RESOLVING FARMER DISTRESS

#Vitarkka: Various data sources claim that between 160 to 395 Million acres of land are under agriculture in India and figures amongst the top 5 growers worldwide in many categories of agri-products. (India has about 812 Million Acres of land approximately). 60% of India’s population is directly or indirectly employed in agriculture. Agriculture exports according... Continue Reading →

LIQUOR HYPOCRISY

#Vitarkka: Two of India's highest revenue generators are Cigarettes and Liquor. Both undoubtedly controversial. WHO's report said that over 1 Million (10 Lakh) Indians died as a result of various smoking diseases accounting for a staggering 9.5% of all deaths. 48% die due to Cardio Vascular Diseases (CVD), 23% due to Chronic respiratory disease (CRD),... Continue Reading →

THE DEMON ON INDIA STREET

#Vitarkka: Since it was announced on 8th Nov 2016, Demonetisation in India has become the most talked about subject in the entire world. 86% of the country’s currency was rendered worthless on that dark day. When it was announced, the reactions were multifaceted. The government's stated aim was to shut down black money or the... Continue Reading →

TIME FOR A WATERWAYS BILL

#Vitarkka: The waterways of India is not a well studied system, nor proper planning for the same has been undertaken by bench-marking it against the best practices around the world. We do not worry about what contaminants or hazardous substances get into our waterways through the storm water drainage and canal-ways. We need to look... Continue Reading →

EVERY DEAL, A LOBBYIST

#Vitarkka: World over there is this eternal need for corporates to create their government or be close to the government. Business has a vicious need to constantly post growth. It's critical to keep their investors happy by meeting targets. Hence...more markets, more products, newer versions, push ... push ... push. The most successful lobbying undoubtedly... Continue Reading →

TACKLING UNEMPLOYMENT

#Vitarkka: India rarely uses an apprenticeship model to teach young people a trade. Could such a system help the unemployed? Millions of Indians are unemployed, but jobs stand empty because employers can’t find skilled people to fill them. With new technology transforming work across a range of sectors, more and more businesses are struggling to... Continue Reading →

IS DISRUPTION GOOD?

#Vitarkka: Disruption scares the living daylights out of people as the name itself conjures up images of destruction and mayhem. And this word coined especially for the use of start-ups all over the world and them being encouraged to state what they are or intend to ‘disrupt’ as it were the prerequisite for funding, this... Continue Reading →

INDIA’S BIGGEST CASINO

#Vitarkka: Traditionally, Indians have always favoured holding on to some cash and gold as a rainy day investment. Be it for a medical emergency or a wedding in the family. Demonetisation appears to be an experiment to change the habits Indians have cultivated from time immemorial. This experiment along with higher tariffs to decrease gold... Continue Reading →

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