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Nothing more than an accounting statement

This budget has gone back to the pre-1991 experiment of higher taxation and higher government expenditure. »

A lot in the budget for agriculture

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s budget for 2013-14 will be remembered not only for its strategies to stimulate economic growth and cont...»

Downward slide in the summer of our discontent

An opportunity has been forsaken to strengthen our economic fundamentals while improving the lives of the people, increasing the divide betw »

No green signal yet for the Yuva Kisan

The budget has some positive aspects, especially on food processing and agricultural research, but is largely silent on attracting youth to »

On a wing and a prayer

The Union budget for 2012-13 seeks to address two primary concerns — the economic slowdown and the unsatisfactory state of government fi...»

This is not fiscal consolidation

There is no coherent set of measures in the Union budget to address slowing real growth and the rising subsidy bill, the identified causes o »

A recipe for continuing stagflation

The sting in the tail is the aggressively inflationary proposal for a reduction of fuel subsidies »

The path to fiscal sustainability

Many different words have been used to describe this budget — “reasonable,” “responsible,” “sound,” “did no harm.” The words that have n...»

Social sector pays the price

The focus in this pre-election budget has shifted from the flagship MGNREGS to cash transfer-related schemes »

Juggling numbers will not lead to higher growth

The Finance Minister has proposed higher outlays for some social sector schemes knowing full well that they will not be utilised »

Getting investment back

The Union Budget 2013-14 has a number of good specifics to get investment going again, but the constituents of the headline numbers on fisca »

The sum of small bangs

Buffeted by strong headwinds blowing from several directions, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has had very little room for major new ini...»


New Public Policy Scholars​

The Hindu Centre is pleased to welcome its new Public Policy Scholars, Deya Bhattacharya, Sumit Chaturvedi, Nandini Dubey, Vanya Mehta, Bharti Mishra Nath and Rajesh Kumar Rai. Click here to read more on the Scholars and their proposed research over the next four months.​Read more »

In the 16th Lok Sabha Election 2014, West Bengal has witnessed some interesting trends. Apart from the debacle of the Left and the ascendance of the Trinamool Congress (AITC), the other somewhat s... »