Op-Eds and Essays

  1. The Big Bank Theory - The Need to Move Beyond the Privatisation vs Nationalisation Debate, The Open Magazine, March 23, 2018

  2. Did India Grow Slower than the World when the Nehru-Gandhis were in power? in NDTV.com, March 13, 2018. 

  3. Commanding Heights Again, The Open Magazine, February 9, 2018.

  4. Budget Signals No Achhe Din For Those Looking For Jobs, in NDTV.com, February 2, 2018. 

  5. Aadhaar is fine to stop some kinds of leakage and corruption. But it is no panacea, The Economic Times, January 23, 2018.

  6. Gujarat Poll Results Cap BJP's 2014 Hangover, Start New Chapter in Indian Politics, CNN-IBN, December 27, 2017.

  7. Why So Many Economists Are Disillusioned With the ‘Gujarat Model’? (with Sanchari Roy), The Wire, November 29, 2017

  8. When Gujarat Model Fails, Bring In "Padmavati" in NDTV.com, November 24, 2017. 

  9. Gujarat’s growth rate of income stayed the same before and after Modi, The Print, November 9, 2017

  10. Gujarat model: The gleam of state’s high growth numbers hides dark reality of poverty, inequality, in Scroll.in, October 25, 2017.

  11. With Thaler’s Nobel Win, Behavioural Economics Has Officially Made Its Way Into the Mainstream, The Wire, October 13, 2017

  12. India needs to create greater economic opportunities for all, The Economic Times, October 9, 2017.

  13. Review Of Jean Dreze's Book, Jholawala Economics For Everyone, in NDTV.com, October 03, 2017. 

  14. Modinomics has turned into Muddlenomics, in NDTV.com, September 27, 2017.

  15. My Most Unforgettable Teacher, (pdf version) Reader's Digest, India, September 17, 2017.

  16. Meghnad Badh Rahasya’ Evokes Memories of a Movement That Continues to Haunt Bengal’s Imagination, (with Manishita Dass), The Wire, September 5, 2017.

  17. Combating poverty in developing countries with a universal basic income, VoxDev.org, July 17, 2017 (shorter version in The Wire, July 21, 2017). 

  18. Please, Let's Call A Lynching A Lynching, NDTV.com, July 5, 2017.

  19. The Rhetoric of Partisanship, The Wire, July 1, 2017.

  20. Why ‘Free’ Speech Is Not Always ‘Costless’, The Wire, June 14, 2017.

  21. IT Lay-Offs Reveal The Dangers That Lie Beneath, in NDTV.com, May 18, 2017.

  22. A Universal Basic Income Scheme for India? in Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Economy Watch, April 2017, Issue 14.

  23. Behind the Struggle Against Erosion of Free Speech is a Fight Over the Rule of Law, The Wire, March 23, 2017.

  24. Demonetisation Was Bad Economics But as an Act of Vigilantism it Served Modi Well Politically, The Wire, March 13, 2017.
  25. What New Spend on MGNREGA Exposes About Notes Ban, in NDTV.com, February 1, 2017.
  26. Circles in Time - Memories of Presidency College, Autumn Annual, 2016-17, Vol. XLV, Presidency Alumni Association, Calcutta, January 2017.
  27. Economists against demonetisation - Firing cannonballs to kill mosquitoes, The Tribune, December 5, 2016.
  28. Notes Ban Beats Holograms as Modi's Campaign Gold, in NDTV.com, November 22, 2016.
  29. Media fumbles as NOTA wins US elections with 42% evading polls, Business Standard, 16 November 2016.
  30. The Trump Conundrum, The Open Magazine, Web Exclusive, 2 November 2016.
  31. Nobel prize in Economics 2016: The economy as a nexus of contracts. Ideas for India, October 20, 2016 (shorter version co-published in Business Standard).
  32. "Mann Ki Baat" Or "Ban Ki Baat"? Government Must Back Off, NDTV.com, August 31, 2016.
  33. Is India ready for a universal basic income scheme? NDTV.com, August 27, 2016 (longer version published in Ideas for India).
  34. The price of basic income. The Indian Express, June 29, 2016
  35. Brexit suggests focusing on trade and inequality may not be antithetical, The Economic Times, June 28, 2016.
  36. Congrats, Britan, you've likely voted for a recession, in NDTV.com, June 25, 2016.
  37. Fixit, Don't Brexit, in NDTV.com, June 22, 2016.
  38. No hope left? Interpreting the West Bengal election results, in NDTV.com, May 24, 2016.
  39. Spare Some Change: Mamata Hasn't Delivered Much For Benga,l in NDTV.com, April 19, 2016.
  40. Modi Government Presented A UPA 3 Budget in NDTV.com, March 3, 2016.
  41. How Brand Nitish Defeated Brand Modi, in NDTV.com, November 9, 2015.
  42. Angus Deaton - The Real World Economist, The Indian Express, October 16, 2015 (See longer version in the Ideas for India).
  43. Reservation Policy in India and Its Discontents, in NDTV.com, October 11, 2015.
  44. Modi Government's Complacency Hit By Reality  in NDTV.com, August 11, 2015 (with Parikshit Ghosh),
  45. 'Suit-boot' or 'Jhola'? That Debate's a Trap, in NDTV.com, July 20, 2015 (See longer version in the Ideas for India).
  46. Yes, a Land Acquisition Act Can Address Both Justice and Prosperity (with Parikshit Ghosh), The Wire, June 1, 2015.
  47. Calling Farmer Suicides a 'Tragedy' Fails India in NDTV.com, May 2, 2015 (See longer version in the Ideas for India).
  48. Empower, Don't Patronise the Farmer, The Indian Express, March 30, 2015 (See longer version in the Ideas for India).
  49. The Land Acquisition Ordinance (with Parikshit Ghosh), eSocialSciences.Org, February, 2015.
  50. Response to the Bhagwati-Panagariya rejoinder on MNREGA, Ideas for India, December 14, 2014 (See shorter version in The Times of India).
  51. Wrong Numbers: Attack on NREGA is Misleading, Times of India, November 9, 2014. Click here for a pdf version.
  52. From ‘Mess in India’ to ‘Made in India’ as a global brand?, The Economic Times, October 13, 2014. Click here for the longer Ideas for India version. 
  53. Ceteris Paribus, Interview at The Economie, Netherlands, September 22, 2014. 
  54. India has more than its fair share of super-rich and it isn’t a good thing (with Debraj Ray), The Economic Times, September 4, 2014. Click here for the longer Ideas for India version. 
  55. India needs more than Narendra Modi's trickle-down model, The Guardian, July 14, 2014.
  56. Did Gujarat Switch to a Higher Growth Trajectory Relative To India under Modi? A Rejoinder (with Sanchari Roy), Economic and Political Weekly of India, May 3, 2014. Click here for the comment to which this piece responds to.  
  57. Growth in the time of UPA: Myths and Reality (with Parikshit Ghosh & Ashok Kotwal),  Economic and Political Weekly of India, April 19, 2014. (Reprinted in Economic Growth and its Distribution in India (ed.s) Pulapre Balakrishnan, Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan, 2015.)

