Harish Damodaran


Rain hits mustard, wheat, chickpea crop in north and central states
Tue, Mar 03, 2015

The current wet spell is result of a low pressure induced by western disturbances over North Pakistan and adjoining J&K regions.

Housing push to subsidy cuts — what he sidestepped
Sun, Mar 01, 2015

Jaitley’s speech didn’t make even any mention of food and fertiliser subsidies, which were left at the same levels as last year.

A new Pradhan Mantri flagship — for micro-irrigation this time
Sun, Mar 01, 2015

The agriculture ministry’s flagship programmes under the UPA like Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana will see a huge cutback.

Cautious on subsidies, lukewarm to DBT
Sun, Mar 01, 2015

Reduced subsidy provision on account of fall in crude prices.

The new fiscal stance
Sun, Mar 01, 2015

But the Budget has proposed a revised roadmap for even the deficit on revenue account.

Finance minister’s Victor Hugo moment
Fri, Feb 27, 2015

Post-reform India has had three gamechanging budgets. Will Arun Jaitley’s be the fourth?

Global price boom improved farmers’ terms of trade under UPA: Panel
Mon, Feb 23, 2015

As global prices rose, the ruling UPA, then, was forced to hike minimum support prices (MSP) to align them with the former.

Explained: Soil on my fingertips
Sun, Feb 22, 2015

Harish Damodaran explains what the scheme entails and its potential benefits for Indian agriculture.

From lab to land
Tue, Feb 17, 2015

We need new public-private partnership models to address Indian agriculture’s weakest link — extension.

Govt delays urea imports, farmers left in distress
Mon, Feb 16, 2015

Shortage: Imports surged only after rabi planting started in November.

Rural Delhi abandoned BJP
Thu, Feb 12, 2015

This time, the AAP has won all 14 rural seats — 13 of them by huge, five-digit margins.

Achhe din: New GDP series boosts growth, lowers inflation
Thu, Feb 12, 2015

Inflation in manufacturing has tended to be lower than for other sectors.

Just more funds not enough
Fri, Feb 06, 2015

The current fiscal crunch has also led to Kerala diluting its earlier plans to implement prohibition in a phased manner.

Oil, naseeb and the economy
Fri, Feb 06, 2015

Consumers save on fuel, govt on subsidies; both left with more money for better spends.

Study projects Bihar as new PDS poster boy
Wed, Feb 04, 2015

Along with Chhattisgarh and Orissa, Bihar recorded highest improvement.

‘Learning’s not about enrolment, latrines in school. We’re failing children on massive scale’
Sun, Feb 01, 2015

Economists Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo talks about NREGA and Right To Education.

Maharashtra clears trials for GM food
Sat, Jan 31, 2015

The clearence committee was headed by Anil Kakodkar, former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission.

Explained: Our aam & their taang
Fri, Jan 30, 2015

Harish Damodaran explains what’s on the table along with mangoes, chicken legs and global trade.

Demand for geographical indication status: This time for Gulbarga toor
Wed, Jan 28, 2015

Traders wants the coming Union Budget to clamp a “minimum 20 per cent” import duty on pulses, as against nil now.

The Big Picture: A new churning
Sun, Jan 25, 2015

Large dairy farmers are driving change at the country’s largest milk cooperative.