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A Reply from the Mahatma

One year ago in January 2017 the chief economic adviser to the Government of India, Arvind Subramanian, in the Economic Survey, 2016–17 included a chapter entitled “Universal Basic Income: A Conversation With and Within the Mahatma.” While there continues to be significant publicity and debate about Universal Basic Income, there has been no focused reply to Subramanian’s conversation from the perspective that M K Gandhi might have taken. Here is a response as the Mahatma might have replied.

Dear Professor Subramanian,

I was honoured to read in your Economic Survey, 2016–17, a chapter concerning a universal basic income (UBI), which was in the form of a conversation with me. To be engaged in conversation by someone as distinguished as your good self is indeed unusual; the more so because I have not been involved in conversations with the Indian government on subjects such as industrialisation, urbanisation, materialism or nuclear weapons, on which I might have had strong views.

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Updated On : 29th Jan, 2018

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