Outlook, May 17, reported a research by prof Bhaskar Dutta that, it claimed, conclusively proved that coalition governments have been for the Indian economy. A strong claim. Conclusive proof is rare in social science. Stimulated, I read Dutta's original research papers, which, like all his work, were of the highest quality. However, they made no claims to offering conclusive proof about anything. My feeling was that it would be premature on the basis of this research to draw any links between contemporary Indian coalition politics and Indian economic performance. Here's why.