Debapriya Bhattacharya

Debapriya Bhattacharya is Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD).

Denial syndrome is hampering our economic policies

Interventions must involve fiscal policy to address our fundamental economic issues

Denial syndrome is hampering our economic policies

Interventions must involve fiscal policy to address our fundamental economic issues

Celebrating Fulbright Program on the golden jubilee of US-Bangla partnership

Recently, Bangladesh and the United States have celebrated half a century of their multifaceted partnership.

Bidding Adieu to Emeritus Publisher Mohiuddin Ahmed

Emeritus publisher Mohiuddin Ahmed, the doyen of Bangladesh’s publishing industry, left us on June 22, 2021. As it is said, life ends but memories do not. When I recall my association with him, three distinctive episodes and numerous encounters flash across my mind.

Unpacking the Covid-19 stimulus packages: The devil is in the details

The history of designing and delivering policy-driven economic stimulus packages is customarily traced back to the “New Deal” which was implemented in the United States during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Bangladesh’s LDC Graduation

The most quoted line of modern English: “To be, or not to be, that is the question . . .”, as is known, is the opening stroke of a soliloquy from William Shakespeare’s celebrated drama The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.

Extraordinary times, ordinary budget

The much-anticipated national budget for fiscal year 2020-21 turns out to be a document trying to run on the momentum.

Data distraction and our budget

As success has many fathers, witty comments too have many misattributed sources. For example, the sentence that “there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics” was mistakenly attributed by author extraordinaire Mark Twain to British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.

Should Bangladesh defer LDC graduation?

Bangladesh has attained considerable development progress in the past three decades.

Mahatma Gandhi and the Sustainable Development Goals

The world today will celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Twelve years back, the United Nations voted to declare the date as the “International Day of Non-Violence.” When people usually speak about this iconic persona, they often highlight him as

National budget measured through five senses

According to the great philosopher Immanuel Kant, “all our knowledge begins with senses, proceeds then to understanding, and ends with reason.

Learning from peers and graduates

The outlook for the United Nations' (UN) list of least developed countries (LDCs) is finally looking optimistic after 47 years of lacklustre performance since the category's establishment in 1971. There have been 52 inclusions and only five graduations to date according to the UN Committee for Development Policy's (CDP) triennial reviews. Bangladesh, an LDC, remains on track for graduation.

Clarifying the MIC-LDC confusion

The national development discourse in Bangladesh often mistakenly considers graduating from the Least Developed Country (LDC) category and becoming a middle-income country (MIC) as interchangeable. Senior-level policymakers continue to express their aspiration for the country to join the middle-income group by 2021, which marks the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh's independence.