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When credit is due

Wednesday 27 March '13

Historically, Bihar has protested against the persistent neglect by banks.
Of accounts and accountability

Monday 29 August '11

In India, the CAG is only an ex-post auditor, not an investigating agency. It needs to be strengthened further.
Against the foodgrain

Wednesday 15 June '11

We cannot afford to hasten slowly on a food security law.
Preparing the ground

Friday 3 June '11

Land is going to be a looming problem as our economy matures. Here are five considerations that should guide acquisition policy
On disinvestment, make haste slowly

Saturday 19 December '09

The UPA’s renewed commitment to disinvestment is significant — but it must be bold....
The compulsions of Copenhagen

Friday 27 November '09

One of the major issues engaging our policy makers is the forthcoming Copenhagen meeting on global warming and climate change.
Blame it on the Left?

Friday 25 July '08

Not all stalled reform is due to the Left. UPA must find a consensus to move on
Let’s not micro-manage education

Sunday 6 July '08

The professed loyalty of Arjun Singh to the Gandhi family is largely a private affair. However, resolving the challenges of higher education is not.
Sustaining growth - Stanford prescriptions

Sunday 22 June '08

Just over a fortnight ago the Stanford Centre for International Development concluded its IXth Annual Conference on Indian economic policy reform.
Budget should not be a surprise

Sunday 8 June '08

In my last two pieces, I had suggested an agenda for tax and expenditure reforms for 2009.
Spending well and wisely

Sunday 25 May '08

My last column dwelt on tax reforms. This column is about expenditure reforms, a subject that has been much talked about but has seen little action.
The long road to tax reform

Sunday 11 May '08

The Budget Session of Parliament concluded earlier this week. While it was disrupted as on many earlier occasions...
Global shortage is food for thought

Sunday 27 April '08

Global concerns on food security have continued to escalate. The reported food riots in many countries are only the beginning of deeper...
Managing inflationary expectations

Sunday 13 April '08

Inflation is now an Asian worry. The annual report of the Asian Development Bank, entitled Asian Development Outlook 2008...
Of salary hikes and serious change

Sunday 6 April '08

While presenting the Sixth Pay Commission report to the finance minister, Justice Srikrishna is reported to have remarked...
Can administration change?

Sunday 23 March '08

The recent cover story on India in The Economist considered what was holding us back from realising the true growth potential.
Consistency a refuge of the unimaginative

Sunday 9 March '08

We are in a new a phase of competitive populism. The only time the expression on Railway Minister Lalu Yadav’s face changed during Finance Minister P.
Budget 2008-straight from the heart

Sunday 2 March '08

Budget 2008 is both populist and popular. P. Chidambaram has certainly heeded Edmund Burke that “mere parsimony is not economy.
We don’t talk to the farmer

Sunday 24 February '08

The forthcoming budget will, for good reason, accord priority to agriculture and education.
We, the migrants

Sunday 17 February '08

I wonder what my teacher Jagadish Bhagwati, the eminent economist who has championed the cause of ‘nations without borders...


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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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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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