Jagdeep S Chhokar, one of the founders and trustees of Association for Democratic Reforms, interviewed by Ajaz Ashraf (CaravanMagazine.in)
India is often hailed for its democracy, for empowering its poor and ordinary citizens to participate in the electoral process and play a role in shaping the country. This narrative has increasingly come under strain since the Supreme Court, through its March 2003 judgment in Union of India vs Association for Democratic Reforms, made it mandatory for candidates contesting elections to disclose their wealth, educational qualification, and criminal cases pending against them at the time they file their nominations. The Supreme Court judgment came after the Association for Democratic Reforms, or ADR, a non-governmental organisation working on electoral reforms, moved the Delhi high court in 1999 for an order asking candidates to disclose information that would help voters make an informed choice. The high court ruled in the ADR’s favour. The union government went in appeal to the Supreme Court, which upheld the high court judgment.
The candidates’ disclosures, including those...
MS Swaminathan, father of Green Revolution, interviewed by Jitheesh PM & Jipson John (Newsclick.in)
In an interview, the ‘father’ of India’s Green Revolution, says while technology is necessary, policies on procurement and public distribution are far more important in making agriculture economically viable and sustainable in the country.
No one has played a more instrumental role in India’s self-sufficiency in food production than Dr MS Swaminathan — world-renowned agricultural scientist, known as the ‘Father of Green Revolution in India’.
After getting a PhD from Cambridge University and further foreign training, he returned to India and served in various capacities as scientist, teacher, institutional builder and administrator.
MS Swaminathan chaired the National Commission on Farmers (2004–06) appointed by the Union Government in 2004. The Commission submitted five reports in 2006, outlining comprehensive measures required for the sustainability and viability of agriculture in India.
A recipient of numerous awards and honours, Swaminathan also served as a nominated member in the Rajya Sabha from 2007 to 2013.
He founded the...
MS Swaminathan, father of Green Revolution, interviewed by Vishwanath Kulkarni (The Hindu Business Line)
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Eminent agriculture scientist MS Swaminathan, Chairman of the much discussed Farmers’ Commission whose report mooted an MSP at 50 per cent above cost, feels that income support can be given in the form of free inputs or higher procurement as well. While welcoming ‘PM-Kisan’, he says cash transfer should not become a form of patronage and that the focus should shift from loan write-offs to long-term policies. Excerpts from an interview with Vishwanath Kulkarni:
* How do you assess the current scenario in agriculture?
The current agriculture situation is a mixed bag. There are bright spots as well as dark spots. Bright spots come from the enthusiasm on the part of farmers, who know today that they can produce much more. Similarly, agriculture universities have developed quite good programmes. Bright spots are in terms of our ability to produce more foodgrains, horticulture produce, milk and poultry.
Agriculture involves crop husbandry,...
YV Reddy, former Reserve Bank of India governor and chairperson of the 14th Finance Commission, interviewed by Roshan Kishore (Hindustan Times)
The 15th Finance Commission (FC) has to submit its report in October 2019, which will be another important event in the evolution of India’s fiscal federalism framework.
The tenure of the Narendra Modi government has seen important changes in India’s fiscal federalism set-up such as the abolition of the Planning Commission (PC) and the roll-out of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The 15th Finance Commission (FC) has to submit its report in October 2019, which will be another important event in the evolution of India’s fiscal federalism framework. It is in this backdrop that Hindustan Times spoke to former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Y. V. Reddy, who also chaired the 14th FC, about his latest book, India’s Fiscal Federalism. Edited excerpts from the interview:
Q. Your book gives a snapshot of the evolution of fiscal federalism in India. What are the three most important milestones after India’s independence...
Prof. Guy Standing, economist at the School Of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, interviewed by Sayantan Bera (Livemint.com)
In conversation with Guy Standing, economist at the School Of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Neither the Narendra Modi government nor Rahul Gandhi have gotten minimum income scheme right, he says
New Delhi: Income support is the big economic idea of the season. While the ruling BJP government announced a limited money transfer scheme targeted at farmers in the recent interim budget, the Congress has proposed to solve the country’s chronic poverty with a minimum income guarantee for every Indian.
Some consider these pre-election proposals to be too ambitious. But, Guy Standing,71, an economist at the School Of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, thinks that the real concern may be that these schemes are not ambitious enough.
A proponent of giving people cash since the early 1980s, Standing has built himself a reputation as the global guru of universal basic income. He disapproves of words like “limited" and “targeted". India’s...