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Nilanjan Ghosh

Nilanjan Ghosh

Director, Observer Research Foundationnilanjanghosh@orfonline.org
The author is the Director of Observer Research Foundation and is based in Kolkata.

By Nilanjan Ghosh

How the Covid pandemic is souring India’s $5 trillion dream

Rather than having an ambition of $5 trillion economy that seems almost unattainable by 2024, it is now important that the next three years focus on the creation of better provisions of public goods and services like health.

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The RCEP talks and India's anxieties

The biggest concern of India with RCEP at this juncture is not merely the economic reasons, but more geopolitical: the existence of China.

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The dynamics of self-reliant India

Both — Aatmanirbhar Bharat and Make in India — are great ideas, and are misinterpreted in due to vested interests, or due to lack of communication and lack of understanding among the public.

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How India can hit China where it hurts them most

With a negative public sentiment about China prevailing in India, China, with delinquent antics, is virtually pushing itself to lose out on the buoyant and burgeoning Indian market. This will hit them hard.

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Why our MSMEs have very few options left to survive

More than one-third of the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) will be pulling down their shutters as a result of the present economic trough, despite the liquidity measures promoted by the FM.

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How a delta ravaged by Cyclone Amphan awaits a revival

As if Covid-19 was not enough, Amphan has damaged infrastructure, rendered many homeless, and imposed a cost on the West Bengal economy whose indelible impacts will be felt in the long-run.

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How growth and equity get a boost in Finance Minister's economic stimulus package

FM Nirmala Sitharaman’s first tranche of announcements of the fiscal stimulus for economic recovery closely follows PM Modi's vision of making the economy self-reliant.

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How the pandemic is an opportunity to create a ‘more equal’ world

A new “more equal” world has to replace the old unequal world with a paradigm propagating equality from spatial and temporal dimensions.

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Clear picture of negative crude oil price

The situation has created rigmarole in market clearance across commodity derivatives markets of the world.

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How a changing global order will emerge in the post-Covid world

A changing global economic order will make many nations focus on India as a preferred destination for investment over China.

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How Covid-19 will affect sustainability and the UNSDGs

With the Covid-19 pandemic likely to affect global developmental objectives at a broader scale. the impacts will be observed prominently in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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How women can change the world

Studies show women’s economic empowerment can help poverty reduction, and create a more educated next generation.

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How Modi 2.0 is paving new ways for paradigm changes in water governance in India

Water needs a multidisciplinary approach that exceeds the capacity of reductionist engineering and myopic neoclassical economics.

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Why it's time for BIMSTEC to realise its potential

The renewed interest in the Bay is driven by opportunities of connectivity, trade and development.

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Budget 2020: Govt’s cohesive vision for economic reforms

Union Budget 2020-21 is not merely a statement of government expenditure and receipts, but pursues a holistic vision of well-being.

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Delhi's water woes: The political turf war ahead of elections is denying citizens their 'right to life'

Clean water cannot be allowed to be the responsibility of one body alone. It has to be the collective responsibility of all government machinery.

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Busting myths on the Brahmaputra

Hydro-diplomacy should be based on scientific data and informed analysis, rather than amorphous jingoistic sentiments.

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Why right to clean air and water should be made a fundamental right

Water has entered the turf of a verbal war between political parties serving the purposes of egotistic claims, rather the serving the people's cause.

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Why India has not been able to resolve the Teesta stalemate

The divergent views of the Centre and the state of West Bengal have led to the Teesta river being subjected to 'conflictual federalism'.

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Rescue plan for the 'Haze Capital'

Indians are probably getting too used to pollution!

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Water wars more about information than water itself. India must prepare

Information and knowledge gaps are largely responsible for creating an environment of mistrust among riparians and the various stakeholders in the river systems.

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Roadmap for India's $5 trillion journey

The Indian growth story will be an organic, consumption-led narrative spurred by the service sector.

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Why climate summits fail to spur action

Amid one of the largest environmental protests ever, the commitments from some of the biggest emitters — the US, China, and India — are awfully inadequate.

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Why the odd-even scheme doesn’t make much sense to fight Delhi pollution

The scheme was introduced for private vehicles and two-wheelers. The sensitivity of pollution levels are, however, far higher for commercial vehicles.

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Who will take the heat of the Amazon rainforest fire?

The Amazon fire is a reminder that unbridled development is not in consonance with ecological sustainability and, consequently, human well-being.

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India’s time to trade freely: A ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’ is on its way, but is India ready?

Is India competitive enough to be set ‘free’ in the Indo-Pacific?

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Nature budgeting: It's high time beneficiaries started paying the Himalayan communities for maintenance of ecosystem

Nature budgeting is the need of the hour. The Himalayas have subsidized the entire civilization and now, it’s payback time.

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Floods or Droughts: How nature can cure India's impending water crisis

The idea of water governance should be based on demand management and adapting to the moods of nature, instead of trying to control it.

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Ragi can resolve Cauvery issue

Karnataka’s decision to refuse to release Cauvery water, to protect its irrigated summer paddy, will have an adverse effect on the standing Kuruvai paddy in Tamil Nadu, intensifying this property dispute of sorts.

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What’s wrong with NYAY?

Rahul Gandhi’s ambitious Nyuntam Aay Yojana or NYAY would have been a great plan in utopian India. In the real world, it is just anyaay.

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