India's Battle to Become a Single Market

The stage is finally set for a comprehensive goods and services tax, or GST, to be introduced in India in 2016.

A tax on goods, services and whatever this guy is selling.

Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

One of the most complex policy discussions in the history of modern India -- one that affects almost every citizen; involves debates about federalism, economic history and statistical techniques; requires the cooperation of more than half of the nearly 30 state governments; and passes through dozens of permutations of conflict and compromise ­-- appears to have reached its endgame.

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