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Pranay Kotasthane Speaks at Bengaluru Navanirmana Party’s Leadership Symposia on Municipal Finances

Takshashila’s Pranay Kotasthane delivered a talk on Municipal Finances on August 29 as part of a leadership symposia organised by Bengaluru Navanirmana Party. Pranay spoke about the sources of revenue for the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike. He gave an overview...

Finance Commission’s New Problem: A Separate Defence Fund

The original terms of references for the FFC themselves were contentious. Based on the wrong assumption that the last Finance Commission was overly generous towards the states, the terms were designed to nudge the FFC towards reducing the tax devolution...

20 Million Jobs

India needs to be creating around 20 million jobs year on year for the next decade or more. However, we are barely managing to create around 2 million jobs. This deficit has serious implications for the Indian economy and society.

Why the south-vs-north debate is a flawed way to analyse the 15th finance commission formula

If the objective of general-purpose transfers is to enable comparable levels of public services at comparable tax rates, it is only fair that the latest population data be used. Justifying the use of dated population data (1971 census) assumes that...

Case Study – Private Finance Initiative in UK – Insights for India

Case Study of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) in the UK: Insights for India Shahana Sheikh and Mukul G. Asher Read the full case study in PDF [479KB] Abstract This paper has two main objectives. The first is to analyse...

Research Publication: Impact of Fourteenth Finance Commission on Karnataka Budget, 2015–16

Impact of Fourteenth Finance Commission, Karnataka Budget, 2015–16 Pranay Kotasthane and Varun K Ramachandra, The Takshashila Institution Commentary in Economic & Political Weekly, Vol – L No. 46-47, November 21, 2015 Download the full publication in PDF (146KB) Executive Summary This article...

Mukul Asher interviewed on public finance and urban governance

Takshashila councillor Mukul Asher talks about Bangalore, public finance and urban governance in his interview with DNA. This was on the sidelines of his lectures on public finance, municipal budgeting and a review of BBMP’s budget for students of the B.PAC...

Making publicly funded research accessible

A preliminary policy brief A vast number of students, teachers, researchers and members of the public are unable to access research papers and data due to prohibitive terms imposed by publishers of international journals. We are in an unconscionable situation...