October 20, 2014FinMin's new A-team to unveil a big bang Budget?
The shift was sudden, quite unlike Shukla's departure from North Block, which had been anticipated for some months even before Singh''s first Budget.
October 19, 2014How India can resolve the WTO deadlock
This was a very strong position and was criticised by many, both from the developed and developing world.
October 17, 2014Why it is time to scrap NREGA
'How many people have been skilled up and thus able to escape from needing to be in NREGA? The true success of NREGA would lie in its irrelevance -- that is, people no longer need it as a crutch.' 'NREGA should enable them to climb out of poverty and stand on their feet.'
October 16, 2014Economic mantras Modi must learn to be successful
Amartya Sen and Jagadish Bhagwati publicly sparred last year on the direction of India's economic policy.
India's GDP forecast is rosy but roadblocks ahead
The IMF's predictions for India's near-term growth may seem rosy, but the usual caveats apply - that is, we are apt to under-perform.
October 13, 2014Why we should not blindly trust the US dollar
The fact that the US dollar has become the world's preferred reserve currency is now the core of global financial crisis, says Mohan Guruswamy
IIP a negative surprise, but recovery durable
The expectation of a recovery will clearly be strengthened by the rapidly improving macroeconomic situation.
October 10, 2014Why dollar will strenghten against the rupee
Some type of global shock adds to the allure of the dollar.
October 08, 2014The other e-commerce
What will it take to get India's poor broadband penetration to be seen as a problem and not as a condition, thus enabling real, serious e-commerce to take off in India?
October 06, 2014The economy is shining but India needs to treat few dark spots
Across the board, demand would appear to be slacker than it should be if we are headed for a healthy recovery.
Modi, Obama's new agenda to strengthen Indo-US ties
The prime minister and president stated their intention to expand defence co-operation to bolster national, regional and global security.
Big infra push? India must facelift the PPP model
The assumption clearly was that project execution timelines would be adhered to and revenues would flow in as scheduled.
October 03, 2014China's $20 bn investment to transform India?
The prejudices the Chinese carry with them mean they are not natural global managers.
October 02, 2014Why big infra projects get delayed in India
The NHAI says non-availability of funds from private developers and financial institutions is also responsible for major delays.
Why India's coal policy needs a makeover
Realistically, coal will be the major fuel for electricity generation in India, as in America, for a long time.
October 01, 2014How real is Modi's India revival dream
To a lay observer, therefore, India today presents two conflicting realities.
September 30, 2014Key changes the new Plan Panel must look into
The ability and quality of implementation of development initiatives remains India's Achilles' heel.
September 29, 2014Modi govt has a progressive agenda for health: Melinda Gates
For the philanthropy, we wanted also to have big impact, a kind of a new dimension.
September 26, 2014Rich should degrow so poor can prosper
Current forms of economic growth are widening disparities, leaving hundreds of millions of people to live in poverty, says Rajni Bakshi
3 factors that can make global firms more competitive
First was the desire to tap the large domestic market while remaining competitive in global markets.
No respite for coal; Uncertainty for other sectors
Exceptions were made for ultra-mega power plants, such as the one at Sasan, which the court observed were not under consideration, and for coal blocks attached to the power and steel companies controlled by the central government.
Inflation trend reassuring, but not enough for a rate cut
Food inflation is still very much a problem and needs fixing urgently, but the bad monsoon apparently did not make it worse.
Indian economy back on track; key factors can play truant
We still have time for this government to take action.
Coalgate verdict: A chance to clean up the mess
It is hoped that the decision of India's apex court will send a signal to politicians and their cronies from the world of business that the rule of the law does eventually prevail, says Paranjoy Guha Thakurta
September 24, 2014Why WTO must reconsider India's subsidy stance
The WTO has fixed an external reference price (ERP) for rice at Rs 3.52 per kg
US or China: Modi should tread cautiously
Instead, increases in foreign-direct-investment levels; and reforms to make labour, land and capital more mobile.
September 23, 2014New life for Aadhaar: Is it possible?
The key gain from using Aadhaar will be a drastic cut in impersonation and fictitious identities, thereby plugging a major loophole through which a lot of leakage in subsidy payment takes place.
Marketing lessons from the Alibaba IPO
The stock jumped significantly on listing.
September 22, 2014Modi's small reforms have big impact on the economy
This will, of course, go a long way in meeting the promised fiscal deficit target of 3.6 per cent of GDP in 2015-16.
India Shining! 3 factors that point to a stable economy
First, there has been a significant softening in commodity prices - most notably oil.
Despite jitters, markets stay headstrong
Given the relative rates of gross domestic product growth, the differential will increase.
India can't grow as fast as China, Japan
High growth is also much easier to log in a small business than in a Reliance.
Why RBI must give priority to India's financial condition index
To the extent that monetary variables affect investment, the weather, thus, looks far less clement.
September 18, 2014Tricks of trade: How South Asian network can help India
ADB has often expressed its interest in promoting sub-regional integration in South Asia and perhaps could be involved as a facilitator.
How serious is China about investing in India?
Another sobering number is that the total Chinese investment in India in the past 10 years amounts to $400 million.
September 17, 2014Jaitley must focus on fiscal consolidation to sustain growth
The obvious temptation for Mr Jaitley would be to achieve a better fiscal deficit figure than what he had promised in July.
Why RBI's reading of inflation numbers is a significant pointer
CPI inflation has declined by almost a percentage point from July, from close to eight per cent to just above seven per cent.
September 16, 2014Pill for thought: Sweetheart deals that hurt consumers
'Pay-for-delay' settlements between drug patent-holders and generics manufacturers to delay the launch of cheaper generic medicine are increasingly being scrutinised by antitrust regulators
September 15, 2014India must fight corruption to ensure global competitiveness
The overall rank has been propped by the third criteria of innovation and sophistication, which have ranks of 59 and 57 respectively.
Economic ties with China? Modi must move closer with caution
New Delhi can strengthen its leverage by having better relations with the two than they have with each other.
Why economic uptick cannot be taken for granted
Production grew by a mere 0.5 per cent year-on-year, a significant comedown from the 3.5 per cent clocked in June.
September 12, 2014Key indicators that will move the bond market
Faster normalisation of central-bank balance sheets will drive yields higher.
The new government must not undermine PSU independence
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday decided that 10 per cent of the government's stake in Coal India Ltd would be sold. Similarly, the sale of five per cent of its stake in ONGC and 11.4 per cent in the hydropower public-sector unit, NHPC, has been cleared.
Bullet trains in India: Fast track to nowhere?
Some would argue that it bullet trains are too expensive for the cash-starved Indian Railways, and its cost far outweighs the benefits.
September 11, 2014Evolution of branchless banking in India
For people at the bottom of the pyramid, which I would rather address as mass market or emerging class; the primary challenge in accessing banking services are not just affordability but applicability and accessibility of services.
40 Years Ago...and now: Earning respect for the ad craft
Mohammed Khan, co-founder of one of India's largest ad agencies, Rediffusion, talks about how the business has changed.
Why the govt should give greater autonomy to public banks
Control over PSU banks is what is allowing the government to drive this scheme.
September 10, 2014How to make unsmart cities smart
The government is looking at building by-laws and floor area ratio so that you can build up instead of out, thus requiring less land.
September 09, 2014Don't leave finance to the financiers
A new generation of scholars -- this time, sociologists and anthropologists, who hitherto have been busy with researching social practices of primitive tribes and social structures like India's caste system -- are starting to cast their eyes on the financial sector.
September 08, 2014How to make Jan Dhan Yojana a successful scheme
How internet, social media can transform the stock market
An individual might not be able to put together the data and number-crunching resources that institutional traders employ.
Change in the nature of monsoon and its effect on the economy
Each year, economic damages increase -- and once again, development gains are lost in one season of flood or bad drought.
Too much exposure to NRI investments is risky for India
Just three years ago, at the end of March 2011, NRI deposits were only $52 billion, half of what they are today.
September 05, 2014Policy makers can brace for good times ahead
While the US is definitely recovering, Europe, Japan and, now, China are all going through another wave of what some fear could be a multi-year slowdown.
September 04, 2014Infrastructure is key to Jan Dhan Yojana's success
The problem is set to grow following issuance of 75 million new RuPay cards in the next six months with the launch of the Jan Dhan Yojana.
Why India may never beat US to become a world power
The power of a nation is directly related to the revenues it realises from its citizens. But India loses a gargantuan Rs 5.8 lakh crore, as the IT department drags its feet over recovering uncollected taxes in time or holding up files in appeal cases, says Mohan Guruswamy.
How India can escape the dry spell doom
Since 2000, India has had three serious droughts.
Rajan has done well but his task is incomplete
RBI data show one-fifth of all the infrastructure loans are stressed and the share of such loans in overall stressed assets is nearly a third.
September 03, 2014'Insiders' vs 'outsiders' at RBI
The more competent junior or the outsider with experience in the field should get the higher post.
100 days: Govt starts with energy but has no grand strategy
The problems facing India and its economy are far too severe and deep to be fixed in 100 days, and an excessive focus on the first 100 days might have indicated that the government had failed to understand that.
September 02, 2014Why consumers must cheer CCI's ruling on errant car makers
Such allegations are unjustified, given that the CCI's remedies do not promote a free-for-all scheme.
What Rajan needs to do to cement his legacy
He has had a productive first year at the RBI -- one which saw, also, India's economic imbalances improve and the unexpectedly strong general election outcome.
September 01, 2014All you want to know about shadow banking
In advanced economies where the financial system is more matured, the form of shadow banking is more of risk transformation through securitisation.
'Come. Make in India' -- but how?
In the World Bank's rankings on the "Ease of Doing Business" India stands at 139 out of 189 economies surveyed in 2014; its position has in fact dropped from 131 last year.
Why India's low-growth phase seems to be over
Evidently, the economy has come out of the low growth phase in the past two years and it does appear the economy will continue to remain in the plus-five per cent range.
August 30, 2014Why Modi's approach to financial inclusion is better
Within two weeks of the speech, the prime minister flagged off the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, and the day was marked by announcing its outcome on the very first day of its implementation.
August 28, 2014Coalgate and India's crony capitalism
The Supreme Court judgement will hopefully ensure that those in power and authority will hesitate before allotting precious natural resources that belong to each and every citizen of the country in an arbitrary and corrupt manner, says Paranjoy Guha Thakurta.
India may not weather the poor monsoon
The total rainfall till now is not only deficient, but is also erratic in terms of both geographical spread and timings.
Skipping Asean meet makes government look amateurish
Mr Modi has indicated he will carry on, and intensify, India's 'Look East' policy. But this start is hardly inspiring.
Brave new world: Modi's 100 days,10 top moves
Modi government has taken some interesting policy decisions in the 100 days since the time he met President Pranab Mukherjee to present his claim as Prime Minister of the world's largest democracy, says Tanmaya Nanda.
August 27, 2014'Minimum government, maximum governance' in public sector banks
The Bharatiya Janata Party regime will have to make good on this election slogan to restore state-owned banks to health, says Rajiv Lall.
More government, more growth?
Most mainstream researchers agree that good governance is a necessary condition for growth.
August 26, 2014Modi govt must act swiftly to revive Air India's fortunes
National carrier Air India is running in losses and needs government's attention.
Rise of Naxalism: Blame India's skewed mining policy
It is the low cost of iron ore extracted from their adivasi homeland mines that enables steelmakers like Tata Steel and Essar, and miners like NMDC, not only to be among the most profitable companies in India, but also gives it the financial muscle to make huge overseas acquisitions. Ultimately, it is the poor adivasi who pays for it with his home and hearth and gets no credit for it! Either from the State, which connives in their exploitation, or the industry that lords over their resources, says Mohan Guruswamy.
Is replacing the Planning Commission justified?
The need for co-ordinated policy between Centre and states was likewise foreseen and assigned.
August 25, 2014Use technology, get taxi pronto
To address a crescendo of complaints, the state government recently created a new category of taxis that have a self-explanatory 'no refusal' blazoned on them and come in the by-now-ubiquitous blue and white colours of the Trinamool Congress.
