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Can A State Model Be Replicated At The Centre ?

With Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi being annointed as the BJP’s candidate for the Prime Minister’s position in the forthcoming elections 2014, attention will increasingly shift towards the Gujarat model…

The Rights Regime: Why the Food Security Bill?

  Govindraj Ethiraj, Editor, IndiaSpend in conversation with Dr. Surjit Bhalla, Chairman, Oxus Investments on the Food Security Bill, various subsidies, the Public Distribution System, funds allocated, unaddressed leakages, importance…

Will The Food Subsidy Bill Deliver: A Primer With Biraj Patnaik

Will India’s Food Security Bill Deliver ? The question has brought forth many harsh and polarised opinions. Many have attacked it for the potential financial damage it could cause. It’s…

Can the Food Security Bill tackle malnutrition?

Govindraj Ethiraj, Editor, IndiaSpend, in conversation with Julie Hudman, Director of Research, IndiaSpend, and Purnima Menon, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), on the Food Security Bill, problems…

Interpreting the poverty numbers

  Planning Commission’s recent poverty estimates show that the number of people below the poverty line has come down from 407.1 million in 2004-05 to 269.3 million in 2011-12. The poverty ratio…

Can India Afford $97 Billion Tax Breaks?

  Did you know that India gave away tax breaks or exemptions worth Rs 533,582 crore ($97 billion) or nearly 67% of tax collections in 2011-12.   That’s according to…