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The Economic Issue 2019

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Centre’s Four-Fold Role

India’s growth prospects are currently being discussed in terms of achieving a size of $5 trillion by 2024-25. In 2018-19, the size of the Indian economy was $2.7 trillion. Its growth from hereon can…

Recovery Path

This Budget session everybody missed the presence of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. But the good news is he is recovering from his ailments. He is staying in his own house in Kailash Colony…

Volkswagen Beetle: The Last Bug

IT’S OFFICIAL. There will be no more Beetles anymore. On July 10th, the last of Volkswagen’s Beetles rolled off from a factory in Mexico, bringing to an end the story of one of the most iconic brands…

The Last Resort of Politics

THE RENAISSANCE MUMBAI Convention Centre Hotel is a white stately five-star with a USP boasting a location on the banks of the Powai lake, the main water body of Mumbai. It belongs to the Marriott…

Mumbai Notebook

‘MULTI-CRORE CRICKET betting racket busted, two arrested’. That was the headline of a newspaper story half-way through the World Cup. The article talked about a police raid on a Grant Road hotel;…

Indraprastha

IT TOOK JUST one speech for the Trinamool Congress MP, Mahua Moitra, to become the darling of what the Prime Minister deprecatingly calls the Khan Market gang. Her maiden elocution in the Lok Sabha,…

On Literary Dabs by Finance Ministers

LITERARY FLOURISHES in the Budget speech are like the dabs of comic relief in the darkest tragedies of Shakespeare. Hamlet, for instance, which you wouldn’t really turn to for brightening up a gloomy…

A Cultural Survey of the Economy

THIS YEAR’S Economic Survey is unusual. Every year’s Economic Survey is unusual. I have pointed out before that the Survey is not a constitutional requirement. A ‘White Paper’ started to be included…

Sacred Water

HAJ, THE WORLD’S biggest annual pilgrimage, is well-known as an Islamic commemoration of the Prophet Abraham’s unquestioning faith in Allah; but it is also a narrative of water and thirst. Haj means…

Of Mahua Moitra and Plagiarism

WHEN MAHUA MOITRA, first-time Trinamool Member of Parliament (MP) from Krishnanagar, made her debut in the House on June 25th, the whole nation, it would seem, took note. Her impassioned and forceful…