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Growth and Poverty in India – Myth and Reality

There is a raging controversy about whether poverty levels in India have increased in the nineties, a period co-incident with the ushering in of major economic reforms.

Smart Policies for Redistribution

India can, and must, reform its welfare system for a transforming India – more efficient redistribution is desirable for both ethical, and political, reasons.

Hungry for publicity

Surveys on hunger suggest that like poverty, it is more a relative, than absolute, concept. The best policy to increase nutrition is via sanitation and clean water.

Data vs gossip: Who should win?

The incomes of the poorest are rising at a faster pace than any time since January 2015. That could be the reason for Modi winning elections and why the growth slowdown will soon reverse.

Just why are farmers rioting?

It is politics that best explains the phenomena of farmer riots amidst growing prosperity.

Taxing your way to popularity

The finance minister can cut everyone’s tax burden, even pay the poor, and be revenue neutral by cutting sops

Financing basic income for the bottom 50 per cent

A political and economic masterstroke would be for the Union budget to contain a basic income scheme for the bottom 50 percent — the poor and lower middle class

Deliver us from ideologues

Conservative intellectual rightness is no different from classic liberal thought, a definition that excludes the Left intellectuals, but includes the Right liberals

Food, Hunger, and Nutrition in India: A Case of Redistributive Failure

Submitted to the Brookings Institution’s Ending Rural Hunger Project

Anti-black money initiative could mean a policy reform bigger than GST

The recent anti-corruption, anti-black money drive of the BJP is being characterised by the same intellectually old people as being against the interests of the poor.