articles by RN Bhaskar

Business

In easing agri markets and movement of produce, Nirmala Sitharaman has reiterated earlier promises; here are seven more urgently needed reforms

In terms of outlay, the agricultural reform announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharman on 14 May is not as ambitious as other schemes.

India

Meghalaya mine tragedy: Despite large-scale exploitation, successive govts colluded in concealing illegal mining in North East

The issue of illegal mining in India was raised multiple times in the Parliament, and both the UPA and NDA answered them, yet Meghalaya doesn't feature anywhere in their responses

Business

India 2019: Govt should propel growth in infra, renewable energy sector to ease unemployment pain

India could focus on encouraging investments from China which has shown a huge investment appetite in the country – disregardful of the arbitration imbroglio or other irritants

Business

Govt should stop interfering with how IIMs should be run; better focus on primary, secondary education

Another sore point with centres of excellence – including IIMs – is the government’s reluctance to give them total autonomy over finances.

Business

Govts must learn to become slimmer, not be a burden on business: Israeli PM Netanyahu to industry captains

Netanyahu said, governments has to learn to reduce the burden of regulations, make business easier and encourage competition.

Business

Maharashtra's agriculture conundrum: How sugarcane politics roiled other nutrition crops in the state

Even though all food grain production declined by 13%, electricity consumption by the agricultural sector increased by by 188,140%

Business

Maharashtra’s rural revolution-I: Make way UP and Gujarat, state aims to be the country’s No 1 milk producer

Behind this revamping of the state’s milk production, processing and distribution business, there are obviously some very canny political objectives in mind.

Business

How to protect India's agriculture sector from over-zealous govt functionaries?

The crisis for farmers growing pulses has a lot to do with all the government schemes and their shortcomings. It is possible that the present crisis will have taught the government a great deal

Business

Importing pulses to maintain buffer stock, but govt's move at times hurt domestic producers

While the government has contracted to import from Mozambique, at no time last year did Mozambique offer India the most favourable of prices

Business

Why did the government continue importing pulses when domestic production was growing?

If the government begins to procure more, it destabilises the wheat and rice procurement market, and risks a shift of rice and wheat fields to pulses

Business

RERA: Consumer is the king in UTs, not really so in states. Here's why

A curious omission in RERA is that it seeks to regulate builders and developers, and also lays down rules for consumers.

Business

Why does govt continue to procure rice and wheat in a big way but ignore nutritional crops?

Were the government to agree to procurement of pulses, there is a good possibility that existing rice and wheat farmers might switch to growing pulses instead

Business

Pulse prices crash: Why it's a case of misdirected focus by the policymakers

It seemed as if policymakers have been anxious to make the right moves without rocking the proverbial agricultural boat in North India

India

Sukma Maoist attack: Malaise of Naxal violence lies deep in illegal mining and political funding

Many people put the blame squarely on illegal mining and the desperate desire for politicians and bureaucrats to make money out of this lucrative opportunity that has become a major trigger for Naxal violence due to lack of adequate infrastructure.