All stories by A K Bhattacharya
Why 810 Million Indians Need Free RationsRediff.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 PlusRediff.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 2016Rediff.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 AvoidRediff.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?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 CollectionsRediff.com14 Jun 2023
Can this growth in GST collection be sustained in the coming years? asks A K Bhattacharya.
The Politics Of FreebiesRediff.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 MustRediff.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 CheckRediff.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 SchemesRediff.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 CapexRediff.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!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 ExtensionRediff.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?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, NirmalajiRediff.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 DemonetisationRediff.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?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.
Vishnu Purana Explains The Caste SystemRediff.com25 Oct 2022
The Vishnu Purana, notes A K Bhatacharya, ends on a sombre note, but not without offering the hope that those who chant Vishnu's name can still reclaim dharma.
Modi Ignores Vajpayee's Mahaul MantraRediff.com12 Sep 2022
Never before has the need for creating an ambience for economic policy reforms been as critical as it is now, points out A K Bhattacharya.
Capex Has Taken New Turn Under SitharamanRediff.com22 Jun 2022
The dividends for the economy from such a rapid rise in capital expenditure would be huge, observes A K Bhattacharya.