Op-Eds and Essays
Classified under topic heads (with
Crisis, Economics - General, Development &
Policy, Indian Economy & Politics, West Bengal Economy & Politics, Misc, & Interviews
click here for all essays organised in chronological order
has Covid-19 affected India’s economy? Economics Observatory,
June 30, 2021. (Reprinted
in Scroll.in, July 9, 2021.)
true self-reliant entrepreneurs, Hindustan
Times, March 24, 2021.
How Bad Is India's Economic Crisis? Brace Yourself, in NDTV.com, September
India Recover? (pdf version), Interview in India Today,
September 7, 2020.
Rishi Sunak's Plan For UK To India's Steps, in NDTV.com, July 20, 2020.
6. We Threw Our Workers under
the Bus, Reader's Digest, Indian Edition, July 2020.
blueprint to protect labour rights without constraining capital, Hindustan
Times, July 4, 2020.
governments can be better armed financially to fight Covid-19 by issuing public
health bonds, The
Economic Times, June 5, 2020.
to reorganise the World Health Organization – and how to finance it, in LSE Business Review, June 5,
World Health Organization: A GRID for reform, in VoxEU.org, May 30, 2020.
it work? (pdf version), Interview in India Today,
May 23, 2020.
Certainly Forced into Atmanirbhar Abhiyan,
in NDTV.com, May
indispensability of labour in reviving India’s economic engine, Hindustan
Times, May 8, 2020.
Twin Crises of Covid-19 and How to Resolve Them, The India Forum, April 28, 2020.
up action to ease poverty amid this crisis, Evening Standard, April 21, 2020.
World Has a $2.5 Trillion Problem. Here’s How to Solve It. The New York Times, April 20, 2020.
Will Upend the 'Profits Over People' Mantra of Globalisation, The Wire,
April 4, 2020.
Points of Concern On Government's Much-Needed Economic Package, in NDTV.com, March 28, 2020.
19. Coronavirus: How will it
change us? Podcast of panel discussion, BBC – The Real Story,
March 27, 2020.
crumbling of India’s economy, Hindustan
Times, March 24, 2020.
Economics – General
1. Relentlessly pursuing growth can uproot
the tree that bears us fruit, The Economic Times,
December 23, 2020.
additions to empirical research, The
Hindu, October 18, 2019.
Lies Behind Abhijit Banerjee’s Nobel, The Open Magazine, October 17,
4. Pricing Social Returns in Economic Growth, Business
Standard, October 19, 2018.
5. Poverty and Inequality in a
‘Principles of Economics’ Textbook, (web version), Economic
and Political Weekly of India,
Vol. 53, Issue No. 24, 16 Jun, 2018
Thaler’s Nobel Win, Behavioural Economics Has Officially Made Its Way Into the
Mainstream, The Wire, October 13,
prize in Economics 2016: The economy as a nexus of contracts. Ideas for India,
October 20, 2016 (shorter version
co-published in Business
Deaton - The Real World Economist, The
Indian Express, October 16, 2015 (See longer version in the Ideas for India).
Crisis Has Taught Economics, Financial Express, New
Delhi, January 9, 2010.
Land and Selling Kidneys, Financial
Express, New Delhi, November 9 & 16, 2009.
India have an inequality problem? CEDA-Data Narratives,
June 29, 2021.
Inequality Problem, The India
Forum, July 2, 2021.
real problem is of unequal opportunities, Forbes India, 12th Anniversary
Special Issue, May 21, 2021.
lack of mobility hinders the India story, Hindustan
Times, October 9, 2020.
Would Make India’s Growth Sustainable?
The India Forum,
August 15, 2020.
long-term solution to poverty but useful ‘first-aid’, NYAY
e-Symposium, Ideas for India,
May 1, 2019.
7. How the Congress
can make the minimum income guarantee scheme a reality, in CNBCTV18.com, March 27, 2019.
Rahul Gandhi’s minimum income guarantee proposal work? Ideas for India, February 7, 2019, the original version
was published in NDTV.com on January 30,
the debate fruitful, The Economic Times,
December 6, 2018.
Big Bank Theory - The Need to Move Beyond the Privatisation vs Nationalisation
Debate, The Open Magazine,
March 23, 2018.
is fine to stop some kinds of leakage and corruption. But it is no panacea,
The Economic Times,
January 23, 2018.
needs to create greater economic opportunities for all, The Economic Times,
October 9, 2017.
Of Jean Dreze's Book, Jholawala
Economics For Everyone, in NDTV.com,
October 03, 2017.
poverty in developing countries with a universal basic income, VoxDev.org, July 17, 2017
in The Wire, July 21,
Universal Basic Income Scheme for India? in Federation of Indian
Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Economy Watch, April 2017,
India ready for a universal basic income scheme? NDTV.com, August 27, 2016
published in Ideas for India).
price of basic income. The
Indian Express, June 29, 2016
Policy in India and Its Discontents, in NDTV.com,
October 11, 2015.
or 'Jhola'? That Debate's a Trap,
in NDTV.com, July 20, 2015 (See
longer version in the Ideas
a Land Acquisition Act Can Address Both Justice and Prosperity (with
Parikshit Ghosh), The Wire,
June 1, 2015.
