The writer, a former Union minister, is an economist.
Planning in a strategic sense was revived and agriculture was accorded priority after the thoughtless WTO agreements signed by the Narasimha Rao government.
Elections are also a moment for policy fantasies. Perhaps some will come true.
Quarterly GDP growth has set a record. It’s at a six quarter low. Our woes are compounded by the disaster in agriculture. Growth in 2018/19 is sharply lower at 2.7 per cent.
The Indian National Sample Survey is respected the world over. Not just because of its size, but also for its sample design, that uses methods honed by some of the world’s most reputed statisticians.
The new government may not back the allocations in the budget.
The real issue for the country is to ensure growth across gender, caste or religious lines. For markets cannot function otherwise.
New year could see revival of more pluralistic institutions.
India seems to be shifting its position at WTO, aligning with multinationals
T N Srinivasan’s work will continue to enrich the discipline of economics.
How electioneering throws a spanner on solving real problems.
Government seems blind to the crisis in agriculture, slowdown in industry
Policymakers need to ask why programmes for farmers do not reach them.
Recent measures to defend currency are insufficient, poorly thought.
Statistical estimates on the economy are sacred and need to be treated as such.
Increase in infrastructure spending will place the economy on road to higher growth.
MSP is important, but real issues are markets, first-stage processing and supply chains.
Economic priorities set in Planning Commission in 1970s-80s continue
It is time the pattern of training, system of evaluation, of civil servants is debated
He taught us to look at not what the facts say, but what they do
Government must be circumspect about Cauvery dispute resolution mechanism.