Bibek Debroy

Bibek Debroy

The writer is member, Niti Aayog. Views are personal

To levy a service charge, or not to
Thu, Jan 19, 2017

And thereby hangs a tale

An unfortunate legacy
Thu, Jan 05, 2017

The colonial category of “criminal tribes” may have been “denotified” but many communities remain unclassified

Smallness at the border
Thu, Dec 22, 2016

In World Bank’s doing business rankings, India doesn’t do as well on trading across borders as it does on other parameters.

Let the numbers speak
Thu, Dec 08, 2016

The discussion on the fall in employment after the November 8 demonetisation relies on anecdotal evidence. It is not backed by data.

Streamline the appointments
Thu, Nov 24, 2016

The judiciary must give up its reluctance to accept performance indicators and impart transparency to the collegium process.

Start from the top
Thu, Nov 10, 2016

To set an example for the judiciary, the Supreme Court must address its own backlog of cases.

Like advanced nations, India must delink classroom teaching from student learning
Thu, Oct 27, 2016

The objective is not to teach to the student, which happens through classroom contact, but to make the student learn, which can happen outside classroom contact too.

The right to copy
Thu, Oct 13, 2016

In this age of copy-and-paste, plagiarism and piracy are rarely regarded as serious issues.

The Sunday Syndrome
Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Shouldn’t the weekly off day be a matter of choice, instead of being dictated by law?

House in shambles
Wed, Sep 14, 2016

Europe was outraged at the condition of slaughterhouses in the 19th century. India still isn’t .

Who has the licence to kill?
Thu, Sep 01, 2016

Unlicensed and illegal slaughterhouses present a municipal governance problem.

An experiment with power
Thu, Aug 18, 2016

Prepaid electricity in Manipur reduces power theft; improves supply.

Tracking the 100 laggards
Thu, Aug 04, 2016

Gazetteers could help us understand why certain districts have remained backward for more than 50 years.

A barometer of performance
Thu, Jul 21, 2016

Resolution of citizen grievances is an indicator of the performance of government departments.

For friendlier laws
Thu, Jul 07, 2016

Rajasthan law reform project is the most ambitious overhaul of outdated and obsolete statutes undertaken in the country.

Real growth vs spurious criticism
Thu, Jun 23, 2016

The Central Statistical Office has never resorted to deception, nor is it doing so now.

Missing the point
Thu, Jun 09, 2016

Fake, spin and jumla have been used to describe the latest GDP figures, but commentators appear to be relying, sometimes wilfully, on the wrong parameters.

Reaching the last village
Fri, May 27, 2016

The problem begins with the way we define “urban” and “rural”

The cannabis dilemma
Thu, May 12, 2016

A 19th-century commission report is instructive — it argued against bans, distinguished between private and social costs, highlighted externalities.

The best governed of them all
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

Governance in Kerala is superior to that in Bihar. But after that, state rankings are a fraught exercise

No bottomless kitty
Thu, Apr 14, 2016

Suggestions for public expenditure must also account for opportunity costs.

The legend of parachuting cats
Thu, Mar 31, 2016

Sustainable development, however defined, is about future cost and benefit, neither of which is known with certainty.

Jewels in the Crown
Sat, Mar 26, 2016

Sanskrit and its scholars thrived in the Mughal court between 1560 and 1660. A scholarly book describes this fascinating history. If only, the prose were less turgid.

Treat in India
Thu, Mar 17, 2016

To optimise the potential for medical tourism, stop formulating and implementing policies in silos. And ensure adequate dissemination of information

Getting our goats
Thu, Mar 03, 2016

We need to make goat farming organised, tie it to agriculture and animal husbandry.

Speaking of Sanskrit
Thu, Feb 18, 2016

Reports of its death are greatly exaggerated

Battle with many corners
Thu, Feb 04, 2016

ICDS, the primary scheme targeting malnutrition, needs to be broadened with the help of the National Nutrition Mission.

Of deaths and births
Thu, Jan 21, 2016

Perhaps our statistical discrepancies are symptomatic of the transition from an informal to a formal system.

Underestimating disability
Thu, Jan 07, 2016

To address it, we first need to measure it correctly

The good news
Thu, Dec 24, 2015

A compilation of state-level good practices gives reasons to be optimistic.

The Centre-state mindset
Thu, Dec 10, 2015

It is patronising to the states. It reflects in inadequate media coverage of state matters.

Dr Manmohan Singh’s different strokes
Thu, Nov 26, 2015

What does Manmohan Singh really think about the Planning Commission?

All the sarkar’s land
Fri, Nov 13, 2015

The defence ministry’s successful digitisation and indexing should be replicated across the Union government to make an inventory of all the land it owns.

Systematic and selective land titling, and charging owners extra, is an idea worth pushing
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

Systematic and selective land titling, and charging owners extra, is an idea worth pushing.

The fits in the starts
Thu, Oct 15, 2015

Start-up entrepreneurship needs several forms of encouragement, beginning with an insolvency law.

They can change India
Thu, Oct 01, 2015

Several of innovations and interventions emanate from the young. There’s a slice of the young generation that does want to change India, for the better.