All stories by 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.
Will Modi Revive Farm Laws?Rediff.com6 Apr 2022
But it would be unwise on the government's part not to heed the suggestions made by the experts group, set up by the Supreme Court, in particular the one on involving the states and giving them the flexibility in designing and implementing the farm laws, observes A K Bhattacharya.
3 Things To Note About The BudgetRediff.com16 Feb 2022
Budget for 2022-2023 has returned to its agenda for protectionism in the name of creating a self-reliant India, points out A K Bhattacharya.
GST Collections: No Cause For ElationRediff.com3 Feb 2022
The broad trends of GST collections will make you wonder if indeed the biggest indirect tax reform in the country has led to a real improvement in revenues, notes A K Bhattacharya.
This Budget Is Harder Than Last Year'sRediff.com28 Jan 2022
The challenges before the coming Budget are more daunting than those in 2021, reveals A K Bhattacharya.
Covid Challenge: Managing The Spending BulgeRediff.com5 Jan 2022
If the Centre and states are keen on spending more to meet the COVID-19 challenges in the coming year, they must bear in mind the need to raise more resources through taxes and non-tax revenues, suggests A K Bhattacharya.
What will Nirmalaji do in her fourth Budget?Rediff.com20 Dec 2021
The finance minister could well be on her way to setting a record of achieving the biggest single-year reduction in the government's fiscal deficit, explains A K Bhattacharya.
Farmers stir has changed politics and policy-makingRediff.com4 Dec 2021
The Centre's retreat from the farm laws is likely to have a significant bearing on the fate of laws that the Centre has made, for instance, in labour and electricity, predicts A K Bhattacharya.
What will Maharaj do after Maharaja is sold?Rediff.com25 Nov 2021
There is no reason for keeping an entire ministry with a total staff strength of 2,300, just for the oversight of a few aviation sector laws and regulatory bodies, notes A K Bhattacharya.
Time to BREAK IAS StrangleholdRediff.com18 Nov 2021
The government must send out a clear signal that leadership positions at regulatory bodies are not a preserve of retired government officials, argues A K Bhattacharya.
How Centre is squeezing states' revenuesRediff.com12 Nov 2021
This may lead to the states' combined fiscal deficit to widen much faster, while the Centre may show a smaller or insignificant slippage in meeting its deficit target. The Centre will celebrate over its fiscal prudence, but the states would suffer, A K Bhattacharya points out.
Modi Must Fix His Problems With The StatesRediff.com5 Oct 2021
Given the many policy areas where the Centre and the states have not been seeing eye to eye in the last few years, it is time the Modi government convenes a meeting of the Inter-State Council, recommends A K Bhattacharya.
Modi Sarkar Isn't Allergic to PrivatisationRediff.com3 Sep 2021
But use of that word -- privatisation -- is not encouraged. This seems to be a classic case of reforms through subtle signals, observes A K Bhattacharya.
Reforms Need New Governance!Rediff.com24 Aug 2021
Till such time that a new governance framework comes into being, the progress of reforms in health, education, land, labour, electricity and agriculture could remain fraught with problems, agitations and delays, observes A K Bhattacharya.
Do we need so many income tax staffers?Rediff.com11 Aug 2021
The preliminary processing of tax returns is already undertaken with the help of technology. There is now greater scope of using more technology to reduce the human interface even further, notes A K Bhattacharya.
Shah, Sitharaman stand tall among ministersRediff.com22 Jul 2021
Strengthening the portfolios of the home minister and the finance minister is a message that should not be missed, points out A K Bhattacharya.
30 Years Later, Rao-Singh's Reforms EndureRediff.com13 Jul 2021
But their trajectory and direction have been largely influenced by politics and the political leadership's understanding of how the economy needs to be managed, explains A K Bhattacharya.
Time to revert to Rs 3.5 lakh as tax exemption limit?Rediff.com29 Jun 2021
Before 2019, an estimated 22 million individual income-tax returns did not have to pay any taxes. But after the change in the exemption level, another 13 million individual tax returns did not require to pay taxes. Thus, of about 58 million returns, as much as 63 per cent or 35 million went out of the direct tax net, A K Bhattacharya points out.