Sunday, June 7, 2020
R N Bhaskar 22 June 2015 Timeline: early 1980s. India sees the emergence of a new form of blackmail. A trade organisation, Retail Druggists’ and Chemists’ Association (RDCA), decides to selectively target manufacturers and ‘ban’ the sale of their products from...
R N Bhaskar 13 July 2015 There are signs of gloom.  People have already begun grumbling, even accusing the government of causing a slowdown. A major pointer is the dipping flow of investments into India. Is the Indian economy sinking? Maybe not....
R N Bhaskar 20 July 2015 "Make in India" is a good slogan. But it depends critically on the making of people, character-building, even basic literacy in India. All this begins at school.  School education is the most enduring way to...
R N Bhaskar 27 July 2015 Cut through the hype that governments like to spin out. You then realise that India’s growth story is quite shaky. Its education related numbers (see chart) tell a very bleak story. Of 100 students who went...
R N Bhaskar 3 August 2015 Talk to high net worth individuals (HNIs) and non-resident Indians (NRIs). They express tremendous anxiety over the provisions of the government’s new piece of legislation.  This spells trouble for all of us, even if we...
http://www.freepressjournal.in/pending-cases-and-political-criminality/http://epaper.freepressjournal.in/625996/The-Free-Press-Journal-Mumbai-Edition/29-Oct-2015?show=touch#page/10/1 Pending cases and political criminality — By R N Bhaskar | Oct 29, 2015 12:50 am There is one question most social scientists have been grappling with for ages – what is the difference between a government and the mafia? After all,...
R N Bhaskar 17 August 2015 The stench of bribery is up in the air once again. This time, it is disclosure that a US company, Louis Berger, paid bribes to two Goa legislators to win a contract. At least one...
R N Bhaskar 24 August 2015 The government is keen on strengthening Aadhaar. That will allow it to effectively implement its Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) programme across the country. But there is a gaping hole in the entire process.  India has been...
R N Bhaskar 31 August 2015 India has finally begun to make its mark in solar energy. Significantly, as was the case with Germany, solar power costs have been falling year-on-year.  It is worth recalling that it was Germany which catalysed this...
http://www.freepressjournal.in/the-nexus-between-pockets-and-the-noose/ The nexus between pockets and the noose — By RN Bhaskar | Oct 21, 2015 12:00 am Talk of death is there in the air.  There is abject apathy in registering the dead; then there are others who clamour for blood and...