Moin Qazi

Moin Qazi

The GDP paradox

The GDP paradox

Saturday, 14 September 2019 | Moin Qazi

The argument that economic growth is the road to social justice has been  advocated for a long time, with many negative consequences for poor societies The pursuit of growth over social justice, which has been the defining credo of classical economists, has brought prosperity to most developing societies. But it has...

Way forward for microfinance

Way forward for microfinance

Friday, 07 June 2019 | Moin Qazi

The role of microfinance in financial inclusion, poverty alleviation and woman empowerment is proven. The industry needs to find a balance between commercial goals and social good Microfinance now seems to be in a buoyant mood. Having fully emerged from the shadows of demonetisation, it showed rapid, regionally-balanced and resilient growth...

The giving spirit of Ramadan

Tuesday, 14 May 2019 | Moin Qazi

The Islamic tradition of giving zakat to the have-nots is a bigger social contract about sharing resources with the lesser privileged’ The idea that helping others is part of a meaningful life has been around for several years. For Muslims, charity is a central aspect of faith and practice. The tradition...

How to get an umbrella

How to get an umbrella

Thursday, 09 May 2019 | Moin Qazi

Financial inclusion in a diverse country like India needs a spectrum of services in order to encapsulate the different dimensions of the diverse populations they reach Finance is one field where we have witnessed significant innovations in recent decades. Earlier, we could only visualise social change in rural India because villages were...

India's war against financial apartheid

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 | Moin Qazi

By involving local communities in the process of development, we can ensure more equitable and just growth — something which is not captured by Gross Domestic Product. This should be the true metric of both inclusive and sustainable expansion The pursuit of growth over social justice, which has been the...

Don’t short-change women

Don’t short-change women

Thursday, 25 April 2019 | Moin Qazi

Despite a spectacular performance, India’s financial inclusion story suffers from gender inequity. Significant change can come only through focussed efforts from Governments and banks It is now a universally-acknowledged fact that India has shown spectacular performance in financial inclusion and is now a guiding light for the developing world. Several international...

Fading prospects of micro-finance

Monday, 08 April 2019 | Moin Qazi

There is a growing awareness that credit is not always transformative. Although certain people will be able to use micro-finance to transform and build their businesses, that is not the case with a majority of loan takers. Most are going to use it to smoothen out their consumption Micro-finance continues to...

Footprint for a fintech hub

Footprint for a fintech hub

Tuesday, 02 April 2019 | Moin Qazi

Though it’s almost next to impossible for India to become cashless in the immediate future, we can at least give it a shot. A start has to be made by changing people’s mindset The financial industry that serves the lower income segment has gone through distinct transformations in recent times...

State Editions

Punjab launches three-day polio vaccination drive

16 September 2019 | PNS | Chandigarh

Punjab appeals farmers to shun stubble burning

16 September 2019 | PNS | Chandigarh

IN Brief

16 September 2019 | PNS | Chandigarh

Road safety is a concern, so is steep traffic fine

16 September 2019 | Nishu Mahajan | Chandigarh

Memories of Simla goes back to British India

16 September 2019 | PNS/Dr Gaurav Sanjay/Dr BKS Sanjay | Ranchi

Sunday Edition

The bare necessities Simple ideas that matter

15 September 2019 | Tim de Ridder | Agenda

Heal self For a better world

15 September 2019 | Sant Rajinder Singh | Agenda

Correct your self-image

15 September 2019 | Ajit Kumar Bishnoi | Agenda

Astroturf | Watch over your karma

15 September 2019 | Bharat Bhushan Padmadeo | Agenda

Talktime | ‘I felt like an actor after doing LSD’

15 September 2019 | MUSBA HASHMI | Sunday Pioneer

Pickle me pink

15 September 2019 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer