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Has There Been an MSP Hike for Kharif Crops?
16 July, 2018, Prabhat Patnaik
The government’s MSP hike is just a cynical ploy, there has been no hike in real terms for major crops compared to the base year and the government not cognizing C2 in its MSP fixing while taking (A2+FL) is fundamentally erroneous and has no rationale as it leaves out the poorest landless farmers.
Did the FM deliver for farmers?
02 February, 2018, Jayati Ghosh
The Budget Speech this year was no different in terms of the grandiose promises made to farmers, without substantial financial backing, and used as substitute for real allocations. Such a clever-by-half attitude towards those who provide food for India and account for at least half the work force may well backfire on the government.
A Year of Wilful Economic Disaster
08 January, 2018, Prabhat Patnaik
The uniqueness of 2017 lies in the fact that never before has the country seen a government-caused economic crisis as serious as was witnessed in this year.
The Last Straw
23 May, 2014, C.P. Chandrasekhar
The possibility of a fall in India’s agricultural production due to the El Niño effect gives rise to a possibility of worsening stagflation.
Food Price Transmission in India: The case of wheat
30 April, 2013, C.P. Chandrasekhar & Jayati Ghosh
The general tendency among Indian policy makers is to blame international price movements for the rise in prices of essential food items in India, which is actually not true.
Employment and Social Spending in Budget 2012-13
21 March, 2012, Jayati Ghosh
Highly regressive in both taxation and spending terms, the Budget 2012-13 has managed the remarkable feat of upsetting almost everyone and making no aam aurat and aam aadmi happy. It provides conclusive proof of the UPA government having lost its way as it seems to have forgotten the importance of its own "flagship schemes".
Budget 2012-13
17 March, 2012, Jayati Ghosh
Highly regressive in terms of taxation, the Budget 2012-13 will obviously lead to rising prices with continuing shortfalls in employment. Hence it emerges that the greatest losers from this budget will be the Indian consumers, particularly the poorer sections.
Grabbing Global Farmland
07 September, 2011, Jayati Ghosh
It is essential to fight the irresponsible and exploitative behavior manifested by Indian companies involved in the recent trend in large-scale overseas acquisitions of farmland and the undemocratic processes underlying these land grabs. Without this, the struggle for greater economic justice within India will also be undermined.
The Transmission of Global Food Prices
22 March, 2011, C.P. Chandrasekhar & Jayati Ghosh
Clearly, we are back in another phase of sharply rising global food prices, which is wreaking further devastation on populations in developing countries that have already been ravaged by several years of rising prices and falling employment chances.
(Un)Common Suffering: Distributional impact of recent inflation in India
06 January, 2011, Rajarshi Majumder & Subhadip Ghosh
Recent inflation in India is special both because of its peaks and its persistence. It is argued that unlike during 2008-09, recent inflation is due to structural problems. Further, a distributional analysis reveals that its impact is not shared equally. People in the lower income groups have been facing uncommon difficulties, as their purchasing power seems to have been halved over the last four years.
Unique Identity, Leakages and Development
16 December, 2010, Jayati Ghosh
For some reason, governments - as well as the development ''industry'' as a whole - have always had a tendency to look for universal panaceas, particular silver bullets that will solve all or most of their implementation problems and somehow achieve the development project for them.
Global Crisis and Commodity Prices
31 December, 2008, C.P. Chandrasekhar & Jayati Ghosh
As an extraordinary year draws to a close, all that is clear for the future is that very little is clear. In the global economy, many processes that were unleashed during this period are yet to unfold fully, and their future direction is dependent upon several imponderables, not least of which is the strength of the policy response to the ongoing financial crisis and economic recession.
Addressing Social Concerns
10 March, 2008, Jayati Ghosh
The main issues in this year's economic strategy of the government, especially the intentions as signalled in this year's Budget proposals remain the same as that of 2004. These are employment, the agrarian crisis, nutrition and food security, education, health and social security. In each of these areas, the UPA government promised much. However, the delivery has not only been far below the promises, but in some cases even worse than the previous government.
Is Contract Farming Really the Solution for Indian Agriculture?
15 May, 2007, Jayati Ghosh
Contract farming is increasingly being presented as a solution for the problems of Indian agriculture, by major international donor agencies, multinational companies and even the government. It is argued that private sector participation will be promoted through contract farming and land leasing arrangements will allow accelerated technology transfer, capital inflow and assured markets for crop production, especially of oilseeds, cotton and horticultural crops.
Drought: Assessing the Likely Fall-Out
27 July, 2002, C.P. Chandrasekhar
Halfway through this year's 16-week monsoon season, the government has been forced to admit that India faces the prospect of suffering from the "worst and most widespread drought" in over a decade. With 355 out of the 512 districts for which data is available having received deficient, scanty or no rainfall between June 1 and July 17
The Cost of Free Trade : The WTO Regime and The Indian Economy
20 February, 2000, Utsa Patnaik
It is indeed a privilege to have been asked to deliver the E M S Namboodiripad memorial lecture and I thank the organisers for it. Two years ago, after EMS (as he was referred to affectionately by everybody) passed away in March 1998, there was a memorial seminar held in June at Perintalamana in Malabar, the town which is within a short distance of EMS's ancestral home. I read a paper on this occasion, which was specifically on EMSs writings on the agrarian question - in particular how his famous Minute of Dissent to Commission Malabar Tenancy Reforms, was informed by the Marxist theory of ground rent.

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