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June 24, 2020

By Nitin Desai

PERIOD PIECE PLEASURES

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June 16, 2020

Indian Economy|Social Justice

By Nitin Desai

The fiscal conservatism of the finance ministry means growth revival is going to take longer and may not be seen till late in the next fiscal year or even later.

Discussions about the C....Read More

May 19, 2020

Social Justice

By Nitin Desai

The current Covid epidemic has been compared with the great plague of the of the 14th century which led to revolutionary changes in the polity, economy and society in Europe. There are some who argue that the Covid epidermic will have a similar&nb....Read More

March 24, 2020

Governance & Politics

By Nitin Desai

Good governance requires good politics, something we are seriously short of now. Today our political process is rife with hate speeches that divide communities, groups using violence to do precisely this, acrimonious re....Read More

February 22, 2020

Governance & Politics

By Nitin Desai

Keynes said that “If economists could manage to get themselves thought of as humble competent people on a level with dentists, that would be splendid.” Montek Singh Ahluwalia is one such dentist who, quietly....Read More

February 17, 2020

Governance & Politics

By Nitin Desai

There is a great deal of talk these days that the revival of growth will require major policy reforms. Vijay Kelkar and Ajay Shah in their outstanding book on the art and science of economic policy, give the thumb rule ....Read More

January 20, 2020

Development Strategy|Governance & Politics

By Nitin Desai

When the Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman presented her first budget in July 2019, this columnist, like many others, had listed a litany of economic woes including the sharp decline in the growth rate of GDP, fi....Read More

December 23, 2019

Governance & Politics

By Nitin Desai

The past week has seen the rapid spread of public protests against the NRC and the CAA. Besides the immediate cause, these protests also reflect a growing sense that a ruling party that won 37% of the popular vote is ra....Read More

November 25, 2019

Development Strategy

By NITIN DESAI

In July of this year Prime Minister dismissed as professional pessimists those who questioned the $5 trillion economic goal.  The budget also gave little thought to the gr....Read More

October 07, 2019

Development Strategy

By Nitin Desai

The recent corporate rate tax cuts  have enthused the share market but are not sufficient to lift the growth rate to anywhere near the levels required for the $5 trillion ....Read More