• Hamsini Hariharan

Death by Taxes


This is Episode 22 of the The Pragati Podcast, hosted by Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath.

Is taxation theft? Is the government of India any better than Gabbar Singh? Why do Indian actors pretend to be farmers? Tune in episode 22 of the Pragati podcast to find out.


Hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath are joined by Pranay Kotasthane from the Takshashila Institution, a frequent guest on the show. This podcast explores how taxes provide bad incentives, how the purpose and the importance of taxation has changed over time and more.


Have more questions on taxes? Write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com and have your questions answered in later episodes. For more information, read:


Public Finance and Public Policy by Jonathan Gruber

Envisioning Tax Policy for Accelerated Development in India by M Govinda Rao and Sudhanshu Kumar

Tyranny of Status Quo: Challenges of Reforming the Indian Tax System by M Govinda Rao

Dictatorship, Democracy, and Development by Mancur Olson