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Dr. Vikas Singh

The author is a senior economist, columnist, author and a votary of inclusive development

Latest Articles By Dr. Vikas Singh

Deprived When Young. Abandoned When Old

Dr. Vikas Singh

The policy framework must create an ecosystem where they enjoy these extended years; enjoy a life of stability and dignity

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India’s Higher Education Ecosystem Is Elitist. Expels The Poor

Dr. Vikas Singh

The cost of higher education is widening socio-economic gaps. It’s essentially unaffordable for most working families, leading to the ‘expulsion’ of youngsters from the higher education system

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Cryptos Are Neither Currency, Nor Assets

Dr. Vikas Singh

While bitcoins may not be the ‘Tulip’ bulbs of 2020, a better comparison is to a sparkling & shooting star, alluring people, attracting investment even as it flickers

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A Non-Merit Subsidy Regime Hurts State Finances

Dr. Vikas Singh

The elected representatives are the trustees and not owners who can spend funds in a way that benefits them.

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Rising Unemployment: Are we Missing the Wood for the Tree?

Dr. Vikas Singh

We are still stuck in a low wage, lower productivity environment. Policymakers must recognise that there are several moving parts to job creation, influencing it at different rates and at different periods of time. We focus narrowly. And can't see the wood for the trees

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MSMEs Age. Don’t grow. They Need Holistic Support

Dr. Vikas Singh

Economic growth creates jobs. Prosperity brings significant improvement in inclusivity, living standards and upward mobility. We do not want another ‘lost’ decade.

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Free & Non-Merit Subsidised Power A Political Lever. Unethical

Dr. Vikas Singh

India needs a radical but holistic reform in the power sector. Reforms must focus and fix some of the long-standing issues that have crippled the sector. An inefficient power sector lowers competitiveness, hurts economic growth, and impedes human development

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Judiciary Is Beacon Of Hope But Needs Reforms

Dr. Vikas Singh

We need judicial reforms pivoted around an institutional framework that not only stimulates, but catalyses an enabling ecosystem that delivers justice to all. Independently and swiftly

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Ill-Conceived, Badly Executed M&A Deals Destroy Value

Dr. Vikas Singh

The Crux study highlights that a third of all mergers create shareholder value, whereas a third destroy value. Most others don’t meet expectations. However, these numbers are getting worse. In certain industries for example, over 80 per cent of the mergers have failed to achieve the stated purpose.

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Exports: States Hold The Baton, Must Usher In Reforms

Dr. Vikas Singh

Geography drives exports as much as commerce. What works for landlocked states may not work for the coastal states. The state governments have a profound, more visible act to perform. Their actions impact the business environment up and close

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