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Modernity mandates can’t be exclusionary

Universal registration of births is a laudable goal. But the new births and death bill can result in deep exclusions and burden poor citizens

Despite increasing institutional births, the fifth round of the National Family Health Survey found that nationally, around 11% of births still happen outside formal facilities(AFP)
Published on Aug 08, 2023 10:03 PM IST

In India, is a guaranteed funded pension feasible?

New models piloted by Andhra Pradesh and Brazil show a path beyond political posturing, and ensuring fiscal sustainability, certainty of benefits and innovation

For most of India, pensions are illusory, available only to formal, permanent, largely government, employees. Before 2004, it was their privilege, baked into the social compact with the State (Arun Mondhe/HT ARCHIVE)
Updated on Apr 02, 2023 09:21 PM IST

How to build a green infrastructure grid

Instead of investing only in metros and highways, spend on smart rail, green transport, climate-resilient water systems, and refurbishing existing infrastructure

Kolkata has had an effective network-based autorickshaw system for many years. It is environmentally friendly, economical and convenient for users, and low investment for entrepreneurs. Such intermediate public transport systems, if electrically powered, can be the backbone of green urban transport in cities (Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 05, 2022 09:07 PM IST
ByPartha Mukhopadhyay

India’s vaccine strategy is neglecting the vulnerable, poor. There is a way out

We are vaccinating very few of the 60+ and also delaying their second dose, leaving them vulnerable to the third wave

Beneficiaries receive a dose of Covid-19 vaccine during a camp at Vile Parle East, in Mumbai earlier this month. (File photo)
Updated on Jun 30, 2021 02:20 PM IST
ByPartha Mukhopadhyay

Stop posturing; start vaccinating

From supplies to procurement to distribution, the current policy doesn’t work. Modify it substantially

A predictable supply will allow states to take vaccines closer and faster to the people rather than passively wait for them. A radically modified policy can even lead to a fully vaccinated population by year-end (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 11, 2021 08:32 PM IST
ByPartha Mukhopadhyay

To beat the second wave, understand it

It would be comic if it were not so deathly serious

From crucial patient data to the vaccination plan, the government has been tightly controlling information. This is unhelpful to transparent and collective Covid-19 pandemic management (AFP)
Updated on Apr 20, 2021 06:42 AM IST
ByPartha Mukhopadhyay

The Union versus Delhi, Act II, Scene 1

The attempt to change the Capital’s governance structure raises a fundamental question — what should be the nature of the Indian Union?

The degree of sobriety, political maturity and commitment to the federal principle that is necessary for a harmonious construction of responsibilities is lacking in India. (SHUTTERSTOCK)
Updated on Mar 21, 2021 10:40 PM IST
ByYamini Aiyar and Partha Mukhopadhyay

Is India’s Covid-19 death rate higher than Italy’s?

The country’s aggregate case fatality ratio is low because India has more young patients than other countries, who are not expected to die. However, in India, they are dying at a rate much higher than what is expected

Commuters board a public transport bus at CST as government ease lockdown during Covid-19 pandemic in Mumbai on Wednesday.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 11, 2020 04:33 AM IST
ByPartha Mukhopadhyay

A blueprint for a testing strategy| Analysis

There is a way to minimise transmission risks and maximise detection of hidden cases

Test asymptomatic individuals who can become super-spreaders; do risk stratification of areas; release data(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Apr 22, 2020 06:49 PM IST
ByJishnu Das, Neelanjan Sircar and Partha Mukhopadhyay

Locking down is not enough. Ramp up testing

Use this period to build capacity, have randomised testing for different groups and identify high-risk locations

Have randomised testing of people allowed to move around during the lockdown. It is important that their identity be recorded, while issuing passes to move during the lockdown(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 27, 2020 06:24 PM IST
ByPartha Mukhopadhyay

What the quest for a $5 trillion economy entails

Did the inertia of the budgetary process sabotage the claimed novelty of the budget? Did it miss a trick?

For a mandate as massive as the Modi government has received, a first budget could have tried harder(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 06, 2019 05:54 AM IST
ByPartha Mukhopadhyay

For equitable growth, India must unthink the urban

Smaller, growing cities such as Kishangarh can be feasible sites to apply coordinated planning for better urban life.

Local entrepreneurship is transforming Kishangarh. Today, infrastructure investments include a planned airport and a private logistics park,driven by proximity to the dedicated freight corridor and a core demand based on the marble trade(HT file photo)
Published on Dec 17, 2018 07:48 AM IST
ByPartha Mukhopadhyay and Mukta Naik

More than formalising informal jobs, we need to create productive ones

For the future job market, remove barriers to productivity, ensure that wages rise in tandem, enable voice for workers and expand a portable social protection framework that is de-linked from employment.

India’s labour markets are as multifaceted as the nation itself. But the tidy binary between informality and formality posits informality as always bad with poor quality work and lack of skill with low productivity and wages(Bharat Bhushan/Hindustan Times)
Published on Dec 14, 2018 07:27 AM IST
BySabina Dewan and Partha Mukhopadhyay

Very few cities are liveably smart

Government of India launched the ‘Ease of Living’ Index in January 2018 to help cities systematically assess themselves against global and national benchmarks and encourage them to shift towards an ‘outcome-based’ approach to urban planning and management.

Pune, Navi Mumbai and Greater Mumbai in Maharashtra are the three most liveable cities in India, and Thane is ranked sixth among 111 cities, measured on four broad parameters — governance, and social, physical and economic infrastructure.(HT File Photo/Representative image)
Updated on Aug 14, 2018 11:44 AM IST
ByPartha Mukhopadhyay and Mukta Naik

Budget 2014: We need a new imagination, a new beginning

The direction in this budget is no different from that of the previous government — one that basked in bureaucratic banality over efficient delivery. Partha Mukhopadhyay writes

Updated on Jan 29, 2015 05:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByPartha Mukhopadhyay

Vote without fear

Once you sift the facts, those who are touted as growth champions are no better than others. Those who are vilified as economic luddites propound policies similar to second-generation reforms, writes Partha Mukhopadhyay.

Updated on Apr 13, 2014 10:53 PM IST
None | ByPartha Mukhopadhyay

Passengers in waiting

The government must realise that people and the private sector don’t need it as a benefactor. They would prefer GoI as a facilitator, writes Partha Mukhopadhyay.

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Updated on Mar 16, 2012 10:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByPartha Mukhopadhyay

An Unreal Infrastructure Policy

Infrastructure must be expanded to foster growth. But, till date, few effective steps have been taken

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Updated on Apr 06, 2009 03:00 PM IST
None | ByPartha Mukhopadhyay, New Delhi, India

Ghosts in the machine

Instead of high-quality infrastructure and efficient administrative governance on SEZ, the spotlight thus far has been on the cost of the various tax benefits, writes Partha Mukhopadhyay.

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Updated on Jan 22, 2008 10:15 PM IST
None | ByPartha Mukhopadhyay
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