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Financial Policies and Everyday Life
The Indian Context
S S Tarapore
Hard-bound Book (6¼" x 9¼")  :   Pages : 318
2010  Edition         :   ISBN - 978-81-7188-806-1
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This volume which is a collection of the recent articles of Mr. S.S. Tarapore provides an excellent commentary on the recent developments in the Indian economy and more particularly the financial sector. The essays are crisp and lucid. They are models of clarity. A necessary acquisition for anyone who wants to improve his or her financial literacy.

C. Rangarajan
Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, New Delhi

This book is the best guide to financial policies, reflecting S.S. Tarapore's insights, erudition, originality and sensitivity; presented in an eminently readable style; of great value to policy makers, market participants, students of economics as well as lay persons.

Y.V. Reddy
Former Governor, Reserve Bank of India  

This rich collection of articles by Mr. Tarapore on aspects of money and finance is a veritable tour de force and reflects the acuity of his analytical insights, his righteous indignation about inflation and his empathetic concern for the small saver and depositor.

M. Narasimham
Chairman, Administrative Staff College of India


ABOUT THE BOOK :

After a long career in central banking, the distinguished economist S.S. Tarapore has been writing columns in financial dailies. There was a felt need to reach out to a wider audience in a regional language. During the period October 2005-August 2008, he turned to writing a regular column in the widely circulating Gujarati newspaper, the Divya Bhaskar. This volume brings to the English speaking readers, for the first time, his writings in the Divya Bhaskar on monetary, fiscal, banking and external sector management, but essentially from the viewpoint of the aam aadmi. The volume would be of interest to the general reader who wishes to stay abreast of developments in financial policies and it would also be of interest to policymakers, opinion makers, bankers, academics and students.

About the Author:

Savak Sohrab Tarapore, B.A. (Honours) Economics, Sheffield University (1958), M.Sc. (Economics), London University (1960) and Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, Sheffield University (1996), was a career central banker. He joined the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in 1961 as Research Officer and retired as Deputy Governor in September 1996. Since his retirement, he was Chairman of a number of official committees: Capital Account Convertibility (1997), Inquiry into the Affairs of the Unit Trust of India (2001), Procedures and Performance Audit of Public Services (2003-04) and Fuller Capital Account Convertibility (2006). He was a Member of the Committee on Banking Sector Reforms (1998), Advisory Group on Transparency in Monetary and Financial Policies (2000) and the RBI Technical Advisory Committee on Monetary Policy (2004-2008). He was Chairman of the Advisory Board on Banking, Commercial and Financial Frauds (1997-2001) and Chairman, Discount and Finance House of India (2001-2004). He was successively a columnist for the Business Standard, The Financial Express and the Divya Bhaskar and is currently a columnist for the Hindu Business Line. He is a member of the Court of Governors of the Administrative Staff College of India and a trustee of the N.M. Wadia Charities. He has published five books on financial policies.

CONTENTS IN DETAIL :

Preface

Introduction

I

1. Monetary Policy: RBI Goes the Chinese Way

2. Need a Cautionary Monetary Policy

3. RBI Monetary Policy: A Fine Balance

4. Timeliness Essential in Monetary Policy

5. Monetary Policy Initiatives and Banks’ Response

6. Inflation: Dancing with the Devil

7. RBI Must Assault Inflation

8. RBI Speak: Its Finest Hour

9. Monetary Policy: Need for Further Tightening

10. Monetary Policy Measures: Right Direction

11. Whither Monetary Policy?

12. A Monetary Policy for All Seasons

13. Monetary Policy Stance: April 2008

14. Monetary Policy Measures: April 2008

15. Central Bankers are like Firemen

16. Is Monetary Policy Too Tight?

17. Monetary Policy Tightening: The Need of the Hour

18. Steering Monetary Policy Through Difficult Times

19. Meaning and Significance of Monetary Policy for the Aam Aadmi

20. Monetary Policy and Everyday Life

21. RBI Monetary Policy Review

II

22. A Peep into Inflation and Interest Rates in 2006

23. Interest Rates Have Nowhere To Go But Up

24. Post-Diwali Interest Rates

III

25. Budget Curtain Raiser

26. A Budget with Compassion

27. Light at the End of the EET Tunnel

28. Tax Returns for Non-Business Individuals

29. Fiscal Injustice at its Worst

30. Fiscal Policy: Some Macro Perspectives

31. Need for Clarity in Tax Treatment of Small Savings

32. A Caring Budget

33. Goodbye to Income Tax Refunds

34. The Travails of Marginal Income Tax Payers

35. Union Budget 2008-09: Curtain Raiser

36. The Personal Income Tax Regime is Iniquitous

37. Distributive Justice Should be the Theme of the Budget

38. Union Budget 2008-09: Goodies for All But Who Will Pay

39. The Economic Survey 2007-08: A Futuristic Document

40. Diwali Crystal Gazing

IV

41. Apocalypse Awaits Small Savers

42. Severe Punishment for Small Savers

43. The Demat Scam and the Plight of Small Investors

44. Market Crash and Small Investors

45. Death and Financial Assets

46. Mutual Funds: Know Your Customer Should Not be a Licence to Kill Your Customer

V

47. New Initiatives in Banking Customer Service

48. Microcredit for the Disadvantaged

49. Code of Bank’s Commitment to Aam Aadmi

50. Currency Denomination Needs of the Aam Aadmi

51. Diwali Gifts for Bank Customers

52. Basic Banking Facilities for the Underprivileged

53. Mumbai IFC: A Visionary Report

54. The Aam Aadmi Assesses Bank’s Customer Service in Ahmedabad

55. India’s Homegrown Sub-prime Credit Crisis

56. Financial Regulation and Supervision: Need for a Killer Instinct

VI

57. The Sad Saga of NRO Accounts

58. Fuller Capital Account Convertibility and Everyday Life

59. Use Forex Reserves Without Violating RBI’s Balance Sheet

60. Appreciation of the Rupee: Playing with Fire

61. Infrastructure Financing and RBI Reserves

62. Preparing for Large Two-Way Capital Flows

63. Dealing with the Capital Inflow Tsunami

64. Long-Term Swings in Foreign Investment Policy: Equity versus Debt

VII

65. Gold: Nature’s Gift to Small Savers

66. Reserve Bank’s Pot of Gold

67. Gold Exchange Traded Funds: A Bonanza for Retail Investors

VIII

68. Corporate Social Responsibility and the Knocking on the Window

69. RBI Balance Sheet: Mirror Image of the Economy

70. The Tragedy of Pulses: India’s Shame

Index

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