Shankkar Aiyar

Author of Accidental India: A History of the Nation's Passage through Crisis and Change

Shankkar Aiyar
Why the economy can’t wait any more

The real threat confronting the long-term sustainability of the India Story precedes the lockdown — and is visible in data for the previous quarters.

06 Sep 2020

One nation, one tax, one act of God

For weeks now, the government of India and state governments have been dodging and weaving arguments on the quantum of losses and the obligation of compensation.

30 Aug 2020

Market mathemagics and meta-realities

How are the major economies doing? Between April and June, the US economy shrank by 9.5 per cent — or 32.9 per cent annualised. Japan reported a contraction of 7.8 per cent between April and June.

23 Aug 2020

NEP 2020: Piety demands educated outcome plan

The bitter truth is spelt out in the recently released New Education Policy 2020.

16 Aug 2020

US-China, Nixon to Trump: End of a delusion? 

Nixon called it the Week that Changed the World. July 2020 makes it 49 years, nearly half a century, since the fertilisation of a delusive idea which rested on a parade of fallacies and follies.

09 Aug 2020

With growth critical, can India afford not to spend?

The optimistic prognosis has raised eyebrows — particularly in the context of the surge in number of COVID-19 cases and repeated lockdowns across states.

26 Jul 2020

In Congress, old normal is the new normal

In 2020, Congressmen are in a desperate hunt for an idea to revive the leader and a rapidly disintegrating party.

19 Jul 2020

Data is the new oil…also the new snake oil

India has now crossed the 800,000-mark and is heading for the million milestone.

12 Jul 2020

Fund brick and mortar to construct growth

Revival of the economy calls for policies and funding which enable employment — of skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled labour, those who are on the edge of poverty — to propel incomes and demand.

05 Jul 2020

If WhatsApp wishes were horses

Data depicts a harsh reality — fury is followed by furious expansion of imports from China.

28 Jun 2020

Question of interest: After moratorium what?

The critical and unstated question is whether loans taken when the economy was growing at around 5 per cent can be serviced when the economy is expected to contract/shrink by 5.2 per cent.

14 Jun 2020

Growth interrupted: The visible hand

There is a good reason why policies which promise change are defined as Next Gen reforms in India.

07 Jun 2020

Dragon’s dare calls for reset of dollar dynamics

What emboldens China is its economic power. For three decades and more, China systematically aligned economic growth deploying policy to lure technology and capital.

31 May 2020

Covid-19: The  Us-Them Polemics and Placebos

Say aah’ is rarely said these days. Orthodontology, thanks to the lockdown, like other segments of the economy is on pause.

24 May 2020

COVID-19 relief: Between promise and performance

India’s economy tripped from slowdown to shutdown, from despair to distress in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

17 May 2020