Category: English Editorials

Shaky building blocks (The Hindu)

Shailaja Menon Many children in elementary classrooms across India cannot read and write proficiently, as demonstrated on an annual basis by the Annual Status of Education Reports (ASER). This affects other school-based learning, as well as functioning in societies and economies that prize literacy. Capabilities of young children It was heartening, therefore, to see a...

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Large not the reform insurance needs (The Economic Times)

The government reportedly proposes to merge all state sector general insurance companies into one large entity. Curtailing competition in this space is a bad idea. The country does not need larger but many more players in the general insurance market. Greater competition will drive down costs, improve service and give consumers a wider choice. The...

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NRC shouldn’t create arbitrary exclusion (The Economic Times)

The process of compiling the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is flawed. Instead of trying to meet arbitrary deadlines, the focus should be on averting human trauma and tragedy on a large scale, the potential for which the NRC process contains. Two NRC officials have been arrested for taking bribes to include a woman’s name....

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Joke is on Kerala (The Indian Express)

Written by S Gopalakrishnan Cartooning does not fall under the category of absurd-art. However, as Kerala celebrates the centenary of the first cartoon in Malayalam this year, the discipline of cartooning is facing an absurd situation. On Wednesday, the Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi, an autonomous body, was asked by the state government to review its...

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Too good to be true (The Indian Express)

Written by Satish Deshpande What does the new National Education Policy (NEP) have to say about the future of Indian higher education? Before trying to answer this question, it is necessary to spend a moment or two on the roughly 500-page draft of the NEP (henceforth DNEP) that the new government unveiled on the day...

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Economic Graffiti: The view from Palanpur (The Indian Express)

Written by Kaushik Basu Palanpur, with a population of barely 1,255 individuals, clustered in 233 households (2008 data), is a nondescript village in the Bilari Block of Moradabad district, Uttar Pradesh, some 220 kilometers east from Delhi. The residents belong to various caste groups — Thakurs, Muraos, Jatavs — and are pre-dominantly Hindus, though about...

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The fall in oil prices could benefit the Indian economy (Hindustan Times)

Amid a bevy of negative economic news, New Delhi can take comfort in the present slump in oil prices. In the first quarter of this year, oil prices rose over a third. There was talk of $100-a-barrel and growth downgrades for importers like India. Events seemed to only strengthen the case for a price spike:...

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Mining in India needs a humane approach (Hindustan Times)

Opposition from local populations to big development projects has now become de rigeur, the latest being coal mining in Chhattisgarh. Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on Tuesday stopped all work related to iron ore mining in tribal-dominated Dantewada’s Bailadila hills after a five-day protest by tribals who claim the shrine of a goddess is located on...

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Rupture in India’s accounting history: PwC’s quitting as auditor signals a new chapter (The Economic Times)

The move by Price Waterhouse & Co (PwC) to quit as auditors of two Anil Ambani group companies, on account of absent satisfactory response to queries, marks a rupture in India’s corporate history. Audit firms had little practical choice but to go along with company managements’ version of accounting truth. Deloitte’s fate post-IL&FS makes it...

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Rigour, not diatribe, from GDP debate (The Economic Times)

Former Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian’s claim, in a recent working paper, that India’s GDP growth has been overestimated by some 2.5 percentage points between 2011-12 and 2016-17 should serve as an occasion for an informed discourse among statisticians, econometricians and economists. It should lead to rigour and credibility, not diatribe. The working paper found...

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