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  • RQ | Marginal and effective tax rates

    In a recent blog post, corporate finance and valuation guru Aswath Damodaran (of New York University) has put out data of marginal and effective tax rates in different countries. The point of the post is about the “insanity of the US tax system” and the reason Damodaran presents this data is to show that the […]

  • The Broad Mind | A review of the political situation in Pakistan

    By Pranay Kotasthane The following points are meant to portray the picture emerging out of the political protests taking place in Pakistan. One, it is amply clear from Imran Khan’s bizarre demand of temporary resignation of the Prime Minister (for the purpose of judicial enquiry) that he is being played up by the Army in […]

  • The Filter Coffee | Getting India’s priorities right

    Does it matter if Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan are called off? The government of India has cancelled the proposed Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan as a result of Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit meeting with Hurriyat leaders.  The meeting took place apparently despite Indian warnings to Mr. Basit that Pakistan could choose [...]

  • RQ | Using illegal markets as price discovery mechanism

    One of the pet projects of my former MLA (former because I moved residence, not because he was voted out) is to set up a formal mechanism for regulating street vendors. He wants to introduce some kind of a medallion for street vendors so that they have legal sanction, and at the same time subject […]

  • Terra Nullius | Lines drawn in sand

    This piece was first published in Pragati – The Indian National Interest Review A review of Samanth Subramanian’s This Divided Island.  Samanth Subramanian’s This Divided Island is not a travelogue or a memoir. Nor is it a political thriller, a singular piece of academic oral history, or a journalistic account of someone covering a war. It is all of the above [...]

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Prof Mukul Asher - Councillor

Takshashila contributes to substantially improving the quality and breadth of public policy debates in India.

Greater proficiency in economic reasoning is critical for rising India to improve governance and enlarge its geo-strategic imprint. Accessible public policy education and high quality research are primary instruments for the emergence of competent community of public policy professionals in India.

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