Articles by Seetha
Aug 31, 2019
GDP growth slips to 5%: There may be more bad news coming before things get better; economy must be sole focus nowIndia could have been on a stronger wicket if the first Narendra Modi government had not missed several opportunities to strengthen the economy (this is not to take away from the few reforms it did undertake).
Jul 06, 2019
Budget 2019: Nirmala Sitharaman's promise to cut fiscal deficit to 3.3% of GDP is brave, but not realisticNirmala Sitharaman is promising to keep the fiscal deficit at 3.3% of GDP, lower than the 3.4% projected in the interim Budget presented by Piyush Goyal
Jun 24, 2019
National Anti-Profiteering Authority's extension reveals neta-babu tribe is not going to give up its chance to meddle with pricingThe extension, without a freeze on new complaints, has also shown that the Jaitley-Adhia assurances that the NAA will be a benign, purely deterrent mechanism were also hollow.
Jun 01, 2019
Economy in a pickle: Nirmala Sitharaman faces a daunting task of lifting a faltering economy, addressing unemploymentThis summer, newly appointed finance ministerNirmala Sitharaman will find herself dealing with another kind of pickle--a flagging economy and an employment crisis.
Apr 09, 2019
Congress, BJP manifestos strengthen mai-baap sarkar syndrome, but paternalistic State is biggest hurdle to growthCongress Will Deliver is replete with promises, which is natural for a party which wants to come to power. Sankalpit Bharat, Sashakt Bharat has more chest thumping about achievements, which, too, is natural for an incumbent party that wants another term
Mar 29, 2019
Rahul Gandhi's startup push: Regulatory hurdles in state, local bodies must be removed to make it easier for new venturesGiving startups more freedom will, without doubt, give entrepreneurship the boost that the economy sorely needs.
Feb 12, 2019
Angel tax row: There will be no end to tax disputes unless simpler regime is put in placeBoth the earlier and the current governments missed golden opportunities to make the tax structure simple and harassment-proof.
Jan 29, 2019
Basic income scheme is more efficient way of delivering welfare to poor: Do BJP and Congress have resolve to implement it?Even if the BJP comes up with a counter scheme, it is not likely to be universal; forget the financing part, it is just not good political optics.
Nov 01, 2018
India ranks 77 in Ease of Doing Business: Between World Bank ranking and RBI-govt turf war, economy needs careful watchThe government is understandably preening over India having moved up 23 places to rank 77th in the World Bank’s Doing Business rankings of the World Bank.
Oct 05, 2018
Petrol, diesel excise cut: Fiscal stress staring at India; can Centre, states have the guts to tackle it?Post the petrol, diesel, excise cut, how the Centre manages to stick to the fiscal deficit target of 3.3 percent is going to be interesting to watch