May 08, 2020
Relax FRBM target for states to fight COVID-19
In the Financial Express, Prakhar Misra and Sharmadha Srinivasan discuss the financial struggles that Indian states face as a result of the economic damage due to Covid-19. They recommend a set of actions to provide them with more resources....
July 08, 2019
Budget and the Elephant in the Room
In this New Indian Express article, Shankkar Aiyar examines the new budget and the need for efficient government expenditure to meet the goal of $5-trillion GDP for India.
July 08, 2019
Union Budget 2019: An attempt to address the economy’s stress points
In this article published by Ideas for India, Niranjan Rajadhyaksha looks at how the budget seeks to address some of the stress points in the Indian economy with a lot riding on the sanctity of the budget numbers....
February 06, 2019
Budget 2019: Jukebox Politics, Fuzzy Math
Finance Minister Piyush Goyal’s essay ticked all the boxes—farmers, organised and unorganised labour, women, pensioners and the taxpaying middle class.
March 14, 2018
WhatsApps for India from Maharashtra
The issues embedded in Maharashtra’s Economic Survey have a national resonance. It is verily a WhatsApp message for India.
February 05, 2018
Middle-Class Anger and Budget 2018
Shankkar Aiyar, Visiting Senior Fellow, writes on the recently tabled, Budget 2018 in his New Indian Express article. He opines that the anger of the middle class is about the relief that was expected and which is not in the budget....
February 02, 2018
Modi puts politics first
A budget of promises and missed economic opportunities
January 23, 2017
The Sordid Saga of Rs. 92,651 Crore Post-Harvest Losses
Shankkar Ayar places the figure of Rs. 92,651 crore as the money that farmers lose annually to systemic sloth.
October 21, 2016
How About An Outcome Budget Before Budget 2017?
Suffice to say that the government spends more money than it earns and faster than can be counted. The moot question being asked by tax payers – those paying income tax as also those paying excise on match boxes and service tax on the mobile rechar...
March 11, 2016
After Rollback, Revisit
IDFC Institute Visiting Fellow Renuka Sane writes in Indian Express: "Pension reform is important. But next time, Centre must put in more rigour."