Moin Qazi

How civil is India’s civil service?

Tuesday, 13 Mar 2018 | Moin Qazi | in Oped

The IAS is hamstrung by political interference and outdated personnel procedures. The Government must adopt safeguards to promote accountability while protecting bureaucrats from political meddling Does a career in the Indian civil service mean a life of ‘public service’? It is a puzzling question given the sloth and the thickets of...

Slow climb to the top

Thursday, 08 Mar 2018 | Moin Qazi | in Oped

While there has been a steady improvement in the social status of women, the most positive aspect of their empowerment is that they are now heralding a new economic and political revolution Women are always saying, “We can do anything that men can do.” But men should be saying, “We can...

Can India stop its epic scams?

Friday, 02 Mar 2018 | Moin Qazi | in Oped

Rather than swinging maniacally between too much and too little regulation, it will be better to think of cycle-proof regulation to plug fault lines in the Indian banking industry The world’s great philanthropist and investment leader, Warren Buffett, once said, “It’s only when the tide goes out that you realise who...

India’s poor women get Budget flashlight

Tuesday, 06 Feb 2018 | Moin Qazi | in Oped

Empowering women is the solution to many problems. In India, the self-help group mechanism remains the most popular model to empower village women through financial access and provision of other services Gender inequality is not only a pressing moral and social issue but also a critical economic challenge. India has a...

India's housing conundrum

Tuesday, 26 Dec 2017 | Moin Qazi | in Oped

Growing housing deficits have made it amply clear that this issue has not received the priority it deserves. The time is ripe for policy makers to focus on the right to shelter and bolster sustainable and inclusive housing solutions for better economic growth The Gaekwad family lives in a single room...

Indian women as agents of change

Sunday, 08 Oct 2017 | Moin Qazi | in Guest Column

The 21st century poses many challenges that require new ways of thinking, but none is more important than the economic role of women in a rapidly changing world. Over the last several decades, it has become accepted wisdom that improving the status of women is one of the most critical...

A simple recipe for financial inclusion

Thursday, 31 Aug 2017 | Moin Qazi | in Oped

Merely opening physical accounts as flag posts of financial identity won't help. People must have the ability to understand and execute matters of personal finance Finance is the glue that holds all pieces of our life together. Ideal financial societies are those which provide safe and convenient ways of managing these...

Moderating India’s thirsty crops

Monday, 12 Jun 2017 | Moin Qazi | in Oped

India must gather the political will to respond before water runs out. Changing governance, raising money; and new technologies will take time. We must act fast With about 2.4 per cent of the world’s land area, India supports 15 per cent of the world's population, but has only four per cent...

Gains from a digital economy

Monday, 24 Apr 2017 | Moin Qazi | in Oped

Increasing financial and digital literacy alone will not be enough. Some things are better addressed through regulation. If there are things that are clearly negative for the consumers, then they don't need to exist Finance is the glue that holds all the pieces of our life together. It enables money to...


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