On September 26th, we lost our beloved Chairperson Emerita Isher Judge Ahluwalia, while India lost a brilliant mind and economist and the world a charming, graceful, inspiring and charismatic women's icon. lsher was Chairperson ICRIER for 15 years and stepped down in August 2020 due to ill health. Prior to that, she was Director & Chief Executive from 1998 to 2002. Isher was an institution herself and built ours to where it is today. The Board recently resolved to name our new green building as 'The Isher Building' as a small tribute to her enormous contribution to ICRIER.

In this difficult time, we received condolence messages from all over the world. Some tributes are compiled is a digital file that can be accessed here. We are deeply and profoundly touched by the outpouring of support of all our well-wishers. Isher's vision of excellence for ICRIER will continue to inspire our work.

The October 2020 issue of the Newsletter has a section devoted to the memory of Isher that compiles media articles reflecting the amazing breadth and depth of her achievements. The Newsletter also provides a quick recap of ICRIER’s research and policy engagements during the month of September 2020 under different thrust areas.

We hope you take a few moments to glance through these updates. We would love to hear back from you.



देश देशांतर: नए कृषि कानून : बदलाव और दायरा
Sandip Das | Rajya Sabha TV | September 30, 2020

What Effect will the Farm Bills have on the future of Agriculture in India?
Siraj Hussain | Moneycontrol News | September 28, 2020

Explained Ideas: Why the Farm Bills are a Step in the Right Direction
Ashok Gulati | Indian Express & Financial Express | September 28, 2020

The Options before Punjab
Ashok Gulati | The Tribune | September 28, 2020

Agrarian Reforms: Can Over-reliance on MSP Harm Agricultural States?
Siraj Hussain & Shweta Saini | Financial Express | September 24, 2020

Government Should Have Build Consensus on New Laws of Farming
Siraj Hussain | Newsclick | September 21, 2020

Explained: The Agri Reform Bills that Led to Farmer Protests in 3 States, Oppn Walkout & a Shock Resignation
Siraj Hussain | News18.com| September 18, 2020

It is Something Like Delicensing of Industry in 1991
Ashok Gulati | India Today | September 17, 2020

विशेष कार्यक्रम: समृद्ध किसान, सम्पन्न किसान
Siraj Hussain and Ashok Gulati | DD News | September17, 2020

The Kharif 2020 Crop May Tell Us Whether the Centre's Agri-Market Reform is Working
Siraj Hussain | The WIRE | September 15, 2020

Challenge to nurture India has become bigger with the outbreak of COVID-19
Ashok Gulati & Shyma Jose | Indian Express & Financial Express | September 14, 2020

It’s Time to Make Punjab Agriculture Great Again. but how to do so?
Siraj Hussain | The WIRE | September 1, 2020

Published Works:

Working Paper | Fault Lines in the Secondary Education System in Two Indian States
Authors: Rashmi Sharma


Globally, There is a Focus on Local Jobs and Upskilling
Arpita Mukherjee | TPCI | September 4, 2020


Strengthening Competition in Telecom is Key to Realising India’s Digital Ambitions
Rajat Kathuria & Isha Suri | Indian Express | September 16, 2020

The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Demanding your Data
Rekha Jain | ET Telecom.com | September 8, 2020

Nokia Presents 'Speeding India Ahead' Campaign
Rajat Kathuria | Republic World | September 2, 2020


Webinar talk on Reviving the Distressed Debt Market in India
Participants: Rohit Prasad, Yogesh B. Mathur, Alok Sheel

Published Works:

Working Paper | Liberalisation of the Insurance Sector: An Analysis of India and BRICS
Authors: Saon Ray, Kuntala Bandyopadhyay and Vasundhara Thakur


Fraenkel's Theory of the Dual State may Need an Update
Alok Sheel | LiveMint | September 24, 2020

Covid-19 Axis Shifts to the West Atlantic
Alok Sheel | Financial Express | September 12, 2020

India's Road to Economic Recovery will be a Long, Hard and Painful One
Shankar Acharya | Business Standard | September 10, 2020

Bretton Woods 3.0 Puts the Dollar’s Dominance at Risk
Alok Sheel | LiveMint | September 3, 2020

Published Works:

Article | Re-estimating the Effect of Heterogeneous Standards on Trade: Endogeneity Matters
Anirudh Shingal, Malte Ehrich & Liliana Foletti | The World Economy Article | September 2020


US may Push for Auto Tariff Reduction
Rajat Kathuria | TPCI | September 28, 2020

Saudi-India Partnership a Key in Addressing Covid-19 Crisis
Arpita Mukherjee & Drishti Vishwanath | LiveMint | September 16, 2020

Published Works:

Article | Urban India’s Much Needed Housing Push
Debarpita Roy & Manikandan KP | SHELTER – HUDCO | October 2020


Rise or Fall Together: The One.Shared World Virtual Interdependence Summit 2020
Participants: Pramod Bhasin, David Nabarro, Enric Sala, Jairam Ramesh, Kehkashan Basu

Book Review:

Isher Judge Ahluwalia’s Memoir Breaking Through Is Luminous And Inspiring
Archana Pai Kulkarni | Shethepeople | September 26, 2020

How Isher Judge Ahluwalia broke into the male-dominated, Anglicised world of economists
Vinay Sitapati | September 26, 2020

Beyond the Boundaries
Laveesh Bhandari | Business Standard | September 22, 2020

Straight from the Heart
Hindu BusinessLine | September 13, 2020

Remembering Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia:

The Camaraderie Isher Ahluwalia Shared with Women was Rich and Fulfilling
Madhu Trehan | Indian Express | October 5, 2020

We Allowed the Dystopia we Live in
Ira Pande | The Tribune | October 4, 2020

Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Economist, 1945-2020
Martin Wolf | Financial Times | October 2, 2020

Two Budgerigars
F.S. Aijazuddin | DOWN | October 1, 2020

Isher Judge Ahluwalia was Inspired by Issues of Urbanisation and Governance
Rajat Kathuria | Indian Express | September 29, 2020

Isher Judge Ahluwalia: Not Merely Mrs Finance Secretary
N K Singh | Financial Express & Indian Express | September 28, 2020

Isher Judge Ahluwalia, a Razor-sharp Intellect & a Natural Leader
Indira Rajaraman | Economic times | September 28, 2020

Remembering the Individual behind Renowned Economist Isher Judge Ahluwalia
Bibek Debroy | LiveMint | September 28, 2020

The Respect Isher Commanded in the Economics World was Striking
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw | Indian Express | September 27, 2020

Isher Judge Ahluwalia: Leaving a Legacy Behind
Indira Jaising | www.theleaflet.in | September 27, 2020

An Institution Builder Unlike any Other
Puja Mehra | Mumbai Mirror | September 27, 2020

Isher Judge Ahluwalia - A Silent but Strong Force in India's Liberalisation Reforms
Latha Venkatesh | CNBCTV18 | September 26, 2020

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