Harish Damodaran

Articles By Harish Damodaran

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Foodgrain stocks hit all-time high of 73.85 mt in April

The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) relief package, announced on March 27 to alleviate the distress of people most affected by the nationwide lockdown, may help whittle down some of the excess foodgrain stocks.

India’s first-ever slowdown at a time of political stability

The current slowdown—GDP growth has dropped in every quarter from January-March 2018 down to July-September 2019 and showing little signs of recovery—is unique by contrast.

There has been no BoP crisis either; foreign exchange reserves were, in fact, at a record $448.6 billion as on November 22.

Lok Sabha Polls Phase 4: UP’s leather belt votes today — Know star contenders in fray

Closed tanneries cast shadow: At stake are 4 lakh jobs, Rs 4,000-cr per month industry

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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Why they matter in UP? Low down the social ladder, and small in numbers

In the event of the Muslim vote splitting (Saharanpur) or the Jats not fully backing a Muslim SP candidate (Kairana), it is the so-called non-dominant rural castes that can make the difference between winning and losing.


LPG to toilets: BJP built solid rural assets but income didn’t rise; know why

The number of active domestic LPG connections has, thanks to the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, gone up from 15.33 crore in June 2015 to 24.72 crore in October 2018, with overall household penetration levels, too, rising from

Sugarcane farmer dues Rs 700-800 cr, says Narendra Modi but data says Rs 5,795 cr

Records as of May 26 — the day Modi made his speech — show that cane dues of UP mills come to Rs 5,795 crore, which is almost eight times the “Rs 700-800 crore” amount mentioned by Modi.

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Beyond The News: After victory high, fiscal worries for LDF, Mamata and Jaya

Currently, West Bengal and Punjab — which go to polls early next year — rank among the two most indebted states in the country.

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Price spiral: A tale of two commodities

A buffer stock for sugar could have been useful today, as it has proved for wheat.

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Beyond the News: Why growth in bank deposits is at a 53-year low

This fall in deposit growth to single digits — last recorded in 1962-63 — has confounded policymakers and economic commentators for at least three reasons.

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Poll-bound states report surge in MGNREGA job numbers

West Bengal, Assam and Tamil Nadu — states that are currently in assembly elections mode — have registered huge spurt in job numbers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Generation Act (MGNREGA).

Syngenta’s global chief on why the company chose to be acquired by ChemChina & not Monsanto

Syngenta’s global chief executive officer tells The Indian Express why it chose to be acquired by ChemChina and not Monsanto

IARI may have ‘super’ arhar solution to India’s dal problem

It could well be the answer to India’s arhar dal woes that also played no small role in the BJP’s Bihar assembly poll debacle.


Why it is not going to be a sweet deal for sugarcane farmers

Akhilesh Yadav’s govt will find granting even a token increase in state advised price difficult, despite assembly elections just over a year away.

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Monsanto locks horns with licencee companies over royalty payments

In a dispute that could have larger implications for technology licencing agreements involving multinationals, Monsanto has taken nine domestic seed firms to court for non-payment of ‘trait fee’ on use of its proprietary

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A perennial deficit: Unlike petroleum, India’s edible oil imports are showing no cooling signs

Last Friday, the Centre hiked the basic customs duty on all refined edible oils from 15 to 20 per cent, and on crude oils from 7.5 to 12.5 per cent.

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Monsoon revival signals bumper crop

A ‘strong’ El Nino notwithstanding, fears of the country suffering a second consecutive drought year — something that was a distinct possibility till two weeks ago — appear to have been laid to rest.

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Gold prices falling: Here is why and where is it headed to

Domestic gold prices fell to four-year low levels, dropping below Rs 25,000 per 10 gram mark for the first time since August 2011, amid a global rout in the rates of precious metal.

Socio Economic and Caste Census for 2011 : Five key takeaways

This exercise, throws up valuable insights into the socio-economic status and living conditions of rural households. We identify five major ones.

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Why once fast growing cottonseed industry is suffering

Falling crop prices isn’t good news for seed firms, given implications on demand for their product.


Liquid milk business thrives amidst global price slump

Domestic private dairies, however, are feeling the pinch.

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Crashing milk prices worldwide makes farmers feel the heat at home

In Maharashtra, dairies are getting cow milk delivered to the plants at Rs 20-21 per litre. If they procure it from the farm, they pay Rs 18-19...

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From fodder to beer: How barley has transformed into a cash crop in Rajasthan

Till hardly a decade ago, Boduram Yadav knew jau (barley) as mainly something you fed to cows, buffaloes or camels. But now for him, it is more a crop whose grain is malted and used by big brewing firms to make beer.

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Idea Exchange: Expectations of big bang reforms were unrealistic. Such reforms come in crises, says Arvind Subramanian

Chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian counters criticism of the Budget having ‘cut’ welfare schemes and not hiked capital expenditure enough, and how it’s ‘politically imperative to seem to be doing something’ o

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Union Budget 2015: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s Victor Hugo moment

Post-reform India has had three gamechanging budget. Will Arun Jaitley be the fourth?

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Govt delays urea imports, farmers left in distress

Shortage: Imports surged only after rabi planting started in November

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Achhe din: New GDP series boosts India’s economic growth, lowers inflation

It isn’t GDP growth rates alone that have got a boost from the government’s new series of national accounts.

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Union Budget: Oil, naseeb and the economy

Consumers save on fuel, govt on subsidies; both left with more money for better spends

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