Mihir S Sharma

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UP Win May Make Yogi Modi's Heir

UP Win May Make Yogi Modi's Heir

Rediff.com22 Feb 2022

A handsome victory for the BJP in UP would act as confirmation of its recent political choices. The UP chief minister would be cemented in the popular mind as Mr Modi's chosen heir within the Hindutva fold, and presumably as his successor in New Delhi, observes Mihir S Sharma.

Will India Repeat Same Covid Mistakes?

Will India Repeat Same Covid Mistakes?

Rediff.com12 Jan 2022

We are entering 2022, facing another infectious variant, with much the same baseless confidence, notes Mihir S Sharma.

Farm laws repeal: Who Won, Who Lost

Farm laws repeal: Who Won, Who Lost

Rediff.com30 Nov 2021

Prime Minister Modi has certainly pulled back, and his political capital -- dependent as it is on an image that he knows best and never retreats -- may have taken a bit of a beating. But, equally, it is hard to say that the protesters have 'won', argues Mihir S Sharma.

India's Approaching Democratic Crisis

India's Approaching Democratic Crisis

Rediff.com22 Nov 2021

India will either have to create a system in which certain geographical areas will wind up being permanent political outsiders at the Union level or it will have to create a system in which certain votes are weighted more heavily than others, observes Mihir S Sharma.

What India needs to do at COP26, Glasgow

What India needs to do at COP26, Glasgow

Rediff.com1 Nov 2021

Rather than talking endlessly about lost and marginal opportunities, India's climate envoys need to start thinking bigger, says Mihir S Sharma.

Does Modi have an Economic Road Map?

Does Modi have an Economic Road Map?

Rediff.com17 Sep 2021

Pragmatism and flexibility is a virtue. An untethered and short-term approach to policymaking is a flaw, argues Mihir S Sharma.

India's Cairn and Unable Moment

India's Cairn and Unable Moment

Rediff.com28 Jul 2021

The Indian State does not believe in the rule of law. It does not even recognise the need to follow treaties that it itself signed. And so it is refusing to shell out to Cairn; and, as a consequence, has brought on the Paris humiliation, notes Mihir S Sharma.

COVID-19: India has learnt NOTHING!

COVID-19: India has learnt NOTHING!

Rediff.com17 Jul 2021

Weeks after the second wave peaked in many parts of the country, we are rapidly forgetting what happened to our hospitals, cautions Mihir S Sharma.

Stopping a Third Wave

Stopping a Third Wave

Rediff.com19 Jun 2021

Unless public health is prioritised over swift re-opening, the chances are that a third wave will hit India sooner than we would like.

COVID-19: 5 points about the second wave

COVID-19: 5 points about the second wave

Rediff.com20 May 2021

What do we know about India's devastating second wave, and can we assign responsibility for it?

Govt is to blame for vaccine crisis

Govt is to blame for vaccine crisis

Rediff.com4 May 2021

If the government had paid enough to begin with, or if it had made serious advance purchase commitments that allowed the vaccine producers to mobilise necessary investment, then it is possible to imagine more free or subsidised vaccines such as are available in developed economies, asserts Mihir S Sharma.

Time to return to localised lockdowns!

Time to return to localised lockdowns!

Rediff.com3 Apr 2021

'The Union government has discouraged state and local governments from imposing restrictions on their own.' 'That advice should be withdrawn,' asserts Mihir S Sharma.

Visionary Budget or worse than Pranab Mukherjee's?

Visionary Budget or worse than Pranab Mukherjee's?

Rediff.com3 Mar 2021

The sad truth is that the debt-to-GDP ratio will shoot up close to 90 per cent in the coming year, and the fiscal deficit glide path does not promise to reduce it substantially any time soon, predicts Mihir S Sharma.

2021 will be under 2020's shadow

2021 will be under 2020's shadow

Rediff.com12 Jan 2021

'In the real economy, the scars of the pandemic will continue to define 2021.' 'It is still hard to tell the effect on unemployment, migrant workers, poverty, and the informal sector of the lockdown and of the pandemic,' observes Mihir S Sharma.

COVID-19: Has the first wave peaked in India?

COVID-19: Has the first wave peaked in India?

Rediff.com19 Oct 2020

We knew from the moment the pandemic took hold that this would be a long haul -- at least 12 to 18 months. Nothing should have changed that assessment, says Mihir S Sharma.

Why is RBI copying US Fed?

Why is RBI copying US Fed?

Rediff.com14 Oct 2020

'India is not so distant from years of high and entrenched inflationary expectations that it should start trying to play games with the economy the way the West's central bankers think they are entitled to,' argues Mihir S Sharma.

Is there anything for India to celebrate?

Is there anything for India to celebrate?

Rediff.com23 Aug 2020

'India resembles not just the more turbulent bits of its own past, but other 'managed' democracies, where all institutional strength and independence have been hollowed out to serve political power,' notes Mihir S Sharma.

Lockdown: Definitely not a 'success'

Lockdown: Definitely not a 'success'

Rediff.com27 Jun 2020

The lockdown should have been used to drum into Indians' head the reasons for social distancing and the necessity for it, and the costs of not applying it in our daily lives and it should have been used to set up the systems that would manage large numbers of infected, observes Mihir S Sharma.

Work from home forever

Work from home forever

Rediff.com3 Jun 2020

'Employees may well be expected to be on call at almost all times -- much like the standard Indian approach to the workday,' points out Mihir S Sharma.

Humble leaders, please

Humble leaders, please

Rediff.com21 May 2020

This is one of those crises where it does not only matter that you do something, but how you do it, suggests Mihir S Sharma.

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