Why it's so difficult to formulate an oil price policy
The government should start with two assumptions: first, that oil prices are fundamentally unstable and susceptible to wide fluctuations, and second, that raising the prices of petroleum products is politically difficult.
August 22, 2014Finally, a ray of hope for the Indian economy
The good news for us is that India's economy - and sentiment about it - is much better than it was a year ago, says Jamal Mecklai.
Why the govt should end diesel subsidy now
It's time government used oil windfall wisely.
August 21, 2014Why the Planning Commission failed to meet expectations
The Planning Commission has not been central to the policy making process since the mid-1960s, says Nitin Desai.
August 20, 2014Understanding Modi government's economic priorities
The prime minister's August 15 address was undoubtedly inspirational and outlined important economic and social objectives, such as making India a global hub for manufacturing, ensuring bank accounts for all poor families, major thrusts in sanitation and cleanliness, and a radical restructuring of the Planning Commission.
Good opportunity for Modi govt to push economic reforms
Luck appears to be on the government's side. It needs to take full advantage of it by initiating long overdue economic reforms without delay, says A K Bhattacharya.
Is the market's bull run sustainable?
This rally is largely being driven by hopes that the Modi government will drive economic growth higher, and, thus, increase earnings growth for companies.
August 19, 2014A behavioural theory on why productivity declines
The impact of 'family first' on productivity in developing societies is yet to be modeled, says Agnikalam.
An inflation targeting policy regime for India?
Richard Clarida's recent paper could be key for policymakers in deciding whether India should move to an 'inflation targeting policy regime', says Vivek Dehejia.
August 18, 2014Retail trade in derivatives: Is there really a problem?
Before considering reducing the freedom of private investors in the derivatives market, we need to check if the maladies in markets elsewhere exist in India, says Susan Thomas.
Should Tata be ranked India's best brand?
Famous and long believed to be trusted Indian brands have wilted against foreign brands, says Mohan Guruswamy.
What must replace the Planning Commission
There are justifiable concerns that, if all financial allocation powers are now shifted to the finance ministry, then the end of the Commission might be counter-productive -- states' needs could, in fact, be addressed less.
August 14, 2014Relaxing labour laws: Modi to lose or gain?
Narendra Modi's pay-off from relaxing labour laws would be huge.
How India plans to attract more foreign investment
India will look to play a key role in the APEC, EU and Africa regions to increase its competitiveness.
What ails India's industrial production
But growth recovery is under way.
August 13, 2014Modi govt must not ignore farmers
The farming community expects much more substance from the government, Ajay Vir Jakhar.
August 12, 2014Modi govt needs new talent to change India
If the Modi government is to keep its promise of change, it must bring in fresh faces.
August 11, 2014Smart cities can change the urban way of life
Smart cities can provide more safety, better management of traffic congestion, a low-carbon environment and better services.
Why attack Ratan Tata for criticising Bengal's flaws
Mitra's stout and vociferous protest to what most see as Tata's meandering and even affectionate critique has taken people by surprise.
Global factors spell trouble for the stock market
The market could be influenced by events elsewhere in the world and regardless of what happens to India's economy
August 08, 2014It's dangerous to invest all savings to buy a house
Housing is a highly illiquid and, by definition, high-risk market, and individuals, in general, do not have the skills to manage this risk.
August 07, 2014Even Bangladesh has moved ahead, Modi must act now
Consider the credentials of our pro-farmer governments: almost half our rural households lack electricity connections, says Rahul Jacob.
Lessons for badly-planned, congested Asian cities
Most of the ill-planned Asian cities need a more creative plan aimed at weaning people away from using personal cars for commuting.
August 06, 2014Will Modi's I-Day speech push reforms?
With Narendra Modi about to make his first Independence Day speech, there is a buzz in Delhi that Modi will make some big announcements to signal major reforms and directional shifts. But we have to wait and see if it happens, says Mohan Guruswamy.
No reliable data available on online media
Online media is changing the status quo within the Rs 83,000-crore media and entertainment industry, and becoming critical for growth.
Vasundhara Raje's 'Rajasthan Model' set to be a success
Vasundhara Raje is pioneering the 'Rajasthan Model', which places policy reform at the centre of the development strategy.
Why RBI is right in maintaining status quo
The RBI's projections for consumer inflation over the rest of the year indicate some acceleration, with the rate reaching eight per cent in its baseline scenario.
Modi govt lacks courage to bring real change
The government has neither the mental model nor the political courage to effect real change, point out Ashoka Mody & Michael Walton.
August 05, 2014Inside Governor Rajan's mind
There is little scope for significant monetary easing even in the next fiscal year.
India's big mobile broadband revolution
A great smartphone experience is driven by network performance and the app experience.
August 04, 2014Modi's financial inclusion plan: Rs 75,000-crore loan?
India needs to find Rs 75,000 crore of new money from somewhere to lend to those among the poorest.
Modi's lack of interest to push reforms not puzzling
Modi's government has proceeded in a manner exactly predictable from his claims and promises on the campaign trail.
The brief wondrous life of Indian ecommerce
The international investors who are investing, merging and shaping India's new ecommerce start-ups are betting that if China can produce an Alibaba with an expected market value of $ 170+ billion market value when it does its IPO, India should produce at least one or two with a $5bn+ market value, says Ajit Balakrishnan.
What's wrong with India's economic census?
The economic census excludes all farming and plantation work, as well as workers in administration and defence services.
Modi's economic strategy fails to address India's problems
Narendra Modi's strategy in Gujarat was to run the state as a business entity.
August 01, 2014The secret behind building brands
Faces are important in India, because people connect with people, not concepts.
Gen Y employees: A boon or bane for companies?
Younger employees no longer ask what they can do for their employers, but what their employers can do for them.
July 31, 2014What makes India an e-commerce hotspot
India's e-commerce sector is a prize, but one that may end up being spread thinly.
Corporate governance: It's not getting any better
The markets have reacted negatively, for example, to recent news that Cairn India, of which the Anil Agarwal group company Vedanta owns 60 per cent, will give a $1.25-billion loan (about Rs 7,500 crore) on notably easy terms to Sesa Sterlite, another Anil Agarwal group company.
July 29, 2014Column: The truth about labour law reforms in India
Good companies would want to treat labour as partners; bad companies would want to exploit labour as much as possible, Effective labour laws should weed out the latter without hampering the former, says Shubhashis Gangopadhyay.
July 28, 2014At WTO, India has little choice but to fall in line
Despite the noise that India is making at the WTO saying that its food security concerns are non-negotiable, back home it is aggressively pushing for dismantling minimum support prices and at the same time limiting the sovereign role of Food Corporation of India in food distribution to the hungry and the needy, says Devinder Sharma.
Bengal Aerotropolis's fate hangs in balance
The ambitious project by Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Limited to set up India's first airport-cum-metropolis has developed fault-lines that typically inflict major infrastructure projects in the country.
It takes 10 years to make key policy changes in India
The lack of change in policy can be hugely damaging not only for foreign investors but also for the Indian economy and domestic industry, says A K Bhattacharya.
July 27, 2014'Over-emphasis on real estate may not be very healthy'
India is also exploring that way but the strength of the Indian economy was such that not even one bank was threatened, not even one insurance company was threatened, and we were able to withstand the shocks.
July 26, 2014Why India ranks low in the Human Development Index
Like its predecessors, the 2014 report (released two days ago) allows one to compare India's performance with other countries.
How we can make our banks safer
Capital adequacy and tighter regulation are just one step forward.
July 25, 2014India's first aerotropolis is mired in controversies
The promoters of BAPL are embroiled in messy legal tussles with accusations of forgery and fraud flying thick and fast.
The US biologist who rescued India from a severe food crisis
The Green Revolution owes a debt to Norman Borlaug, whose birth centenary falls this
July 24, 2014Singapore's pride: 'Skyrise' gardens that save energy, water
Vertical gardens are a cornerstone of the state's development plan and can be a game-changer in its quest for greater sustainability, says Barun Roy.
From nostalgia to nightmare: A traveller's experience in trains
Travelling by rail in India was once a pleasure, but has now become a forbidding challenge.
July 23, 2014Will 100 smart cities become a reality in India?
Sizes of cities often turn out to be their enemies because everything costs a bomb to build and operate, says Mahesh Vijapurkar.
FDI will push media firms to clean up their act
We are already reading and watching news from around the world.
Budget proposals can tame food inflation; implementation is key
The price stabilisation fund will call for processing capacity for perishables.
4 reforms that can solve India's land woes
The government must, therefore, legislate to automatically allow non-irrigated agricultural land to be used for industrial purposes, subject only to obtaining environmental clearances.
Modi govt fails to impress in the first two months
It is important to note that this realisation seems to have dawned on the leadership in spite of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s comfortable majority in the Lok Sabha.
Why the monsoon numbers in India hide reality
Because the ecology of various regions differs, it is silly to club them all under one countrywide average number, says Nitin Sethi.
July 22, 2014India's biggest problem: Scarcity of land
India must mount nothing short of a war effort to address what is becoming a binding constraint on India's development.
Why derivatives are a Pyrrhic triumph for our equity markets
The expansion in equity market volumes is driven by retail speculators indulging in heavy trading of complex derivatives that are economically unproductive, say Praveen Chakravarthy and T V Somanathan.
July 21, 2014The rising vulnerability of emerging markets
Emerging markets could be affected by a combination of lower liquidity and higher dollar interest rates caused by a hike in the US Fed funds rate.
Modi govt lacks good decision makers, advisors
What is missing in the government are people with enough weight in the system who can give quality economic advice, and offer subject expertise, says T N Ninan.
July 18, 2014Best investment options in the real estate sector
India, the world's fourth largest economy with 1.2 billion people, has steadily emerged as one of the most preferred destinations for global business.
Double whammy for Malaysia Airlines
The airline industry is one of the least able to financially absorb shocks.
Microsoft carefully dismantles Ballmer legacy
The careful dismantling of Steve Ballmer's legacy is moving apace. Microsoft just announced 18,000 job cuts, more than two-thirds of which relate to Nokia, the handset maker the former boss bought for $7.2 billion.
The inside story of India's biggest corporate fraud
The big thing was inflating the revenue of the company through fake invoices.
July 17, 2014What is the purpose of the BRICS Bank?
The fact that the Indian government has allowed the bank to be headquartered in Shanghai merely underlines the fact that this will be a largely Chinese enterprise.
Why Jaitley's 1st Budget is impressive on all counts
Arun Jaitley's maiden effort is a welcome and purposeful change in direction and not UPA redux.
July 16, 2014Budget: Good beginning or missed opportunity?
With Jaitley preferring continuity over change, good days might take a little longer to arrive, says Shankar Acharya.
July 15, 2014Economic Survey's agricultural road map better than Budget's
A barrier-free market -- coupled with removal of controls, licensing system, intermediaries and state-imposed levies on farm commodities -- will benefit both sellers and buyers.
All about job creation and destruction
In India, the need to find a solution for the jobs problem is perhaps even more urgent considering the oft-quoted number of a million young people arriving every month looking for jobs.
How to bring India back on the growth path
The idea is to boost household savings and turn more of them into growth capital. If the plan succeeds, sustained eight per cent-plus rates of gross domestic product growth should be within reach in a few years.
Jaitley's 16,473-word balancing act
An analysis of the frequency of various watchwords in the finance minister's Budget speech shows that he was perhaps trying to hold on to his ideas without treading on anybody else's toes, says A K Bhattacharya.
July 12, 2014This whole Budget is Modi's big bet
It is unfair to expect Mr Jaitley to perform miracles with the Centre's straitened finances.
No money for infrastructure? Blame it on subsidies
The funny thing is that the government has the money - but it is going into subsidies that Mr Jaitley has chosen to leave untouched.
Why the Budget will not check inflation
Far from reducing inflation, some of the assumptions made in the Budget imply that the government is not at all expecting prices to come down.
July 11, 2014Budget: The annual drama over a report on inefficiencies
The Bharatiya Janata Party, which promised us "maximum governance, minimum government" ought to make the annual Budget less of a national drama than it is today, says Rahul Jacob.
Budget: A preparatory exercise to usher in reforms
Finance minister tries to put house in order before reforms are unveiled in February.
