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R Jagannathan is the Editor-in-Chief of Firstpost.

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Will tax terrorism reach your home? Jaitley wants to know where you went last year

The new tax returns we have to file for the last financial year is more intrusive in the level of details its seeks from taxpayers. It could bring fear of the taxman into every home unless the law specifically prevents this from happening. #Arun Jaitley #bank accounts #Details of Foreign Trips #HowThisWorks #New ITR Forms #Tax terrorism

Apr 18, 2015

India’s export crash in March is not a one-off; there are no quick-fixes for this

The sharp dip in March exports is unlikely to be a one-off event. The world is going to remain a difficult place to sell to in the foreseeable future, and there are no quick-fixes for improving the competitiveness of Indian exports #Export Crash #GDP #global slowdown #IIP #imports #Inflation #Rupee-dollar rate

Apr 18, 2015

What TCS massive bonus shows: Software’s T-Rex is facing the downside of size

TCS announced a large bonus payout to its employees yesterday with its annual results, but the bonus is also indicative of the challenges it faces in managing a massive 3-lakh-plus workforce and size. #Attrition #bonus #ConnectTheDots #Infosys #IT #N Chandrasekharan #Tata Consultancy Services #TCS

Apr 17, 2015

Fiscal picture is better than it seems; “achche din” may begin from end of 2015

When states are going to corner two-thirds of tax revenues, it makes little sense to focus only on the Centre's fiscal deficit. The combined picture is looking better than that of only the centre, though the pay commission could be a spoiler. #14th Finance Commission #ConnectTheDots #Consumption Cycle #Economy #fiscal deficit #investment cycle #Seventh Pay Commission

Apr 17, 2015

US states redefine religious freedom: Time to read Obama’s Delhi speech back to him

Recent trends in some US state laws suggest that conservative religious groups have managed to define religious freedom in such a way as to protect them from anti-discrimination laws #Anti-Discrimination Laws #Gays and LGBT #InMyOpinion #Obama's Siri Fort Address #Relilgious Freedom in the US

Apr 16, 2015

Allies’ win at bypolls and looming Bihar polls threaten Modi’s solo run

The results of the recent bypolls in Punjab and Maharashtra, and the arithmetic-based "unity" of the Janata parivar will make anti-BJP politics the mainstay in the immediate future. This means PM Narendra Modi will have to share more power to move his agenda forward. #Bihar bypolls #BJP #Congress #Janata Parivar #Lalu Prasad #Maharashtra bypolls #Mulayam Singh Yadav #Narendra Modi #Nitish Kumar #Punjab bypolls #Shiromani Akali Dal

Apr 16, 2015

Valmiki conversion in Rampur or ghar wapsi, genuine religious conversions are rare

Most conversions happen due to the pull effect of material or non-material benefits, or the push effect of your social condition in your present religion. Genuine conversions for purely non-material reasons are thus rare. #Ambedkar #Azam Khan #Christianity #ConnectTheDots #Gandhi #Hinduisn #Islam #Rampur #Valmiki Conversions

Apr 16, 2015

Negative inflation 5 months in a row: Forget RBI rate cut, govt may have to soon junk old WPI

The Wholesale Prices Index has fallen five months in a row when retail inflation has risen in four of those five months. Clearly, one of them is clearly misleading, and it could be the WPI #CPI #Data Confusion #GDP #Inflation #retail inflation #UPA #WPI

Apr 15, 2015

Rescuing Ambedkar from pure Dalitism: He would’ve been India’s best Prime Minister

Ambedkar's legacy is far more than just Dalit iconhood. Leaving him as a figure to be venerated by all and as a Dalit property would be doing him an injustice. #Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar #Dalit #Economy #Guru Nanak #InMyOpinion #Jawaharlal Nehru #Maulana Abul Kalam Azad #Narendra Modi #Social Justice #Socialism #Sree Narayana Guru #Swami Vivekananda

Apr 14, 2015

Sorry Chidu, your 6.9 percent GDP growth in 2013-14 may also be fiction

Few economists believed the new GDP data which showed tigerish GDP growth of 6.9 percent in 2013-14. It now seems that there could have been a goof-up where corporate value-added data may have been overestimated #CSO #GDP in 2013-14 #Gross Value Added #HowThisWorks #New GDP Series #P. Chidambaram