Contents: Preface. I. Macroeconomy: 1. 2016 Through a Looking Glass.2. Is there Economics in the 2015 Land Acquisition Bill?. 3. GDP Estimation Methodology: Exasperating Improvements. 4. Inflation and Interest Rates: What is the Reserve Bank’s Policy?. 5. Is 25 per cent of GDP from Manufacturing Robust Policy?. 6. Having a Heart, Using the Head. 7. Financial Market Behaviour. 8. India’s Savings and Growth. II. Fiscal Policy: 9. Ramifications of Budget 2016-17. 10. 2015-16 Union Budget: The Must and the Must Not. 11. 2015-16: A Union Budget with Sense and Sensibility. 12. The Budget’s Massive Tax Effort. 13. Year of Fiscal Consolidation. 14. The Evolving Fiscal Stance. 15. Dangers and Foibles of Tax Reform. III. Taxation Matters: 16. Taxation Research: Emergence and Progress. 17. Taxation Research: Interpretative and Administrative Issues. 18. India’s Effective Tax Ratio. 19. A Time for Tax Reform. 20. Tax Evasion as Corruption. IV. Income Tax: 21. IT Department Statistics-I. 22. I-T Department Statistics–II. 23. Mnes’ Tax Avoidance and Overdealt Response. 24. Corporate Tax Rate and Links to Incentives. 25. Minimum Alternate Tax on Foreign Companies. 26. Are Corporations an Enigma?. 27. The Vodafone Affair: The Layout. 28. The Vodafone Affair: The Deconstruction. V. Indirect Tax:29. Pushing Forward on GST. 30. GST: Remains of a Decade. 31. Tax Policy and Administration—A Conversation: If Petroleum is Out, It’s Not GST. 32. An American VAT?. V. International Economic Relations: 33. Indo-UK Economic Relations After Brexit. 34. India’s Strategy—Both Japan and China? The Answer is No!. 35. The India-Pakistan Phenomenon: Ready for Economic Deconstruction.36. Developed and Developing Societies: A Behavioural Hypothesis. 38. Solving the Euro Zone’s Problems. 39. The Just-Emerging Asian Economy. 40. Has the Euro Matter now been Solved?. 41. Countdown to Cannes. 42. Hola! Yo Soy America Latina. 43. Volatile Times. 44. Venice to Verona via Vittorio Veneto. 45. Globalisation and G20. VII. Socio-economic Policy: 46. Compassionate and Palliative Care. 47. Supply Constraints for Private Sector Healthcare. 48. Anatomy of Aswachh Bharat and Alchemy to Swachh. 49. Indian Railways: Nostalgia and Reality. 50. A Sense of Independence. 51. A Walk from Kolkata to London?. 52. Children’s Condition: Wither Demographic Dividend?. 53. West Bengal vs Tamil Nadu. 54. Water Wars: yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. VIII. Political Economy: 55. A Socio-historical Perspective of Brexit. 56. Vicissitudes of Modern Democracies. 57. Indo-UK Economic History in Space Age. 58. Thoughts as Ideas. IX. Newest Concerns:59. Demonetisation: An (un) Necessary Evil?. 60. Ease of Doing Business (EDB) Cross-Country Indicators.Supplementary Readings.
This volume is a collection of selected critical commentaries on various aspects of the Indian and global economies. The author has used a mix of verbal and graphical tools, comprising his thoughts on economic, political economy and social challenges and incorporating analysis, conclusions, and recommendations on those issues. The articles address macroeconomic concerns including the estimation of GDP, savings and growth, inflation and interest rates, financial markets, demonitisation of the currency, land acquisition, and others. They analyse fiscal policy and taxation matters including tax evasion and corruption, and the struggle to improve the ease of doing business. Emerging international economic relations including United Kingdom’s leaving the European Union and India’s economic and strategic relations with Japan, China, Latin America, and, last but not least, with Pakistan, are addressed. Issues emerging from the Group of 20 Nations (G20) are not ignored. On socio-economic aspects, India’s challenges and failures in designing and implementing a range of socio-economic policies are addressed. Health and palliative care, cleaning up India, quality deterioration in the Indian Railways, and the failure to educate Indian youth, are taken up. A selection of essays with political economy and socio-historical perspectives concludes with a final philosophical note—that thoughts can comprise ideas, thus summing up, as it were, the overall stance in the narrative of the included commentaries. (jacket)