Shankkar Aiyar

Covid-19: Epidemic of wilful blindness

Grief, anger, frustration and cynicism are colliding in personal and public space — and the convergence has left millions afraid and alone, fearful and lonesome.

18 Apr 2021

COVID-19: Politics of not leading by example

The pictures and videos of the bulging unmasked crowds exemplify super spreader characteristics and spell what may follow.

11 Apr 2021

ThinkEdu Conclave 2021: How Amazon created two lakh jobs during COVID-19 pandemic

The promise was to digitally-enable 10 million Small and Medium-Sized Business, enable 10 billion dollars in exports and create a million jobs by 2025.

30 Mar 2021

Unicorns & cricket lessons for politicos

The essential factor binding debutant cricketers and the unicorns is that they belong to the fraternity of the fearless, whether it is on the field of cricket or in the domain of tech innovation.

28 Mar 2021

The US-China Byte Dance: Can India Foxtrot?

A story from Hindu Puranas has salutary relevance for contemporary geopolitics. Bhasmasura, a demon, was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva.

21 Mar 2021

VacciNation: Gaps vex rollout of the jab

On the face of it, India ranks third with 28.2 million or 282 lakh total doses administered.

14 Mar 2021

Minimum government: Commissions and omissions

The quest to restructure the Leviathan has flailed over decades.

07 Mar 2021

PSU privatisation: Why now and why it matters

The shift is driven by economic realities. Why privatisation matters now is embedded in the detailing of Budget 2021 documents.

28 Feb 2021

2021 State polls: The opposition’s identity crisis

The Opposition, in stark contrast, is in retreat floundering against the Modi-Shah juggernaut and struggling to preserve relevance.

21 Feb 2021

New world Order: Forget G20, Form G2Trillion

The much awaited signal event, the first conversation between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping, came to be this Thursday.

14 Feb 2021

Opposition must compete, present ‘shadow’ budget

A shadow budget could enable parties to answer many questions and outline the approach to sectoral challenges.

24 Jan 2021

Mobocracy: Is it just in Trumpistan?

Ironically, the divisiveness, the pandering of partisan politics which catalysed its collapse is inspiring demagogues in democracies.  

10 Jan 2021

Conundrum of contrasts in the Indian economy

It all boils down to finding resources, and the balance sheet doesn’t look pretty with just the Centre’s fiscal deficit at Rs 10.75 lakh crore for the April-November period.

03 Jan 2021

Hindsight 2020: Takeaways for Budget 2021

The gap between India’s potential and reality is reflected by the fact that the India Story continues to be defined, quote-unquote ‘emerging’ for three decades since 1991.

27 Dec 2020

Wistron saga and the state of states

For nearly a decade, India’s governments invested political capital to woo manufacturers of iconic products to ‘make in India’ by leveraging skill availability and low manpower cost.

20 Dec 2020

Spiralling Sensex, Stalled Disinvestment

In February, the gap between the expenditure and income was estimated at Rs 7.96 lakh crore and this widened by October to around Rs 10 lakh crore.

13 Dec 2020

Interest rates: What about the savers?

The hypothesis is that given India’s young population, the right approach is to facilitate consumption to boost investment and growth with lower interest rates.

06 Dec 2020

Banks for billionaires in RBI’s wonderland

Last week, the Reserve Bank of India released the Report of the RBI’s Internal Working Group to Review Extant Ownership Guidelines and Corporate Structure for Indian Private Sector Banks.

29 Nov 2020

Data harvest demands data protection law 

The progress of public policy in India typically traverses a path through decadal milestones where generation next reforms are left for the next generation.

22 Nov 2020

American Democracy: Trial by Trumpism

A vote in a democracy is about being able to speak, and must be counted to be heard.

08 Nov 2020

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