  58. Winnowing fact from rhetoric: A look at what figures tell of UPA's regime (with Parikshit Ghosh & Ashok Kotwal), Economic Times, April 15, 2014.
  59. Did Gujarat’s Growth Rate Accelerate under Modi? (with Sanchari Roy), Economic and Political Weekly of India, April 12, 2014. See here the version with the latest year's data.
  60. Growth is Not the Victim of the UPA, it is the Other Way Round, (with Parikshit Ghosh), Hindustan Times, April 3, 2014.
  61. A Look in the Mirror (with Sanchari Roy), Outlook, March 31, 2014. Click here for a pdf version, here for version with tables, and here for the Ideas for India version .
  62. Gujarat Model of Development and Other Growth Stories, (with Sanchari Roy), DNA, March 31, 2014.
  63. Modinomics: do Narendra Modi's economic claims add up?  (pdf version) (with Sanchari Roy), The Guardian, March 13, 2014.
  64. Harvard, Hard Work, and Hard Facts, Economic Times, Sunday Magazine, February 23, 2014.
  65. Reforming India's Land Policy (with Parikshit Ghosh and Dilip Mookherjee), Yojana, November 2013.

  66. The Land Acquisition Bill is Deeply Flawed (with Parikshit Ghosh), Ideas for India, October 23, 2013.
  67. The Chit fund crisis: Should not put all financial intermediaries in the same bracket, (with Abhijit V. Banerjee), Ideas for India, May 3, 2013
  68. Developing a land acquisition policy for India, (with Dilip Mookherjee), Ideas for India, and MINT, Sep 5 2012 [press coverage in Times of India].  
  69. Land acquisition: Is there a way out? (with Parikshit Ghosh), Ideas for India, July 16, 2012 [interview in Rediff.com and press coverage in Forbes India].
  70. The Land Acquisition Bill: A Critique and a Proposal, (with Parikshit Ghosh), Economic and Political Weekly of India, October 8, 2011, Vol. XLVI, No 41.  (Click here and here for shorter versions, and here for press coverage). 
  71. Land on One’s Square Feet, Hindustan Times, New Delhi, September 21, 2011.
  72. What Crisis Has Taught Economics, Financial Express, New Delhi, January 9, 2010.
  73. Buying Land and Selling Kidneys, Financial Express, New Delhi, November 9 & 16, 2009.
  74. No Way Out of this Plot, (with Sanjay Banerji), Financial Express, New Delhi, September 30, 2009.
  75. Small is Smart, Financial Express, New Delhi, August 24, 2009.
  76. Anger in the Wake of Aila (with Sreyashi Dastidar), Financial Express, New Delhi, June 11, 2009.
  77. Poor Man’s Capitalism. Financial Express, New Delhi, March 23, 2009.
  78. Barefoot Entrepreneurs?  Financial Express, New Delhi, January 12, 2009.
  79. Where is Credit Due?  Financial Express, New Delhi, October 27, 2008
  80. Beyond Nandigram: Industrialization in West Bengal (with A.V. Banerjee et al), Economic and Political Weekly of India, April 28, 2007.

  81. Strategy for Economic Reform in West Bengal (with A.V. Banerjee et al), Economic and Political Weekly of India, October 12, 2002.

  82. In an Imperfect World (with Sugata Marjit), The Telegraph, Calcutta, June 29, 2002.
  83. Bengal’s Economic Survival (with A.V. Banerjee et al), The Telegraph, Calcutta, May 13, 2001. 
  84. Big Boom Theory (with Parikshit Ghosh), The Telegraph, Calcutta, June 4, 1999. 

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