Farmer Suicides a 'Tragedy' Fails India in NDTV.com, May 2, 2015 (See
longer version in the Ideas for India).
Don't Patronise the Farmer, The Indian Express, March
30, 2015 (See longer version in the Ideas
23. The Land Acquisition
Ordinance (with Parikshit Ghosh), eSocialSciences.Org,
to the Bhagwati-Panagariya rejoinder on MNREGA, Ideas for India, December
14, 2014 (See shorter version
Numbers: Attack on NREGA is Misleading, Times
of India, November 9, 2014. Click here
for a pdf version.
has more than its fair share of super-rich and it isn’t a good thing (with Debraj Ray), The Economic Times, Setember 4, 2014. Click here
for the longer Ideas for India
India's Land Policy (with Parikshit Ghosh and Dilip Mookherjee), Yojana,
Land Acquisition Bill is Deeply Flawed (with Parikshit Ghosh), Ideas for India,
October 23, 2013.
a land acquisition policy for India, (with Dilip Mookherjee), Ideas for India,
and MINT, Sep 5
coverage in Times
acquisition: Is there a way out? (with Parikshit Ghosh), Ideas
for India, July 16, 2012 [interview
coverage in Forbes
31. 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).
32. Land on
One’s Square Feet, Hindustan
Times, New Delhi, September 21, 2011.
33. No Way Out
of this Plot, (with Sanjay Banerji), Financial Express,
New Delhi, September 30, 2009.
34. Small is
Express, New Delhi, August 24, 2009.
35. Poor Man’s
Express, New Delhi, March 23, 2009.
Express, New Delhi, January 12, 2009.
37. Where is
Credit Due? Financial
Express, New Delhi, October 27, 2008.
assessment of policy performance under the current regime, Ideas for India, February 1, 2021.
had a tough task, but Budget has failed to clear the smell test, (pdf version), The Times of India,
February 2, 2020
a huge informal economy, government should increase spending, not worry about
deficit, The Indian Express,
January 22, 2020 (coverage in Financial
Trillion Economy By 2024? Magic Realism at Play Given Current Low, in NDTV.com, January 10, 2020.
Disguising The Economic Slowdown Now, in
NDTV.com, October 7, 2019.
Modinomics - What He Promised And What We Got, in NDTV.com,
March 26, 2019.
five years prove that sustained economic growth is incompatible with toxic
Hindutva politics, in Scroll.in, March 24, 2019.
The Mirage of Modinomics, (with Udayan Mukherjee), The
India Forum, March 8, 2019.
Growth under Modi and UPA I and II, in NDTV.com, August 30, 2018
India Grow Slower than the World when the Nehru-Gandhis
were in power? in NDTV.com, March 13, 2018.
Heights Again, The Open
Magazine, February 9, 2018.
Signals No Achhe Din For Those Looking For Jobs, in NDTV.com,
February 2, 2018.
Poll Results Cap BJP's 2014 Hangover, Start New Chapter in Indian Politics,
CNN-IBN, December 27, 2017.
14. Why So
Many Economists Are Disillusioned With the ‘Gujarat Model’? (with Sanchari
Roy), The Wire,
November 29, 2017
Gujarat Model Fails, Bring In "Padmavati" in NDTV.com, November 24, 2017.
growth rate of income stayed the same before and after Modi, The Print, November 9, 2017
model: The gleam of state’s high growth numbers hides dark reality of poverty,
inequality, in Scroll.in, October
18. Modinomics has turned into Muddlenomics, in NDTV.com,
September 27, 2017.
Let's Call A Lynching A Lynching, NDTV.com,
July 5, 2017.
Rhetoric of Partisanship, The
Wire, July 1, 2017.
‘Free’ Speech Is Not Always ‘Costless’, The Wire, June 14, 2017.
Lay-Offs Reveal The Dangers That Lie Beneath, in NDTV.com, May 18, 2017.
the Struggle Against Erosion of Free Speech is a Fight Over the Rule of Law,
The Wire, March 23, 2017.
Was Bad Economics But as an Act of Vigilantism it Served Modi Well Politically,
The Wire, March 13, 2017.
New Spend on MGNREGA Exposes About Notes Ban, in NDTV.com, February 1, 2017.
against demonetisation - Firing cannonballs to kill mosquitoes, The Tribune, December 5,
Ban Beats Holograms as Modi's Campaign Gold, in NDTV.com, November 22, 2016.
Ki Baat" Or "Ban Ki Baat"?
Government Must Back Off, NDTV.com,
August 31, 2016.
Government Presented A UPA 3 Budget in NDTV.com,
March 3, 2016.
Brand Nitish Defeated Brand Modi, in NDTV.com,
November 9, 2015.
Government's Complacency Hit By Reality (with Parikshit Ghosh) in NDTV.com, August 11, 2015.
