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Should India change Census methods?

'Is it time to think beyond the traditional questionnaire-based approach in India?' asks Atanu Biswas. IMAGE: People board a train at a railway station in New Delhi. Photograph: Anindito......

Modi, Indira Gandhi and bad economics

'All of Indira Gandhi's bad economic ideas are being strengthened, from nationalised banks to anti-poverty, handout yojanas,' says Shekhar Gupta. The most fascinating insight notebandi provides is......

India, 2020: A cautionary tale

'If Modi arrived like a juggernaut, he left like a jigsaw puzzle whose pieces were being dismantled bit by bit. It was as if India had seceded quietly from him.' Shiv Viswanathan's social science......

Legal battle likely AFTER Pranab becomes President

The Opposition says Pranab Mukherjee, who was the chairman of the Indian Statistical Institute Council, did not quit that office before filing the papers for his Presidential run. Mukherjee knows......

Indian doctor chosen for Thai award

Indian doctor Dilip Mahalanobis and three other medical professionals have been chosen for the Prince Mahidol Award for 2006.Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej constituted the award.Mahalanobis,......

'Ministry should end controversies related to GDP computation'

There has been criticism of the official statistics ever since MoSPI came out with new methodology to estimate the GDP on the base year of 2011-12 compared to earlier 2004-05. Illustration: Uttam......

How India can improve quality of data collection

As a well-wisher of the Indian Statistical System and part of the system for more than 37 years, Sunil K Sinha, former DG and CEO, NSSO, offers suggestions to improve data quality. Illustration:......

Any idea why economists don't write autobiographies?

For a bunch that fancies itself so greatly and does not hesitate to express an opinion on everything, this is very odd behaviour, says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan. Illustration: Dominic......

They will help Urjit Patel to take a call on interest rates

Chetan Ghate, Pami Dua and Ravindra Dholakia have been appointed for 4 years The next policy rate to keep the Consumer Price Index (CPI)-based inflation within two to six per cent would be fixed......

Budget 2016: Modi's panacea for rural India is as hopeless as ever

In spite of Budget's rural focus, the government has consistently stumbled in agriculture, says Shreekant Sambrani. IMAGE: A farm worker carrying fodder walks in a dried paddy field on the......

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