State of the Indian Economy: Budget 2020 and Beyond
On 18 February 2020, IPCS hosted Professor Arun Kumar, Malcolm S. Adiseshiah Chair Professor,
Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi, for a talk on ‘State of the Indian Economy: Budget 2020 and Beyond’. The
interaction was moderated by Angshuman Choudhury, Senior Researcher and Coordinator, Southeast Asia Research Programme, IPCS, and took place from 1530-163- hrs in the IPCS Conference Room.
Professor Arun Kumar is currently the Malcolm Adisheshiah Chair Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi. He retired from the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), as a professor of economics in 2015. He has an MA in Physics from Princeton University, US, and a PhD in Economics from JNU. Professor Kumar is a leading authority on the black economy in India, and has authored two seminal books on the subject, The Black Economy in India (Penguin, 2017) and Understanding Black Economy and Black Money (Aleph Book, 2017). His other publications include Indian Economy Since Independence: Persisting Colonial Disruption (Vision Books, 2013). Professor Kumar has also authored the ‘Alternative Budgets’ for 1993-94 and 1994-95, and continues to write extensively in journals and the popular press.