The Big Picture: Supreme Court judgement on Lokpal- What are the hurdles?

  The Big Picture: Supreme Court judgement on Lokpal- What are the hurdles?     The idea of an anti corruption body and an ombudsman to look into corruption allegations against administrators including legislators has been floating around for over five decades now. It finally got shaped with the passage of Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill …

The Big Picture: India’s World- US – Russia Face-off in Afghanistan

  The Big Picture: India’s World- US – Russia Face-off in Afghanistan     Moscow and Washington seem to be heading for a face-off in Afghanistan. Last December, Moscow initiated a regional dialogue on Afghanistan. It has held three meetings of the group which contains Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, China, India and a few Central Asian …

The Big Picture – Niti Aayog’s vision for New India: Will it transform the economy?

  The Big Picture – Niti Aayog’s vision for New India: Will it transform the economy?     The third meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog was held in the National Capital recently. With an aim to transform India, the NITI Aayog has envisioned an ambitious agenda for the country to be achieved …

The Big Picture: India’s World- Shadow of a death sentence on Indo-Pak ties

  The Big Picture: India’s World- Shadow of a death sentence on Indo-Pak ties   A Pakistani military court has sentenced a former Indian navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav to death for espionage and sabotage in Pakistan. India has denied that Jadhav was a spy and has dismissed the Pakistan court’s proceedings as farcical. India has …

The Big Picture: Takeaways from Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina’s India Visit

    The Big Picture: Takeaways from Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina’s India Visit   Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina held bilateral talks recently ending 22 pacts in various key sectors including a civil-nuclear agreement and 2 MoUs on defence cooperation. India has extended a credit line of USD 4.5 …

The Big Picture: UK begins Brexit process: Implications for India

   The Big Picture: UK begins Brexit process: Implications for India   Prime Minister Theresa May formally began Britain’s divorce from European Union recently declaring that there was no turning back. In one of the most significant steps by British leader since World War II, May notified EU Council President in a hand delivered letter …

The Big Picture: India’s World- US shadow over India-Iran relations

    The Big Picture: India’s World- US shadow over India-Iran relations   Anticipating increasing tensions between Iran and the US, the Government has apparently advised Indian firms to go slow in investments in proposed projects of Iran’s Chabahar’s free trade zone. According to a news report, there is an apprehension that India’s financial transaction …

The Big Picture: Sweeping powers to taxmen in finance bill- Are they necessary?

  The Big Picture: Sweeping powers to taxmen in finance bill- Are they necessary?   The Finance Bill 2017 passed in the Lok Sabha gives the income tax authorities unprecedented powers with regard to raids, search and seizure of property. Of the many amendments made to multiple acts through this money bill, which was recently …

The Big Picture: Changes in rules for political funding

  The Big Picture: Changes in rules for political funding   One of the less discussed developments in Finance Bill 2017 is the way Narendra Modi Government has effectively made corporate funding of political parties more opaque contrary to its promise of bringing in more transparency. The Finance bill has made two important changes in …

The Big Picture: Re-organization of tribunals- need and impact

  The Big Picture: Re-organization of tribunals- need and impact   In a large scale reform of tribunals, the Government recently sought to reduce the number of these quasi judicial bodies and bring parity in the service conditions of their officials. Among the better known tribunals; The Competition Appellate Tribunal will now be merged with …

The Big Picture: Fertilizer Subsidy Reforms: Scope, Problems & Challenges

  The Big Picture: Fertilizer Subsidy Reforms: Scope, Problems & Challenges With the landslide win in the recent Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, the Narendra Modi Government has decided to fast track the implementation of the Direct Benefit Transfer system for payment of fertilizer subsidy to farmers. From the coming kharif season beginning from June, the …