Budget: Not a bang, but not a whimper either
Abheek Barua analyses varied nuances of the Union Budget.
Competent, but not a breakout Budget
In the run up to the elections Narendra Modi kept telling us achche din aane wale hain. Far from that, Jaitley's Budget just seems to be more of the wohi raat aur wohi din, says Mohan Guruswamy.
Why UPA govt's job scheme is a total failure
MNREGA is a poverty-continuation scheme and is destructive to Indian aspirations and progress.
Budget: An assumption of 'Achche Din'?
There is logic at work in most of what has been announced by Arun Jaitlley.
July 10, 2014This Budget is old wine in old bottle
Despite its sincere tone in describing the gravity of the economic situation, the Budget broke little new ground or displayed initiatives that would have fired our imagination.
July 09, 2014Bullet trains? First change the stinky coaches and stations
Amid all these changes which included replacement of the steam engines with diesel and electric locomotives, one thing has been constant: untidy stations and malodourous trains and stations.
Finally, Railways is on the reforms track
In other words, its revenue numbers are likely to carry greater conviction and the instances of overstated revenue projections may well be a thing of the past.
July 08, 2014Budget: Jaitley must outline a reformist vision
The finance minister must reverse the government's turn to statism, and lay out a reformist vision in the Budget.
Why expectations are high from Jaitley's first Budget
Union Budget 2014 hinges on reforms and restarting projects.
July 07, 2014Does Jaitley have the cure for India's ailing economy?
As things stand today, there would be extraordinary pressure on the government against raising user charges, be it for services or actual goods and commodities with controlled prices.
July 01, 2014Key issues Jaitley must address in the Budget
The Finance Minister must deliver a business sentiment boosting budget and show that the new government can walk its talk.
June 30, 2014A weak monsoon, Iraq crisis to have some impact on the Budget
Coming to the oil situation, the developments in Iraq are worrying because the outcomes are completely unpredictable at this point.
Budget must reassure, not try anything fancy
The fiscal situation is in a mess, with widespread suspicion that the deficit is much larger than it was claimed to be.
Why the FM should not repackage older policies in the Budget
For the NDA government, it was just like the case of the railway fare and freight hike.
Modi govt's big economic mistakes
It is odd how governments don't learn from their predecessors' mistakes, says T N Ninan.
June 27, 2014The lone supporter of FDI in defence
While most other big companies like Tata, Mahindra and Reliance remain non-committal on FDI, Nikhil Gandhi was the lone voice supporting 51 per cent FDI through the automatic route.
Will Modi grasp the economic nettle?
In putting the country's economy back on the rails, it is best that Narendra Modi and Arun Jaitley draw on grass-roots feedback and their own practical sense and native wisdom without allowing themselves to be sucked into the quicksand of economic punditry, says B S Prakash.
June 26, 2014Here's a quick-fix that can help India recover from the lows
Income inequality is a big concern in india.
The controversy over India's fiscal deficit
Arvind Panagariya explains why his suggestion of the fiscal deficit at 4.5% of GDP differs from P Chidambaram's 4.1% in the interim Budget.
June 25, 2014Why this hue and cry over Reliance-Network18 affair?
For more than a hundred years, media companies have been started and owned by corporates, in the US, Europe and in India as well.
Why tax cuts will be key focus in Jaitley's maiden Budget
The key numbers in Mr Jaitley's Budget will be looked at closely to assess the extent of revisions they represent over what Mr Chidambaram had presented in February.
June 19, 2014A few points the FM must consider in his first Budget
The finance minister has the difficult job of responding to this spirit of hope and yet getting the country back on a more sustainable fiscal path.
June 17, 2014Why Modi govt should stick to its agenda
The prime minister has promised to fix investment, but world economy is still too weak to fund it.
June 16, 2014Are Indian airports, metros world-class?
The building of the metro in south Bangalore has represented, to borrow a line, not the building of a city, but the sacking of a city.
June 13, 2014Murthy silences his critics with Sikka's appointment
The succession strategy has an unmistakable stamp of Murthy's sharp management and leadership acumen - a trait he has been regarded for all this while.
June 12, 2014What Reliance's takeover of Network 18 means for media
With Mukesh Ambani taking over Network 18, the space for disseminating a diverse range of views could shrink, feels Paranjoy Guha Thakurta.
June 11, 2014Most rural Indians can afford a toilet but don't want one
A household survey shows that they don't think using a toilet is good for their health, pointing to the need for sanitation policies that focus on changing attitudes rather than just building latrines.
Will India shine again under the Modi govt?
The Narendra Modi-led government included neither a 100-day agenda nor its five-year programme of action in the speech it had approved for the president to read out at the joint session of Parliament.
'Political meddling is at the root of India's power problems'
The whole of India's electricity system was synchronised and started to function as one giant machine.
June 10, 2014Public sector banks can get a big leap forward
A Bank Investment Company to act as a holding company for state-owned banks would go a long way in minimising government interference and improving governance.
'Bull markets are a bit like revolutions'
Bull markets need a a charismatic leader and a fancy destination.
June 09, 2014Creating jobs is the new govt's biggest challenge
In an economy such as India's, jobs create themselves to a large extent, which is why the rate of unemployment is perennially low, at two-three per cent.
June 06, 2014Why is good monsoon so important for the economy?
Agricultural growth is volatile and rain-dependent, among others.
June 04, 2014How Modi can build a world-class railway network in India
Indian Railways should aim for a quantum growth in traffic. This will require investments in new infrastructure, including 125 capacity expansion works on the shelf, costing about Rs 35,000 crore.
June 03, 2014Say no to inflation Botox
The idiosyncratic aspect of India's macroeconomic challenge is the stubbornly high retail -- especially core -- inflation, despite the collapse in economic growth.
What ails the aviation sector?
India perhaps is the only market in the world where full-service and low-cost fares have become one.
June 02, 2014What India Inc, global investors expect from the upcoming Budget
The Budget, will be a mega-signalling device in terms of policy, as well as a document outlining public finance projections.
May 27, 2014Why India needs to have 'economic democracy'
As an ideal, economic democracy is not easy to define, but its core principle is to prevent any concentration of wealth that inhibits economic freedoms of society as a whole.
May 23, 2014Why this is a good time to invest in stocks
Indian equities are poised for good years, so stay invested even through a few sharp corrections.
How policy change can create more jobs
The more sectors contribute to growth, the more employment growth will generate. There are no short cuts.
Sugar industry has high hopes from Modi govt
The price at which mills buy sugarcane is fixed by the Uttar Pradesh government.
India must crack down on Swiss banking malpractices
The charges of aiding tax fraud, to which Credit Suisse has admitted, are serious and reflect the deep malaise that afflicts the Swiss banking system.
May 20, 2014Can Modi beat Singh's economic benchmarks?
Though the Sensex kissed 25,000 on Friday, analysts are not seeing farther than 30,000 by the year-end. They seem bound by 'cautious optimism', a legacy of the crisis years.
Can Modi deliver all that he promised?
Recent data suggest that the economy isn't out of the woods, and the PM-designate must live up to high expectations.
May 19, 2014How Modi can bring the economy back on track
Former RBI deputy governor Subir Gokarn outlines an economic plan for Modi sarkar.
6-point agenda for Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi will have to survive and create confidence by adopting policy measures that will benefit all.
May 15, 2014Polls okay, but when will the two Indias merge?
This year is supposed to be a year of change, and change there will be of political leadership and alliances.
Cracks in China's economy could hit the Sensex
The ripples of the Chinese property slowdown could be felt far and wide across the world.
May 14, 2014Why RBI must start building reserves soon
Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan has been a consistent advocate of floating exchange rates and this may come in the way of his willingness to buy up dollars, thereby preventing the rupee from discovering its true value.
May 09, 2014COLUMN: What actually plagues India's cities
What India needs is not costly, brand new cities but a revamping of urban institutional structures and policies.
May 08, 2014Success recipe of Tata, Wipro and Cipla
Corporate houses like Tata Sons and Wipro have not only seen growth in India but have created a name in global markets too.
May 07, 2014Finance Minister P Chidambaram's report card is a mixed bag
In a recent public appearance, Mr Chidambaram was quite candid in saying that UPA-II misread the signals from its electoral performance in 2009.
May 03, 2014COLUMN: All about the El Nino blues
We should be prepared for any impact of the dreaded weather pattern.
May 01, 2014Power sector: What the new government needs to do
Now, expectations are high that the incoming government will act swiftly to put the sector back on the rails.
April 30, 2014Points new govt must focus on while presenting its 1st Budget
If the Budget has to be announced by July, there simply isn't enough time to entirely rework the interim Budget and produce an alternative set of forecasts.
April 28, 2014How top corporates fared during Manmohan Singh's 10 years
The original big boys (Tata, Birla, Ambani) were not the stars of the decade.
10 things the next govt must do to build great cities
More than 32 per cent of our population lives in cities and towns.
April 24, 2014Lessons for Modi to put the economy on track
Modi might be tempted to hit the brakes on spending. But an austerity drive could be self-defeating in a weak economy.
April 23, 2014Are Indians really worried about corruption?
Indians were happy to make money off corruption, and happily turned a blind eye to what lay beneath the boom, says Shankar Sharma.
April 22, 2014UPA vs NDA: Who excelled in performance?
Opinions are being formed about the UPA and erstwhile NDA governments at the onset of elections across states.
April 21, 2014Is Narendra Modi confused about economic policies?
If Mr Modi is not in favour of privatisation, he should outline what alternative strategies he has in mind to revive PSUs whose deteriorating finances have become a drag on central resources.
April 18, 2014Market boom: Are stock prices inflated?
Despite what partisan fund managers are projecting, the rise in the Indian equity market has to be evaluated carefully.
April 15, 2014Can India afford bullet trains? Go for super-fast ones
Taking up the speeds of inter-city Shatabdi Express trains from the present average of 70-75 km/hour to about 100 km/hour will cut the Mumbai-Ahmedabad travel time from seven to five hours.
CCI's fine on Google: A wake up call for Indian companies
The fair trade body's penalty on the internet giant should be a wake-up call for Indian companies that tend to be lackadaisical towards regulatory investigations.
April 11, 2014Why investors are bullish on Indian markets
Investors are willing to wait to give a new government a chance.
Sun Pharma has all the reasons to cheer Ranbaxy deal
One of the suitors says that Ranbaxy's Indian portfolio alone is worth $2 billion, or approximately Rs 11,900 crore.
April 08, 2014Learn from China, transform the Indian Railways
The next government should view Indian Railways as a strategic tool, not legacy problem.
April 07, 2014Ranbaxy sale shows risk in Japanese M&A adventures
The investment has lost almost 40 percent of its value in six years.
April 04, 2014The inspiring success story of Bandhan
What sets Bandhan apart is the roots it has in the world of the rural poor.
April 02, 2014The saga of Subrata Roy: From a flamboyant boss to Tihar inmate
Sahara's propensity to issue full-page advertisements indirectly targeting the court's wisdom every time it suffered a setback could have hardly helped its cause.
April 01, 2014An economic agenda for the new Prime Minister
The new prime minister should learn from the mistakes of the current government and pay more attention to inflation.
March 28, 2014Is India's war against multinational corporations justified?
The realisation has struck people that multinationals have been doing all those things that Indian businessmen have long been accused of doing.
COLUMN: Why RBI needs to clean up home loan rules
Six public sector banks have been identified as having a particularly problematic housing loan portfolio.
March 26, 2014Inflation targeting: What are banks, market fretting about?
Inflation targeting is not de facto a kind of shock therapy that the RBI wants to administer.
UPA rule: The poor never had it so good
By all accounts, India's poor, mostly in rural areas, can look back to a 10-year period when their lot clearly improved.
March 25, 2014Column: The Left, the Right and us
Now, the world over, policymakers are dusting off their copies of Keynes' classic, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, and figuring out whether there are any answers there to our own challenges of growing our economies.
How govt's welfare schemes turn into big scams
In several states, there were cases of falsification of records and money never reached the poor.
March 24, 2014How good roads have transformed Uttar Pradesh
The extraordinary thing about UP is that, quietly, there has been an enormous improvement in the quality of roads.
