‘green’ growth strategy

This column was co-authored with Dr. Sadiq Ahmed, and was first published by The Daily Star *** As one of the fastest growing economies in South Asia, Bangladesh continues to experience sustained economic growth underpinned by macroeconomic stability and strong domestic demand. The country has been growing at an annual average rate of 6 percent …