Shivaji Sarkar

Budget prism needs change

Tuesday, 13 Feb 2018 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Oped

The Government should do more to promote savings, not stocks, to stem market volatility and protect the economy The stock market wiped out Rs 10 lakh crore in the week after the Union Budget was presented on February 1. The crash was imminent. It awaited a trigger and the Union Budget...

2018: A year full of promise

Tuesday, 09 Jan 2018 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Oped

The new year looks like it will be a year of competitive politics. With the General Election nearing, expectations are high that relief may be on the cards this Budget. The Modi Government is poised for development but growth should come with a lower tax burden The year 2018 is...

N-E States can transform India

Friday, 01 Dec 2017 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Oped

The North-East is an emerging market and has the potential to become a hub for our neighbouring nations such as Bangladesh Bhutan, Nepal and Myanmar The North-East is said to be transforming and wants to catch the eyes. India needs a stronger N-E for faster development and addition to GDP....

Following black money trail

Wednesday, 08 Nov 2017 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Oped

A year after demonetisation, disclosures in the media have served to iterate the point that those who conceal their income do not use cash On this day a year ago, the nation was shaken as Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced banning of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 currency notes. The nation...

The road to recovery and banking reforms

Monday, 30 Oct 2017 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Edit

Arun Jaitley is on the right path but some tweaks are needed in the approach to public sector bank reform and road building projects The Rs 9.2 trillion package announced by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley last week is a major move to resuscitate the Indian economy. The route is through...

Shun control to achieve economic prosperity

Tuesday, 10 Oct 2017 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Oped

India must separate itself from the paths suggested at G-7 and G20 meets. Prescription on taxes and financialisation should not be swallowed whole. History tells us the country has survived through centuries when control was minimal. We need to learn from our ancient wisdom The Indian economy is going through a...

State-specific healthcare model

Tuesday, 01 Aug 2017 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Oped

The public-private partnership approach is a suggestion forwarded by Niti Aayog to tackle the problems of the primary medical sector. But it is unlikely to work Health has remained an issue for decades in India. The out-of-pocket expenses, the euphemism for increasing individual spending on seeking health assistance are all eroding...

Striking right balance for GST roll-out

Thursday, 29 Jun 2017 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Edit

Goods and Services Tax in its present form is not the end. It’s a beginning of genuine future reforms. One hopes the dream of ‘one economic India’ will come true eventually India’s internal trade gross domestic product (GDP) ratio, at about 54 per cent, is comparable to that in other large...

Framing benevolent agri-policy

Friday, 23 Jun 2017 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Big Story

Should we not give farm loan waivers? Is it not a queer logic against political wisdom? The Uttar Pradesh Government has waived Rs36,000 crore worth loans. Now, farmers in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra are up in arms. There are forces which are trying to cash in on this. The total...

Bridge that’s no longer too far

Tuesday, 06 Jun 2017 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Oped

The recently inaugurated country’s longest bridge linking Assam and Arunachal Pradesh will have many positives for the economic development of the North-East, the country’s strategic interests, and trade relations with neighbouring nations The North-East (N-E) is the new engine of growth, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi while inaugurating the longest, 9.15...


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