articles by Prasanna Mohanty

India

Bulandshahr violence: Governance takes backseat in UP as Yogi Adityanath govt makes mockery of law and order

This open display of hostility towards one community and undermining of the process of justice are not only creating deep fissures in society but also demoralising honest police officers and jeopardising professionalism in the force.

India

Agrarian crisis: Bias against agriculture needs to go for revival; higher investment, change in attitude towards sector a must

More attention to agriculture by way of higher investment and positive attitudinal changes, therefore, may actually bring about better economic dividends and put India into a higher development trajectory like other Asian nations. The sooner this is realised, the better it would be to revitalise agriculture and rural economy.

India

Bulandshahr violence: Congress and BJP's pandering to religious extremists could cause permanent damage to body politic

Imagine if the Congress continues to imitate the BJP, both the Sabarimala and Ayodhya agitation will dominate the body politic in the months to come

India

Farmers' march in New Delhi: Agricultural policies are not working on ground; existing mechanisms need reform

The agrarian crisis did not happen overnight. The problem started after 1991-92 — until then, both farm and non-farm sectors grew at the same level.

India

Farmers plan march in New Delhi: Agrarian crisis is deep and pervasive, but not fully appreciated or remedied

There are waves and waves of marches by farmers, landless and tribals in many parts of India these days, particularly to the seats of power.

Politics

Satya Pal Malik's decision to dissolve Jammu and Kashmir Assembly does great disservice to democratic traditions

It is Satya Pal Malik's job to ensure that justice is not only done but is also seen to be done in Jammu and Kashmir. He has failed on this count.

India

Stubble-burning and Diwali crackers are useful diversions; air pollution needs comprehensive year-round plan

Just how small industries are killing air will be evident if one drives out of Delhi towards Rohtak in Haryana, as this writer did a few days ago

India

Maratha quota row in Maharashtra: Why do politically powerful and relatively rich communities need reservations?

The Maharashtra government’s decision to grant reservations to the Maratha community is more in keeping with the political expediency of the time.

India

Sabarimala row: BJP and Congress undermining Constitution's secular values without a second thought for country's future

The Congress provoked communal politics of 1980s by its highly questionable role in the Shah Bano and Ram Janambhoomi cases.

India

Sabarimala row: Who will discipline political parties for failing to uphold a Supreme Court verdict or the Constitution?

Once the Supreme Court allowed women of all ages entry into the Sabarimala temple citing the constitutional morality and values, one would have expected the political parties across the spectrum to honour it and lend their support to the Kerala government in implementing it.

Business

World Bank ease of doing business ranking: Higher FDI inflows is okay, but why is it not boosting economic growth?

Gross fixed capital formation (GFCF), which is an indicator of investment in the economy, has also been going down steadily – from 34.31 percent of GDP in 2011-12 to 28.5 percent in 2017-18

India

Ill-effects of stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana not limited to Delhi or NCR; it grips entire country, impacts climate system

The practice of crop residue burning started with mechanised harvesting in 1980s, for both paddy and wheat residues as it leaves taller stubbles of 1-2 ft compared with less than 6 inch in manual harvesting.

India

Sabarimala temple row: #HappyToBleed maintains intriguing silence even as #MeToo becomes a rage in India

The #HappyToBleed became quite a rage in 2015 in response to a rather tame statement of the then president of the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) Prayar Gopalakrishnan.

India

Sabarimala shrine reopens tomorrow: Can't blame patriarchy alone for protests against SC verdict, organised religion is also at fault

The objections to the Sabarimala verdict are no different. It is just not adequate to put the blame on a patriarchal mindset that pervades across gender, indoctrination or social and political compulsions, though all these are significant contributing factors.

Business

Kisan Kranti Yatra: After raising minimum support prices, will the Centre blink and waive farmers’ loans?

There is yet another way of providing relief to farmers, easy and popular though not necessarily the best way to address the issue – waiving off their loans.

India

India's landless poor: Post-liberalisation era brought in wealth to a stressed economy but did little to end rural poverty

Land reform was a major policy thrust area in the first three decades after Independence during which zamindari was abolished, a land ceiling was imposed and surplus and wasteland were distributed among the landless.

India

India's landless poor: Amid rising rural poverty and lower access to land, empowering this group must be priority

The landless are, in fact, the “poorest of the poor” -- according to the Government of India’s own admission, for whom, among others, it launched an insurance policy, Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana, in 2007.

Business

Kisan Kranti Yatra: Low income major cause of agrarian distress, but is higher MSP solution to farmers' woes?

The low income and income disparity are a major cause of the agrarian distress, leading to farmers’ suicides and youngsters leaving farming.