‘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.
needs more than Narendra Modi's trickle-down model, The Guardian,
July 14, 2014.
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. A comment on this piece.
in the time of UPA: Myths and Reality (with Parikshit Ghosh &
Ashok Kotwal), Economic and Political
Weekly of India, April 19, 2014. (Reprinted
Growth and its Distribution in India (ed.s)
Pulapre Balakrishnan, Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan, 2015.)
fact from rhetoric: A look at what figures tell of UPA's regime
(with Parikshit Ghosh & Ashok Kotwal), Economic
Times, April 15, 2014.
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.
is Not the Victim of the UPA, it is the Other Way Round, (with
Parikshit Ghosh), Hindustan
Times, April 3, 2014.
Look in the Mirror (with Sanchari Roy), Outlook,
March 31, 2014. Click here for a pdf version,
for version with tables, and here
for the Ideas for India
Model of Development and Other Growth Stories, (with Sanchari Roy), DNA,
March 31, 2014.
do Narendra Modi's economic claims add up? (pdf version)
(with Sanchari Roy), The
Guardian, March 13, 2014.
Hard Work, and Hard Facts, Economic Times,
Sunday Magazine, February 23, 2014.
West Bengal –
Economy & Politics
West Bengal Assembly election: Did the Covid-19 surge matter? Ideas for India, May 12, 2021.
Bengal’s economic performance relative to India over the last three decades,
Ideas for India, May 1, 2021.
Big Numbers That Could Decide Whether Mamata Returns, in NDTV.com,
April 28, 2021.
story of Bengal’s economy, Hindustan
Times, April 15, 2021
Bengal: The Dilemma That Left-Leaning Voters Are Facing in This Election, The Wire, April 3, 2021.
hope left? Interpreting the West Bengal election results, in NDTV.com, May 24, 2016.
Some Change: Mamata Hasn't Delivered Much For Bengal in NDTV.com, April 19, 2016.
Chit fund crisis: Should not put all financial intermediaries in the same bracket, (with Abhijit V. Banerjee), Ideas for India,
May 3, 2013
Anger in the Wake of Aila (with Sreyashi Dastidar), Financial
Express, New Delhi, June 11, 2009.
Nandigram: Industrialization in West Bengal (with A.V. Banerjee et
and Political Weekly of India,
April 28, 2007.
for Economic Reform in West Bengal (with A.V. Banerjee et al), Economic and Political Weekly of
India, October 12, 2002.
Economic Survival (with A.V. Banerjee et al), The Telegraph, Calcutta, May 13,
Pieces on Timir and Other Poems by Sankha Ghosh - A
Tribute, The Space Ink, April
My Grandfather – Manish Ghatak, The
Space Ink, February 15, 2021.
Do We Insist on Debating Politics With Our Friends and Family?, The Wire, May 22, 2019.
Most Unforgettable Teacher, (pdf version)
Indian Edition, September 17, 2017.
`Meghnad Badh Rahasya’
Evokes Memories of a Movement That Continues to Haunt Bengal’s Imagination,
(with Manishita Dass), The Wire, September 5,
in Time - Memories of Presidency College, (pdf version), Autumn
Annual, 2016-17, Vol. XLV, Presidency Alumni
Association, Calcutta, January 2017.
fumbles as NOTA wins US elections with 42% evading polls, Business Standard, 16 November
Trump Conundrum, The Open
Magazine, Web Exclusive, 2 November 2016
suggests focusing on trade and inequality may not be antithetical, The
Economic Times, June 28, 2016.
Britan, you've likely voted for a recession, in NDTV.com, June 25, 2016.
Don't Brexit, in NDTV.com, June 22,
an Imperfect World (with Sugata Marjit), The Telegraph, Calcutta, June 29,
13. Big Boom Theory
(with Parikshit Ghosh), The Telegraph, Calcutta, June 4, 1999.
Economics as a Subject, Unravel
Economics, October 16, 2020.
Delivery Deficit, (pdf version), Interview in India Today, February
idea with dual impact, an interview for The Telegraph on the co-winner
of the 2019 Nobel Prize, Abhijit Banerjee, October 16, 2019.
revival roadmap, Interview in India
Today (pdf version), September 6, 2019.
price of NYAY, Interview in India Today (pdf
The Fiscal Tightrope, (pdf version),
Interview in India Today, February
Shaky Ground, (pdf version), Interview
as part of cover story on India's growth slowdown in India Today, October 19, 2018.
Me the Black Money, (pdf version), Interview
as part of cover story on demonetisation in India Today, September 08, 2018.
in the LSE Annual
Economics Review 2017-18, September 2018.
the moment, the GDP growth is at a four-year low, Interview in The National Herald, September 17, 2018.
Times but Stay Optimistic:
An Interview with Suman Ghosh, in The
Telegraph, September 03, 2018.
Paribus, Interview at The
Economie, Netherlands, September 22,
13. Interview as Editor of Journal
of Development Economics with the Development Impact
blog, June 5, 2012.
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