Shankkar Aiyar

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

Shankkar Aiyar
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

Destination India: Capitalising on attention

India, steadfast in its stance of strategic autonomy, finds itself in the spotlight.

03 Apr 2022

Ukraine: The end of global illusions

Contextual autism is an essential instrument in the practice of hypocrisy.

20 Mar 2022

Assembly Polls 2022 takeaway: The decline and fall of the Congress empire

RAW data doesn’t quite care about sentiments. Few expected the Indian National Congress to make waves.

13 Mar 2022

Sanctions and the spectre of deglobalisation

Superlatives typically serve the purpose of weaponising rhetoric and outrage.

06 Mar 2022

Ukraine: The optics and reality of sanctions

Tragedies are triggered by action — and are often compounded by what is not done.  

27 Feb 2022

From Russia with love… Putin’s fog of war

The centrality of the conflict rests on Putin’s vision of Russia not as it is but as he sees it — Ukraine, which ironically means borderland, has always been on the agenda for Russia.

20 Feb 2022

Archaic laws criminalise entrepreneurs

Three decades after the dismantling of Licence Raj, the fear of Inspector Raj persists.

13 Feb 2022

Budget: Between promise and reality of state capacity

The political class aspired for an increase in transfer of resources to the poor.

06 Feb 2022

Maharaja now liberated — Cue to queue up PSUs

India’s management of the public sector landscape is haunted by inadequate conceptual clarity on what the government must own, what it must own and manage and what it must divest.

30 Jan 2022