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Demonetisation and the Currency Substitutes


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The demonetisation by the government removed 86 percent of the currency in circulation. This was all currency being held in the form of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denomination notes. These notes are currently being replaced gradually by notes of Rs 100 and Rs 2000 denomination. There are two problems ...

Demonetization: Cure and Care


There is no magic bullet that can reduce black/unaccounted income in an economy. The process that generates black money in an economic system is complex. Before acting on a remedy it is important to understand the process of black money generation. It is generally argued that complex tax system ...

Demonetisation: Don’t worry, Marry!


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Reams have already been written about the government’s move to demonetize old 500 and 1000 notes. Actually, it is not a sudden death for these notes but a gradual extinguishment. The 500 rupee notes will be replaced, new 2000 rupee notes will be introduced and nobody knows of the 1000 ...

Tackling black money


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On November 8, the US elected Donald Trump, and our government decided to trump black money. The move to discontinue the higher denomination notes in circulation is bold. However, boldness is not a virtue in and of itself. It needs good company. The decision creates some benefits, but it is ...

Demonetization: Revolutionary Step or Historic Blunder ?


The Modi government's hit on black money may well go down as one of India's biggest economic blunders, or his greatest achievement. How quickly things will normalize remains to be seen.  Whether one agrees with the move or not - it's implementation has surely been bungled badly and the collateral damage ...