A K BHATTACHARYA

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Who Fared Better On Economy? Modi Or Manmohan

Who Fared Better On Economy? Modi Or Manmohan

Rediff.com15 Feb 2024

Whether it was the MGNREGS or the NFSA or the Aadhaar-based DBT scheme for cash transfer, the Modi government has built on the basic architecture created by the Singh government. Policy makers in the Modi government, instead of discarding them as products of the previous political regime, worked on them, expanded their scope and reach, and used new tools to improve their performance, explains A K Bhattacharya.

Budget: Will Nirmalaji Loosen Purse Strings For Poll Gains?

Budget: Will Nirmalaji Loosen Purse Strings For Poll Gains?

Rediff.com18 Jan 2024

The finance minister's assertion that industry should not expect any spectacular announcements in the 2024 interim Budget suggest that the electoral imperatives of more tax concessions or higher expenditure on welfarist programmes could be far less pronounced than they were before the 2019 interim Budget, expects A K Bhattacharya.

Interim Budget: No Big Bang Announcements On Cards

Interim Budget: No Big Bang Announcements On Cards

Rediff.com21 Dec 2023

If the Budget makes no big announcements on new schemes, projects, or tax giveaways, the government would face a major political dilemma as it may have to reluctantly consider shunning the practice of unveiling pre-election sops to woo voters, notes A K Bhattacharya.

Why 810 Million Indians Need Free Rations

Why 810 Million Indians Need Free Rations

Rediff.com20 Nov 2023

Is it a case of poor targeting of a welfare scheme, or is it a reflection of the government's desire to expand the scope of this benefit to secure greater electoral dividends? asks A K Bhattacharya.

132,497 Indians Have Income Of 1 Crore Plus

132,497 Indians Have Income Of 1 Crore Plus

Rediff.com6 Nov 2023

7 states account for over 80 per cent of the total direct tax collections by the Union government.

2000 Notes: What RBI Learnt From 2016

2000 Notes: What RBI Learnt From 2016

Rediff.com19 Oct 2023

The communication was clear, transparent and worded in a manner that did not induce any fear in the minds of the people, point out A K Bhattacharya.

2024 Interim Budget: Mistakes Nirmalaji Can Avoid

2024 Interim Budget: Mistakes Nirmalaji Can Avoid

Rediff.com11 Oct 2023

Pre-Budget excercise next month should scrupulously avoid adventurism of all types and refrain from making excessively ambitious projections on revenue and expenditure numbers for 2023-24, suggests A K Bhattacharya.

What Cards Will BJP Play For Elections?

What Cards Will BJP Play For Elections?

Rediff.com26 Jun 2023

Elections may be a few months away, but the government may get into election mode much earlier than that, predicts A K Bhattacharya.

GST: Unsung Hero Of Tax Collections

GST: Unsung Hero Of Tax Collections

Rediff.com14 Jun 2023

Can this growth in GST collection be sustained in the coming years? asks A K Bhattacharya.

The Politics Of Freebies

The Politics Of Freebies

Rediff.com22 May 2023

Why did Karnataka's economic prosperity fail to influence the nature of electoral promises made by political parties in the run-up to the assembly elections? asks A K Bhattacharya.

How Parliament Can Function As It Must

How Parliament Can Function As It Must

Rediff.com25 Apr 2023

The need for finding options for proper functioning of Parliament is of paramount importance as the frequency of the passage of Budgets and other economic Bills without discussion or debate has only increased in the last few years, notes A K Bhattacharya.

Ukraine War: How Modi Kept Economy Under Check

Ukraine War: How Modi Kept Economy Under Check

Rediff.com13 Mar 2023

Whether this remains under control in the coming months will depend on the future intensity and spread of the Russia-Ukraine war, and the effectiveness of the Indian government's response, points out A K Bhattacharya.

Manmohan Singh, Chief Architect Of Modi's Schemes

Manmohan Singh, Chief Architect Of Modi's Schemes

Rediff.com3 Mar 2023

Both prime ministers believed in crafting schemes to help the common man. Modi used quite effectively the instruments Dr Singh introduced. In assessing Modi's success with many schemes, Dr Singh's fundamental work should not be ignored, points out A K Bhattacharya.

The Worrying Decline Of PSU Capex

The Worrying Decline Of PSU Capex

Rediff.com23 Feb 2023

The government must expedite its plan for asset sale and privatisation, both of which hardly got any mention in the Budget speech, points out A K Bhattacharya.

3 Reasons Budget Stands Out!

3 Reasons Budget Stands Out!

Rediff.com2 Feb 2023

The finance minister has stayed true to her commitment to fiscal consolidation, even though the pace of the decline in the deficit could have been faster, notes A K Bhattacharya.

Nirmalaji's New Headache: Food Scheme Extension

Nirmalaji's New Headache: Food Scheme Extension

Rediff.com5 Jan 2023

The free food scheme is driven by electoral considerations, but its long-term fiscal risks outweigh the short-term gains, cautions A K Bhattacharya.

Budget: What Will Nirmalaji Do About Income Tax?

Budget: What Will Nirmalaji Do About Income Tax?

Rediff.com15 Dec 2022

Instead of conceding the demand for a cut in personal income-tax rates, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman should phase out many exemptions in both personal and corporation taxes, suggests A K Bhattacharya.

Don't Make It A Pre-Election Budget, Nirmalaji

Don't Make It A Pre-Election Budget, Nirmalaji

Rediff.com17 Nov 2022

The need of the hour for the government would be to tighten its fiscal belt, recommends A K Bhattacharya.

Revealed: How PM Planned Demonetisation

Revealed: How PM Planned Demonetisation

Rediff.com8 Nov 2022

November 8 marks 6 years after demonetisation. A K Bhattacharya reveals how the prime minister and the RBI worked together for months before Modi's 8 pm speech. A riveting excerpt from The Rise Of Goliath: Twelve Disruptions That Changed India.

How Long Will GST Growth Continue?

How Long Will GST Growth Continue?

Rediff.com27 Oct 2022

It is now becoming increasingly clear that rising imports have played a significant role in sustaining the buoyancy in revenues from GST, notes A K Bhattacharya.

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