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Author - Prosenjit Datta

The Policy Problem in Manufacturing

India cannot become a manufacturing hub unless the union and state governments are on the same page. That is a difficult task but not impossible Elected leaders, in general, decide on policies with short term profit in...

Hobson’s Choice

The state of the government’s finances leaves no real option but to go for second generation reforms The daily rise in fuel prices makes the government seem both clueless and callous when crude oil is at a record low...

Bad Data and Policy Making

Policies are only as good as the statistics used for arriving at the decisions – and the Indian government has been found wanting in that respect. For a government that is extremely fond of repeating that Data is the...

The King Can Do No Wrong

The myth of the Great Leader with incompetent followers A recent article in Business Standard newspaper by noted journalist Shekhar Gupta tried to analyse why Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s big ideas do not lead to any...

Of Pithy Slogans and Makeshift Policies

The Prime Minister’s vision of making India a manufacturing powerhouse has not been backed by coherent policy making When Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in his latest address to citizens the big new thrust to...

No Country For Migrant Workers

The pandemic has bared the attitude of the authorities towards workers. As the lockdown keeps getting extended again and again, the attitude of the union government and the state governments towards migrant workers is...

The Looming Supply Shock

Policy makers have been worrying about the consumption slowdown for some time. But the far greater danger could be the supply side choking up. Even before the Coronavirus pandemic upturned the globe, finance ministry...

Lockdown: The Chaos Continues

So far, the union government’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic has been more theatrics and less planning and good execution Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a flair for dramatics and a yen for suspense. He...