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Bibek Debroy

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Justice delayed: Are fast-track courts fast enough?

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Bibek Debroy FTCs in Bihar completed 6,704 cases in 2017. Of these, 2,507 cases took more than ten years, and 1,655 cases took between five and ten years. There is nothing “fast” about this The Eleventh Finance Commission’s report was submitted in 2000, and re... More »

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Junk Boilers Act and relook Seventh Schedule

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Bibek Debroy Irrespective of whether boilers needed oil and grease or not, inspectors did. Since 2014, there have been more relaxations, with self-certification pushed (Representational Image) Boilers, that is, steam boilers, have been important enough to enga... More »

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Swachh Bharat shows how to nudge the right way

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Bibek Debroy Making open defecation more ‘observable’ as unaccepted social behaviour, SBM could motivate more and more people to build toilets. By Bibek Debroy & Sajeesh Kumar N Most public policies world over have relied on basic economic principles. This ass... More »

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A leader who posterity will have much to thank for

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Bibek Debroy Exceptional individuals are rarely uni-dimensional. They cannot be straitjacketed and defined by a single attribute. A student leader imprisoned during the Emergency, member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Jan Sangh, one of a ... More »

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India’s economic journey: A fountain-pen story

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Bibek Debroy In our school-days, Royal Blue was the default option, though I think Black was around. (IE) Recently, an author came to present me with a copy of her new book. As I always do in situations like this, I asked her to sign it for me and was pleasant... More »