Which is the UPA govt's worst legacy?
The law may be good politics, but politics without grounding in basic economics is the surest guarantee of economic disaster.
March 21, 2014Is there remedy to avert rampant corruption in India?
Relatively unnoticed in India is that China is going through its own high-profile battle with corruption.
March 20, 2014Lessons Asian cities need to learn from China's urbanisation
With a population of more than 60 million, the delta region accounts for nearly 30 per cent of China's exports.
March 19, 2014COLUMN: India's coal, power sectors need change in mindset
The economy can't grow without increasing electrification, which requires more power plants, and given coal is the cheapest form of fuel and is abundant, it makes sense that India is looking to boost the use of the fuel.
COLUMN: How Amit Mitra fixed Bengal's finances
Amit Mitra may have stopped talking about relaxing rules for foreign investment in India, but there is no dilution of his commitment to the cause of fiscal consolidation in West Bengal.
MNCs' India honeymoon gets over in UPA-II
Blame the government's huge tax demand, while domestic investors point to their falling corporate governance standards.
March 18, 2014Challenges Modi will face to revive the economy
Narendra Modi may be able to fix India's ailing domestic economy, but it's the sorry state of world demand that will pose a bigger and more intractable challenge to the country's prime ministerial hopeful.
March 13, 2014The thorn in India-US business ties
The challenge for India will be to ensure the law does not get out of step with the demands of a country that needs foreign investment and new technologies.
Can Modi rescue the Indian economy?
Even if Narendra Modi comes to power, the revival of sustainable growth is far from certain.
March 11, 2014Is there hope for Maruti's protesting shareholders?
The question in Maruti's relationship with its parent company, Suzuki, is whether the Japanese company intends to treat its minority Indian shareholders fairly.
March 10, 2014Will UPA manage to implement Food Bill before elections?
If the government manages to deliver on Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's scheme of providing grains to the needy at nominal rates, it could mean an end malnutrition issues in rural areas.
What India should do to improve its global image
The more globally integrated the economy becomes, the more this inefficiency costs us, in terms of foregone export opportunities because of higher costs and more expensive imports.
March 09, 2014Why India Inc needs to be cautious while dealing with China
Since 2009, the average volatility of the yuan has been just a bit over one per cent, with a high of under three per cent.
Sahara case: A classic example of slippages by authorities
The Sahara case reveals that, in today's environment, court intervention is what makes a major difference.
March 06, 2014High charges on spectrum, petroleum: Who benefits from this?
The author examines whether government levies on these critical inputs are beneficial or detrimental.
March 05, 2014How India can fire itself back to high growth
Fix agriculture to target food inflation, create labour-intensive manufacturing to target the current account deficit, and fiscal restructuring can target the infrastructure deficit.
India must call the US' bluff on patents
The recent US-India friction over trade is being driven by Big Pharma.
February 28, 2014Religious heads should educate masses on climate change
It is difficult to predict whether religious organisations can mobilise enough global public pressure to minimise perils of global warming.
February 27, 2014India's shame: The nexus between govt and businessmen
India's government is increasingly for, of and by its biggest businessmen.
February 26, 2014Why Indian cities are unlivable
Governance structures have left municipalities uniquely incapable of developing efficient delivery and planning mechanisms.
UPA's economic legacy: Good, bad or ugly?
UPA failed to undertake economic, social and administrative reforms to strengthen India's long-term development potential.
February 24, 2014How prudent states helped in curbing India's fiscal deficit
Had the states not fulfilled their commitment on fiscal consolidation, the overall fiscal deficit would have widened.
India's growth: How the 'dream team' failed miserably
If P Chidambaram's Budget speech was an hour-long attempt at presenting his government's and his own record in a good light - as he is perfectly entitled to do - such a "marketing" effort invites the recounting of an alternative retelling of the record.
February 21, 2014Why did Chidambaram shut down New Delhi?
The economic logic - and political reasons - behind the giant shift of spending power to the states
COLUMN: Why it is important to exercise prudence
It is important to understand that debt investors are a conservative lot and, in general, most such investments are hedged out of foreign exchange risk to simply earn an arbitrage profit, rather than carry the risk to possibly increase their yield.
February 20, 2014Series: It will take three years for economic growth to pick up
It will take more than three years to restart economic growth provided the new government, in all earnestness, brings in reforms right from the beginning, says M V Subramanian. Continuing our series on the state of the Indian economy.
February 19, 2014What the govt needs to do to cut expenses
For instance, the size of a central ministry's annual outlay should ideally be a key factor in determining the number of people who need to be employed by it.
How India prevents money laundering
India has been classified as high risk zone in terms of money laundering.
Why India's toll plazas are so mismanaged
Violence and vandalism at toll plazas point to poor planning. An independent highway regulator would have helped the cause.
Budget: A magic show from Chidambaram
Investors would have much preferred a gritty, honest appraisal of the tough trade-offs.
February 18, 2014Why it is important now to boost growth
There was hope in some quarters that the interim Budget would boost sentiment and lay the groundwork for kick-starting the investment cycle, while staying on a path of fiscal consolidation.
Fiscal deficit: The devil is in the detail
Even to the more jaded India hands inured to the tricks of the country's fiscal trade, an overwhelming element of jugaad - that desperate bid to somehow put the decades-old family Ambassador together for that one final ride - is apparent.
Interim Budget lists a vision for the future
Regardless of who forms the next government, the interim Budget speech lays down a must-do list.
COLUMN: How good was the vote-on-account?
The vote-on-account is essentially a measure to seek Parliament's approval for government expenditure until the full Budget is presented.
Is India's defence budgeting flawed?
The most worrying aspect of defence budgeting is that the military's long-term equipment planning is based on fundamentally flawed fiscal assumptions.
Direct taxes and GST: The unfulfilled promises
The government now ends its mandate with reaffirmation in the vote-on-account of the same goals, for which it claims to have a clear line of sight.
February 17, 2014From boom to doom: An uphill task to revive the economy
The Indian economy is in deep crisis, and it will take at least two years to recover -- and that if we have a focused government. The challenges are immense as it will take a long while to overcome the policy paralysis of the last few years, says Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, in the first of our series on what awaits the next government on the economic front
February 16, 2014The dismal state of India's public sector banks
Foreign investors did not lap up the new SBI issue because of deeper worries about public sector banks
February 14, 2014A Plan B for global business
The 'B Team' feels capitalism needs to move to another model which serves people and planet better.
February 13, 2014COLUMN: Will Asian growth rebound?
The resilience of many emerging markets, notably China and India, in the aftermath of the Lehman shock further strengthened this sense of manifest destiny.
COLUMN: All about a duel on drugs
The South African government and large pharmaceutical companies are in combat mode regarding the proposed national policy on intellectual property that hopes to improve access to medicines for the poorer sections of the population.
February 04, 2014Corruption in public sector banks: Who pays the price?
The inefficient public sector with higher costs offers a lobbying cover for the entire sector, which confers even greater benefits on the private sector.
January 31, 2014From dignity to disgrace: What went wrong with Ranbaxy
Yet another factory of Ranbaxy, this time in Toansa (Punjab), has been banned from selling in the United States. Once again the company faces charges of unclean manufacturing practices.
January 29, 2014Why is the govt running its banks so badly?
The relatively poor performance of government-owned banks comes at a cost to taxpayers.
January 28, 2014A journey in a double-decker train from Delhi to Jaipur
The superfast double-decker train running between Delhi and Jaipur is new and posh, says a friend who has just been on it, up and down.
January 27, 2014How we can clean the highly polluted Ganga river
Water is drawn for agriculture, industry and cities, but only waste is returned to the river.
Budget: Will Chidambaram try to please voters?
Interim Budgets are usually presented in an election year either just before the general polls or immediately after them.
January 24, 2014COLUMN: Is deflation the real threat?
Many macroeconomic forecasters have built predictive models on inflation, all of which highlight intense downward pressure on prices.
What stops India from being a superpower? Poor education
A nation touted at places like the World Economic Forum in Davos a few years ago as an economic superpower in the making is only just beginning to address the problem that only 27 per cent of children in class 5 in its village schools can subtract.
January 23, 2014Jagriti Yatra: Building India through enterprise
An ambitious endeavour, the Jagriti Yatra is both a promotion of enterprise and itself a manifestation of ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit.
January 22, 2014Considerable churn in US and European stock markets
In India, however, the Nifty continues to climb a wall of worry as general elections loom, fiscal deficit surges and the current account deficit is barely under control following subdued gold and crude prices, says Sonali Ranade.
January 21, 2014Can the UPA claim India is 'shining'?
The poor quality of the initial statistics must take some of the blame for the flak that the government has been getting; growth rates have been recorded as plunging more than they may in fact have.
January 20, 2014UPA's fatal neglect of the direct taxes
Obsessed with spending, the UPA has ignored the vital task of expanding the direct tax net.
Market Notes: Is it really time to buy commodities?
Waiting for capitulation in commodity markets is the better route to profits, says Sonali Ranade.
Do Indian politicians lack economic vision?
Both BJP and Congress are offering more of the same, without appearing to realise that welfarism can cause bigger economic problems if adequate growth is not ensured.
January 16, 2014Inflation: What the RBI, government need to do
Inflation moderates, but a rate cut is unlikely.
Why do AAP's electoral promises make little financial sense?
The author looks at what can be discerned of citizens' troubles from the new political party's platform.
January 15, 2014BJP wants to do away with Income Tax; is it practical?
The Bharatiya Janata Party's proposed banking transaction tax is ill-conceived and inadvisable but it is disruptive enough to raise questions about the perverse nature of India's current tax regime and the need to reinvent it.
January 14, 2014COLUMN: BHAG Inclusion BHAG
The goal of the Committee on Comprehensive Financial Services for Small Businesses and Low-Income Households, a panel chaired by Nachiket Mor that submitted its report to the Reserve Bank of India last week, is truly a BHAG.
Is US recovery a positive sign for Indian markets?
The developed world's recovery, particularly that of the US, is not necessarily a positive for the Indian market.
January 13, 2014The Murthy effect
Global recovery and internal shake-up at Infosys have worked in tandem.
There's nothing bearish about most equity markets
It is too early to say if we have seen the "final" bottom to these stocks in August 2013 or if another attempt to test them will be made before or just after elections, says Sonali Ranade.
January 10, 2014Can the industry avoid being scrutinised by CAG?
CAG may not be the cure-all for the ills that afflict PPP projects and is perhaps a sub-optimal solution to the problem.
Is market's love affair with the BJP justified?
Akash Prakash argues the changes needed to revive growth will happen, whether the BJP or anyone else comes to power in 2014.
January 09, 2014Why the Indian economy will continue to suffer
The overhang of corporate debt is the primary straitjacket that ties our firms down, not the bottlenecks created by our alternately slothful and interventionist courts and bureaucrats.
Aam Aadmi Party: Good politics but bad economics
Arvind Kejriwal has got his politics right. Now, he needs to rethink his party's economic policies.
January 08, 2014COLUMN: Will the US economy look up in 2014?
Although there are serious risks facing the US economy in the coming year, there is also a good chance that growth will be substantially stronger than it has been since before the recession began.
January 07, 2014MARKET NOTES: Commodities in early phase of recovery
Where do the commodities market go in the new year? Sonali Ranade offers an insight.
January 06, 2014Weak yen will continue to drive currency markets
A lot will depend on how the equity markets in the US play out in April-May this year. A correction there, long overdue, could change all the variables in the current equations, says Sonali Ranade
How the govt can revive India's economic growth
2013 will go down as an "annus horriblis" for the Indian economy. Instead of a growth rate over 10 per cent and inflation under 5 per cent we have the reverse.
January 03, 2014Are firms ready for the smarter next generation employees?
It's time for employers to get ready for a generation - born in the digital age - that will be a lot smarter than its predecessors.
January 02, 2014COLUMN: Why trade resolutions for 2014 matter a lot
The success of the Bali Ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organisation in the first week of December in 2013 will mean that in 2014 countries will identify areas for early conclusion so that within the next two years, the Doha Agenda of the WTO -- which has remained in a limbo for long -- can be concluded.
