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Unveiling Prosperity: How State-Level Exports Shape India's Economic Landscape

Exports vary widely across Indian states. This disparity offers rich insights, crucial for those shaping India's trade policies. Below, I present a clear-eyed look at the export performance from different states of India, drawing on official data from the Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics (DGCIS) for the financial year 2023. The figure below shows the numbers (USD millions), disaggregated at the state-level. Let's move over quickly to something that I find more interesting. See the figure below which captures GDP/capita Vs Exports/capita for the states:  GDP and exports per head walk together, the figure tells us that much. States with bigger exports per person often show fatter wallets per capita. Exports drive not just the big national machine but also the local carts and wagons. Good roads, wise policies, and new ideas—these are the seeds for export growth in our backyards. But let's not get ahead of ourselves; a dance together isn’t always a