articles by S Mohammed Irshad

Business

Trade pacts losing relevance, protectionism is becoming driving force of contemporary global treaties

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent visit to India prior to G-20 shows the latest challenge of foreign trade treaties.

Business

Raghuram Rajan's new book: An economist tells us why it is critical to preserve communities left behind by markets and State

For Rajan, populist nationalism is an impediment to market freedom and hence limits the economic prosperity of developing countries.

Business

Minimum income schemes for poor: Both Congress and BJP are doing it wrong; freebies won't cure poverty

The implementation of any basic income or bare minimum economic support is possible only through the informal sector participation

Business

10% quota for EWS in general category: Govt should revise poverty line, ensure all poor come under the ambit

The latest bill that has granted 10 percent reservation for economically weaker sections (EWS) among the upper castes raises many critical questions on its method of ‘eligibility’ .

Business

CMIE data shows 11 mn jobs lost in 2018: Labour reforms need of the hour, but no political party is serious about it

According to a report by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), job losses, and the number of unemployed people in the country have been steadily rising

Business

NITI Aayog has lost its direction; think tank does not put forward strategic and structural changes

If NITI Aayog wants to push up public invesment, it has to change its policies

Business

Post-Assembly election victories, Congress, TRS, Mizo National Front must pull up their socks to deliver on manifesto

The content of the manifestos and promises are deliverable, however, not sufficient for economic development of the states.

Business

Decoding Goa economy: What is ailing the costal state amidst developing political crisis?

The emerging political crisis of Goa has to be assessed with reference to the economic status of the state

India

Kerala, After The Flood: For rehabilitation efforts to bear fruit, state's developmental policies need drastic changes

Given the scale of the devastation caused by the floods in Kerala, making profits cannot be prioritised to sanction rehabilitation projects.

India

Kerala floods: What state is demanding is official transfer of money assigned for relief, and not charity

Kerala received only 1.62 percent of the total money allocated by the Centre for the year 2018-19 at the national level

India

Assam NRC row: Immigrants contribute to economy, not challenge it; govt should look beyond population numbers

Bangladeshi immigrants, or the Bengali speaking community, became a political issue in Assam because of identity and religion, but not so in West Bengal, because of linguistic and cultural similarities

Business

Budgets are good case studies to explain how political business cycle operates with public support

Incentive to corporate sector, selling of public utilities and privatisation in Union Budget 2018 is justified for public needs i.e. capital for development.

Business

Budget overhaul: Modi govt just took the first step to privatise Indian Railways

NITI Ayog is not keen on the larger support system which the railways offers to the economy and it sees only the government spending on the railways and not even the warnings

Business

#SupportGST: 'It will open up more options to state govts, speed up institutional reforms'

It proposes a tax of collecting and sharing system by integrating existing indirect tax collection schemes.

Business

Why inflation numbers do not make sense for India's poor

Inflation rate has to be assessed vis a vis the government assessment of poverty based on calorie intake of food

Business

Why relief-centric approach to drought mitigation is going to fail

The national disaster management authority has listed the disaster prone areas in India, according to which 68% of the cultivable area is vulnerable to droughts. This is quite interesting to see that majority of cultivable area are in drought-prone area.

Business

Remove inequality in the farm sector; good monsoon alone cannot push growth

If the government really wants to get the benefit out of expected good monsoon, it has to put effort into the agricultural sector