Surjit S Bhalla

Articles By Surjit S Bhalla

150 Articles

Bihar polls: What happened & why

It was a lousy political campaign, and the BJP, PM Modi & Amit Shah ignore this at their present (and future) peril

Bihar polls: What happened & why

Delhi and Bihar elections: Spot the difference

Regardless of what happens in Bihar, forget the caste-based-voting theme—it adds up to nothing

Delhi and Bihar elections: Spot the difference

The Turn of the Tortoise book review – Understand India: Peel an onion

Ninan illustrates the follies of Indian policy for the past 65 years well, but the ‘why’ behind it calls for a deeper exploration

The Turn of the Tortoise book review – Understand India: Peel an onion

No proof required: Confessions of a self-styled liberal

Modi knows that the liberal media is gunning for him; then why give them a beefy opportunity?

No proof required: Confessions of a self-styled liberal

No Proof Required: Guns, laws and sacred cows

A secular nation can’t prohibit the killing of cows like a Hindu country or of pigs like an Islamic or a Jewish nation

No Proof Required: Guns, laws and sacred cows

Column: RBI Governor—a no-mistakes job

Given unknown base effects and long & variable lags, can a monetary official ever get policy action wrong?

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Column: GDP growth: Over to RBI

A necessary condition for GDP growth to accelerate beyond 7 % per annum is for RBI to cut rates aggressively.

Column: GDP growth: Over to RBI

No Proof Required: Numbers don’t lie—people do

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it”—Goebbels

No Proof Required: Numbers don’t lie—people do

No Proof Required: Census, Christians, and Conversions

Despite having the highest female education, and the lowest fertility, the Christian population growth rate is the same as that of the average Indian!

No Proof Required: Census, Christians, and Conversions

Column: Why inflation fell in India

Screen MPC contenders on the basis of how they explain the past determinants and the future trend of inflation

Column: Why inflation fell in India

Column: No proof required; The end of the son preference begins

The rise and fall of the emerging middle-class mirrors changes in the sex ratio at birth.

Column: No proof required; The end of the son preference begins

Column: Deconstructing RBI & CPI inflation

RBI faults in using y-o-y data for predicting the course of inflation

Column: Deconstructing RBI & CPI inflation

Column: Congress, pass the GST

BJP has all the ammunition to pass the GST Bill—most importantly, a revenue neutral GST rate of 11%

Column: Congress, pass the GST

Column: An ideal MPC for India

The most desirable Monetary Policy Committee will be one that gives primacy, but not total control, to RBI

Column: An ideal MPC for India

Column: How bad is the SECC data? Very bad

The SECC data proves the old adage—garbage in, garbage out.

Column: How bad is the SECC data? Very bad

Column: Conflict of interest, anyone?

High time the PM asked all BJP politicians to give their LPG cylinder—sorry, BCCI job—back

Column: Conflict of interest, anyone?

Column: It’s the BCCI, stupid!

If I were in Ms Swaraj's position, I would have acted the same as her. What would you have done?

Column: It’s the BCCI, stupid!

Column: Prime-time fugitive Modi

Lalit Modi is not a fugitive. Therefore, what Swaraj or Raje did for him was not wrong

Column: Prime-time fugitive Modi

Column: Time for neta-cricket divorce

Narendra Modi should make all BJP politicians resign from the BCCI and its affiliated bodies

Column: Time for neta-cricket divorce

Column: No Proof Required; This time, it is different

Let us not claim that the more things change, the more they remain the same. India is structurally better today.

Column: No Proof Required; This time, it is different

Narendra Modi’s first year: Bad karma?

One year of Narendra Modi govt: “The more things change, the more they remain the same” is the repetitive mantra you hear from all the ConBhakts

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Column: No Proof Required, Time to bash the media

Given its comments on farmer suicides, Congress would have proposed a Right to Happiness Bill had it won last year.

Column: No Proof Required, Time to bash the media

Column: The new GDP is for real

Pessimists on Indian growth will have to look for pastures other than the new GDP data

Column: The new GDP is for real

Restart book review: Reboot, by fits and starts

A much-needed rewrite of India’s economic history unfortunately takes the road paved with good intentions.

Restart book review: Reboot, by fits and starts

Column: Three World Cup 2015 finals? Just maybe

The World Cup so far is humdrum. But the next three “finals” have the potential of making this a Cup to remember

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Column: Why not ban the RSS?

Wrong to ban India’s Daughter, wrong to extend the ambit of the cow-slaughter ban, and wrong to ban the RSS

Column: Why not ban the RSS?

Column: One Giant Step for India

This Budget will be judged as the second-most important Budget in Indian history

Column: One Giant Step for India