Asia’s Regional Tax Wars Indicate That It’s Time to Review Tax Incentives

The Wire

  • 22 September, 2017

Revelations like the Panama Papers, Bahamas leaks and the recent Azerbaijani Laundromat scandal have seen countries adopting “global” transparency standards endorsed by the OECD and G20. Asian countrie...

How Gorakhpur was choked

The Indian Express

  • 1 September, 2017

Discussion on the recent tragic deaths of children in the BRD Medical College Hospital at Gorakhpur has, so far, been focussed on the apparent immediate cause — the interruption of oxygen supply to the hospit...

Is Hong Kong's Reputation for Financial Secrecy About to Change?

The Diplomat

  • 29 August, 2017

Hong Kong is currently one of the fastest growing international financial centers in the world. Between 2008 and 2013, Hong Kong’s wealth management industry witnessed a growth rate of 146 per cent. There ha...

India’s Transparency Reforms to Curb Illicit Financial Flows

Global Daily

  • 17 July, 2017

Domestic resource mobilization is crucial for a state to finance development, provide social security and redistribute wealth. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) regard domestic revenue as fundamental fo...

Transparency in Corporate Ownership Key to Breaking India’s Financial Secrecy

The Wire

  • 19 May, 2017

Financial secrecy deprives countries, especially developing ones, of key revenue resources by eroding their tax base. India must thus build a robust legal system to lift the veil of secrecy on both onshore and ...

Is the Union budget still relevant?

Down To Earth

  • 16 February, 2017

Concerns are being expressed over important economic decisions being taken outside the process of budget formulation. The Union Budget, also referred to as the annual financial statement, is a comprehensive sta...

Budgeting for quality education


  • 11 February, 2017

A long-term policy on teachers’ appointment and teacher’s training, backed by increased spending, is needed. The Union Budget 2017-18 has not shown imagination in planning for many sectors, especially schoo...

Women’s safety: More rhetoric than reality


  • 11 February, 2017

Without adequate central funding for the schemes for women’s safety in the Budget, implementation will suffer. The need to address the high levels of crime against women in different parts of the country has ...

A Mixed Bag For Social Sectors

Outlook India

  • 6 February, 2017

A push to the rural and digital economy but not much for the rest With the budget for 2017-18, the Union Government has continued adhering to the path of fiscal consolidation, which has res­ulted in the magnit...

Union Budget 2017: Swachh Bharat Abhiyan gets good funds but what about water?


  • 6 February, 2017

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA), one of the flagship programme’s of the government, has heralded a change in the sphere of sanitation programmes in the country. Though India has made strides in improving sanitati...