Surjit S Bhalla The Indian Express Group

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Kejriwal's waterfront

Saturday 4 January '14

AAP’s water subsidy for Delhi is a perfect example of reverse Robin Hood engineering — taking from the poor and giving to the rich.
Not so aam aadmi policy

Saturday 28 December '13

The AAP’s water policy benefits the middle class more than the poor.
AAP ki Tea Party

Saturday 21 December '13

From batting average to political strategy and support base, AAP and the Tea Party are similar.
Why the BJP loves AAP

Tuesday 10 December '13

Headline in May 2014: AAP and Congress split the vote and BJP obtains a majority.
Puzzle of high CPI inflation

Saturday 23 November '13

Only one factor — rise in minimum support prices for foodgrains — explains most of the sustained high inflation.
Economic performance, poll test

Saturday 16 November '13

UPA 1’s record on the economy was much better than that of the NDA. But the last three years of UPA 2 have been incomparably disastrous — 2014 vote will be on UPA 2, not UPA 1.
Gujarat’s Muslims: in a politically correct trap?

Saturday 2 November '13

Time for all PM candidates to end hostilities and present voters with choices about policies, programmes and performance.
Lessons from the Gujarat model

Saturday 26 October '13

Growth matters, apparently much more than dole, for poverty reduction.
What you sow is not what you reap

Saturday 19 October '13

With considerably better rainfall than in the NDA years, the UPA registered only a marginal increase in agricultural output growth and more than double the rate of food inflation.
Towards a new RBI

Saturday 28 September '13

The new RBI should, and will, follow the principle of PIR — policy informed by research.
Just a matter of apology

Saturday 21 September '13

For India’s future, it is imperative that all political leaders be judged by the same yardstick.
No sympathy for the devil

Saturday 7 September '13

Why is the BCCI so powerful that it has reached the status of being untouchable?
Rotting food, rotten arguments

Wednesday 4 September '13

How do food bill supporters ignore the 45 per cent leakage in PDS, especially after their own studies?
It's the interest rate, stupid

Saturday 31 August '13

With real rates of interest at 9%, it is no wonder GDP is crawling to a 16-quarter low of 4.4%.
In currency, the rupee

Saturday 24 August '13

It is not just the CAD that determines a currency’s value, growth and investor confidence are bigger determinants.
From Gentlemen to Players

Saturday 24 August '13

The game’s the thing, but what’s the name of the game?
A deadly defence

Wednesday 21 August '13

The rupee defence policy has been counter-productive. Policymakers should revoke all measures announced since July 15.
China-India poverty: a matter of record

Wednesday 7 August '13

India’s poverty and inclusive growth record is much better than China’s, and levels of poverty in the two countries are not very different
Poverty of thought

Saturday 3 August '13

While the rural poverty line is Rs 27 per day, even the rural rich spend just Rs 105 a day: NSS data are a gross underestimation of total expenditure
Rajiv Gandhi lessons on the food bill

Saturday 27 July '13

The poor get just 13 per cent of the money spent in their name in schemes like PDS and NREGA — what Rajiv Gandhi said many years ago


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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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