How Indian cities can be successful
Indian cities need a new intellectual underpinning.
December 27, 2013COLUMN: The dangers of 'tolerable' inflation
The committee set up under Urjit Patel to revise the policy framework needs to re-examine the Reserve Bank's approach to monetary stability.
December 24, 2013Why no private companies want to construct roads in India
Government does not have adequate money to fund the projects and the framework to award contracts is flawed, too.
Will Infosys appoint an outsider as the CEO?
As front-runners for the CEO positions leave, speculation is rife that Infosys will have to look for a suitable candidate outside the company.
December 23, 2013The myriad risks India faces at the moment
Rajan also did his bit by taking steps to protect the currency against speculative attack as did the government in curbing gold imports and bringing the Current Account Deficit
Another scam in the making
An open letter to the prime minister on the Rangarajan formula doubling the price of KG basin gas
December 19, 2013What exactly ails the world's advanced economies
The biggest failure of post-2008 economic policy has consisted in governments' inability to find creative ways to write down unsustainable debts, for example in US mortgage markets, and in Europe's periphery.
A sinking economy has put the UPA in trouble
It's the floundering economy that caused the Congress' grievous loss in the Assembly elections.
December 18, 2013The only way to fix food inflation
The blame for the relentless ascent rests largely with the misguided agricultural marketing policies of the Centre and state governments.
India's infrastructure action on the Twitter route
From Kudankulam to the Land Bill, the author takes the Twitter route to capture the infra action of 2013.
December 17, 2013Which political party will be the best for Indian economy?
The disconnect with the AAP is that its economic agenda sounds suspiciously like Indira Gandhi's of the early 1970s: more subsidies, higher taxes, regulation of private school fees, free water, et al.
How to curb the demand for gold
Financial substitutes for gold are key to addressing the pressure from large imports.
December 16, 2013How Indian politicians must deal with global economic matters
It's time Indian parliamentarians learnt to view global economic frameworks without the narrow prism of domestic politics
Market Notes: Gold waits for capitulation
Once the US dollar launches into its final bull leg from the 79 region towards 84, the appreciating currency should put a lot of pressure on commodities that will perhaps trigger the capitulation that the market needs in commodities liker gold, silver and WTI crude, says Sonali Ranade.
December 13, 2013Why 2014 will be a fascinating year for the Indian economy
The building blocks of a sustainable and significant market rise are in place.
December 12, 2013Will the New Year bring cheer to the economy?
The US economy will once again demonstrate its resilience and flexibility and grow around three per cent despite extremely fractious domestic politics over fiscal and other policies.
December 10, 2013What makes NRIs so successful
Many of my NRI friends agree that America's Immigration & Naturalisation Service, because of its immigration criteria, has created a highly selective and narrow population of NRIs in terms of capability .
December 09, 2013Why Tamil Nadu is one of the best states for doing business
Despite small hiccups, Tamil Nadu is a state with an urban outlook on life and where laws still work.
India's self-created fiscal cliff
A closer look at deficit and accumulated debt suggests that, contrary to claims, the fiscal deficit is not under control.
How India brought down the current account deficit
While euphoria over the Iran deal has waned sharply, the current account deficit has gone into remission due to a collapse in gold demand.
The flaws in India's growth model
The ongoing economic travails in India arise from a combination of severe macroeconomic difficulties and a sharp deceleration in the trend rate of economic growth.
Rupee could fall steadily in next four months
If the market starts getting nervous about the political risk factor, currency depreciation could be a lot more severe and movement's jerky.
December 06, 2013How to retain the best women employees
In order to retain their brightest female employees, organisations need to create a more flexible and family-friendly workforce
December 05, 2013Is the worst over for the Indian economy?
Over the last few months, the Indian economy has been on nothing short of a roller-coaster ride.
December 04, 2013Can India bounce back to a high growth phase?
The role of global factors in accelerating India's growth to unprecedented levels continues to be worryingly underappreciated.
Can 'Modinomics' work wonders for India?
Investors need to ask some basic questions before betting in the markets on the Gujarat model's national success.
December 03, 2013Tehelka tarnishes the image of India's media industry
The alleged sexual assault of a junior colleague by one of India's best-known activist-editors brings out not just Mr Tejpal's infirmities but those of an entire industry.
Why there is hope for the Indian economy
The safe conclusion to draw from the second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) numbers that were published last Friday is that the cycle has bottomed out and things are unlikely to get any worse.
December 02, 2013The trouble with India's disinvestment story
What should have primarily served as an instrument for improving PSU management has over the years become a mere financial exercise to raise revenue to reduce the fiscal deficit.
How election results will impact markets
From here till the next government is installed, political equations will play an increasing role in driving perceptions about India.
How will the Indian economy be post elections?
The key similarity between 1991 and 2014 is the criticality of decisive action.
November 29, 2013Japan's superfast trains will be able to touch 500km/hour
Japan will start building the world's first long-distance magnetic levitation railway that can hit a top speed of over 500 km an hour.
Why India failed to become an economic giant
Investment in human capital is likely to fail to translate into effective growth if incentives for entrepreneurs are missing.
Why the Iran nuclear deal is an economic breather
Recently, Iran and western powers signed a deal in which it was agreed the West Asian nation would scale down its nuclear programme in exchange for a cut in economic sanctions.
November 28, 2013How to make India's public sector banks successful
Since public sector banks are unlikely to be privatised soon, the aim has to be to make as many of them perform as is possible.
November 27, 2013Are special perks for VIPs in India justified?
The race for VIP perks has pernicious consequences and is undermining the elite's authority.
Dealing with government, a big hurdle for India Inc
Reforms may have removed many controls on industry, but the need to deal with the government or its civil servants has not declined.
November 23, 2013Why businessmen WANT Narendra Modi to come to POWER
There is a wide chasm that separates business and the UPA government. This has driven business straight into the arms of Narendra Modi.
November 22, 2013COLUMN: Applying economic theory to airline regulation
In July and August full-service carriers cut fares to levels that were, absurdly, only a whisker more than the fares of low-cost carriers.
Why investors are unhappy with leadership at Apple, Microsoft
Stakeholders are getting impatient with CEOs who are steady and stable. They want the leaders to take fast decisions and deliver quickly.
November 21, 2013India will be devastated if it ignores environmental concerns
By 2050, India will be a devastated country if the deafness to environmental and resource concerns persists.
The unique story of India's luxury market
The real talent for purveyors of luxury goods and services will lie in training Indians to serve them.
How research will change after this year's Nobel Prize
The Prize highlights that that if researchers from different fields work together, the quality of results is better and more definite.
November 20, 2013The good, the bad and the ugly of India's rural transformation
Despite impressive progress, a Green Revolution-era policy framework - subsidies for fertiliser and free electricity for groundwater irrigation - has now become an escalating risk to sustainability.
November 19, 2013What triggers Sensex's split personality
A few shares foreigners love have lifted markets, leaving investors open to a reversal of hot money as well as political risk.
The Reserve Bank's mission impossible?
Taming inflation may prove difficult because the social consensus in favour of moderate inflation appears to have eroded
November 18, 2013COLUMN: How to predict the next economic crisis
Economists have long argued that they shouldn't be expected to predict crises, such as the one that almost sank the global economy five years ago.
Vegflation: Another killer for India's economy!
A double-digit food inflation has become a standard feature of our economic history now for the sixth year.
Why rupee fall is good for India
In March 2012, the rupee was about 51 to the US dollar - not much cheaper than it was a decade earlier.
'Non-IAS experts must feel welcome in govt organisations'
The sudden exit of Yogesh Agarwal as the chairman of the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority, or PFRDA, has once again brought the relationship between financial sector regulators and the finance ministry into sharp focus.
Why the long-term bullish trend remains intact for markets
Although the current long-term bullish trend is intact, markets are awaiting clarity on the taper and the Assembly election results.
November 15, 2013How low oil prices can revolutionise Islamic countries
As the oil moneybags get lighter, it will be increasingly difficult for Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states to continue to support incendiary radicals. And over time, there will be greater integration of Muslim life and culture into the "mainstream".
November 14, 2013Economists vs politicians: Tough fight over economic policies
Macroeconomic policy aimed at short-term political gains does not augur well for a poorly performing economy.
November 13, 2013How smart cities can transform India's future
Cisco's CEO says India's urban planners urgently need to think innovatively to prepare for the unprecedented migration from villages that is expected over the next decade.
Twin DEVILS that have eroded the Indian economy
Consumer durables shrank year on year, which could suggest to observers that spending confidence is yet to return to the economy.
November 12, 2013Private investment: Engine to drive India's economic growth
By enabling, not colluding, with the private sector, the government can drive growth and deliver social protection on a much larger scale.
November 11, 2013Why it may be a very volatile week for markets
Trading through this coming week could be influenced by reactions to events in Europe and the US.
How India's business leaders have let down the country
The private sector has been selfish and greedy, and does not realise that it's they who should be blamed for the failure of India's growth story rather than the system and politicians.
Fresh tremors for the rupee?
The RBI's strategy to feed dollars to oil marketing companies directly from its dwindling reserves is not sustainable
How Sardar Patel could have changed India's economic fortunes
Narendra Modi's recent observation that India's fate would have been different had Sardar Patel been the country's first prime minister, instead of Jawaharlal Nehru, has caused a stampede of public opinion.
November 08, 2013Advantages of RBI opening up to foreign banks' subsidiaries
In the absence of clear incentives for subsidiaries, foreign banks logically prefer the branch mode; but now, those who see India as a long-term growth opportunity have the basis for deciding between the two modes.
COLUMN: How to deal with post-retirement blues
The number of financially well-off people seeking emotional crutches after retirement is increasing rapidly.
COLUMN: How long will the equity bubbles last?
Most expect these bubbles to break in short order and cause serious financial pain to anyone who's foolhardy enough to remain invested in financial assets.
November 07, 2013COLUMN: All about the row over GM crops
It is past time for India to revisit the question of cultivating Bt brinjal hybrids that have been field-tested in the country.
COLUMN: Of Raghuram Rajan and a few natural-born biases
If Mr Rajan's citizenship is considered relevant for heading an organisation that issues sovereign currency, should the provenance of a participant in a critical function of a sovereign democracy not count as well?
November 06, 2013There is a SWISS connection to Indians' craze for gold
Swiss data secrecy suggests a sinister explanation for India's gold fetish.
November 05, 2013Philanthropy and Buffett Junior
While his father has often been quoted on tips for investing, Buffett junior's focus is on spreading the word about both self-improvement and ways in which to make a positive difference in the world - with a special focus on solving hunger.
27 days to start a business in India! It's UPA's failure
India has been ranked 134th among 189 countries in the World Bank's Doing Business 2014 report.
November 04, 2013Why powerful business houses want Sebi chairman to quit
The Supreme Court has dismissed many petitions in the past but rarely has the country's apex court accused the petitioners of being "stool pigeons" of powerful corporate lobbies.
November 01, 2013COLUMN: Is management responsible for Infosys' setback?
The US legal action is likely to further strengthen public opinion, at a time of high unemployment, against information technology outsourcing -- which is seen to take away jobs from locals.
Economy: No RECOVERY yet in sight
But weak rupee helps India Inc.
October 31, 2013COLUMN: Why do Indian cities need a complete redesign
We need a comprehensive redevelopment plan that seeks to redesign our overgrown cities in terms of connectivity, mobility and liveability.
COLUMN: Why the govt needs to focus on growth now
The consumer price index has been in double digits for much of the past year, and was 9.8 per cent in September.
Swiss tax pacts: Can India catch the biggest tax defaulters?
Switzerland finally signed an agreement to exchange information on potential money launderers and tax dodgers last week but neither this nor a modified tax avoidance treaty is likely to help India.
October 30, 2013How India can reduce poverty drastically
Policymakers need to work towards raising the median household income rather than per capita income.
It is a dead-end for India's services-led growth
Resumption of rapid GDP expansion requires accelerated growth of the production and export of manufactures.
October 29, 2013Who will be the next Steve Jobs?
In some ways, Elon Musk's vision is even bolder and more transformative than that of Steve Jobs, says B S Prakash.
