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Land policy vital for Modi’s manufacturing dream

Mar 15, 2017
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10 April 2015 Author: Geethanjali Nataraj and Richa Sekhani, ORF Land acquisition is becoming risky and uncertain in India. Delays, protests and resistance on the part of the displaced — as have been observed in Bengal and Odisha — have curtailed investment in India’s infrastructure sector. Environmental clearance is also causing delays and cost blowouts in infrastructure projects, which is linked intrinsically to...

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MODI TINKERING AT THE EDGES OF TRADE POLICY

Mar 15, 2017
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17 April 2015 Author: Rajiv Kumar, Centre for Policy Research, India The Foreign Trade Policy of the Modi government, announced by trade minister Nirmala Sitharaman in early April, represents business as usual. It aims at only incremental change rather than the bold new beginning that is needed if India is to ‘assume a position of leadership in the international trade discourse’.

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WILL MODI LEAD INDIA TO NEW HEIGHTS?

Mar 15, 2017
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15 July 2015 Author: Rajiv Kumar, Centre for Policy Research There are some uncanny similarities between Narendra Modi and Barack Obama. Both have risen from humble beginnings, both are charismatic public speakers and consummate communicators on social media, both were relative outsiders to the capitals where they now hold the most powerful office, and neither is dependent on their political party for their electoral success. Each has also shown...

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WILL INDIA’S PROPOSED GST WORK?

Mar 15, 2017
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23 October 2015 Author: Sacchidananda Mukherjee, NIPFP India is moving towards introducing a Goods and Services Tax (GST). The GST would be a multistage comprehensive value added tax (VAT) encompassing both goods and services. Given the federal structure of India and the fact that taxation powers have been constitutionally assigned to different governments, the introduction of a GST would be a major indirect tax reform since independence. Both...

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