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Ranvir Nayar

Ranvir Nayar

Social distancing: A luxurious myth for most

Social distancing: A luxurious myth for most

March 31, 2020

While the government has been advocating social distancing as an effective tool in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, it is at worst a myth and at best a luxury for most of the poor in urban India.

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Corona impact: Virus delivers double whammy to the voiceless

Corona impact: Virus delivers double whammy to the voiceless

March 26, 2020

Two days after the 21-day nationwide lockdown began the government has finally announced INR 1.7 trillion (USD 24 billion) relief package,amidst reports of thousands of migrant workers returning home on foot and fears of starvation. The enormity of the challenge before the government is looming large.

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Coronavirus locking down Indian economy

Coronavirus locking down Indian economy

March 20, 2020

Coronavirus is the third major blow to hit the Indian economy in the past four years. While large companies will make it, the informal sector is already gasping for breath. A complete lockdown could be the final blow to this large part of the Indian economy.

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Trump’s trade terror tactics

Trump’s trade terror tactics

March 13, 2020

Hundreds of millions of the world’s poor could be badly hit by Donald Trump’s distorted vision of the global economy and trade. Last month, United States President Donald Trump abruptly ‘reclassified’ over half a dozen nations in terms of their economic status. Overnight, countries like India, Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand or Vietnam were no longer developing […]

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Donald Trump comes calling

Donald Trump comes calling

February 23, 2020

United States President Donald Trump’s visit is expected to be high on hype, but low on content. And that is not too bad for India.

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Facial recognition raising hackles

Facial recognition raising hackles

February 11, 2020

Facial recognition is being touted as a major technological breakthrough. Easy to abuse, its adoption needs to be strictly controlled.

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Carbon trading and climate change

Carbon trading and climate change

February 8, 2020

After two decades of a total failure, carbon trading was one of the biggest stumbling blocks at the climate change summit in December. It remains a bad idea that needs to be dropped.

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Australian bush fires

Australian bush fires

February 5, 2020

Will the unprecedented bushfires in Australia force the government and people to face the fact of hazards that climate change can inflict on them and others?

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Universal Health Coverage: Ambitious plans, inadequate budget

Universal Health Coverage: Ambitious plans, inadequate budget

January 9, 2020

Even though the government of India has launched various healthcare schemes it has failed to spend adequately on healthcare. India needs to follow the examples of its neighbours and boost its health budget and build a system that can actually offer healthcare to all.

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Taking stock: Disconnect between Indian bourses & economy

Taking stock: Disconnect between Indian bourses & economy

December 21, 2019

Sensex continues to scale new all-time highs, while the economy plumbs to long-time lows. The disconnect between the markets and the economy seems total and unprecedented.

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Cop25 failure

Cop25 failure

December 15, 2019

The Cop25 negotiations in Madrid ended in a failure as global leaders try to kick the climate change can down an inexistant road.

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Russia-Ukraine repair relations

Russia-Ukraine repair relations

December 14, 2019

The quartet meeting in Paris earlier this week saw Russia and Ukraine take moves to reduce tensions. This would allow Russia to rebuild strained ties with Germany and France and talk business.

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