Will oil get cheaper in India? No way!
India's overwhelming dependence on imported energy will remain a significant weakness.
October 25, 2013When cronies plunder scarce resources
Crony capitalism will of course generate investment and ensure profit for private capital, but it won't give employment or income to the people. If you can make money by selling coal or speculating in land, why produce electricity, why invest in research and development, why even set up factories, asks Praful Bidwai.
Indian economy: There's no room for complacency
Given the 18-day government shutdown in the US and the likelihood for continued wrangling between the Democrats and the Republicans, it now looks like tapering may be off the table till the first quarter of 2014.
COLUMN: Will CBI move against Birla dampen biz confidence?
Corporate Affairs Minister Sachin Pilot intoned, "Recent incidents will certainly dampen business confidence and investment sentiment, both domestic and foreign; and perhaps also negatively affect decision making by bureaucrats and policy makers."
October 24, 2013COLUMN: Why soft loans will be hard on the exchequer
The government is somehow convinced that selective low-rate lending will stimulate demand and accelerate economic growth that plunged to a four-year low of 4.4 per cent in the first three months of 2013-14.
October 23, 2013How India can become a technology leader
There is a big hole in India's electronics manufacturing capabilities, one that does not fit in well with the notion of a large economy with matching technology muscles, says Subir Roy.
October 22, 2013Should Aadhaar be made mandatory?
The concept of Aadhaar (the Hindi word for basis or foundation) has evolved since it was introduced in 2009.
October 18, 2013Why India must clear the sky for airlines flying abroad
India must do away a pointless policy that mandates that a domestic airline must have been in operation for five years and have 20 aircraft before flying.
COLUMN: What actually saved the rupee?
An upward climb of the rupee has been maintained since Dr Raghuram Rajan's appointment, helped by his policy announcements and actions. But was this the whole story?
October 16, 2013UPA vs NDA: Who helped Indian economy the most?
While UPA has been more pro-farmer, and delivered better GDP growth while the NDA was steadier on the fiscal and industrial side.
October 15, 2013COLUMN: Whom to blame for India's stagflation?
Raghuram Rajan is correct -- the RBI's monetary response to inflation in the past has been too weak.
October 14, 2013COLUMN: Changing the climate of India-US strategic ties
Under the radar, Manmohan Singh and Barack Obama made a great deal of progress in resolving outstanding bilateral issues around climate change.
COLUMN: How India can gain from the US Fed's taper programme
For one thing, US Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke was perhaps right in postponing the quantitative easing taper even though the markets had complained at that time that they were primed for some reduction in QE3 and the Fed had missed an opportunity to execute their plans without causing too much of a flutter.
October 11, 2013COLUMN: The irony of India story
Hopes for India's long-term growth have never been lower, but the likelihood of that growth has never been higher.
COLUMN: Indian promoter-CEO is answerable to nobody
There is no shortage of businessmen in India who have run their firms into the ground, putting into jeopardy money given to them by small shareholders.
October 10, 2013Indian economy: Why we shouldn't be complacent
The tide began to turn in early September with the new Reserve Bank of India governor's confident and well-considered initial policy statement on September 4.
COLUMN: Why is it hard for founders to step down?
The question holds significance in the light of investors' call for Bill Gates to step down as Microsoft chairman.
October 09, 2013Why Indians FEAR rapid economic growth
The fear is that we in India are really not ready for a society where the social order is disrupted, says Amberish K Diwanji.
October 08, 2013Why inflation is so high in India
India's rampant inflation remains a hotly debated puzzle.
October 03, 2013Has the Rajan panel BETRAYED Bihar?
While the rest of India marches towards the promised destiny of 'progress', Bihar - the heart of India- is doomed to poverty and the injustices of a caste-based society.
October 01, 2013Column: Decoding Governor Rajan
Raghuram Rajan's signal of a neutral stance is at odds with concerns about inflation and markets' revised expectation of more increases in the repo rate
The real culprit behind the hike in onion prices
The most plausible suspect for the price surge, therefore, is the inability of the market to channel onions from growers to consumers without too many intermediaries adding to costs.
September 30, 2013Raghuram Rajan on the right track to save economy
Everything seems to be falling in place for the new RBI governor but there is a need to prepare for the imminent tapering by the Fed.
September 27, 2013COLUMN: Why diesel subsidy should be removed for all
In January this year, with a view to cutting the subsidy on diesel, the government had decreed that all bulk users, such as the railways, state transport corporations, armed forces and all commercial establishments, would be charged the market price for diesel.
September 26, 2013COLUMN: Honouring Solar Mamas
Bunker Roy, founder of the Barefoot College at Tilonia in Rajasthan, was awarded the Clinton Global Citizen Award at a ceremony in New York on September 25.
September 25, 2013Glaring errors in Modi's big claims will backfire
Narendra Modi should worry about fact-checking.
September 21, 2013How India can boost its foreign exchange reserves
Regrettably, another voluntary disclosure scheme may be needed to strengthen India's foreign exchange reserves.
September 20, 2013Rajan targets inflation, now will government go after growth?
Rajan was treated as the messiah who would rescue India from its current economic mess of growth stagnancy and high inflation.
September 19, 2013COLUMN: Of markets, politics and policy
The fragmentation of politics and the pressures of coalition management have contributed to a near-secular rise in budgetary social expenditures and spending on subsidies since 1991, leaving little fiscal space for government-led capital investment.
How India can build world class cities
Between 2010 and 2050 India is expected to add about 500 million to its 2011 urban population of 377 million.
September 17, 2013 It's the GDP, stupid
'India should exit Hubristan and stop patting itself on its back for 5 years of rapid growth, and all the Rolls Royces, BMWs and private jets owned by its billionaires, and instead focus on the urgently needed reforms to get GDP growth back in the 7 to 8 pc range and higher,' says Ram Kelkar.
Why India cannot grow as fast as China
In the past two decades China grew at a breakneck speed keeping its debt low and the quality of its infrastructure high.
September 16, 2013The situation in India is grave but hardly hopeless
The immediate challenge to faster growth is to restore stability to the currency markets.
September 13, 2013The ugly spat between Vikram Bakshi and McDonald's
The war of words that has broken out between Vikram Bakshi and McDonald's Corporation is the latest in the long list of ugly spats between Indian businessmen and their overseas collaborators.
September 12, 2013Why thousands are losing jobs in India
India Inc's hiring outlook has become the weakest in the past eight years in the Asia-Pacific region, even as job losses have emerged as a critical concern.
September 10, 2013Food Bill: Lessons India should have learnt from Soviet Union
By throwing food at poverty that is result of faulty economics and lack of jobs, one is only trying to suicidal path.
Why holding on to shares can save tax liability
Don't sell the shares immediately after you get possession. It might translate into tax liability, if not held for one year or more.
September 06, 2013Stagflation: Biggest challenge for Raghuram Rajan
Rajan's call to diaspora can't stem rupee rout.
Rupee fall: India can revamp its manufacturing sector
Thanks to rupee depreciation, India has a chance to fundamentally rework its stifled manufacturing sector.
COLUMN: Is Infosys losing its corporate governance sheen?
There are solid reasons recent observations at the company raise question marks about its adhering to corporate governance in spirit.
Mr PM, the Bangladeshi taka is doing better than the rupee!
Based on the GDP numbers and the remarkable stability of the taka Bangladesh's Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, is a better manager than our 'economist prime minister',' says TVR Shenoy.
September 05, 2013Why restrictions on home loans is a good move
India's real estate sector, many fear, is unstable.
H-1B visas: Why does the US blame Indian firms?
Indian and Indian-American IT businesses are being scapegoated for abuse of the visa programme - using it for cheap, immobile labour - that actually pervades the entire industry.
September 04, 2013Food Bill: Boon for politicians, bane for economy
Whatever may be their flaws and the adverse impact on industry or the Centre's finances, the food security and land acquisition Bills are likely to be seen by voters as people-friendly initiatives
COLUMN: All about the Food Security Bill myth
The Bill at best makes the existing public distribution system a legal right, an aspect that seems of little consequence to the lords of high finance, whose primary anxiety is the FSB-by-numbers.
How the government can stabilise the rupee
The shortage of capital flows into emerging markets is unlikely to go away in a hurry.
Why the market rally is likely to be short-term
Mass downgrades of GDP projections make it likely that there will be another wave of FII selling fairly soon
September 03, 2013How to cut oil import bill? Mr Moily has no clue
Veerappa Moily's suggestions on oil use do not inspire hope
September 02, 2013These 6 people are responsible for India's economic crisis
These six people have created a political climate more difficult for business, indeed more hostile to business, than at any time since the mid-1980s.
September 01, 2013The long-rumoured dollar rally in world markets is at hand
Don't catch falling knives or chase bear rallies no matter how enticing those eight pc green blips look. They may be mouse traps, warns Sonali Ranade
August 28, 2013COLUMN: The trouble with the richie itch
The basics and history of India's tax policy suggests that increase in the number of taxpayers has occurred and so has compliance with a reduction of tax slabs and moderate rates of tax.
COLUMN: How policy dilemmas led to the economic mess
As concern about the unfolding economic crisis has risen in India, many experts have assured us that 2013 is not 1991.
August 27, 2013COLUMN: Fall of the rupee only a symptom of India's mess
India imports more than it exports, so the rupee's decline will hurt more than it may help.
Reviving the economy won't be easy for Raghuram Rajan
The rupee's travails allow the RBI's incoming governor to renegotiate the objectives of monetary policy.
August 26, 2013Manmohan Singh's biggest failure in reviving the economy
When the prime minister thanked his predecessor during his Independence Day speech, it was significant because it was Dr Singh's final acknowledgement that political support for reform is essential.
Why India's 'dream team' has failed
The 1990s team worked wonders because the leaders took care to build a tier of competent secretaries and advisors under them.
COLUMN: Rupee approaching tipping point
India's fundamentals might be better served by allowing the rupee cycle to run its course.
August 25, 2013US equities stage routine pullback from 38 pc retracement level
The dollar's preliminary moves after the low 80.90 are supportive of a like dollar rally back to 85.50. We should see confirmation of that in the early part of next week, says Sonali Ranade
August 23, 2013Giving by force
Corporate Social Responsibility can become a serious tool for improving the lives of millions in any structural and long term way, writes Rajni Bakshi.
COLUMN: How Tirupati Trust can help India counter economic crisis
While there are no definitive statistics available, the Tirupati Trust Foundation has well over 1,000 tonnes of gold.
August 21, 2013India's infrastructure development has come to a STANDSTILL
Infrastructure development has come to a standstill despite all the promises.
COLUMN: Are politicians even in touch with reality?
If politicians are not even aware of the deep economic trouble a country is in, the crisis can only escalate.
August 20, 2013How India can revive the rupee, economy
All major financial markets - equities, bonds and currency - are on a slippery slope, with no respite in sight.
Column: Making sense of the rupee
In the medium term what will truly matter for the rupee's fortunes are India's growth and inflation fundamentals.
August 19, 2013Why the supposed rupee-dollar parity of 1947 is a MYTH
Mr Modi should welcome the rupee's fall as overdue, not criticise it.
COLUMN: Story of two devaluations
But an unimpressed finance minister plays King Canute.
Please, let's not write the rupee off
It's in the same boat as other emerging markets with current account deficits, but the recent capital-raising measures may help
August 16, 2013How India has curbed child labour
An ILO study shows child labour has declined for girls from households that had taken up the work guarantee programme.
After kicking out the Tatas, Didi plans 'industrial revolution'
Industrialists say they were bowled over by the West Bengal chief minister's 'charm and simplicity'.
August 15, 2013Column: A cloudy Independence Day
Silver linings in the India's economic gloom.
August 14, 2013Curbing CAD? FM FAILS to take right steps
The government has chosen the wrong way to control the current account deficit.
Why even a brilliant RBI governor cannot help India much
There's no point in having a brilliant RBI governor if politicians do not listen to him.
August 13, 2013India's growth? Well, it comes last!
Trade deficit falls, inflation steady, but industry is still frozen.
August 12, 2013UPA has 'managed' to take the economy back to the 80s
The eight years and more since 2004-05 have seen a continuous non-oil trade deficit, the first such period since the 1980s.
