Shankkar Aiyar

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

Shankkar Aiyar

Demography: Destiny or disaster?

The big question is can India combine the scale of its market and working age cohort to propel consumption, investment and growth.

23 Apr 2023

Random policy roundabouts and the Citizen 

The nodal Gopal Krishna Gokhale Bridge had collapsed in July 2018.

16 Apr 2023

Whac-a-mole economics, rate hikes and pauses

At the end of the day policy rate prescriptions beyond the verbiage are judgement calls and a pause to assess impact is conceivable.

09 Apr 2023

Meanwhile... India’s silent water crisis

Water crisis is one of the five issues chronicled in my book The Gated Republic on India’s public policy failures and private solutions.

26 Mar 2023

Poly Crisis: Everything everywhere all at once

Like the author of the cliché ‘a week is a long time in politics’ could well extend the patent to cover financial markets.

21 Mar 2023

Global markets: The Ides of March come knocking

The rising cost of money impairs the ability of venture capital funds in the US and elsewhere. This has implications for India’s start-up ecosystem.

12 Mar 2023

States Investor summits: Between promise and realities

In the past year, the volume of MoUs signed has gone up -- and the value of the MoUs signed, stated investment intent, has migrated from thousand of crores to lakh crores.

05 Mar 2023

War in #Ukraine: The remaking of history

For over twelve months humanity and the world economy are paying the price in lives, a higher cost of living and livelihoods.

26 Feb 2023

Beyond Budgets: What happens to futuristic ideas?

Shorn of the optics, Budget 2023 is verily a “no harm done budget" with some nudges for an "Atmanirbhar GDP” and is betting on domestic consumption.

22 Feb 2023

Rising prices and falling credibility of policy

The debate in bazaars and homes across India is about the rising prices of essentials. 

19 Feb 2023

Budget 2023: What is India’s welfare expenditure?

Citizens in the UK can petition parliament – 10,000 signatures gets a response from the government and after one lakh signatures the petition is considered for debate in Parliament.

29 Jan 2023

WTO, ESG and the fracture of free trade

The WTO was designed as a multilateral platform for member countries to define norms and decide on disputes.

22 Jan 2023

What happens in Davos stays in Davos

The optics is about making the world a better place. The opportunity is about networking amidst moolah and minds with messianic zeal.

15 Jan 2023

Disinvestment: The Runaway Bride

The gap in promise and performance symbolises the systemic inadequacies which haunt the disinvestment programme.

08 Jan 2023

2023: Welcome to the 'What if' year

The top X factor triggering the ‘What If’ question, as we begin the year, is the reemergence of Covid-19 infections and threat to lives and livelihoods.

01 Jan 2023

Nuggets on governance from Parliament

Here are a few factoids on governance from Parliament.

25 Dec 2022

Global rat(e) race: Risks for Budget 2023

The key phrase for Budget 2023 should be ‘prudence’. It is imperative to be imaginative about the possible downsides confronting the economy.

18 Dec 2022

Debates, deficits & 4.88 crore pending court cases

The stage seems set for another round of contestations between the government and the judiciary.

11 Dec 2022

EC credibility and the missing Seshan effect 

Elections in India can be safely divided into before Seshan and after Seshan. 

04 Dec 2022

Urban India trapped in systemic dystopia

The embedded bias in the political system has rendered urban India a lesser constituency. This is despite the fact that urban India accounts for nearly 35 per cent of India’s 1.4 billion people.

20 Nov 2022

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