Vivian Fernandes

  • Aam Aadmi Party Shunned Power But Must Grab It For Survival

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal has been urging elections to the Delhi Assembly having failed to regain Congress support for another jab at power...

  • Will open defecation end on Indian Railways by the 2025 WHO deadline?

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    The Railways have just kicked the lota eight years down the line. In a communication to the National Human Rights Commission, they have said that...

  • Economic Survey: Dressing up government for a market economy

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    This year's Economic Survey is a delight to read, especially the chapter on 'Issues and Priorities.' It is an essay on the role of the...

  • Railways: Does the PM have the stomach for radical change?

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    Is the Railway Budget as deceptive as the man who presented it to Parliament? As chief minister of Karnataka, Sadananda Gowda came across as a...

  • Greenpeace: In the business of manufacturing dissent

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    News reports say that the non-governmental organisation, Greenpeace, will need Home Ministry approval to receive foreign funds. The Intelligence Bureau according to reports in the...

  • Modi the mobiliser: The politics of charisma makes a comeback after 30 years

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's passing away was supposed to be the end of charismatic politics. Her hold on people was so mesmerising that she could...

  • Modi in power: Economic development plus ultra low-intensity communal conflict?

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    Residents of Bhavnagar's Krishan Nagar holding 'Ram Durbars' outside the bungalow of Bohra Muslim businessman Ali Asghar Zaveri to prevent him from moving in might...

  • Why I differ with Fr Frazer Mascarenhas of St Xavier’s, Mumbai

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    In an email to students of St Xavier's College, Mumbai, its principal Fr Frazer Mascarenhas has questioned the Gujarat model with its emphasis on private...

  • The politics of charisma makes a comeback after 30 years 15-04-2014 04:32 PM

    Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's passing away was supposed to be the end of charismatic politics. Her hold on people was so mesmerizing that she could get people elected regardless of their credentials. With total power over party and cabinet she privileged personal loyalty over allegiance to the Constitution. India's democratic...
  • Spot the difference between media cover-up of the 1984 and 2002 riots

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    Reverence in the media to those in authority and a tendency to fall in line, allows those indulging in political mass murders to escape justice...

  • Using the law to roll-out illiberality

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    The decision of a publisher to settle a civil defamation suit and stop selling a book on Hinduism is a celebration of the liberal principle,...

  • Honest politics is AAP's economic policy: Kejriwal

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    (Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal spoke at the Confederation of Indian Industry's national council meeting in Delhi on Monday (17 February, 2014). He clarified...

  • Expect grand statements, nothing more from interim budget: Expert 14-02-2014 01:32 PM

    New Delhi: Senior journalist and economic policy expert Vivian Fernandes expects that the outgoing government may make some grand statements of intent during the presentation of Vote on Account on Monday. He feels that the government will always use the opportunity to present its view especially since it has the...
  • Kejriwal must force open access to cut power tariffs, policing through CAG will not help

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    Between 2008 and 2012, 1.32 lakh crore (or 1.32 trillion) units of power was sold in the country at an average wholesale prices of Rs...

  • Media has been unrelenting after Muzaffarnagar riots; it was inert before

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    'The media is the voice of the voiceless. It did a splendid job on the Muzaffarnagar riots,' but if it had seen a pattern in...

  • A grievance redress system for Kejriwal

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    Having read about the chaos at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's janta darbar on the streets, I recommend Lokvani, an Internet-based grievance redress system which...

  • AAP disdains private partnerships but is best suited to make them work

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    I would like to believe that the Aam Aadmi Party is an alternative that combines honest politics with a responsible attitude to public finances. Well-wishers...

  • Why Communists Hesitate To Step On Mulayam's Blue Suede Shoes

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    If the riots that happened in Muzzafarnagar had occurred in Gujarat instead, we would have had no respite from the Communist cacophony. There would have...

  • AAP should ensure it cannot be business as usual

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    Some of us who voted for the Aam Aadmi Party did so hoping it would gain enough seats to become a pain in the side...

  • Ganguly, Tejpal Sex Offences: Is Terminology Aggravating The Outrage?

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    (First a request: It has become fashionable to hunt in packs. My intention is to provoke without being provocative. If you think I am wrong...

  • Can Aam Aadmi Party's Mohalla Sabhas work?

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    CNN-IBN's Bhupendra Chaubey and his journalist co-panelists were dubious in their discussion, on the morning that Delhi went to vote, about mohalla sabhas or neighbourhood...

  • Safe media workplaces are no concession to women; they are essential for productive work

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    Workplaces free of sexual harassment are not just meant to uphold constitutional rights; they a necessary condition of service or employment to enable women to...

  • Australian and African mineral discoveries point to India's buried riches

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    While the consequences of the Supreme Court's wrath over rampant illegal mining in Karnataka and Goa are fairly obvious in terms of lost jobs, impaired...

  • IDFC's jaundiced Rural Development Report

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    Last week (26 November), IDFC released its rural development report. Planning Commission Member Mihir Shah, who chaired the report's advisory council lauded Rural Development Minister...

  • Industry does not have a right to snatch land cheaply

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    I am surprised at the reaction of business leaders to the new land acquisition bill which the Lok Sabha approved on Thursday. They say the...

  • Food Security Bill will damage agriculture if it thwarts farmer's enterprise

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    While traveling though fertile and water-rich East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh two years ago I came across a peculiar sight. Farmers had declared a...

  • 5th Anniversary of Kandhamal: Naveen Patnaik And The Erosion Of The Liberal Ideal

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and the Sangh Parivar have never been able to live down the Godhra riots of 2002 but Orissa Chief Minister...

  • Why is the rupee falling? All you wanted to know 20-08-2013 01:01 PM

    To summarise the collective commentary on why the rupee is falling, the immediate triggers are the imposition of capital controls last Wednesday and the hike in import duties on 'non-essentials' like gold and flat screen TVs. The Reserve Bank reduced the amount that individuals could take out of the country...
  • It is time that people got outraged at the government's comprehensive surveillance powers

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    There are nine Indian agencies that have the authority to monitor our calls, emails and chats but none of them is under independent oversight. There...

  • Corporate reputations for fair play can be fluff when regulators sleep

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    A 19 October, 2011 circular of the National Housing Bank says no penalty or fee for prepayment of home loans can be charged, provided the...