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Arun Kumar

The writer is a former Sukhamoy Chakravarty Chair Professor, JNU

By ignoring final numbers for 2018-19 in formulating budget estimates, govt has presented incorrect data
Fri, Jul 19, 2019

Can there be any excuse to just reproduce the interim budget figures in July when the Ministry had the data given to the CGA? Further, the data was presented in the Economic Survey, so why not in the budget?

GST should remain a destination tax, to support poorer states — not be burdened with multiple objectives
Sat, May 04, 2019

GST was to lead to the unification of the country and improve ease of doing business. These were all significant political slogans. But they have receded to the background in favour of a more muscular nationalism.

With manifestos, political parties must show how the desirable is feasible
Tue, Apr 09, 2019

If one does not show that the “desirable is feasible,” chances are that the promises will remain on paper, as in the past.

Who will pay for sops?
Thu, Feb 14, 2019

Government’s claim that structural changes to the economy are paying off, and that is being used to give back to the people, is problematic.

GDP and its assumptions
Fri, Dec 21, 2018

New GDP back series does what the government needs it to — shows that growth during its term has been higher than during the UPA regime.

With due respect, Finance Minister
Mon, Nov 12, 2018

There has been only a marginal increase in the direct tax to GDP ratio after demonetisation. And the economy didn’t need to suffer for digitisation.

Where’s the money coming from?
Sat, Sep 29, 2018

Exploring the role of the black economy in political finance and how it subverts democracy.

Job growth or number jugglery
Wed, May 16, 2018

The problem is under-employment. It won’t be resolved if the residually-employed are notionally shifted from the informal to formal sector.

The Catch In Autonomy
Fri, Apr 06, 2018

Universities will be subject to the dictates of the market

Calling black white
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

There is a lot of pain, no visible gain, from demonetisation. No amount of spin can mask the fact that it has dented the economy

How Things Fall Apart
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

The book misses the impact of corruption/scams on society — it leads to policy failure and to inefficiencies, which lower the rate of growth of the economy below its potential.

An embarrassment of riches
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

Why is the RBI not disclosing the amount from the surrendered notes? Have more than the issued amount of notes returned?

Not worth the tax
Wed, Jun 14, 2017

Forget agriculture, it is more prudent to collect taxes from the service sector where the bulk of black income is generated.

Lawbreakers, Lawmakers
Sat, Mar 18, 2017

What sustains the marketplace for ‘criminal’ politicians? This book has some good answers

Unusual times, usual ways
Thu, Mar 09, 2017

Methods to use GDP estimates cannot account for the shock caused by demonetisation.

High price, uncertain gain
Fri, Nov 18, 2016

Is it necessary to punish all to tackle the 3 per cent who generate the big black incomes?

Amnesty by another name
Thu, Oct 06, 2016

The Income Declaration Scheme has garnered only a minuscule amount of black money. The big fish have got away.

Govt’s gold schemes will not lower demand for the yellow metal
Thu, Jan 07, 2016

The world is uncertain so gold is held to take care of a rainy day.

Central confusion
Thu, Jul 23, 2015

While the RBI criticises policy, it does not use its own limited authority effectively.

Who’s corrupt?
Wed, May 06, 2015

It is necessary to distinguish between honest and dishonest, and correct and incorrect, decisions.

‘Boys with body tattoos cannot join Indian Army any more’
Wed, Dec 07, 2011

Circular has come in view of certain diseases connected with tattoos: Brig. Vinod Raizada.