August 11, 2013A few points for India's new RBI governor
It was the RBI which destroyed our $-job economy. It is for the RBI to resurrect it by instituting news ways of managing the INR, says Sonali Ranade
August 08, 2013Can Jeff Bezos invent a new future for newspapers?
By buying The Washington Post in his personal capacity, the Amazon founder and internet pioneer may just be looking to save an American institution.
August 07, 2013COLUMN: Has RBI actually MANAGED to stem the rupee fall?
It is logical to believe the measures that have been introduced are 'temporary'.
Insurance bill: The reasons behind BJP's puzzling about-turn
Reports suggest that the BJP may now be willing to support the Bill in the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament provided some of its conditions are met.
August 04, 2013The US dollar could surprise with a massive rally
Hoard cash. There will be plenty of time and opportunity at far lower levels, warns Sonali Ranade in her weekly Market Notes
August 02, 2013COLUMN: Beyond the Bhagwati-Sen slugfest
Recent growth has wrought enormous environmental destruction and degradation in India, says Praful Bidwai.
August 01, 2013The danger of defending the rupee revealed
To first take a position that the currency would be managed, and then to witness it fall, is a grave loss of credibility for any government, and for any central bank.
July 30, 2013India's darkest hour: Hopes recede of economic recovery
Companies, bankers and experts have all given up hope of an economic recovery
Will shale gas become a game-changer for India?
Seeing the potential of shale gas, Reliance Industries moved early to secure a foothold in the Marcellus shale reserves in the US.
July 29, 2013COLUMN: Murphy's law at work in India
Last year this time, India was grappling with an imminent sovereign downgrade, with an uncontrolled fiscal deficit, policy paralysis of the highest order with no economic reforms for eight long years and a weakening rupee.
Is India planning to take a loan from IMF?
A rapidly deteriorating balance of payments may warrant that but the political climate is too risky
July 28, 2013US equity markets are approaching an intermediate correction
The dollar is king in an intermediate correction, says Sonali Ranade
July 26, 2013The Sen-Bhagwati slugfest: Not the 1st in history
Is the unfolding Bhagwati-Sen debate likely to have the same impact on economic policy in India as Hayek versus Keynes had on the West?
July 24, 2013Can we trust India's poverty figure? Well...
The Planning Commission has issued poverty estimates based on the Suresh Tendulkar methodology, while admitting it was not taking this seriously.
Singur: A tale of ambition, politics and BLATANT LIES
Mamata Banerjee and Singur share a history that dates back to 2006.
July 23, 2013COLUMN: Vexing issues of gold import, current account deficit
The external current account deficit remains our biggest worry today.
Digital media turns into a money spinner in India
As both video and streaming services take off, online entertainment is finally showing signs of making money.
July 22, 2013Bihar and India's uncertain glory
There are reasons for India to hang its head in shame," says Amartya Sen in an interview this week.
How the govt bent rules to appoint Ramadorai as PSU chief
The senior Tata Group executive's appointment as NSDC chairman raises the vital question of conflict of interest
Black money: Tackling the controversial Mauritius route
Mauritius is back in the news, and as usual not for the right reasons.
July 21, 2013When the market offers you money for jam, take both and run!
Time to take profits and move to the sidelines in an euphoria, says Sonali Ranade
July 19, 2013India faces growing problem of more skilled workers than jobs
In 10 years, we will have two college-trained aspirants for every job.
July 18, 2013Fliers beware! AirAsia in India may not be good for you
The airline's entry may trigger charges for every extra service such as baggage and seat selection.
If Indian companies don't spend on R&D, they will die
At present, India spends 0.9 per cent of its GDP on research and development (R&D), which is well below what developed countries.
How G5 power can revive emerging economies
Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa are still a logical grouping.
COLUMN: Govt's move on FDI welcome, but insufficient
Simple fact is that this will not be enough to get pools of long-term funds interested in India again.
July 17, 2013How a telecom miracle can happen in India
The mistrust between the authorities and service providers can end if the contentious issues are addressed as a package deal.
July 15, 2013Myths and reality of the Food Security Bill
All those who have been dismayed by the food security ordinance should thank Manmohan Singh and his colleagues for a neat optical trick, says T N Ninan.
July 14, 2013As the markets hit new highs, look to take profits
Keep exit plans handy, D-day could be the second week of August, writes Sonali Ranade in Market Notes.
July 12, 2013COLUMN: Why have some students rejected IIT?
The inference that the IIT brand name has been devalued is unfair; this could as well reflect a wider market for student choices
July 11, 2013COLUMN: Is the Indian economy shrinking?
The toxic brew of fiscal populism, crony capitalism and bad economic management has ensured the collapse of economic growth, industrial stagnation, stubbornly high consumer inflation, declining savings and investment, shrinking employment opportunities, and a dangerously vulnerable external financing situation.
COLUMN: Why measures to arrest rupee fall are not enough
Recent measures by the Reserve Bank of India and the Securities and Exchange Board of India are being seen by observers as an attempt to reverse the inexorable decline of the rupee.
July 10, 2013COLUMN: UPA and the economic consequences of Amartya Sen
One may fault this government for incompetence, corruption, and delayed action but it cannot be faulted for lacking a vision.
COLUMN: Justice and the Indian-American way
Is focusing on Rajat Gupta and Raj Rajaratnam the best way to chronicle the South Asian-American Diaspora's rise?
Is the Food Security Bill a game-changer?
Food insecurity and hunger are rooted in bad policies, faulty design, poor governance and a lack of political will.
July 09, 2013Tough times for emerging markets
India is hugely vulnerable to a sudden stop in emerging market liquidity.
July 08, 2013Why India lags behind in innovation
Stricter intellectual norms can help India grow faster.
Major problems with the Food security Bill
There continues to be several major problems with the food security scheme that deserve to be more thoroughly discussed at the highest level of law making than they have been so far.
July 07, 2013US equities resume rise amid surging $, crashing commodities
A resurgent US dollar is the key feature of the current scenario and its value continues to drive other markets, from euro, yen to the INR. Most currencies continue to seek lower valuations against the greenback. This trend is likely to continue until the dollar peaks out by yearend at around 89 as opposed to 84.5 right now, says Sonali Ranade
July 06, 2013Why India should take care of the telecom sector
DoT, has decided that it will not cancel the GSM licences of dual-technology companies.
July 05, 2013Uttarakhand disaster: Should govt ban dam construction?
These activities need proper environmental assessment, disaster potential assessment, and climate change assessment before giving the green light.
July 04, 2013How the India-Europe bilateral trade pact will help
Time is running out for a possible India-Europe bilateral trade investment agreement that would be beneficial for both parties.
New banks: Why RBI must be cautious
New banks will mean the RBI must improve oversight.
India's aspiring banking moguls fail to impress
The scarcity value of the licences has attracted a motley crew of hopefuls, ranging from India's humble postal department to billionaires.
July 03, 2013Zombie wheat case: GM food safety debate far from settled
Efforts by Indian activists to challenge the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority Bill, now pending in Parliament, may get a boost from a controversy that has broken out in the US
How India can improve its highway network
If India had a road regulator in the late nineties, the capacity-building model based on public-private partnerships would not have been in tatters.
How FM, RBI handled the economic crisis
The response by the finance ministry and the RBI to the churning in financial markets is mature.
COLUMN: Don't bet on the rupee's story to end soon
Rupee's misunderstood fall is far from over despite some near-term respite.
July 02, 2013COLUMN: Why malnutrition, not hunger, is the problem in India
UN report shows holes in govt's food security proposal.
What keeps China from playing fair?
This corporate pragmatism makes sense individually, but may undermine efforts to make China one day 'do the right thing'.
July 01, 2013COLUMN: Govt courts controversy by increasing gas prices
India's reforms are business-friendly rather than market-friendly, says T N Ninan.
June 30, 2013Equity markets resilient but precious metals collapse
If the dollar continues to rally as expected, commodities will continue to tank after a short counter-trend rally.The same holds true for precious metals, says Sonali Ranade
June 28, 2013India sees deficit falling, debt rising
There is vulnerability on both current and capital accounts.
COLUMN: Difference between super-rich and rest of the world
A recent incident has underscored one more way in which the lives of the super-rich are diverging from the lives of everyone else.
June 26, 2013COLUMN: Asia's emerging markets should be called 'submerging'
Everything, from stocks to bonds and currencies, has been hammered by indiscriminate selling.
June 25, 2013Mobile remittances: A potential game changer in India?
While Indians are increasingly using mobile platforms and technology for various financial transactions and purchases like bill payments, ticket bookings, entertainment, travel and banking transactions, cross border mobile remittance is yet to see the light of the day.
COLUMN: Why the rupee needs to fall some more
The calculations on the inflation-adjusted value of the rupee are deceptive
COLUMN: Microsoft needs narrower focus and more realism
Microsoft has done well in selling software to enterprises, but it has never really figured out consumers or hardware.
June 24, 2013Column: Why India must support start-ups
We need to make start-ups, instead of small businesses, part of the priority sector, says Shubhashis Gangopadhyay.
The upturn in the interest rate cycle cracks SPX and DAX
The crack in the equity markets is serious and portends a deeper correction ahead. The markets will almost certainly attempt to complete the interrupted up move next week, says Sonali Ranade
June 21, 2013COLUMN: Rise of the winner-take-all economy
Number of people in the world with more than $1 million to invest soared to a record of 12 million in 2012, a 9.2 per cent increase over 2011.
Succession plan: Why India Inc STRUGGLES to find a leader
Too many corporate leaders cherish the crown of indispensability.
The UNHOLY nexus between business and politics
The unholy nexus between business and politics has taken a whole new form, says Bhupesh Bhandari.
How rupee fall adds to India's external sector risk
As the rupee falls to new lows, the author reviews India's external sector risk indicators.
June 20, 2013European banks: The elephants in the room
With non-performing loans rising, European banks may be forced to reduce their India exposure, putting more pressure on the rupee.
June 19, 2013COLUMN: For India, high growth is now a mirage
Policy focus should shift to targeting modestly good growth and using its fruits to improve lives.
Blacklisting companies? What the govt must do
Governments must give companies a hearing before blacklisting them.
June 18, 2013COLUMN: Economic worries and the global elite
Making capitalism work for everyone, and not just the plutocrats, is our most pressing political and economic problem.
Water: By the people, of the people, for the people
Six villages in Maharashtra that are within the drought affected area have remained water secure even in an extremely bad year.
June 16, 2013World equity markets may attempt to stake out a new high
The fall in equity values following the spike in interest rates was sharp but very shallow; stopping just at the 50 DMA for most markets even after the first 5-wave leg down was complete. That shows markets could have another leg up that could make new highs, says Sonali Ranade
June 13, 2013COLUMN: Why is the rupee under pressure?
The rupee has been falling for five straight weeks, taking its losses this quarter to 6.6 per cent, making it the worst performing currencies in Asia during this period.
June 12, 2013COLUMN: Halfway to an emerging bear market
One culprit behind the poor recent performance of emerging markets is growing bond market volatility and the knock-on effect that that may be having on so-called carry trades, under which investors borrow money cheaply in one currency and then invest it for what they hope will be higher returns elsewhere.
June 11, 2013Address the current account deficit with concrete steps
Given recent tendencies, it was only a matter of time before the rupee fell below its previous low.
June 10, 2013Downslide: Rupee to FALL further
All the indicators point to a further steady weakening of the Rupee.
Any rally in RUPEE will be short-lived
Emerging markets, including India have been large beneficiaries of global monetary easing.
How India's urban poor also HELPS the economy grow
Most informal enterprises in slums employ local residents, generating benefits for the local economy.
June 09, 2013Equities all set to resume bid for new highs
The structure of the rallies that unfold will determine if they make new highs or not, and there is scope for new highs, says Sonali Ranade
June 07, 2013Real Estate Bill: How it makes buyers the KING
The provisions in the bill will curb malpractices by developers and it even proposes to penalise them if norms are violated.
ANALYSIS: Founders at helm is Infosys' BIGGEST problem
The stranglehold of the founders over the Infosys management has strengthened after the recent changes.
