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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Pranab Bardhan

The writer is professor of graduate school at the department of economics, University of California, Berkeley.

Lockdown trade-offs in a young country call for wide public deliberation
Wed, Apr 08, 2020

One needs more systematic thinking about the hard choices India now faces — the trade-offs between the lockdown paralysing the economy and decimating the poor on the one hand, and on the other, lifting the lockdown thereby allowing the infection rate to soar, and taking a heavy toll on the old.

India is steadily creeping from democracy to some form of thugocracy
Sat, Jan 18, 2020

The essence of democracy is in protecting minority rights. India is failing to do so

Attempts are being made to dismantle the pluralistic ideas of India that are a legacy of Gandhi and Tagore
Sat, Oct 12, 2019

Our identities are necessarily multi-layered but ethnic nationalists privilege one of these layers, usually based on the narrow particularities of religion, language or culture that makes it easy to mobilise certain groups.

India has gone from false hopes in 2014 to false pride in 2019
Sat, Jun 15, 2019

India has gone from false hopes in 2014 to false pride in 2019

‘Anti-national’ thoughts
Wed, Apr 10, 2019

Whichever party wins the election, the real long-term challenge is to stem the rot of institutional foundations.

Universal Basic Income can be funded by reducing subsidies to the rich
Wed, Jan 16, 2019

I think packaging a significant UBIS with a simultaneous increase in the taxes on the rich will help macro-economic stability, apart from assuaging the poor who will face some of the price rise in commodities or services, when subsidies are withdrawn.

The safety net of the future
Fri, Dec 28, 2018

In recent times both BJP (around election time in UP and Maharashtra) and Congress (in Punjab, and now Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh) have rushed to the fire of farmer wrath with wild schemes of bank loan waivers. This is, of course, a bad idea not just because it plays havoc with the banking culture (just as that of loan waivers for corporate defaulters does).

The illusion, the reality check
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

Three years after the Modi government assumed office, the promise of job creation is unmet. The demon of corruption is not yet slayed

A new class act
Fri, Jan 20, 2017

Higher education in India is failing. Overhauling the system can salvage it

The labour reform myth
Sat, Aug 23, 2014

No evidence to show labour laws are the only, or even main, constraint to growth.