Shankkar Aiyar

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

Shankkar Aiyar
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.

17 hours ago

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

India’s hapless Migrants: People of a Lesser God

The tragedy at Aurangabad is only a bloody reminder of a problem left unresolved.

10 May 2020

Zombie economies betwixt curve and waves

It could be safely said that the spectre and fallout of COVID-19 has produced a parade of paradoxes.

03 May 2020

Templeton shock and eerie silence of the Sarkar

Effectively savings worth over $ 4 billion or over Rs 30,000 crore stand demonetised.

26 Apr 2020

Slowbalisation and quit China moves

Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, who have wooed companies exiting China following rising wage costs and the Sino-US trade dispute, too are serenading Japanese transnationals.

19 Apr 2020

UN, WTO and now WHO: Ailing acronyms all

The WHO is not the only multilateral institution that is flailing. The same is true of the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation, the IMF and the World Bank who have their share of critics.

12 Apr 2020

Contagiosity and lockdown exit

January 20, 2020. A 35-year-old Chinese woman, a visitor from Wuhan, became South Korea’s first COVID-19 case.

05 Apr 2020

Triage of choices as corona kills

On the social and political front, the consequences of these decisions have wrenched open faultlines and triggered confusion and chaos.

29 Mar 2020