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Ranvir Nayar

Ranvir Nayar

Why India should not rush into a free trade deal with UK or EU

Why India should not rush into a free trade deal with UK or EU

September 15, 2020

Last week the UK and Japan announced that they had reached a bilateral free trade agreement that would govern their trade ties from the year 2020 when the UK completed its exit from the European Union and hence also exited the ambit of the EU-Japan trade pact. Both the countries ...

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Pollution spikes as governments shift focus from ecology to economy

Pollution spikes as governments shift focus from ecology to economy

September 8, 2020

Euphoria over clean environment during lockdown is replaced with despair as pollution levels soar again & leaders look for economic recovery at all costs, especially cost of environment.

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India-China Border Clashes: Outfoxed & cornered

India-China Border Clashes: Outfoxed & cornered

September 1, 2020

After a brief honeymoon with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has consistently failed to read Jinping and has frequently been caught off-guard by the Chinese leader. After a hiatus of six weeks following the first bloody clash between Indian and Chinese ...

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India’s GDP meltdown: Unprecedented but not unforeseen

India’s GDP meltdown: Unprecedented but not unforeseen

August 31, 2020

The only shock about India’s first quarter GDP numbers is the extent to which the economy has tanked. However, it may not be enough to shake Nirmala Sitharaman out of her stupor. Finally, the cat’s out of the bag. It’s official and on record. The catastrophic drop of 23.9 p...

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India in a bind over US Presidential Elections 2020

India in a bind over US Presidential Elections 2020

August 27, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s enthusiastic endorsement of President Donald Trump at the Howdy Modi event in Houston last year comes to haunt Indian diaspora in US with the nomination of Indian origin Senator Kamala Harris as Democratic Vice Presidential candidate for the US Pr...

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Earth Overshoot Day: India a role model for global consumption

Earth Overshoot Day: India a role model for global consumption

August 22, 2020

Even though Earth Overshoot Day 2020 has been delayed by three weeks due to coronavirus pandemic, humanity is racing ahead to rapidly devour all global resources. If the whole world lived like Qatar, global resources for an entire year would be exhausted by February 11. For Luxem...

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No silver lining on economy’s dark clouds

No silver lining on economy’s dark clouds

August 21, 2020

Despite various measures announced by the government, there is no sign of any revival in the Indian economy which has continued its sharp decline since March. Inflation continues to rise, job losses spread across sectors and the economy continues to contract.

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RBI data on consumer confidence spells trouble for AatmaNirbhar Bharat

RBI data on consumer confidence spells trouble for AatmaNirbhar Bharat

August 8, 2020

Over a month of hyped up campaign about Aatmanirbhar Bharat has failed to boost consumer morale as latest data from the Reserve Bank of India shows.

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Global leaders complicit in murder of democracy in J&K

Global leaders complicit in murder of democracy in J&K

August 5, 2020

A year of flagrant violation of human rights in Jammu & Kashmir has gone pretty much unnoticed globally as political leaders, self-proclaimed human rights champions, continue to look the other way.

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Freeing the minds of idea of slavery

Freeing the minds of idea of slavery

July 23, 2020

Nearly 150 years after it was abolished from most nations, slavery continues to rankle millions of people and is one of the most divisive issues.

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EU India Virtual Summit 2020: Beating around the bush

EU India Virtual Summit 2020: Beating around the bush

July 19, 2020

Last week has seen yet another EU-India Summit come and go. As in the past two decades, the meet was noticeable only for the absence of any real meat on the table.

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Coronavirus ravages Latin America: Lessons for India

Coronavirus ravages Latin America: Lessons for India

July 8, 2020

Poor healthcare infrastructure, inadequate and delayed responses by governments as well as low testing makes the entire Latin American region a hotspot for the pandemics. India shares many of the problems of the region. Its coronavirus graph is beginning to replicate that of Braz...

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