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A tale of two disenchantments

We have neither good hospitals nor adequate fighter aircraft; neither good extension services nor adequate public transport.

Fiscal Policy  |  Indian Economy  |  Economy

Rathin Roy 

Rathin Roy

Twenty five years ago, I argued in my doctoral thesis that could be used to map changes in state objectives. In essence that is what I am doing in this column. I contend that the Indian State, at both the central and state levels, is transitioning from being a development State to a compensatory State. Both at the political and the executive level, the clamour is to find the means, technologies and modalities to put money directly into the pockets of citizens to compensate them for the fact that economic growth has not done so, and that the State has also failed in its mission to deliver public and merit goods to those who cannot afford to procure these from the market.



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First Published: Tue, March 05 2019. 00:50 IST