Aadhaar 101

If you follow me on twitter, you would have noticed that I tweet quite a bit on 'Aadhaar'. I have also written on Aadhaar for the citizen journalist platform, Global Voices. Aadhaar is leaking the personal data of millions of Indian citizens, no one accountable and you cannot do anything about your leaked data  https://globalvoices.org/2017/05/02/the-worlds-largest-biometric-database-is-leaking-indian-citizens-data-but-keeps-on-growing/Continue reading Aadhaar 101

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Anthony Atkinson, Economist Whose Studies on Inequality Broke New Ground

"Thomas Piketty might be a more famous name in inequality studies today but by the time his magnum opus, Capital in the Twenty-First Century  was published in 2014, Atkinson had already clocked over 40 years of research on issues of distribution of wealth, income and property." https://thewire.in/91649/anthony-atkinson-inequality/ My article on Sir Anthony Atkinson in The … Continue reading Anthony Atkinson, Economist Whose Studies on Inequality Broke New Ground

Calling For An Honest Conversation Between Left And Dalit Bahujan Groups

Source: Countercurrents.org The last few months have seen unprecedented Dalit mobilisation throughout India against attacks by the Sangh fringe forces on Dalits and Muslims and the BJP leadership’s tacit and sometimes not so tacit approval at various levels. State machinery in the form of the Police were stationed on several University campuses with sedition cases … Continue reading Calling For An Honest Conversation Between Left And Dalit Bahujan Groups

NDA’s Policies on Black Money

The following piece appeared in the document 'One Year of the NDA Government - 2015, Promises and Reality: A Citizens' Report' published by Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (WNTA), a people's movement that comprises of over 4000 civil society organisations in India. Black money can be defined as asset, income or wealth which is not accounted … Continue reading NDA’s Policies on Black Money

Taxation and Fiscal Policy Space in India: Union Budget 2015-16

This article appeared in the March 2015 edition of Yojana. (Charts have been removed)     The Finance Minister in his budget speech said that tax collections help the government “to provide education, healthcare, housing and other basic facilities to the people to improve their quality of life and to address the problems of poverty, … Continue reading Taxation and Fiscal Policy Space in India: Union Budget 2015-16

Resource Mobilization 2014-15: Did the Union Budget Get It Right?

The following article appeared in the Budget Special of Yojana (yojana.gov.in) magazine (http://www.cbgaindia.org/publications_featured_articles.php?action=details&id=95) and was jointly written by Rohith Jyothish and Pooja Rangaprasad. The Finance Minister in his budget speech noted the “urgent need to generate more resources to fuel the economy”. He also pointed out that “the tax to GDP ratio must be improved” … Continue reading Resource Mobilization 2014-15: Did the Union Budget Get It Right?