Vitriolic election campaigns are a symbol of our moral decay

Elections are messy affairs. The poll rhetoric off late has ranged from appeasement to open threats, and it has been unfortunate (but expected) that the Prime Minister has led the charge on this count. A while back, the PM and his colleagues attempted to shame the state of Kerala by comparing them to Somalia; brought …

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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 …

Demonetisation: where is the Prestige?

We are close to completing a full year since the monumental misadventure called Demonetisation was unleashed upon an unsuspecting nation. Actually, demonetisation was just the starkest episode in a series of political stunts that Narendra Modi has pulled off. A quick recap:We are close to completing a full year since the monumental misadventure called Demonetisation …

How can Bangladesh access a larger slice of the climate finance pie?

This column was first carried by Dhaka Tribune ***   The promotion of ‘green growth’ – growth that aims to minimise negative environmental impacts of economic growth engines of a country – requires substantial financial commitment. The G20 Green Finance Study Group defines green finance as “…financing of investments that provide environmental benefits in the …