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Hospitals and discretion

Tuesday 15 March '11

Budget 2011-12 proposed a service tax on private hospitals that have 25 beds and central air-conditioning.
Deficit matters

Saturday 5 March '11

What is definition of the fiscal deficit? That sounds like a simple question.
Hop, skip and jump

Tuesday 1 March '11

In 20 Budgets (ignoring interim) since 1991, FMs have sometimes hopped, sometimes in the same place. Rarely have they skipped, and jumps are rarer still. There have been two clear jumpers. The first h...
The list is long

Tuesday 1 March '11

If only Budget 2011-12 had let go of discretion in expenditure and taxation.
Confusion about agriculture in Survey

Saturday 26 February '11

If one reads the agriculture chapters of Economic Survey, one is apt to be confused.
Caesar’s wife

Sunday 20 February '11

At the recent interaction with electronic media, PM said Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion.
Saving a good idea

Friday 18 February '11

Why pilot projects on conditional cash transfer should be in urban areas.
Counting Kasab

Wednesday 9 February '11

Kasab, who is now in Arthur Road jail and is waiting confirmation of his death penalty, will be included in the Census.
The rupee non-fixation

Monday 7 February '11

While crude oil imports from Iran are allowed, there are UN and EU sanctions on several items.
Gaps in your double helix

Monday 7 February '11

DNA ancestry tracing can raise more questions than it answers.
Amnesty for black money

Thursday 27 January '11

Does FM’s statement about an amnesty scheme for black money ring true?
Holes in Swiss cheese

Wednesday 26 January '11

There are gaps in international banking secrecy that we can take advantage of to control tax evasion.
Wonky policy wonks

Monday 17 January '11

As in the 1960s, India could listen to policy economists and start to stagnate
Index of Economic Freedom

Saturday 15 January '11

Though similar in spirit, there are two distinct indices that measure economic freedom and do cross-country comparisons.
The World in 2050

Monday 10 January '11

India will become the second largest economy in the world in PPP (purchasing power parity) terms by 2050.
Sunlight to electric light

Monday 10 January '11

Next steps in making our assets disclosure process more meaningful
Another anti-reform thrust

Tuesday 4 January '11

Given the price increase, something seems to be brewing in the Essential Commodities Act.
The 50-state future

Friday 31 December '10

Emotion about Telangana ducks the big issue — India needs more states.
National Autocratic Council

Sunday 26 December '10

They don’t quite believe in the law of the land, or democracy, or the Constitution.
Police posts & checks

Friday 24 December '10

There is enough low-hanging fruit to begin meaningful police reform.


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Pratap Bhanu MehtaYou, the UPA, destroyed roads, airlines, power, education, industry, employment… you rocked the financial boat, you came for freedom, you legitimised being corrupt. But we did not speak out. Remember, we do have the vote. Pratap Bhanu Mehta While we were silent, July 11 Comments
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Pawan KheraReally, Mr Mehta? Much that I enjoy your sophomoric enthusiasm, your assertions are hurried and inaccurate. The UPA didn't aim to silence people. The UPA heard what the people spoke. Pawan Khera Imagining a silence, missing the point, July 19 Comments
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Shekhar GuptaNever in India's history has the economic discourse been so one-sided. Povertarianism, has become a part of our holy national consensus. Shekhar Gupta National Interest: The deformists, July 20 Comments
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Shashi TharoorI respect Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Shekhar Gupta, but find their diatribes sweepingly denunciatory. They have failed to notice today's India boasts a thriving, entrepreneurial and globalised economy. Shashi Tharoor Note to UPA-bashers, July 23 Comments
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Shashi TharoorPawan Khera and Shashi Tharoor's defence of the UPA, as rejoinders to articles by Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Shekhar Gupta, displays how political sycophancy can distort perception. They are written to ensure their status in the party. Madhu Trehan A people in despair, a government in wonderland Comments
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