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India’s Policy Plans Could Hold Back Its Digital Startups

Indian startups have helped put the country on the map by building products and services that are tackling some of the world’s toughest problems. Programmes such as Startup India and Atal Innovation Mission are examples of Prime Minister Modi’s support and long-term vision for the sector. Yet other policy measures by the Indian government are …

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FEDERALISM

A blow against federalism

On March 1, 2019, the 77th and 103rd constitutional amendments were extended to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) by presidential order, with the concurrence of the J&K Governor. These relate to reservations in promotions for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the State services and special provisions for the advancement of economically weaker sections, respectively. However, …

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FISCAL TRANSFERS

Another look at fiscal transfers

In our country during the independence struggle, provincial autonomy was regarded as an integral part of the freedom movement. However, after Independence, several compulsions, which included defence and internal security, led to a scheme of federalism in which the Centre assumed greater importance. Fiscal federalism – Fiscal federalism is the economic counterpart to political federalism. …

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People State

People, not the state, must own their data

The draft national e-commerce policy argues that the personal data of Indians should be treated as a “national asset”. It pushes for government access to the source code and algorithms used by foreign companies. Additionally, the data protection Bill includes a mandate to force all public and private entities that process Indians’ data — including …

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