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Ashok Mitra, the Marxist Economist Who Was a Fierce Critic of the Government
02 May, 2018, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta
On the morning of May Day, former finance minister of West Bengal, member of parliament, prolific writer, bureaucrat, economist and Marxist thinker Ashok Mitra passed away in a Kolkata nursing home. He was born in 1928 and had turned 90 on April 10 this year. He was not just an academic, an administrator, a politician and an activist, but also a writer of amazing eloquence and insight in both Bengali and English.
The Real Confusion over MSP
04 April, 2018, C.P. Chandrasekhar
The government ought to have specified its definition of cost of crop production in the Budget to prevent any confusion in the minds of people on minimum support prices.
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 Crisis in Agriculture
24 October, 2017, C.P. Chandrasekhar & Jayati Ghosh
The dilution of government intervention in the form of minimum support prices, procurement and public distribution is undermining the medium-term viability of agricultural production in India.
The Economy: 70 years after Independence
30 August, 2017, C.P. Chandrasekhar
Indias' reliance on fortuitous and volatile stimuli to drive growth has resulted in inadequate job creation and widened inequalities while failing to address social deprivation.
Locked into Business
10 July, 2013, C.P. Chandrasekhar
Despite the numerous problems associated with it, the Indian government has been encouraging and facilitating contract farming practice as part of its liberalisation drive.
Diluting the Right to Food
02 February, 2011, C.P. Chandrasekhar
In its task of formulating the Food Security Bill, the National Advisory Council has ended up recognizing the supply constraints that could hinder implementation of the bill which guarantees universal access to food through a public distribution system.
From Field to Fork: Obama's agri recipe for India
03 December, 2010, Rahul Goswami
The signing of the ‘India-US Agriculture Dialogue’ is not about food security and fair trade but about support to the USA's National Export Initiative. US President Obama's farm mission has been a very important part of his India visit. The implications for India's food sovereignty and food flows must be fully known.
Managing the Food Economy
07 August, 2010, C.P. Chandrasekhar
The National Advisory Council’s proposal for a system of targeted universalisation will simply limit the impact of the PDS. The proposal is based on the grounds of constrained supply whereas in reality there seems to be excess stockholding by the government which can be utilised to ensure access to food as well as widen and deepen the productive base in the agricultural sector.
Bank Credit: A Reassertion of Priorities?
14 October, 2005, C.P. Chandrasekhar
Democracy yields many dividends. Important among them is the pressure on governments, however neo-liberal in inclination, to pay heed to sentiments that can determine political legitimacy and make a difference to electoral outcome
Bank Nationalisation: The Record
21 July, 2005, Jayati Ghosh
Financial sector and banking reforms in the past decade have undermined priority sector lending and reduced the geographical spread of banks. Clearly, the objectives that bank nationalisation sought to meet are more pressing and urgent than ever, and they can only be achieved by a banking sector that is under the broad direction of an accountable state.
Budget 2004-05 : Farmers are the new untouchables
12 July, 2004, Devinder Sharma
For the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, and now the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance, farmers have become the new untouchables. If the two Budgets presented in 2004 are any indication – first the interim Budget by the outgoing Finance Minister Mr. Jaswant Singh, and then the Budget 2004-05 presented by his successor Mr. P. Chidambaram – agriculture has become a burden on an ungrateful nation.

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