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The ability to build consensus on economic reforms

Ahluwalia’s new book Backstage is a fascinating read. Irrespective of one’s political or economic learning, this book will kindle the interest of economists and policy enthusiasts. Let me start with the positives: the book seamlessly elucidates the intricacies of policymaking in India. The author has shared the nuances of various policy

Finances not in great shape

O Panneerselvam, in his budget speech, presented a detailed report on the performance of the different departments and listed the allocations. The budget for 2020-21 estimates revenue of Rs 219,375 crore comprising Rs 149,429 crore of state’s revenues and Rs 69,946 crore as Central transfers in the form of shared taxes

The Flipkart for Businesses!

India’s next battleground in the startup space... Venkatramani is a 37-year old, running a local kirana store in Tiruchi. On any typical day, you’d see his customers arrive by OLA autos and make payments through Paytm. His children study through the BYJU’s App and on occasions to celebrate, order Pizza through

India digitizes

Achaduddin from Assam worked initially as a security guard in a small business unit. Impacted by technology and by sheer diligence, he learned digital skills. He was quick to learn and use the multifarious conveniences brought about by digitisation. This was facilitated by the rapid spread of smartphones with simple

2018 – Year In Review

Another year passed. And along, with it, another set of memories – good, bad and ugly. Here are ten events that had, in my opinion, the most widespread repercussions globally. Trump’s amazing ability to dominate world headlines continues No review covering the world’s major news items can ignore Donald Trump and


As Narendra Modi steps into the homestretch of his first term as prime minister, it is essential to look at his performance. He came to office with a lot of bluster and rancor, unseen in India’s long history. But to the credit of the man it must be said that


Two factors will lead to a delighted customer in 2030. The nudge-network effect will push Indians to be tax-compliant. Technology will harness business efficiency, leading to price falls. On Doctors’ Day 2017, our parliamentarians administered the first big wave of chemotherapy to rid the Indian ecosystem of tax non-compliance. The Goods