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Denmark, the happiest country in the world also happens to be the second-largest consumer of anti-depressants... Statistics can be extremely deceptive to the unaware. Depending on the statistic one chooses to use or ignore, contrasting images can be drawn before the public.
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The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) recently released aggregated data for the direct tax collections in India for the first time. The stated purpose of publishing the data is to encourage "wider use and analysis of income tax data by departmental personnel and academicians." Here's what our analysis revealed.
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Despite its healthy growth in recent years, the Indian think tank sector today suffers from certain shortcomings. These have prevented them from competing for talent with academia, the private sector, and competitors abroad. They have also been inhibited from being fully effective. However, a few measures, if taken, could rapidly revitalize the Indian think tank industry, to the benefit of these institutions, government policy and public discourse.
Last month, a relative of mine returned from the UK after five long years. When I asked him what he felt coming back to India, he said that it was like travelling in a tram after a bullet train ride. Life had slowed down. Transportation, in particular, was painfully slow. In the course of our conversation, he asked me whether we still considered aviation as a luxury or as an essential commodity. This question got me thinking and as a researcher, I turned to numbers for answers.
Rwitwika Bhattacharya, 27, could have landed a plum consulting job. A masters graduate from the Harvard Kennedy School's Public Policy program, Bhattacharya had experience working for the World Bank,...