Towards a ‘Civil Society-mukt Bharat’?

In 2020, the Government of India made it harder for civil society to raise funds by introducing a raft of restrictive regulations for receiving funding from foreign sources. This was brought about through amendments to the Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act. For one, it prohibited the transfer (sub-granting) of FCRA funds by recipients to other persons …

Shah Rukh Khan and his language of love

Long before Shah Rukh Khan became the world's biggest star, he was a mascot for love. If you were curious about how love should feel, he was there for you. To love and lose, and find love again like Rahul (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai), to love forever like Raj Aryan (Mohabbatein), to love and never …

Is the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) too idealistic, too naive, and too rigid for the real world?

From Quora, and first written in 2010. Not at all. Here is why... While IRMA was established in 1979 to supply trained managers to rural cooperatives and (later) NGOs in India in the 1980s, its graduates now work for a diverse universe of organisations. When I joined IRMA, it was only with the expectation that …

We saw this coming

Post-demonetisation, the government was clueless. When the economy started tanking, the government had no response. On the other hand, every electoral setback was met with incessant efforts at destabilising opponents and grabbing power. What made anyone think that when a public health crisis rolled along, that this government's response would be any better, any more …

Regulators need to act quickly to curb predatory loan apps

NYT has a story on new-generation loan apps: "The authorities in India...believe a new breed of lender, its technique sharpened in China, has been preying on working-class and rural people who have been devastated by the impact of the coronavirus on the Indian economy. These lenders don’t require credit scores or visits to a bank. But they charge high costs …

What did the Union Budget 2021 have in store for the social sector?

The Union Budget for the fiscal year 2021-’22 was supposed to be 'historic'. The Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman had said this Budget would be 'unprecedented', and while we know that such grandiose labels are used every year, the circumstances this year are different. Given the unprecedented global pandemic that has shot the wheels off the Indian economy, …

Narendra Modi has decided to bury India’s federalism

The ongoing farmers’ movement in and around the National Capital Region (NCR) has been the latest flashpoint involving a central government that is increasingly at odds with citizens of this country. This is yet another instance where the Centre has impinged on the constitutional rights of state governments. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s protestations that his …