About the Speaker:
Roshan Kishore is the Data & Political Economy Editor at Hindustan Times, where his work largely involves data-driven commentary on the intersection of politics and economics. He holds an MPhil degree in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University and worked in a think tank before taking up journalism.
About the Seminar:
The COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted heavy damage on economic activity across the world. India is no exception. However, what this entails for India's political economy framework in the future will depend significantly on how the economic and political effects of the pandemic intersect with the existing fault lines in the economy and society. This seminar will explore the background, impact, and paths forward for India's political economy after the pandemic. There are good reasons to believe that the pandemic could deliver a big supply shock to India's labor markets by triggering a massive reverse migration and increasing communal tensions. This, along with a significant fall in economic activity, will require a very unorthodox kind of stimulus.