Narayana Murthy: A big BRAND in the IT sector
Narayana Murthy is akin to being the first man on the moon for the IT services industry.
June 06, 2013Apple patent case EXPOSES trade arbiter's flaws
A US ban on imports of older iPhones and iPads is example of the International Trade Commission being too quick to block products on dubious grounds.
Why austerity can be BAD for economy
In the current circumstances, aggressive efforts to rapidly reduce budget deficits may backfire and affect industrail output and jobs.
Column: The rupee's FALL still makes waves
An immediate aftermath of the recent fall in rupee is rise in fuel prices, the decision made politically easy by simply blaming it on the exchange rate.
June 05, 2013Mohandas Pai: How Murthy can TURN AROUND Infosys
A centralised, founder-led model that relies on organic growth is no longer workable.
June 04, 2013COLUMN: Why there's a twist in the GM tale
Anti-GM voices have inadvertently spurred farm scientists to support the use of gene manipulation for producing stress-resistant crops.
New RBI norms: They are tough but necessary
After 2015, all re-structured assets will be treated on a par with non-performing assets, requiring the same level of provisioning.
June 03, 2013Column: RBI should explain 'liquidity'
There seem to be several concepts of liquidity floating around. And a distinction is sought to be made between money supply and liquidity.
Murthy's return shows DEPTH of malaise at Infosys
The company should reward the confidence of the shareholders by returning some cash to them.
COLUMN: Protecting customers from 'banksters'
The RBI must apply its mind to the heart of the issue: are bankers competent to advise customers on anything other than their own banking product?
June 02, 2013Next market rally could be last before major correction
If the corrections underway across most markets hold first support, the probability of another leg to the rally until mid-August is fairly certain, says Sonali Ranade
June 01, 2013COLUMN: What's behind the spooked stock market?
The outlook appears to be improving as policy shifts away from austerity and toward growth.
May 31, 2013Warren Buffett needs luck for Las Vegas gamble to pay off
The Billionaire investor is under pressure to deploy the $44 bn cash on Berkshire's balance sheet.
May 30, 2013LESSONS from China's public transport system
A network of interchangeable transport systems with seamless access, like in China's Guangzhou city, can go a long way in easing urban commuters' woes.
COLUMN: Open fight over sustainability
While the violence of guns gets more media attention the war between votaries of sustainable development and those who favour rapid industrial growth rages on.
Why RBI reducing policy rates will not REVIVE economy
It's not the high interest rates that's affecting the economy but the policy bottlenecks.
The DANGEROUS aristocrats of finance
Despite the financial crisis of 2008, the finance industry is still arrogant, isolated and ridiculously lucrative.
May 29, 2013Should you trust Delhi govt's claims on the city's growth?
Once you analyse the data, you will realise the state government wants to take credit for achievements that do not belong to it.
May 28, 2013Why safety concerns over Bajaj's quadricycle are overblown
Due to the low power engine, the chances of serious accidents are less compared to other four-wheelers.
How the West's central banks' turbulence will AFFECT India
Winding down quantitative easing will be messy for the West and a big problem for India.
May 27, 2013COLUMN: Global inflation slide stirs the bogeyman
Policymakers now have to start worrying about deflation.
May 26, 2013World commodity markets continue to slide, equities pause
There is no ignoring the fact that world equity markets at this point are in unsustainable parabolic trajectories. The question is when, not if, a deep and sharp correction arrives. Investors need to be prepared for a quick exit if they are riding the rallies at this late stage, says Sonali Ranade
May 21, 2013Why global companies are betting BIG on India
Global businesses still believe that India consumption story is intact despite the slowdown of the past couple of years.
May 20, 2013COLUMN: How India should reform its trade?
Focus should be on integrating India into regional trade blocs and helping professional services transcend borders.
May 19, 2013Expect equity markets and dollar to consolidate
Clearly the DXY is overbought and needs to work off overbought conditions. That will trigger consolidation in US equity markets that are just as overbought, says Sonali Ranade
May 18, 2013Call the doctor, toll free
A Piramal social venture enables people all over Rajasthan to call 104 toll free to seek medical advice.
May 17, 2013New Mercedes S Class is MAKE or BREAK for Daimler
If the car flops, Daimler's goal to regain leadership in the premium segment by 2020 will be a pipe dream.
Markets: Preparation for volatility a must
Low volatility, in general, means low risk, which highlights another anomaly -- when any asset gets into uncharted territory, risk, almost by definition, should be high.
Corporate group-run banks: Are they useful?
On February 22, 2013, the Reserve Bank of India issued guidelines on 'Licensing of New Banks in the Private Sector'.
May 16, 2013FDI in retail: Why govt's policy is completely FLAWED
The conditions imposed on prospective investors in the retail sector betray a lack of understanding of the dynamics of the business.
May 15, 2013How CORRUPTION has engulfed the Railways
Lucrative contracts negotiated through influential middlemen, gratification for officials and their political patrons has become a norm in Indian Railways.
May 14, 2013How the US immigration Bill will hit Indian cos
The immigration Bill from a bipartisan group of US Senators will hurt US companies as much as Indian IT service providers.
May 13, 2013India needs to focus on e-vehicles for public transport
The future of sustainable transportation in India lies in developing electric vehicles across transit automobile segments.
Did the CAG overstep the mark?
The Comptroller and Auditor General reports saw senior politicians, powerful ministers and top bureaucrats end up in jail. Thanks to those reports, public scams such as 2G, Coalgate and the Commonwealth Games became part of the popular discourse.
May 12, 2013US markets make new highs while Nifty plods on
Nifty could consolidate below 6100 for a week or so. Those who missed the bus at 5400 could consider buying their blue chips in the consolidation that ensues, says Sonali Ranade
May 09, 2013COLUMN: Five days below the poverty line
A look at the lessons learnt by the columnist in his experiment to whittle down the weekly food bill to sub-poverty levels.
May 08, 2013Why India should WORRY about US' trade pacts in Asia
US is fast forging partnership with Asian countries. To grow its international trade, India needs to engage with the US urgently.
Why CAG appointment procedure needs to be CHANGED
Currently, the appointment is at he discretion of the Prime Minister. It needs to be more transparent and non-partisan.
When AGING provides a business OPPORTUNITY
The aging of the population is creating market demand for new products and services at an unprecedented pace.
May 06, 2013How to rewrite India's GROWTH story
The RBI issued a fairly gloomy forecast in its monetary policy statement last Friday.
Why does India need balance sheet reforms?
In the absence of market opportunities, the management will need to persuade shareholders that legitimate methods of valuation were used and the transaction price was justifiable.
May 05, 2013How India can RAISE $1 trillion for infra projects
The government needs to create a sustainable bond market and cut the fiscal deficit.
S&P 500 makes a new high, Nifty begins a new super cycle
On April 10, the Nifty could have begun a new super cycle which could run to 2025, says Sonali Ranade
May 04, 2013How to SELL India to the US
We need to create more effective programmes to show that life in modern India is not that different from life anywhere else.
May 03, 2013Why it's DIFFICULT for India to manufacture chips
Infrastructure require for making chips is not available in the country.
May 02, 2013Revealed! How Unilever PROFITS from HUL open offer
It borrowed cheaply in the West and now investing in high-earnings assets in India.
April 30, 2013Why India DESERVES a rating upgrade
East European countries have better rating than India though their economies are not as stable as the latter.
April 28, 2013Expect the equity markets to retest recent supports
The rally from supports averted an immediate meltdown but the correction is far from over, says Sonali Ranade.
April 27, 2013Brown rice and Bluetooth
Brown and organic rice were just words to many who lived in cities
April 25, 2013Vedanta and international standards on mining
The most significant development over the last 10 years is that such organisations have accepted the need to operate on the basis of the principle of FPIC, namely Free, Prior and Informed Consent, by the local people whom a mining project affects.
April 24, 2013COLUMN: Know your city to set it right
India's cities are in poor shape and it is axiomatic that unless you have proper systems of governance in place working through the right kind of institutions, there is no hope for their uplift.
April 23, 2013COLUMN: All about Bengal's Saradha scourge
The collapse of a large deposit taker, the Saradha group, has brought protesting collection agents right to the doorstep of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, whose government has given a free hand to such firms.
April 21, 2013Column: Will tax havens FALL APART?
612 Indians are among those who had parked their money in tax havens around the world.
Clawback in commodities last week was a dead cat bounce
Most commodities are on the verge of tipping over into deep long-term bear markets not seen for decades, says Sonali Ranade
April 19, 2013Why govt export schemes are INEFFECTIVE
India's exports need free trade and reform. The government, however, is extending failed schemes.
April 18, 2013COLUMN: Legitimising myths about gold imports
The massive buyers of gold in the past two years have not been the distressed farmers or the manual scavengers, writes Ajit Balakrishnan.
April 17, 2013COLUMN: Indians unwilling to set up productive cos
Devesh Kapur asks why FDI is not attracted to India - and why Indians themselves are unwilling to set up productive enterprises.
April 16, 2013Should you be brave and buy gold, or silver?
We are in a general commodity correction wherein we must expect all commodities to bottom more or less simultaneously since money is fungible and you have no means of knowing which bull is trapped where, says Sonali Ranade
COLUMN: Struggle for life saving drugs
People die from diseases like AIDS, TB, etc because life saving essential medicines are either too expensive, or not available because they are not seen as financially viable.
April 15, 2013Gold crash sets up market for correction in commodities
The best part of the collapse in the price of gold [bullish for India on its own merits] was in what it says for commodities in general but for crude in particula, says Sonali Ranade
An economic DISASTER is brewing in India
Rising CAD, low growth & inflation may spark off an economic crisis in India.
COLUMN: How to prevent future slums
Many people's groups have taken up the cause of Mumbai's slum dwellers, especially since the city municipal authorities set up the Slum Rehabilitation Authority.
April 12, 2013India-EU FTA: A parting kick from UPA?
Barring a few exceptions India has a chronic trade deficit with most of its existing FTA partners as it is with most of its proposed FTA partners.
Should pharma MNCs be peeved?
In spite of all their complaints, pharma MNCs have been gaining market share in India. And this growth has come largely with generics.
April 10, 2013RBI's exchange rate policy should favour exports
The daily movement in exchange rates should favour exporters, and not importers, in a visible transparent manner. The RBI owes this to exporters, says Sonali Ranade
April 08, 2013Column: What was the Novartis case really about?
The drug Glivec was a genuinely new and important discovery deserving of patent protection.
US markets in short-term correction but no reversal sign
Signs abound of money flowing out of commodities and equities into US treasuries, indicating we are nearing a top even in the US markets, says Sonali Ranade
COLUMN: India's love affair with gold
India does not regard gold merely as an investment, it is also the preferred form of hoarding tax-evaded wealth.
April 06, 2013India Inc is equally to BLAME for the current MESS!
Business has paid a pittance for farmers' land, indulged in widespread illegal mining, and cheated on 'green' commitments.
April 04, 2013Why foreign investors are LOSING faith in Vietnam
Foreign investors are losing faith in Vietnam, which was sought-after destination just three-four years back. Due to slow reforms and rising corruption the growth in foreign investments has turned negative.
April 03, 2013Why the food security bill will NOT help the POOR
'Food security' will, unfortunately, become a giant boondoggle.
April 02, 2013COLUMN: Can we have waterless agriculture too Mr PM?
We need a master plan to increase our water storage capacity, improve irrigation facilities and create water networks across the country that links the draught prone with those experiencing floods.
Will Aakash SUCCEED even as it FAILS?
Aakash is now two years beyond its initial delivery date.
April 01, 2013NASDAQ 100, SPX make all-time (closing) highs, DAX sags
Unless the markets confirm a downtrend, don't short the markets. Investors should wait till a direction to US markets becomes clear, says Sonali Ranade
How India can ensure fuel security
The one fact of life that will be unchanged into the foreseeable future is that India will remain hugely import-dependent for energy, while rival countries are booking sources of supply, or blocking other sources through trade embargoes.
The many PROBLEMS with a BRICS bank
The BRICS bank is simply too expensive a proposition for a group of developing countries that includes many who are already overspending domestically.
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