- About NHAI and the highway project -- Mile by mile, India paves a smoother road to it's future
- India's new love affair with the automobile -- In today's India, status comes with four wheels
- The spread of HIV through the highways -- On India's roads, cargo and a deadly passanger
- Urbanisation -- All roads lead to cities, transforming India
In 1997, I had written a piece in Business Standard, titled Gains from (internal) trade, which was about how the standard economists `gains from trade' argument was being played out as India shifted from a political union of provinces that were economically aloof, to an economic union where trade freely took place within the country. I think a major theme in the last five years has been that of obtaining gains from trade through improvements in telecom, roads and now airports. (See this article by Ashok Malik on frictions of trade, and violations of no-arbitrage, between Assam and the mainland).
While the infrastructure is faring well, the fiscal system still throws up huge internal barriers to inter-state commerce. I think the Goods and Services Tax is the central element of solving this problem.