Bibek Debroy

The writer is chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the PM. Views are personal.

Articles By Bibek Debroy

Constitution’s Seventh Schedule, which differentiates between spending by the Centre and states, needs a re-look

Why should then there be CSSs for items in the State List (such as health)? If the Union government should contribute for health because it is nationally important, why should states not contribute for defence?

The river must flow

Ascribing legal rights to rivers helps counter pollution, may revive water bodies.

On writing: The fountain-pen has survived time, trade and technology

Many people will probably give up writing by hand and either type, or dictate to their favourite form of technology. However, for those limited few who still prefer to write by hand, I am happy the fountain-pen still survives. I don’t mean the high-end pens alone, there are several brands that are relatively cheap.

The middle income illusion

There is no economic evidence to support the notion of middle-income trap.

Why are there so many plumbers from Kendrapara?

The Kendrapara model worked as it provided access to placement networks, even though those were informal. Formal training institutes are now challenging such on-the-job teaching avenues.

Kings and moustaches

Is there a correlation between popularity of Chulbul Pandey or ‘Singham’ and absence, or presence, of moustache allowances in states?

Instead of disrupting Indian Standard Time, Northeast can tweak its office hours

What is sacrosanct about the office timing of 9 am to 5.30 pm? Without disrupting the IST, surely it is possible to have working hours, and office-hours in the Northeast from 8 am to 4.30 pm?

Begging the question

Defining and counting beggars, vagrants and religious mendicants remains a conundrum

Middle class, redefined

It needs an enabling ecosystem. The present regime has attempted to provide just that.

Swachh Bharat has initiated a behavioural change that seems irreversible

Latest data shows that the Swachh Bharat Mission has initiated a behavioural change in most parts of the country. It seems irreversible.

Upside Of Scaling Down

India must offer unique services, not just depend on low-cost production

The purpose of a public library

Archaic laws, more recent state legislation do not address the most important issue: What should their role be?

Perjury upon the soul

Many give false evidence under oath, but complex laws and reluctance to initiate proceedings make prosecution a rarity.

A law of its time

When it was enacted, Section 377 was lenient compared to its predecessors

To bee or not to bee

There is little data in India on the number of bee colonies and bee-keepers, or the honey produced.

Pets and peeves

Bengaluru municipality’s new pet licensing laws are beset by the familiar failing of public policy — confusion and multiplicity of objectives

A justice more efficient

The Legal Information Management and Briefing System aims to improve Union government’s handling of cases. Its data can also be used to reduce litigation, declog the judicial system.

Eighteen to sixty-four

Eighteen to sixty-four should be the age range of the working population factored into policy, since enrolment in senior secondary school is rising.

The anatomy of equity

Debate around terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission ignores the evolution of constitutional mechanisms for devolution of public finance.

The Great Indian Epic Trick

It is meaningless to seek clear and present evil in the Mahabharata, where every incident offers a conflict of dharma. There is no black or white