This confirms estimates by Himanshu of consumption data from labour force survey. Appalling to see consumption declines - clearly driven by demonetisation.
Another day, another hidden NSO (earlier known as NSSO) survey, another scoop.

Consumer spending fell for the first time in more than four decades in 2017-18.

Consumer spending had last declined during extraordinary events in India's history.


Couldn't agree more! This important report should be taken seriously by people across the globe
UNCTAD’s new report on a Global Green New Deal is a breath of fresh air. It provides much needed imaginative new ideas. Worth scores of other international institutions’ reports.

Recently, as it was reported, goons and bouncers were hired to attack the students at Jamia Millia Islamia who were protesting against the administration. At Shantinekatan — yes, Tagore’s Shantinekatan — a permanent police camp is set to be installed. And seldom does one get any positive news from JNU; the administration seems to be determined to destroy the core principles and values of this
iconic university.

RT In india the bigger and more immediate challenge is the co-option into RSS agenda - with leading the charge in UP and earlier in CG and MP

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open

~ Jawaharlal Nehru

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#childrensday #Nehru

By 2030, demand for fresh water will exceed supply by an estimated 40%. Without strong action, warns of, this could become a source of major conflicts

The HRD Secretary tweet on "Major Roll Back' of fee hike is misleading!

In order to save their face and create a false narrative, JNU admin in collusion with Modi Government is fooling students and people of this country!

Here is a point to point reply!


Economics distracts itself by focusing on symptoms and ignoring the causes that cause the malaise in the first place.
Excellent piece by and

Corporate partnerships are turning the United Nations' development wing into a sturdy partner of global capital's myth making apparatus.

Indians, when in Harvard : Look at this university! Why don't we invest money on such study institute?

Indians, when in Cambridge : What a University! Why don't we build such world class university?

Indians, when in JNU : Why're we wasting taxpayers money on this? Shut it down.

When you scoff at the JNU agitation against 999 % fee hike you actually say: public universities, close your gates to children of the poor and marginalized! You willy-nilly support an exclusive and elitist policy. Stop scorning JNU students who want affordable higher education.

JNU Admin is lying about rolling back fee hike.
- 95% of fee hike incl user charges remain
- patriarchal dress code & curfew & scrapping of 24*7 library timings remain
- Partial roll back of room rent ONLY for students w/ families in BPL list, w/ income of below Rs 27000 per annum - just Rs 2250 per month! (So even min wage earners not counted poor)
- 40% JNU students' families earn less than Rs 144000 per annum - Rs 12000 per month, these wd not benefit from roll back! #JNUFeeHikeRemains

A kilo of beef requires five times more water to produce than a kilo of rice and 130 times more than a kilo of potatoes, highlighting the role of advanced-country lifestyles in driving developing-country water scarcity | of

JNU's low fee structure produces a Nobel Laureate and also allows a security guard who worked in JNU to take admission, it allows sons and daughters of daily wage workers and gol gappa sellers to get educated in the best university in India.

Once again I repeat, we are so proud of our amazing JNU students, who are fighting for the future of the country.
JNU: We shall fight. We shall win.

via @seemay

What is happening in Bolivia is terrifying and part of a much larger resurgence of the far right, with violence against indigenous people at its center. This is bigger than one politician: it's about overthrowing people power and clearing the path for unfettered extraction

This is real. While JNU students protest fee hike and crazy hostel rules, the Vice-Chancellor holds a 'Bridal-themed event' by, wait, read this, 'JNU Women's Club'. Women come wearing their bridal dresses to showcase country's diversity

“Do you abandon the house to the termites and the vandals or do you start to help with the repair work, impossibly difficult as that task may feel?” Fabulous piece by Ruchir Joshi.

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