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Sanjeev Sanyal is an internationally acclaimed economist, environmentalist, urban theorist and the best-selling author of The Ocean of Churn & The Land of Seven Rivers. He tweets as @sanjeevsanyal

Articles by Sanjeev Sanyal

Compounding India to prosperity in new term

India’s economy has now reached a critical mass where the compounding process can dramatically enhance both per capita income as well as sheer bulk

When India began to reform its economy in 1991-92, its GDP amounted to just $270 billion in nominal terms. (AFP)
Published on Jun 05, 2024 01:16 AM IST

How best to regulate Artificial Intelligence

Insights from governing complex markets can inform AI regulation using partitions, transparency, control points and accountability

Artificial Intelligence words are seen in this illustration taken in March.(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 06, 2023 10:17 PM IST

Undergrad learning can be made free. Here’s how

There is an opportunity to make high-quality undergraduate education available to all Indians free of cost.

Ask yourself the following questions: Is there a need to spend four years on a university campus to attend lectures that are freely accessible online?(HT Photo)
Published on Jul 05, 2023 10:07 PM IST

Rethink India’s nationally protected monuments list

There is almost no discussion about the existing list, and why a monument is deemed to have national significance. As a result, we now have an unwieldy list that requires drastic rationalisation. This must change

The list includes several minor monuments with no national significance. We estimate that this applies to at least a quarter of the current list. The list, for instance, includes 75 graves of colonial-era soldiers or officials of no particular importance. (ASI/Dharwad Circle)
Updated on Nov 18, 2022 09:38 AM IST

The new architecture of a new India

India needs iconic buildings for functional reasons, to reflect new aspirations, and move past the colonial legacy

Great cities and societies are not those that unquestioningly preserve everything from the past. They evolve and add new things while retaining the best from the past
Published on Jan 06, 2021 08:23 PM IST

Transforming public administration

A new set of reforms seeks to improve the quality of bureaucracy and the nature of State-citizen interface

Reforms include a national recruitment agency, compulsory retirement, rationalisation of autonomous bodies, and a taxpayers charter(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 14, 2020 07:25 PM IST

Ending Inspector Raj in agriculture, writes Sanjeev Sanyal

The Centre’s initiative in freeing up agri-trade will have a huge impact on the rural economy

A law will be introduced to allow farmers to sell their produce as they wish. Barrier-free interstate trade will be encouraged(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 20, 2020 05:43 AM IST
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Why PM’s Independence Day speech should move out of Delhi

The symbolic importance of Independence Day would be greatly enhanced if the Prime Minister would deliver his annual speech from a different location every year

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Red Fort on the occasion of 69th Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi. Neither the national capital nor Delhi’s Red Fort have any special place in it beyond tradition. Freedom belongs equally to residents of the smallest village in Meghalaya or Kerala.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT)
Published on Jan 25, 2017 11:02 AM IST

We need a law to streamline the rules

To know the rules under each piece of legislation, there should be a law that would stipulate that they would be available on websites, they should be presented as a unified whole and each change in them should be notified

The law on transparency of rules should suit Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative(PTI photo)
Updated on Dec 07, 2016 11:46 AM IST

Why retrieved antiquities should be sent back to place of origin

It is not enough to end the plunder of our antiquities. We need to let our gods return home. The only sensible way to prevent future theft is to document them carefully in a publicly accessible National Antiquities Register

From a bronze Ganesh statute to a Jain figure of Bahubali, the US returned more than 200 pieces of artifacts to India during PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the US in June.(PTI file photo)
Updated on Nov 16, 2016 07:57 AM IST

Let us mind our languages

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Published on Oct 06, 2016 09:16 AM IST

Indian languages face threat of fossilisation, need revitalisation

Indian languages need innovation more than preservation

Munshi Premchand’s Idgah may be a great story but, at the risk of offending his fans, it may no longer resonate with most school children
Updated on Oct 05, 2016 10:42 PM IST

Unblock our cities’ arteries

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Published on Sep 08, 2016 10:34 AM IST

Drainage networks, not roads, are arteries of the city

The maintenance of the drainage networks is critical for avoiding repeated floods but they are also a solution to another major problem faced by Indian cities – the lack of walking and cycling paths.

The maintenance of the drainage networks is critical for avoiding repeated floods.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 08, 2016 08:29 AM IST

We must write our own story

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Published on Aug 11, 2016 07:59 AM IST

Distortion or depreciation: The problems facing Indian history writing

The problem is that the official history contained in our textbooks simply does not ring true to most Indians

Even our politics is impacted by who did or did not pull down a temple in the sixteenth century. If anything, we Indians are obsessed with history.(AFP file photo)
Updated on Aug 11, 2016 01:23 AM IST

Of farmers and pay hikes

At first sight, it appears that the cost will be borne by the banking system rather than the budget, writes Sanjeev Sanyal.

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Updated on Mar 02, 2008 09:52 PM IST
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