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The Government’s proposals for amending the UPA’s 2013 Land Acquisition Act has run into a storm of protest....Read More

The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Kailash Satyarthi Is a tribute to a very special set of social activists. They ar....Read More

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The Indian economy will be about twenty times larger in 2050 if it grows at an average rate of 8%. Assuming a 2% per ye....Read More

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The structure of the Indian economy will change radically by 2050. Projecting the magnitude of this change requires som....Read More

The next forty years of development will be substantially different from the past forty years. India stands at the cusp....Read More

The present parlous state of our national and the global economy inevitably focuses attention on the short term.....Read More

The Twelfth Plan aims at a high growth rate that is sustainable and inclusive. An energy policy that is also sustainabl....Read More

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The Kelkar Committee Report on fiscal consolidation focusses quite understandably on the next three years because it is....Read More

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Over the past few weeks the country has been obsessed with the whether our spoilt brat of a city, Delhi, will perform w....Read More

The Planning Commission has begun the process for preparing the Twelfth Five Year Plan. They want this to be different ....Read More

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The terrorist attack in Mumbai exposed the gross inadequacies of governance at many levels.....Read More

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