Shivaji Sarkar

Shivaji Sarkar

The religious economy: $40 billion and growing

The religious economy: $40 billion and growing

Monday, 23 May 2022 | Shivaji Sarkar

Indians undertake more pilgrimages than business trips and spend more on pilgrimage than travel for education purposes The temple economy is as large as the Indian budget and is sustaining the country. Its contours across religious denominations - Hindu, Muslim and Christians - are much wider than expected. It is changing...

Crisis-hit Indian economy

Crisis-hit Indian economy

Saturday, 26 March 2022 | Shivaji Sarkar

Particularly affected are infrastructure, electric vehicles and the National Education Policy The Ukraine war is upending India’s dream budget and now gets further bruised with a rise in crude prices and retail inflation. The nation has to tighten its belt, go slow on reckless infrastructure spending, and be austere as indicators...

India in A churn over economy, leadership

India in A churn over economy, leadership

Wednesday, 16 March 2022 | Shivaji Sarkar

The Opposition challenge in upcoming Assembly elections must not be Utopian The assembly elections have elements of surprise, feelings of relief, introspection for the opposition, diminution of smaller parties and a question whether 2024 Lok Sabha would be a cakewalk for the BJP or counter a new challenge. The path to...

Arms lobbies rip S Asia with forced weaponry sales

Arms lobbies rip S Asia with forced weaponry sales

Friday, 11 March 2022 | Shivaji Sarkar

The rising arms race despite a thaw in nuclear contests poses multi-pronged threats in the region The Ukraine crisis is apparently the creation of arms lobbies, which want to increase post-pandemic sales of arms, weaponry systems and cyber gadgets. In the process, the Indian sub-continent is emerging as the hub for...

Direct-to-voter jacks up poll expenses

Direct-to-voter jacks up poll expenses

Thursday, 03 March 2022 | Shivaji Sarkar

The Uttar Pradesh election campaigning is prohibitively costly The extravaganza of expenses in the UP assembly election is anybody’s guess. The sum is supposed to be big. The election campaigning is becoming innovative, direct-to-voter, expensive and with doubtful probity. The election cost in 2017 was Rs 5500 crore, according to Centre...

UP: Can an ascendant SP alter 2024 course?

UP: Can an ascendant SP alter 2024 course?

Thursday, 24 February 2022 | Shivaji Sarkar

The BJP in its run-up to the 2024 Lok Sabha elections should not be taken lightly. It has organisational and official strength to bounce back With four phases over, elections in Uttar Pradesh go east, including to Amethi, Ayodhya and Gorakhpur. Here, the number of migrant workers who were subject to...

Baghel a dark horse vs Akhilesh like Shubhendu?

Baghel a dark horse vs Akhilesh like Shubhendu?

Saturday, 19 February 2022 | Shivaji Sarkar

The BJP has sent key organisers, strategists and hundreds of workers to Karhal constituency Amid shifting of majority votes, the next phases of polls in Central UP hold the key. The party winning the region reigns Lucknow. The trends in the first two phases in UP and Uttarakhand turned curiouser. The minority...

Voters’ fears realistic: RBI warns belt-tightening

Voters’ fears realistic: RBI warns belt-tightening

Monday, 14 February 2022 | Shivaji Sarkar

The people who normally vote for temples and communal issues also agree they are hit by rising prices As polls begin in UP, the RBI' s monetary policy committee (MPC) lowers growth forecasts to 7.8 percent in 2022-23, against finance minister's 8-8.5 percent. A belt-tightening forecast. It has kept the interest...

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