Shankkar Aiyar

Surrealism and the state of the Union

Surrealism is a permanent invitee in India’s political economy and systemic creativity is on exhibition in every session of Parliament. 

25 Jul 2021

Answers Indians want from Monsoon Session of Parliament

This week the elected representatives will troop into Parliament to represent the electors.

20 Jul 2021

Reshuffle kerfuffle: India needs results

The defining characteristic of the Modi Model of politics is the element of surprise, predictable unpredictability!

04 Jul 2021

Fiscal fires ravaging family budgets

The angst is visible in bazaars and audibly vocal in living rooms and WhatsApp family calls.

27 Jun 2021

Why is urban India missing in Covid relief

Electoral arithmetic has been a dominant influencer and driver of economic policy in India.

13 Jun 2021

Needed: A minister for privatisation

India was informed that the Niti Aayog has finalised names of public sector banks to be privatised in the current financial year.

06 Jun 2021

RBI message to Raisina Hill. Spend!

Circumstance is often an eloquent expression of the imperative for action as perceived potential of double-digit growth has yielded to a veiled sense of foreboding

30 May 2021

Modi vs who? ‘Don’t know/can’t say’

The Modi Sarkar completes seven years in power next week.

23 May 2021

Long shadow of long COVID on the economy

The economy was expected to grow by around 10 per cent nominally and touch roughly Rs 220 lakh crore.

16 May 2021

Budget 2021: Triggers and tripwires

Expectations have a defining influence on politics — just as they have on economics.

16 May 2021

India COVID crisis: Whataboutery in the republic of grief

Grief hangs heavy in the air afflicted by death, distress, despair and depression.

09 May 2021

Breathless in India: The price of inaction

India finds itself caught in the wake of exceptionalism and premature triumphalism.

25 Apr 2021

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

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