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Tax revenue raising must become less iniquitous, with a sizeable chunk coming from direct taxes

Next month, we will celebrate 30 years of the launch of economic reforms. On June 21, 1991 Narasimha Rao was sworn in as India’s ninth Prime Minister, and his tenure would turn out to be historic in delivering economic reforms to modern India. A month later on July 24, 1991,...

Direct tax revenue falls below indirect taxes for the second time in 13 years, hurting the poor

Next month we will celebrate 30 years of the launch of economic reforms. On June 21, 1991 Narasimha Rao was sworn in as India’s ninth Prime Minister, and his tenure would turn out to be historic in delivering economic reforms to modern India. A month later on July 24, 1991...

Can Petrol be bought under the GST Regime?

This is the English version of the article that originally appeared in Prajavani on 19 June 2021 Karnataka became the 7th state in India to record petrol prices crossing the psychological barrier of Rs.100 per litre on June 12th. Bidar, Bellary, Koppal, Davanagere, Shivmogga, and Chikmagalur were some of the...

Blending Borders: Issue #1

 This Newsletter explores ongoing issues and perspectives from India’s neighbourhood countries, including – Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Maldives and Afghanistan.  Vaccination updates, Bangladesh leads GDP growth, The Colombo Port City project, Security dilemma in Myanmar, Peace for Afghanistan?   The Raging Pandemic  Has India turned its back on its...

Hand Me the Paper #12: Looking at the Indian gig economy

To my delight, the newsletter has proven useful to employees at tech companies, digital rights researchers, people who are looking to build a reading habit or looking to learn more about tech policy. If you like the newsletter or find it useful, consider buying me a cup of coffee (or...

#131 Learn From Others. It’s Free

PolicyWTF (revisited): China’s demographic flip-flops This section looks at egregious public policies. Policies that make you go: WTF, Did that really happen? — Pranay Kotasthane On May 31st, the Politburo of the Communist Party of China decreed that parents can now have three kids. Too little, too late. In edition...

Why e-cigarette ban in India will do more harm than good

In September 2019, the government announced a complete ban on e-cigarettes under the guise of preventing potential health risks to India’s youth. In what can now be termed as typical, this ruling was passed as an ordinance, without debate or deliberation in the parliament and mostly ignoring both evidence regarding...

Anticipating the Unintended #125: Sab Khatre Mein Hain

PolicyWTF: April Is The Cruellest Month This section looks at egregious public policies. Policies that make you go: WTF, Did that really happen? – RSJ It is difficult for us to write this edition with clarity. India is living through a dystopian nightmare that’s operating on two different timelines. In one,...

Anticipating the Unintended #124: Flailing Again

PolicyWTF: Winging the Pandemic This section looks at egregious public policies. Policies that make you go: WTF, Did that really happen? – RSJ One of the things we often say around here is how difficult it is to craft public policy. The process requires diligence in collating evidence, intellectual integrity in comparing...

Anticipating the Unintended #122: Naya Paisa, Purana Qissa

Global Policy Watch: A Mint With a Role – RSJ The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has been trialling a form of digital Yuan for the past year. Last week the trials entered their second phase. (Umm, they seem to have more phases for this than for developing their Covid vaccines)....
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