All stories by Shankar Acharya
How will Modi fix the terrifying jobs crisis?Rediff.com3 Dec 2019
'The rise in unemployment, underemployment, discouraged workers and job insecurity is likely to continue, with very adverse consequences for the nation's economic well-being and social cohesion,' warns Shankar Acharya.
Can corporate tax cuts boost growth?Rediff.com21 Oct 2019
'Tax cuts will have only marginal effects in the short run and significant positive effects in the medium term,' says Shankar Acharya, former chief economic adviser to the Government of India.
Very tough times lie ahead for next govtRediff.com25 Apr 2019
'The new government will have to contend with slowing economic growth, weak private investment, anaemic exports and vulnerable external imbalances, a stressed financial system, mounting fiscal pressures (including high government debt-to-GDP ratios) and an exceptionally bad employment situation,' says Shankar Acharya, former chief economic adviser to the Government of India.
3 troublesome twins that will rock economy in 2018Rediff.com26 Dec 2017
The trio, 'twin shocks' of demonetisation and GST, 'twin balance sheet' problem that has been weakening India's banking system and the 'twin deficit' problem will continue to challenge economic management and performance in the year ahead, says Shankar Acharya.
How the 'mother of all tax reforms' actually evolvedRediff.com20 Jul 2017
In its essence, GST is a national level system of value added taxation of goods and services, says Shankar Acharya.
Can India sustain growth at 7-8%?Rediff.com20 Apr 2017
To do so, the government will have to tackle a number of broad development challenges successfully, says Shankar Acharya
India's fiscal deficits: A short historyRediff.com17 Mar 2017
India's fiscal deficit trends are a bit like an alcoholic trying, unsuccessfully, to reform. Virtue does not last for too long, says Shankar Acharya.
A decent Budget for trying timesRediff.com16 Feb 2017
Against a turbulent and uncertain background, Budget 2017-18 hewed a steady, forward-looking course, says Shankar Acharya, former chief economic adviser to the government.
6 states hold key to India's demographic dividendRediff.com20 Oct 2016
Perhaps half-way through India's demographic transition, what is the outlook for the future?
10 reasons why India won't grow at 8% plusRediff.com16 Jun 2016
The prospects for strong, sustained economic reforms do not appear to be promising in India.
Evaluating India's well-beingRediff.com14 Apr 2016
The challenge ahead for central and state governments remains enormous.
A good Budget, Mr Jaitley!Rediff.com10 Mar 2016
'On the tax front, most of the Budget proposals are sensible'.
Budget 2016: Some dos and don'tsRediff.com11 Feb 2016
20 key predictions for India and the world in 2016Rediff.com14 Jan 2016
Shankar Acharya gives ten predictions on key politico-economic developments in the world and ten for India.
A verdict no less historic than BiharRediff.com10 Dec 2015
It was the first reasonably free and fair national election held there since 1990, when Aung San Suu Kyi's fledgling National League for Democracy won a landslide victory.
Balance of payments: Why we should not be complacentRediff.com8 Oct 2015
Stability in currency markets was only restored from September.
Few pointers that suggest Modi's Bharat is away from major reformsRediff.com10 Sep 2015
Economic reforms seem to be on a slow train, while good old fiscal populism is alive and flourishing.
The 10 biggest policy mistakes of the pastRediff.com9 Jul 2015
There are conflicting signs on India's investment cycle.
'Modi@1: It has been a good year for the economy'Rediff.com14 May 2015
The Modi government's array of economic policy has been impressive.
How fast is India growing?Rediff.com9 Apr 2015
The estimates of national income and growth do not pass the 'smell test'.
Budget not excellent but just above averageRediff.com12 Mar 2015
This Budget plans for an increase to 10.3% of GDP from 9.9%.
4 areas that Modi govt should focus on in its '1st real Budget'Rediff.com12 Feb 2015
FM should avoid proposals such as to tax financial transactions and fringe benefits
There's little proof that acche din has arrived for IndiaRediff.com8 Jan 2015
Because of India's weak fiscal position, the plethora of debt-burdened infrastructure companies and the poor asset quality of public sector banks, economic growth in 2015-16 may be limited to about six per cent, say Shankar Acharya.
Is a strong Team Modi in the making?Rediff.com9 Oct 2014
The success of the government will depend substantially on the quality of its team of key ministers, officials and advisors
Understanding Modi government's economic prioritiesRediff.com20 Aug 2014
The prime minister's August 15 address was undoubtedly inspirational and outlined important economic and social objectives, such as making India a global hub for manufacturing, ensuring bank accounts for all poor families, major thrusts in sanitation and cleanliness, and a radical restructuring of the Planning Commission.
Indian election only one of at least four important elections in AsiaRediff.com11 Apr 2014
Indonesia, Turkey and Afghanistan also see important polls in the seven short weeks between end-March and mid-May, says Shankar Acharya