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Shankar Acharya: A tiger cub in the neighbourhood?

A great deal needs to be done quickly & systematically if Myanmar is to realise its potential for agricultural growth

A Piece Of My Mind

Shankar Acharya 

Shankar Acharya

These days we are frequently told, usually by government ministers and spokes-persons, that India is the "fastest growing large economy in the world". Never mind that the debate on the new (since January 2015) national income data series, on which this claim is based, remains the subject of vigorous debate and scepticism. Many reputable, non-government analysts believe that "real" economic growth is probably one or two per cent points lower than the 7.5 per cent GDP growth indicated by the new series. Whatever the truth, we should perhaps be a little less self-focused and lift our attention to the new "tiger-cub-economy" in South Asia (taking a Curzonian view of that label), namely, Myanmar, with whom we share a 1,650-km land border and the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.



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First Published: Wed, May 11 2016. 21:50 IST