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Analysis of UP Election 2017

The sheer size of the electorate in the most populous state of the country which chooses candidates over 403 constituencies makes the election in Uttar Pradesh the most closely fought and closely watched. The...

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Verdict 2017 – A Pre-poll Analysis

By K V Thomas* The Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh (UP), Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa that concluded on March 8 would be a crucial litmus test for major political parties in deciding their...

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Union Budget 2017–18: How Kerala Fared?

By Deepthi Mary Mathew* Kerala’s polity was highly critical of demonetisation, perhaps, more than that of any other state in the country. The fiscal situation in Kerala, already challenged by fiscal distress, worsened following...

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Doubling Farmers’ Income – Are the Claims True?

By Lekshmi R Nair* Agriculture provides the principal means of livelihood to around 58 per cent of rural households and contributes to 18 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in India. However,...

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The Impact of Budget 2017–18 on Infrastructure

By Abhishek Das* Infrastructure development is considered a key benchmark for gauging the growth trajectory of a country. The allocation for infrastructure in the Union Budget 2017–18 was analysed with renewed interest for two...

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India’s Defence Budget: Advance or Retreat?

By Vinny Davis* The hyped Union Budget 2017–18 is being adjudged as a delicate balancing act of the Central Government. Focusing on foundational requisites like poverty alleviation, infrastructure and rural employment, the Government has...

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Fiscal Stimulus or Fiscal Discipline?

By Deepthi Mary Mathew* The Union Budget 2017–18 is unique in many ways. It will be the first budget after the unprecedented demonetisation and will be presented on the first working day of February....

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Demonetisation, Budget and Expectations

By Dr Martin Patrick* The Central Government will present the budget for 2017–18 on February 1, 2017. The decision to present the budget a month in advance is praiseworthy; normally the budget is presented...

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Taxing Capital Gains in India

By Deepthi Mary Mathew* Prime Minister Narendra Modi signalling the introduction of capital gains tax on equities has caused a tremble in the stock market. He puts forward the argument that profits from the...