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The Indian economy is blaring warnings, but the Modi government remains in denial -jayati ghosh While the government was busy celebrating cosmetic measures like ‘ease of doing business’ ranking, the real economy tanked. Suddenly, it seems like everything is shrinking in India: our capacity for tolerance and diversity, the space for democratic expression and dissent – and now, economic growth. The warning signs have reached a point where they cannot be ignored any longer and more people, including prominent business leaders, are speaking out.

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India's withering Public Employment -CP Chandrasekhar and jayati ghosh

-The Hindu Business Line/ While the neoliberal focus has been on attempts to “shrink the state” on the grounds of corruption and inefficiency, sensible people have long recognised that high levels of public employment tend to be associated with better quality of life for people in a society. After all, the essential public services, from infrastructure to amenities, to security to social services, mostly have to be delivered by governments. This is because priva

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Recently presented Union Budget does not provide updated data on important heads for FY 2018-19

updated data and information related to various departments and ministries of the Central Government such as on revenues, expenditures, deficits etc. Recently economists like Dr. Rathin Roy and Prof. jayati ghosh have expressed concerns about the Ministry of Finance for not uploading updated and appropriate budgetary data and figures on the website following the 2019-20 Union Budget presentation by the Finance Minister Smt. Nirm

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Civil Society Members Demand Counting of 'All VVPAT Slips' for 'Fullest Transparency'

ry voter slip. Asserting that the vote is a “citizen’s basic right that gives legitimacy, strength and body to the will of the people”, the statement – signed by Aruna Roy, jayati ghosh, Justice A.P. Shah, Sanjay Parikh and Syeda Hameed – asserts that the “voter cannot be compelled to repose her trust in an alien device”. Pointing out the 2009 verdict by a German constitutional court, that struck down th

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Why is South Asia performing so badly on the SDGs? -CP Chandrasekhar and jayati ghosh The SDGs were obviously incredibly ambitious – far more so than the Millennium Development Goals that they succeeded – and so it was indeed a remarkable achievement that governments of almost all countries signed up to them. There were no less than 17 very significant and substantive goals, each containing multiple targets, and each target relying often on more than one indicator. And these goals and targets are not simply extrapolations of past trends (as seve

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There is a way to deliver a minimum income guarantee -- but Congress hasn't found it -jayati ghosh

-The Indian Express Instead of embarking on a massive administrative exercise with uncertain benefits, it is possible to think of another combination of public interventions that would actually ensure minimum income to a much larger proportion of the population. The Congress party’s recent declaration that, if voted to power, it will seek to ensure a minimum income to 20 per cent of the poorest households in the country, is laudable in intent. It also brings back policy attention

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Political meddling in economic data puts India's global reputation at risk, warn 108 leading experts

Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ashwini Deshpande of Ashoka University, Jean Dreze of the Allahabad University, Maitreesh Ghatak of London School of Economics, jayati ghosh of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Reetika Khera of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, and former University Grants Commission chairman Sukhadeo Thorat. Please click here to read more.

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Civil society members & journos move SC, express solidarity with Bhushan -Dhananjay Mahapatra

accusing him of making “false, malicious, dishonest and reckless” allegations on appointment of CBI’s interim director. The Roy duo, along with Wajahat Habibullah, Harsh Mandher, jayati ghosh, Prabhat Patnaik, I P Singh, Shailesh Gandhi, Bezwada Wilson and Nikhil Dey, most of whom were represented by Bhushan in one case or the other before the SC, requested the court to make them parties in the contempt proceedings. Terming Bhu

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