Shankkar Aiyar

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

Shankkar Aiyar
What is a freebie, whose money is it anyway?

Freebie politics is effectively electoral insurance paid for with taxpayer monies. What a freebie is depends on who is asking, where and when...

30 Jul 2022

GST rate hikes and chaos of clarifications

The fact that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had to step in with a series of 14 tweets to clear the picture illustrates the state of drafting and explanatory communication.

24 Jul 2022

Out of school students, joblessness...: Questions for MPs for this Monsoon Session

Our columnist Shankkar Aiyar looks at five critical issues the MPs may want to flag to get a picture of the state of governance during the Monsoon Session of Parliament.

15 Jul 2022

Rupee’s yoyo calls for new playbook

The value of a currency has the potent power to trigger national pride or dismay. 1991, 1997, 2002, 2008, and 2013 are all milestones of local dismay and global doubts.

10 Jul 2022

Maha mess: The BJP traps the Sena tiger

The interpretation of the law on defection by different state assemblies and the cases that followed present a spectre of uncertainty.

26 Jun 2022

Fiery Agnipath stir: Right idea, grim realities

The need for a plan to modernise the armed forces has been haunting India since the eighties when General K Sundarji authored the controversial ‘perspective plan’.

19 Jun 2022

Brace for impact: RBI, central banks flying blind

Everything that should be up is down and everything that should be down is going up.

12 Jun 2022

The missing half of demographic dividend

India will add over 9.7 million every year to the workforce till 2031 and 4.2 million per year till 2041.

05 Jun 2022

The cost of war: Who is paying the price?

The Kissinger outrage did manage to hit a throbbing global nerve though and for good reason.

29 May 2022

Hunger games: World food crisis and G7 hypocrisy

India certainly doesn’t own the copyright on export bans.

22 May 2022

World on fire with inflation, RBI hems and haws 

It had, via the monetary policy committee, taken the decision to raise the repo rate (the rate at which the RBI lends money to banks) by 40 basis points.

08 May 2022

Ease of living challenges in the age of OTP

The aspiration of ease of living, for a billion plus Indians, is frequently found stranded amidst political lethargy and systemic apathy.

01 May 2022

US signals end of free lunch: Who is paying?

It can be safely said that the old adage ‘there is no free lunch’ has come home to roost.

24 Apr 2022

Power Outage Politics: Area of Darkness

Last week, India’s most industrialised state Maharashtra put out a date-wise, district-wise calendar of “load shedding”.

17 Apr 2022

Monetary Policy: RBI says yes, no, maybe

There is much lather about the hawkish turn of the RBI.

10 Apr 2022