India and Defense Manufacturing..

Bloomberg had this interesting piece on Indian Defense manufacturing 👇 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-31/india-struggles-to-match-china-as-elite-world-weapons-exporter Some thoughts I would like to share on this end.. 1. From what I see with regards to procurement is that the procurement process itself is 1. mired with bureaucratic process where corruption/bribery to bureaucracy is deeply-ingrained; 2. the process is broken and one … Continue reading India and Defense Manufacturing..

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Policy Recommendations The case of the US EXIM bank illustrates important point(s) regarding collective action in the current international policy setting. While Export Credit Agencies can be a powerful second best policy instrument for environmental policy if and when first best instruments are unavailable... The US case offers a good illustration of this new role … Continue reading

The World Bank & India’s Inverted Duty Structure

This post should have come a bit earlier but today's embroilment made me want to write it today. So here it is: In 2016, the World Bank released a report on South Asia's Turn - Policies to Boost Competitiveness and Create the Next Export Powerhouse. I happen to have a conference edition (don't know how!) … Continue reading The World Bank & India’s Inverted Duty Structure

Lessons from India’s (Un) Open Data on India’s Online Visa Policy

27th October 2017 Countries across the world have started to appreciate the potential contribution opening government data can have on the future of tourism. In this regards, more often than not I am consulted on my compilation of India's Online Visa Data from publicly available press releases (https://researchandoutcome.wordpress.com/database/). Specifically, I am asked to give advice in … Continue reading Lessons from India’s (Un) Open Data on India’s Online Visa Policy

Indian manufacturing and the missing vision

Vinay Rustagi, managing director of Bridge to India write in a livemint column today, i.e. 27th September 2017 (http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/ec0cnDaAbNYUTFHMSgWxcP/Indian-renewable-sector-at-crossroads.html) A cogent long-term vision for manufacturing sector is missing and there are fears that India has missed the bus on manufacturing. I hate to say it but I have been repeatedly saying this since the last … Continue reading Indian manufacturing and the missing vision

Medical Negligence at Sir H.N. RELIANCE Foundation Hospital

Gorakhpur. A word that make many of us angry for the very reason that it instantly reminds us of several infant deaths. Although it appears that there has been a formal investigation initiated to understand the nature of these untimely deaths, the fact of medical negligence cannot be ignored. But is it only Gorakhpur, the … Continue reading Medical Negligence at Sir H.N. RELIANCE Foundation Hospital

Indian media on international trade

On 23rd August 2017, Livemint published an article whose subtitle read: "The deficit is not a result of exchange rate but of the inability to either boost productivity or to plug into international supply chains" (http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/EMSMafHwiaxZT49y1G6ECP/Fixing-the-trade-deficit-with-China-wont-be-easy.html) On the same day, 23rd August 2017, Livemint published an article whose title read "Strong rupee is hurting Indian … Continue reading Indian media on international trade