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September 22, 2020

Indian Economy

By Nitin Desai

RESCUING THE ECONOMY by NITIN DESAI   To rescue the economy, ensure  price support for agriculture, subsidise wage costs of MSMEs and accelerate public construction activities.   The National Accounts fo....Read More

 

August 25, 2020

Development Strategy|Governance & Politics|Social Justice

By Nitin Desai

EDUCATION FOR THE FUTURE by  NITIN DESAI   We need to liberate education from political control and give institutions the autonomy needed to innovate for the future *** About a month ago the Government approved the New Education Polic....Read More

July 14, 2020

Development Strategy|Natural Resources

By Nitin Desai

NATURE IN PERIL by NITIN DESAI   Nature can protect us only if we protect it-that is the simple truth this  government needs to recognise.   The environment in India faces a unique challenge. The ministry charged with protecting....Read More

June 24, 2020

By Nitin Desai

  Trapped for months at home with nothing to do all day By a virus that refuses to go away I sought refuge in stories about tecs and spies. Set back in time, with history in a new guise. I begin this account of my lockdown....Read More

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 Covid epidermic and the Government's policy announcements are&nbs....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 ....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 relationships between political p....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 and steadily helped to repair ....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 that major policy changes and i....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, fiscal pressures, twin balance sh....Read More