On behalf of the entire team at ICRIER, I extend warm wishes for a happy and successful new year! I am pleased to share the January 2021 issue of the Newsletter, which provides a quick recap of ICRIER’s research and policy engagements during December 2020.

The raging debate around financial sector, cyber security, agriculture policy changes, the pandemic and health matters among other topics are reflected in our December activities. On 14th December, we hosted a webinar on Global Cooperation for Cyber Resilience in Financial Sector. On 9th December, we hosted another one on 'Informality and COVID-19 in South Asia' with an insightful report presentation by Hans Timmer, Chief Economist – South Asia, The World Bank. If you missed these and others, you can find the recordings in the links below.

We released a working paper on ‘Housing for India’s Low-Income Urban Households: A Demand Perspective’ in December that continues to attract a lot of attention. Our studies and reports can be accessed on the ICRIER website and via the links below.

We hope you take some time to view some of the recordings and also glance through other updates from December. We would love to hear back from you.



From Plate to Plough: Ending the Stalemate over the Farm Reforms
Ashok Gulati | Financial Express | December 30, 2020

'संवाद से दूर होगा कन्फ्यूजन'
Siraj Hussain | ZEE Business | December 26, 2020

Explained Ideas: Why Agricultural Subsidies Worsen Air Pollution in North IndiaFarmers’ Protest Far from being Illogical
Pravesh Sharma & Rashmi Sharma | Financial Express | December 24, 2020

The Quest for a Middle Path amid Farm Protests
Shweta Saini | Money Control | December 22, 2020

WTO must Factor in Developing Countries’ Food Security needs
Ashok Gulati & Jonathan Hepburn | Financial Express | December 21, 2020

नए एग्री रिफॉर्म लॉज के सामने चुनौतियां
अशोक गुलाटी | मंडी.काम | दिसंबर 20, 2020

To the Point with Dr. Ashok Gulati
Rajya Sabha TV | December 19, 2020

Without much Delay, Punjab and Haryana will have to Diversify from Wheat and Rice Cycles
Siraj Hussain | Money Control | December 18, 2020

क्या भारत बासमती के साथ पानी भी 'निर्यात' कर रहा है?
Bharat Sharma | Thelallantop.com | December 17, 2020

Farming Reforms
Ashok Gulati | High Commission of India & Nehru Centre | December 16, 2020

आज की चर्चा- कृषि सुधारों की आवश्यकता | Need for Agricultural Reforms
संदीप दास & यतीश राजावत| राज्य सभा टीवी | December 16, 2020

How when we Export Basmati, we are Virtually Exporting Water
Bharat Sharma | India Today | December 14, 2020

Suspend Farm Reforms for 6 Months, Compensate Farmers, but Don't Repeal Laws
Ashok Gulati | The WIRE | December 12, 2020

आज की चर्चा- किसानों की मांग कितनी जायज ?
Sandip Das | Rajya Sabha TV | December 10, 2020

Farmers will Reap the Benefits of Modi’s Reforms
Ashok Gulati | APK Metro News | December 9, 2020

Need for 10-year, State-wise Procurement Plan for Rice and Wheat
Siraj Hussain & Jugal Mohapatra | Ideas for India | December 8, 2020

India’s farmers fear income loss with new reforms, says former agriculture secretary
Siraj Hussain | CNBC | December 7, 2020

Make Punjab Great Again: Farmers of Punjab, Haryana and UP Know that the Wheat-rice Cycle cannot Continue Forever. Anxiety over MSP is its Result
Ashok Gulati | The Financial Express | December 7, 2020

4 Lessons that Modi Govt and Twitter Warriors should take from the Farmers’ Protest
Siraj Hussain & Jugal Mohapatra | The Print | December 7, 2020

Desh Deshantar: Farmers' Protest: The Way Forward | किसान - सरकार वार्ता : उम्मीद का रास्ता
Sandip Das | RStv | December 5, 2020

Govt has Failed to Communicate why Agri Laws are Necessary for Farmers: Ashok Gulati
Ashok Gulati | The Print | December 3, 2020

Farmers Are Being Misled: Prof. Ashok Gulati, Agricultural Economist
ABP News | December 3, 2020

Why this Economist Believes the new Laws are Good for the Kisan | Barkha Dutt
Ashok Gulati | MOJO Story | December 2, 2020

Centre must Carefully Consider Options, Close Communication Gap with Farmers
Ashok Gulati | Indian Express | December 2, 2020

Published Work:

Working Paper | Housing for India’s Low-Income Urban Households: A Demand Perspective
Authors: Debarpita Roy and Meera ML


Webinar on Beaten or Broken? Informality and COVID-19 in South Asia
Participants: Rajat Kathuria, Radhicka Kapoor, Hans Timmer, Valerie-Mercer-Blackman, Siddharth Sharma, Camilla R. Holmemo


Preference for Fixed-term Employees can Improve Industry Relations
Radhicka Kapoor | Indian Express | December 24, 2020

Microcredit or Direct Benefit Transfer? Designing a Scheme for Street Vendors
Prateek Kukreja and Samridhi Bimal | The WIRE | December 22, 2020

Published Work:

Paper: Trade Finance and Block Chain Usage in the Asia-Pacific | Digitalisation, Trade, and Geopolitics in Asia
Author: Saon Ray


Webinar on Global Cooperation for Cyber Resilience in Financial Sector
Participants: Deepak Maheshwari, Arthur Nelson, G. Narendra Nath, Shivangi Nadkarni, Brijesh Singh

ICANN 69 Readout


Towards Budget 2021-22
Shankar Acharya | Business Standard | December 10, 2020

Covid-19 Second Wave – a Winter Surge: Things Likely to get Worse before they get Better
Alok Sheel | Financial Express | December 9, 2020

The Developer’s Dilemma in India – the Role of Politics and Economic Ideology
Saon Ray & Sabyasachi Kar | UNU-WIDER | December 2020


Reforming Agriculture: The Unfinished Agenda
Arpita Mukherjee | FnBnews | December 16, 2020

BUDGET 2021: Hiking Import Tariffs can Hurt India's Competitiveness
Saon Ray | LiveMint | December 15, 2020

Can the RCEP Strengthen Global Cooperation for Trade, Investment and Sustainable Development?
Saon Ray & Amrita Saha | IDC Bulletin | December 11, 2020

India needs to Ban Pesticides & Fertilisers banned in Key Importing Markets
Arpita Mukherjee | TPCI | December 7, 220


Participants: Saon Ray, Suresh Prabhu, Rosalind Lazar, Hue Dang, Elaine Ramsay, Konstantinos Apostolopoulos


Health | India’s Covid-19 Deaths: Missing MISS
Ali Mehdi | Financial Express | December 16, 2020

Book Review:

Sunetra Choudhury, National Political Editor, Picks her Favourite Reads of 2020
Hindustan Times | December 25, 2020
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