All stories by Nitin Desai
What Modi must do to boost growthRediff.com30 Sep 2020
'The answer for a quicker boost to growth is simple -- run a much larger deficit, use the resulting public resources to ensure adequate price support for agriculture, subsidise wage costs of MSMEs and accelerate public sector construction-intensive activities,' advises Nitin Desai.
It does not look like a 'do or die' BudgetRediff.com17 Feb 2020
'More a show that you are doing something in the Budget even if that something never actually comes to pass,' notes Nitin Desai.
How India can get back on high growth pathRediff.com25 Oct 2019
'The revival of household savings and investment is the litmus test of whether we are on the road to recovery,' says Nitin Desai.
Are we staring at a new NPA crisis?Rediff.com28 Sep 2018
The measures to reduce the current account deficit should have focused far more on narrowing the trade imbalance, principally through export facilitation and linked FDI, says Nitin Desai.
Grand plans, Mr Jaitley, but where is the money?Rediff.com13 Feb 2018
Is the Budget sufficiently prudent? It probably is but at the cost of substantial under-provisioning for the many grand sounding schemes announced in it, says Nitin Desai.
How India can meet its job creation challengeRediff.com28 Dec 2017
How soon can India reach a point when there is no hidden underemployment and all who want work can find it at a fair wage and decent work conditions, asks Nitin Desai.
Will Samvat 2074 be good, bad or ugly?Rediff.com31 Oct 2017
If GDP growth in Q2FY18 remains below 7%, the outlook for Samvat 2074 would remain uncertain at best, says Nitin Desai.
How to revive India's economyRediff.com3 Oct 2017
Nitin Desai suggests some concrete measures to revive investment and boost growth.
Rs 201 per day? Rs 277? How much welfare do Indians need?Rediff.com31 Jul 2017
Universal basic income or social security? Economist Nitin Desai feels we need a blueprint for universal health care and pensions to help the vulnerable section.
The fury of farmersRediff.com30 Jun 2017
Loan waivers will never be enough. Reforming the agricultural marketing system is essential to addressing the concerns of farmers in a sustainable manner, says Nitin Desai.
The road ahead is long and windingRediff.com27 Apr 2017
From the roll-out of GST to H1B visa problems, the government needs to quickly deal with various disruptions.
Even BJP needs to look beyond caste and religionRediff.com31 Mar 2017
The party's most important electoral challenge lies in whether it can meet the aspirations of the youth who were drawn by the promise of gainful work.
The end of the world, as we knew itRediff.com4 Feb 2017
'An isolationist US and a disintegrating European Union will create a power vacuum that only China is in a position to fill -- a conclusion that is uncomfortable but unavoidable,' says Nitin Desai.
3 tactical changes Modi & co need to makeRediff.com29 Apr 2016
The prime minister sees himself as the "vikas purush". But realising his government's agenda for development requires not just a more efficient administration but also a credible implementation plan, says Nitin Desai.
Where are the leaders who can inspire our youth?Rediff.com24 Mar 2016
'Are moving towards a political culture that provides more space for violence and a paranoid political rhetoric,' asks Nitin Desai.
Is the Paris climate pact unfair and inadequate?Rediff.com18 Dec 2015
At the summit, the US is able to play the role of a bully.
Poverty figures: Does it make any difference to the poor?Rediff.com15 Oct 2015
Angus Deaton's Nobel Prize should spark off more research on the measurement and usefulness of poverty percentages.
Ease of doing biz is fine but what about corporate ethicsRediff.com17 Sep 2015
Over the past year we have heard a lot about policy reforms to improve the ease of doing business in India.
All about the government's wrong land warRediff.com21 May 2015
Why is the government ignoring the advice of its own Economic Survey?
India wants to grow fast? A lesson or two it can learn from ChinaRediff.com16 Apr 2015
India needs to tread cautiously on the growth path.