The Street Vendors Bill Opportunities and Challenges

Download PDF version The Street Vendors Bill, awaiting the presidential assent, may hinder an otherwise informal and fl exible business model. Reducing the level of regulation and rigid bureaucracy could pave the way for a law that takes into account the concerns of the street vendors themselves. Nita Mathur (

Evidence-based Policymaking What Can We Learn from India’s R&D Statistics?

Download PDF version Looking into India’s research and development fi gures for 2011-12, this article points out that four issues stand out in a systematic analysis of the data. These are the national system of innovation moving closer to the business enterprise sector; the private sector’s share of R&D in

MGNREGA and Biodiversity Conservation

Download PDF version The various activities being promoted under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme such as water harvesting and soil conservations could have high positive results on environment security and biodiversity and environment conservation. While this article appreciates the integration of biodiversity conservation into the MGNREGS, it points

Sexual Violence and Culture of Impunity in Kashmir Need for a Paradigm Shift?

Download PDF version The present discourse addressing the culture of impunity regarding sexual violence by security forces in Kashmir suffers from a structural limitation – its fi xation on the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1990, and the institution that this law protects. The experiences and fate of many cases

A Law for Street Vendors

Download PDF version Street vendors are jubilant about the new law; now for its implementation. Street vendors in India, estimated to number approximately 10 million, face an unenviable situation in many ways. They cater to the need for essentials, food and other items of daily use at affordable prices for

Break the ‘Special 301’ Big Stick

Download PDF version India should stand up to US bullying on intellectual property. The United States (US) Chamber of Commerce, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and the US’ National Association of Manufacturers have all made strong pleas to the US Trade Representative (USTR) to designate India as

India-US trade ties hit a new low

Once considered ‘strategic natural allies’, India and the United States are now witnessing one of the worst periods in bilateral trade ties. US President Barack Obama’s visit to India in November 2010 had raised expectations that the relationship would be cemented further. Instead, it has only hit rough patches since.