JUNE 2021


These have been the most difficult of times in so many ways. No one has been left untouched by tragedy or the deep sense of concern or fear. At ICRIER our teams have fought through this magnificently. The June 2021 issue of the newsletter encapsulates our research and policy outreach activities during the month of May 2021.

During the month, ICRIER participated at a meeting hosted by Niti Aayog with leading Think Tanks on “Fight against Covid-19 Pandemic and its Economic Impact”. Ashok Gulati represented ICRIER at the meeting and presented the key messages from ICRIER which were later published as a Policy Brief titled 'Government Response to Covid-19 and its Economic Impact', authored by Pramod Bhasin, Ashok Gulati, Deepak Mishra, Alok Sheel and Nisha Taneja. In addition to this, ICRIER-KAS Policy Brief 'Tracking Covid-19 – Lessons for from India', by Ali Mehdi was published in May. Both these publications have been receiving a great deal of attention.

ICRIER scholars published articles in leading national and international journals, including articles examining India’s energy mix for the electricity sector in 2030 and the outlook for the Indian economy.

Apart from these, several articles were published in newspapers and other media on a variety of contemporary issues, including, macroeconomic policy, agriculture, climate change, employment, the G20 and trade, among others. If you have missed these or any other activity, you would find the links below.

We hope you take some time to glance through other updates from May 2021. We would love to hear back from you.



Need to Cut Incentives for Paddy Cultivation
Siraj Hussain | Financial Express | May 25, 2021

What We Need to Save Lives and Livelihoods as Covid Reaches Rural India
Ashok Gulati | Indian Express | May 24, 2021

From Plate to Plough: Containing a Rural Covid Spread
Ashok Gulati | Financial Express | May 24, 2021

Covid-19 Vaccine Import: Urea Offers a Precedent
Siraj Hussain and Jugal Mohapatra | The India Cable | May 18, 2021

Impact of COVID-19 Second Wave on India’s Agriculture
Siraj Hussain & Jugal Mohapatra | MoneyControl | May 11, 2021

We can Defeat the Virus. All of us must Put Shoulders to the Wheel
Ashok Gulati | Indian Express | May 10, 2021

Second Wave of Covid-19: What We must do Now?
Ashok Gulati | Financial Express | May 10, 2021

Experts Discuss how Agri Sector is Coping as COVID Second Wave Affects Rural India
Siraj Hussain | CNBC TV18 | May 4, 2021

Indian Farmers Defied Covid to Sell Record High Rice and Wheat
Siraj Hussain & Jugal Mohapatra | The Print | May 4, 2021

Published Work:

Journal Article | Energy and Climate Change | Meeting India’s Electricity Demand in 2030
Authors: Diya Dasgupta, Gopal K. Sarangi


Power Vision: What is Missing in the Draft National Electricity Policy
Somit Dasgupta | Financial Express | May 6, 2021

Are We Ready for Energy Audits Today?
Somit Dasgupta | Financial Express | May 1, 2021


Why the Centre's PLI Scheme for Food Processing Sector may not be a Big Job Generator
Seema Bathla and Prateek Kukreja | The WIRE | May 3, 2021

Published Work:

ICRIER-KAS Policy Brief | Tracking Covid-19 – Lessons for / from India
Author: Ali Mehdi

Published Work:

Policy Brief | Government Response to Covid-19 and its Economic Impact
Authors: Pramod Bhasin, Ashok Gulati, Deepak Mishra, Alok Sheel and Nisha Taneja

Paper | KAS | Human Centric Development: An Outlook for the Indian G20 Presidency
Authors: Tanu M. Goyal, Prateek Kukreja

Journal Article | Economic & Political Weekly | The Indian Economy Covid-19 and Beyond
Author: Alok Sheel


India must Watch Out for a Taper Tantrum in Global Capital Markets
Alok Sheel | Live Mint | May 24, 2021

Economic Outlook for 2021-22
Shankar Acharya | Business Standard | May 13, 2021

Published Work:

Article | Artha-SRCC Magazine | Novel Approach to Global Value Chains
Author: Neha Gupta


ODOP can Include the GI Products
Arpita Mukherjee | TPCI | May 20, 2021

A Thaw in India-Pakistan Trade Relations?
Nisha Taneja & Samridhi Bimal | The Hindu | May 20, 2021

Revamping SEZ Policy will Support Aatmanirbhar Bharat
Arpita Mukherjee & Sunil Rallan | TPCI | May 5, 2021

India-UK Food Trade: The Case for Tariff Liberalization
Arpita Mukherjee | Live Mint | May 4, 2021
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