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Is India Facing a Twin-Deficit Challenge? | 23 August 2022

With higher commodity prices and rising subsidy burden leading to an increase in both fiscal deficit and current account deficit, it was also the first time the government had explicitly talked about the possibility of fiscal slippage in the current fiscal year. Key matters such as what is holding us back from joining international trade agreements, whether the central deficit is an honest number or not and what the government should work on were discussed. Hence this session explored the looming twin deficit problem that India is facing.

Union Budget 2022- What Has It Achieved? | 3 February 2022

Ananta held a broadstroke conversation on where India’s trade policy is headed. We have done well in exports but our policies are increasingly appearing protectionist. This session looks to explore a gamut of issues such as the status of imports, performance of exports, the future and scope of free trade agreements and the overall trajectory and direction of our trade policies.

Assessing the Direction of India's Trade Policy | 7 December 2021

Ananta held a broadstroke conversation on where India’s trade policy is headed. We have done well in exports but our policies are increasingly appearing protectionist. This session looks to explore a gamut of issues such as the status of imports, performance of exports, the future and scope of free trade agreements and the overall trajectory and direction of our trade policies.

Union Budget 2021- Has it lived up to expectations? | 5 February 2021

Ananta convened a post-budget session to discuss the country’s growth plans in the pandemic ridden economy. The discussion was around five large points: lost growth estimates, pandemic and livelihoods, the poor state of government finances, taxation policies, farmer’s agitation and bold reforms. Livelihoods and employment generation emerged as a major area of concern for the panellists; given that despite the informal sector being especially hit by the pandemic, the budget made very little mention of job creation and presented no formal plan of regenerating employment. Implementation was also seen as a key concern; privatization and attracting investment cannot become a reality without a concrete plan in place.

The Growth Prospect after the Second COVID Wave | 18 June 2021

As India battles the second wave of COVID-19 and several localized lockdowns in place, the economy is definitely affected. This session seeks to understand the severity of the impact, especially compared to last year, which sectors are facing the heat and what would be the growth prospect going forward.

The Mid-Year Indian Economy Review: Assessing Growth Prospects | 23 September 2021

We will soon be completing six months of the current financial year. At this point the Indian economy is still recovering from the damages caused by the second wave of Covid-19 during April and May 2021. Join us for this exclusive session that aims at examining the current state of the Indian economy, identifying the possible recovery signs and indicating the growth prospects in the second half of the financial year.

Taking Stock of the Indian Economy | 15 December 2020

Ananta Centre convened a panel discussion with the top CEOs of the country to understand the impact of the pandemic on the economy and the consequent measures taken by the government The opinion was that, while the call for self reliance is a strong one, the doors of the economy need to be kept open for the world. Also, the inherent chinks in our systems which predate the virus need to be dealt with in order to achieve sustainable and strong growth.

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