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How Violent Crimes In Bengal Doubled In The 4 Years Before Mamata

West Bengal’s deteriorating law and order has proved a major embarrassment for Mamata Banerjee, who came to power with the promise of better governance and improved law and order.  …

Urbanisation Sounds Great But Who Has The Money To Fund It?

Urbanisation Sounds Great But Who Has The Money To Fund It?

Most planners and economy watchers would argue for greater and faster urbanisation. Many, however, would not be aware of the largely dismal condition of state and urban local body finances…

How Bengal Lost An Opportunity To Change Its Economic Course

How Bengal Lost An Opportunity To Change Its Economic Course

When & where did West Bengal’s problems really begin? A question like this could spark off a plethora of tomes, debates & addas (intellectual gatherings) that might last, well, for…

Rural Poverty Falls In Orissa, Urban Poverty Rises In Gujarat

Rural Poverty Falls In Orissa, Urban Poverty Rises In Gujarat

India’s ‘poverty rate’ has been debated ad infinitum ever since Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of India’s Planning Commission announced the fixing of the poverty line at Rs 26 per…

J&K, Maharashtra, Project Delay Culprits; Delhi, Goa Score

J&K, Maharashtra, Project Delay Culprits; Delhi, Goa Score

Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra lead the list of states where some 190 out of 555 Central projects with investment outlays of over Rs 150 crore have reported cost overruns of…

Can Haryana Break Away From The Bengal, Kerala Club?

Can Haryana Break Away From The Bengal, Kerala Club?

The state of Haryana has been clubbed with Bengal, Kerala and Punjab for the state of its finances, particularly for its large revenue deficit or a ‘negative’ gap between tax…

India’s Surprising States With ‘Real’ Fiscal Deficits: West Bengal, Kerala, Punjab & Haryana

India’s Surprising States With ‘Real’ Fiscal Deficits: West Bengal, Kerala, Punjab & Haryana

The Government of India’s fiscal deficit touched 5.9% of GDP in 2011-12. But most states of India actually do better except for a few whose finances are in particularly bad…

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