Author: Bidisha Bhattacharya

Bidisha is part of the core team of Political Intelligence Unit of I-PAC and earlier was a consultant for Fifteenth Finance Commission appointed by Government of India. Prior to that, she was a fellow at the office of Shri N K Singh, Chairman, 15th Finance Commission.
USA Trump

The sudden withdrawal of GSP-will India be under loom or light

March 12, 2019

On March 4th, this year, in a letter addressed to the United States, President Donald Trump discussed plans to end the trade benefits extended to India under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) programme.

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“Polliwood”-The New Battleground for Politics in India

February 24, 2019

While the Indian Film Industry has begun blowing the political propaganda technically out of proportion, it’s not something new at all. The first such attempt of making Bollywood a political battleground dates back to 1975 and 1977, when “Kissa Kursi Ka” (Story of the chair) and “Aandhi” (Storm) were made.

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Rural Electrification

THE UNENDING MYTH – The two areas of development the Nation is getting all wrong for decades

February 17, 2019

As the Incumbent Government approaches towards the end of its one full term, here are the two deep cracks they should look out for and ensure healing at the earliest. The first plunge we take on is to show how wrong our Nation has been since decades with the sentiments of the masses regarding Electricity. […]

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RBI

The “STANCE” change -Bidisha Bhattacharya

February 10, 2019

The decision taken by the Central Bank on Thursday, 7th of February not only did surprise economists but market watchers as well. Whereas the unanimous decision of changing the monetary policy stance from ‘calibrated tightening’ to ‘neutral’ seemed plausible, the cutting of the repurchase rate by 25 basis points didn’t quite seem a sine qua […]

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Union Budget 2019

The New “Catch-22” -Three Highlights of the Interim Budget 2019 that has left the Indian Economy confused

February 3, 2019

February 1st marked the release of the Interim Budget of 2019 that took the Indian Automotive industry and the Equity markets on two rides, except for the fact that one was pleasant and the other, kind of roller-coaster. The three highlights responsible for the above experiences commenced right with the granting of a full tax-rebate […]

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Indian republic

Revisiting 26th January, 1950- by Bidisha Bhattacharya

January 26, 2019

This is the third instalment of “Raj to Republic” series being published on the occasion of 70th Republic Day, in collaboration with Bidisha Bhattacharya, member Political Intelligence Unit, I-PAC and former consultant to 15th Finance Commission. July 19th, 1947, at 4 o’clock on Friday evening, the Royal Assent was given to the Indian Independence Bill. […]

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Colonial Chennai

Farewell to the “Honourable” Carmichael -The first solemn protest that India came together for

January 25, 2019

November 14th, 1883, the day when not only revolutionaries but also the citizens and newspapers vehemently opposed a farewell party to Mr. D.F.Carmichael, member of the Madras Governor’s Executive Council still haunts my mind every time I turn back the pages. When the people were initially told that such a proposal was entertained by one […]

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The Public Economist Gold Mohur

Remedy -the period when Britain was drowning and India was kept waiting

January 24, 2019

I still recall the good old days, when my father post-afternoon meal would sit with his cigar lit, on the wooden rocking chair and narrate me stories about India. A man whose family had witnessed the perils of partition and who had and still possess the vast expanse of knowledge that nobody could ever possibly match; […]

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The Gundlakamma Reservoir Conundrum -a story that narrates about the “behind the scenes” audience

January 14, 2019

Andhra Pradesh, the south-eastern part of the subcontinent, had taken up the ambitious decision to construct the Gundlakamma Reservoir in 2004 in the Prakasam District which was one out of the 74 irrigation projects taken up by the state government for its quick completion within two years. The project envisaged irrigating 80,060 acres and supplying […]

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food

The final attempt of bringing Health to India’s Plate

January 13, 2019

Where should the government invest if it wants to maximize India’s long-run economic growth, given fiscal and capacity constraints? This was the question posed in the 2015-16 Economic Survey. The short answer- “the highest economic returns to public investment in human capital in India lay in maternal and early-life health and nutrition interventions”. In the […]

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