Food Inflation in India—The Government Has to Act and Not Hope

Inflation, especially food inflation, in India remains essentially a government monopoly. Surprised? What I mean is that high food inflation is the cause of faulty government policies that has a distortionary effect on prices. Given the elevated level of food prices in urban India, the common perception is that urban inflation is higher than rural […]

India Growth Story – A 9% Growth Miracle that Was Never Meant to Be

  We believe that expectation of India’s (a dirigisme economy) growth miracle (9% plus rate of growth) is quite far-fetched. We, link this to the failure of the institution of parliament and judiciary in India. As India’s electorates continues to come up with fractured mandate with every passing election, there are increasing instances of criminalization […]

India: Taxing Time for Foreign Investors

Ignorance, they say, is bliss. But not for a country when the government ignores the ground realities while devising plans and policies. The recent union budget of India is a veritable test case of the above. Previously I have talked about how the budget over-estimated the revenue numbers and under estimated the expenditure numbers by […]

Financial Repression – Indian Style

As the Indian economy shows distinct signs of slowdown and with the politically and financially challenged government clearly on the back foot, 2012 has witnessed a series of announcements and actions that shows that financial repression is alive and kicking in India. Although the last quarter of the current financial year (FY2012) is yet to […]