Atul K Thakur
Caste census in Bihar: will it aid developmental work or fuel social divide?
Caste is a deeply rooted factor in Bihar politics. The survey for the much-talked-about caste census began in the state on January 7 and it is likely to be completed by May 31, 2023. How will it affect the state? Will it aid in developmental work as claimed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, or fuel further social divide in the state?
‘Kala Azar’ now confined in only 4 districts of Bihar and Jharkhand; people’s awareness key to eliminate it: Modi
Till recently, the scourge of ‘Kala Azar’ was spread in more than 50 districts across 4 states. But now this disease is confined to only 4 districts of Bihar and Jharkhand. Awareness of the people of Bihar-Jharkhand will help the government’s efforts to eliminate ‘Kala Azar’ from these four districts as well, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said.
When will India become a developed nation? It will take at least 20 years, says Ex-RBI Governor
There have been several targets and projections for India to become a developed nation. But, when exactly, can India become a developed nation? According to the former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor C Rangarajan, it will take at least two decades of sustained 8 to 9 per cent of annual GDP growth to take India into a developed nation league.
Mudra Yojana: Rs 20.43 lakh crore loan disbursed since inception in 2015
More than 37.76 crore collateral-free loans amounting to over Rs 20.43 lakh crore have been disbursed to small businesses and entrepreneurs across the country under the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) scheme since its inception in April 2015, the government data shows.
Giriraj Singh calls for need-based skill mapping for employment and training in rural India
Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Giriraj Singh has called for need-based skill mapping for employment and training to India’s youth, mainly in the rural areas. The Minister urged to explore means to see how best the traditional trades can be integrated with electronic, education and training, IT & BPO and tourism and hospitality sectors to create more employment opportunities for the youth in the country.
Atul K Thakur
Atul K Thakur is a Public Policy Professional, Journalist, and Writer with specialisation in the interface of politics and economics. His interest of writing and research is quite diverse and reaches to the areas of macro economic policies and international affairs, with special focus on South Asia.
As an author/editor, India Now & Its Transition (Niyogi Books, 2016) is his latest book. In 2013, he edited India since1947:Looking Back at a Modern Nation (Niyogi Books), a major work on modern India. His next book is going to be based on Nepal’s complex political transition, with authoritative research and first hand experience of knowing this country as a scholar.
His profile has been featured in publications include The Economic Times, The Financial Express, The Hindu, The Asian Age, The Times of India, The Kathmandu Post, The Friday Times, Daily Times, The Daily Star.
As a journalist and columnist, he has written for publications include: The Hindu, Indian Express, The Pioneer, The Kathmandu Post, Daily Times, The Daily Star, Businessworld, Governance Now, Tehelka, The Friday Times, The China Post, The Himalayan Times, Mainstream, Seven Sisters Post, The Financial World, India Quarterly, Strategic Analysis,Social Change, Warscapes, NewsYaps, IBN Live, India America Today, INCLUSION, New Spotlight, Rising Kashmir, The Kashmir Monitor, The Kashmir Walla, Kashmir Reader, Kashmir Dispatch. He is also a literary critic, having reviewed hundreds of books for leading publications in India and abroad.
He is an alumnus, inter alia, of Banaras Hindu University and has worked across the sectors, spanning consultancy, policy research and media.