Visiting Senior Fellow, Praveen Chakravarty, gave a lecture on diverging Indian States and GST at a policy dialogue organised by the The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras in collaboration with the Centre for Civil Society on the 18th of August, 2017.
"...the differences between states on various counts has become so staggering that it does not make sense to consider India as a homogeneous entity, as is common in political-economy circles, anymore. States have developed; the need of the hour is decentralization and not further centralization."
"One very empathetic point that Mr. Chakravarty made was that the GST was not as rosy as it looked. By depriving states to set their own taxes, the GST prevented states from planning according to their needs."
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