Disempowering Millions of Dreams

Inspire! (July 23, 2020) To most Indians, August 5, 2019 was about a cherished goal of the RSS and the BJP. The abrogation of Article 370 and revocation of autonomy for Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir was about making J&K part of the mainstream, more like other states. This is how integration would be achieved. The time for appeasement was over. This broad narrative pushed by the ruling establishment carried the day. However, the actions of that day constituted a significant blow to India’s federal structure. But in what way do the actions of that day impact the lives of ordinary Indians? Does August 5, 2019 matter beyond partisan jubilation or depression? Does it really matter for India’s future? At an individual level, what does it matter to a citizen? There are no easy answers to these weighty questions of constitutional principles and propriety. However, there will certainly be consequences at different levels and not always in ways that we imagined.

Federalism &“New India’s” Centralization Theme

Salman Anees Soz
Dy Chairman, AIPC & Regional Coordinator, AIPC North Zone

Defections: The Question of Free Will and People’s Mandate

Defections in politics is a phenomenonas old as the time of tribal societies, witnessed by monarchies,dictatorships,and alsonew age democracies. While historically the power play in tribes often experienced the switching of sides by the second in command of leaders, monarchies have seen immediate family members taking over from ruling family members in bloodied coups or otherwise, dictators have been poisoned or killed by their very own, and democracies have faced overnight jumping of party ships by politicians for material benefits or power or executive office.

Mathew Antony
President, AIPC Maharashtra

Understanding India’s Unemployment: An Overview

How a substantial decline in the number of the unemployed may not reflect in the rate of unemployment, how it may be linked to the state of our economy, employment among youth and women, and more…

Kannan Kumar, Researcher (Economics), AIPC Delhi

India’s Dwindling Middle Class: A Red Flag for Our Future

In April 2021, the New York Times reported on the devastating toll of Covid-19 on India’s middle class. 1 The report starts with the story of Ashish Anand, a former flight attendant and fashion designer who borrowed money and put his life savings into setting up a clothing shop in outer Delhi. This was in February 2020, just before the pandemic struck India. Two months later, Anand shut his shop down, his dream falling apart. The New York Times published a picture of Anand’s family. In the picture, the beautiful kids are eating a meal.

Salman Anees Soz
Dy Chairman, AIPC & Regional Coordinator, AIPC North Zone

Parliamentary Processes: How the Opposition Did Not Stall the Monsoon Session

In a democratic polity, elected representatives of people personify the collective voice, will, and thought and aspirations of the people whom they represent in Parliament or State Legislatures....

Shri Ravindra Garimella
Secretary, Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha
Former Joint Secretary (Legislation), Lok Sabha Secretariat

They Flattened Our GDP, Not the Covid-19 Curve!

The Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown announced by the government have been an unprecedented double whammy for India. While the number of Covid-19 cases is rising every day, the forecast is that the economy is likely to further shrink this year....

Shri Rahul Gandhi, Former President, INC in Conversation with Shri Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director, Bajaj Auto

Chhattisgarh: People−focused Governance

Chhattisgarh stands out as a true success story in mitigating the spread of the Covid-19 virus. In medical terms, the infection and mortality rate due to the virus have been low in this state. Importantly, the people−centric and innovative initiatives of Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel’s governmen....

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, Hon’ble Shri Bhupesh Baghel in Conversation with Dr Shashi Tharoor, Chairman, AIPC

The Population Question: Unsustainable Demographics or Skewed Economic Development

This is a summary of points put forward by Shri Manish Tewari, during a discussion on the topic organized as a webinar by AIPC Delhi. The discussion was conducted as a conversation between Shri Tewari and Shri Salman Soz....

Shri Manish Tewari, MP, Lok Sabha

Chhattisgarh’s Nyay: Building from the Ground Up

Between 2004 and 2014, the UPA governments oversaw the fastest recorded economic growth in Indian history. This growth overlapped with possibly the most significant poverty reduction epoch of human history, with an estimated 14 crore to 21 crore people moving out of poverty....

Shri Bhupesh Baghel

The State of Indian Economy: A Hard Look

The Indian economy is facing two challenges − continuing slowdown that started about two years ago, and the impact of Covid-19 and the lockdowns. With all the four cylinders of the economy’s engine − investment, exports, private consumption, ....

Dr Arvind Mayaram

India China Border Standoff-Expert’s View: Lieutenant General DS Hooda

Following are extracts from a discussion conducted as a public webinar by AIPC North Delhi chapter on 14 June, 2020. The complete webinar can be viewed on the AIPC Delhi Facebook page, in a post of the said date, and is also available on the Inspire! website.

Lieutenant General DS Hooda

It Looks Very, Very Grim...

Interview: Salman Anees Soz, Deputy Chairman, AIPC, Comments on the Current State of India’s Economy, Banking Sector, Informal Sector, Unemployment, and the Government’s Response to the Situation

Shri Salman Anees Soz