Rajeev Ahuja

Promote the girl child all the time

Tuesday, 06 Mar 2018 | Rajeev Ahuja | in Oped

Before we shout slogans, share pages on social media and sign petitions for millions of missing girls, let us take steps to save the girl child and not limit their value to the days set apart on the calendar. Let us make it a point to include empowerment in our...

Why the Budget just got a little harder

Friday, 12 Jan 2018 | Rajeev Ahuja | in Oped

Recent Gross Domestic Product growth estimates have put the Finance Ministry in a tight spot. Balancing shorter-term economic imperatives and longer-term goals has just become a little more challenging as the General Election looms large India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is estimated to grow at 6.5 per cent during the financial...

Price of a broken healthcare system

Monday, 11 Dec 2017 | Rajeev Ahuja | in Oped

Recent cases of medical negligence by two private hospitals have made it amply clear that no amount of regulations can make up for weak healthcare design Governments in Delhi and Haryana have taken strict action against two high-profile private hospitals involved in recent cases of medical negligence. In one case,...

GST reform — a role model for the world?

Monday, 28 Aug 2017 | Rajeev Ahuja | in Oped

GST is a transformational and not an incremental reform. It is a new system that has replaced the old system that had long outlived its utility. Tweaking the old system would have delivered limited economic benefits, but the new system will now ensure huge gains In the context of a smooth...

Interpreting human psychology

Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017 | Rajeev Ahuja | in Oped

Politicians’ denial to accept charges levied against them by central agencies follows four distinct phases: Denial, rationalisation, indifference and acceptance Recent raids by central agencies against certain high-profile politicians, two of whom are former Central Ministers, have created consternation among the politicians, especially those belonging to opposition parties. Cases have been...

Designing new health template

Wednesday, 05 Apr 2017 | Rajeev Ahuja | in Oped

The National Health Policy is a dramatic and welcome departure from similar past documents, insofar as it lays down a clear roadmap for primary and tertiary healthcare in the public sector. Its emphasis on revamping regulatory mechanisms, is especially welcome The new National Health Policy (NHP) deserves appreciation. Not because it...

Pain in heart, hole in the pocket

Wednesday, 22 Feb 2017 | Rajeev Ahuja | in Oped

The Government has done well to cap the prices of coronary stents but this is just a short-term measure. It needs to think broadly to keep a check against inflation of prices in this industry which is bound to happen By capping the prices of coronary stents that will reduce their...

Giving PPP model another chance

Monday, 13 Feb 2017 | Rajeev Ahuja | in Oped

Both the public sector and the private enterprises must constructively engage with each other to promote key development schemes for the people’s benefit The needle on public-private partnership (PPP) in healthcare delivery has hardly moved in the last decade,” noted a veteran from a prestigious private hospital in the 13th Health...

Two wheels of healthcare cart

Thursday, 26 Jan 2017 | Rajeev Ahuja | in Oped

While it is good to see Niti Aayog championing the cause of increasing public health spending, it will be heartening to see the organisation promoting the need for public healthcare delivery too. That’s how the healthcare system can be transformed meaningfully A three-fold jump in Central health outlay from over Rs30,000...

Keeping the larger picture in focus

Tuesday, 10 Jan 2017 | Rajeev Ahuja | in Oped

Demonetisation may have temporarily dislocated one's life. But the economic roadmap is clear and robust. The country’s GDP growth will rebound, and soon Recently, President Pranab Mukherjee said that the demonetisation may lead to a temporary slowdown of the Indian economy. Indeed, the Reserve Bank of India has cut its economic...


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