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Elasticity of Non-Corporate Income Tax

Elasticity of Non-Corporate Income Tax in India Amaresh Bagchi M Govinda Rao ANUPAM GUPTA'S comment on our papery (EPW, July 16) in response to our criticism of his low estimates of the elasticity of the noncorporate income tax in India brings to the fore some important methods logical issues involved in the estima- tion of income elasticity of income tax and the pitfalls of reading more from the elasticity estimates than is warranted.

Telengana Then and Now

August 20, 1983 The Yearbook of Agriculture 1955', p 219, Oxford Publishing Company, Bombay (1969), 21 Padmanabhan, B S, 'A Breakthrough in Harnessing River Waters', The Hindu, July 1, (1980).

Operation Flood and Social Scientists

Operation Flood and Social Scientists J George BEING a social scientist endeavouring to study dairy development and dairy in- vestment planning in India, I have been closely following the debate going on in EPW and elsewhere on this topic. The latest piece by B S Baviskar (July 2) rightly points our the difficulties faced by a social science research worker as a result of effectively blocking of dissemination of basic information on dairying in India and specially on the Operation. Flood (OF) project Bavis- kar has been championing the cause of social science research for a long time now and anybody would envy his contribution on dissemination of knowledge on milk co-operatives, EPW too had rightly raised a pertinent query troubling, many minds in its editorial note of January 22, Kurien in his rejoinder (April 2) conveniently avoided touching on the live question of incremental procurement as a result of project implementation.

Saving and Demand for Money

8 Ibid. 9 Kundu and Moonis Raza (1982) have taken the terminal year classification as the basis for computing the growth rates. 10 See Narula (1981).

Theory of Administration

whole lot? Bharati's contempt for easteism and untouchability, his enthusiasm for women's upliftment, his unorthodox liferstyle, his patriotism and passion for independence, particularly in the days when the independence movement had not become mass-based, his zeal for building a modern India, his virion of an integrated and united India, his love of language, his contempt for irrational orthodoxy have all to be sized up at one look and an evaluation has to be made on that basis of whether he was progressive or not.

Symbols, Women and Tamil Nadu Politics

Symbols, Women and Tamil Nadu Politics C K Raman C S LAKSHMI's article "Symbols. Women and Tamil Nadu Politics" (January 15) sounds blasphemous and offends the sentiments of the Tamils, Throughout the article the author betrays lack of proper appreciation of Bharati's works. To venture to find fault with a genius1 needs better understanding and appreciation of his works and of the backdrop of the society he lived in. No one can be above criticism and Bharati is no exception; but what is deplorable is the manner in which the so-called critical analysis is attempted by C S Lakshmi.

Elasticity of Non-Corporate Income Tax in India

Elasticity of Non-Corporate Income Tax in India Anupam Gupta AMARESH BAGCHI and M Govinda Rao have written an interesting paper on a very important issue.1 If elasticity of non-corporate income tax was fairly high, greater reliance could be placed on non-corporate income tax for raising revenue and the question of equity in the tax incidence could be more easily dealt with. A low elasticity of income tax compels the exchequer to depend more on commodity taxes. A consumption lax is essentially regressive and the classification of goods into essential and luxury items remains controversial. A consumption tax is more likely to add to inflationary forces than an income tax. For all these and many mote reasons, one would consider worthwhile examination of the scope of raising the elasticity of non-corporate income tax, I am grateful to the authors for dealing with my earlier workon this problem at length. Their conclusion is different from mine. But I feel this difference arises from one's view about what 'he tax administration is likely to achieve in the future.

Technology Choice

ference to Kerala", Orient Longman, 27 Gopalan, C (1977) op cit 27 Gopalan, C (1977) op cit 2S Sukhatme, P V, "Malnutrition and Poverty" Ninth Lalbahadur Memorial Lecture, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Delhi, 1977. Dandekar, V M, 'On Measurement of Povertv', Economic and Political Weekly, July 25, 1981.

Operation Flood and Social Science

Operation Flood and Social Science Research B S Baviskar IT was interesting to see the letters by V Kurien and Raymond Crotty in the same issue (EPW, April 2). Both of them arc important figures in the field of dairy development The contributions and achievements of Kurien are well known the world over. As former General Manager of the Amul Dairy and present Chairman of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) and the Indian Dairy Corporation (IDC), he is the main architect of India's dairy policy and programmes. It is largely because of his leadership that the Amul Dairy and the NDDB are recognised for their efficiency, professionalism, and lack of blatent corruption

Design of Hill Development

Design of Hill Development R K Dar THE theme, setting and argument led by Mukul Sanwal in his article "Design of Hill Development: Lessons from the Plans of UP and HP" (EPW, February 12, 1983) are very greatly to he welcomed. Intuitively, the stress on recognising the central importance of forests to the hill area and economy is sound The present observations are intended, however, to press further the logic of this central concept.

Against Eucalyptus

tually, this dhange has been reflected most in the growing influence of various related theoretical orientation which fail under the rubric of system theory. Such approaches, a:- their name implies, assume the fundamental inter-relatedness of all tonus of social behaviour. Changes incorporated at any part of the 'system' whether economic, political .social, or psychological, will have an impact on the other dimensions. To understand pressures toward either change or stability, it is necessary to have a concept of how the social system

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