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Current Thinking about Global Trade Policy

Download PDF version Presentations and discussions among academic experts at a recent international conference on trade policy suggested that the global slump, far from provoking major rethinking of core free market ideas has, if anything, reinforced their power in western economies and international economic organisations. A whole industry is now

Release of Bt Brinjal in Bangladesh ;A Threat to the Region

Download PDF version Despite the indefinite moratorium imposed on the cultivation of Bt-brinjal in India and a ban on its field trials in Philippines, Bangladesh has gone ahead with the commercial release of the genetically modifi ed vegetable. With this move, the region, considered to be the centre of origin

Attempts to Erode RTI Mechanism

Download PDF version The Right to Information mechanism is sought to be diluted by certain bodies by the arbitrary use of pre-existing procedures and rules which were enacted at a time when citizens’ right to information had little or no consequence. These rules also lack procedural safeguards and have onerous

The Demographic Challenge and Employment Growth in India

Download PDF version The working-age population of India is growing in size, the labour force is shifting away from agriculture and, with higher education, workers are also seeking better-quality non-agricultural jobs. However, the trends between 2004-05 and 2011-12 indicate that employment generation in the country has been inadequate to meet

AAP’s Chimera of Change

Download PDF version Ordinary people expect the Aam Aadmi Party to get rid of the prevailing feudal political culture. But will the party stay the course and not betray the people’s trust? The spectacle of Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, sleeping on the road, braving the winter cold

Referendums in a Democracy

Download PDF version Referendums, if properly instituted, could enhance the participative features of Indian democracy. The statements by the Aam Aadmi Party leader and advocate Prashant Bhushan suggesting the use of referendums to determine public opinion and take decisions on deployment of the army in Kashmir and paramilitary forces in

Defining the Social Responsibility of Businesses Whose Business is it?

If the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) has to be implemented meaningfully by companies, then the stakeholders impacted by their business should also have a say in defining what constitutes their social responsibility. Just specification of the amount that corporates should spend and activities they should undertake to fulfil