“जल ही जीवन हैं” – Water is Life

It summer of 2019 and the temperature is rising all over India. One of the reason is General Elections too. Political campaigning are going on. Mandir, Masjid, Pakistan, Jawan, Kisan are the keywords in this elections with the usual employment , poverty reduction etc etc. But while campaigning in this Continue Reading

Have Acche Din Arrived? Part 12

Have Acche Din Arrived? Part 12: Summary and Conclusions By Seshadri Kumar One of the important reasons for doing this exhaustive (and exhausting!), data-driven study of the economy is that one metric does not capture what is happening in the Indian economy, especially today. There has been too much focus Continue Reading

BJP Manifesto 2019: Another Compilation of Blatant Lies by Modi Sarkar

By Darshan Mondkar So BJP has finally released its 2019 election manifesto. Here are the 10 highlights of the manifesto as reported by NDTV and let me tell you how bogus these claims are: 1. For strengthening armed forces purchase of outstanding defence equipment will be fast tracked. – The Continue Reading

Have Acche Din Arrived? Part 10

Have Acche Din Arrived? Part 10: Government Expenditures, Revenues, and the Fiscal Deficit By Seshadri Kumar One of the achievements the Modi Sarkar is proudest of is the reduction of the Fiscal Deficit to 3.7% of GDP. What is this achievement? Does this herald good times for India? First, let Continue Reading

Have Acche Din Arrived? Part 9

Have Acche Din Arrived? Part 9: Education, Science, and Technology By Sheshadri Kumar Education is the basis of the growth of any nation. Power, steel, and coal may be what we need for building things, but without educated minds the steel might just as well rust through disuse. The world Continue Reading

Have Acche Din Arrived? Part 8

Have Acche Din Arrived? Part 8: Roads, Railways, and Container Port Traffic By Seshadri Kumar There are many measures of infrastructure generation. But two important measures that very significantly affect the future of a nation are roads and railways – the transporation network. Delays in transportation are one of the Continue Reading

Have Acche Din Arrived? Part 7

Have Acche Din Arrived? Part 7: Coal and Steel By Seshadri Kumar Power, coal, and steel: These form the industrial base of any country. In a previous installment of this series, I had discussed power generation across different governments. In this installment, I will discuss coal and steel production (and Continue Reading

Have Acche Din Arrived? Part 6

Have Acche Din Arrived? Part 6: Power Generation By Seshadri Kumar One important aspect of the formal economy that is an indicator of development and quality of life is power (electricity) generation. A developing economy needs electricity, and there are even today large parts of India that are dark after Continue Reading

Have Acche Din Arrived? Part 5: Agriculture

By Seshadri Kumar One of the things Narendra Modi would mention again and again during the election campaign of 2013-14, and then continue to emphasize after he took office in May 2014, was the concept of “soil health cards.” Modi, in his speeches, made it appear that this was a Continue Reading