All stories by Devangshu Datta
Being evil pays. Does it pay enough?Rediff.com5 Feb 2020
Construction companies will make money building detention centres. Information technology companies will make money on the enumeration of the CAA, NRC and NPR, notes Devangshu Datta.
Investors must stay positive amidst the gloomRediff.com29 Jan 2020
Investors must be prepared to believe that things will get better eventually, no matter how bad the current situation may look. If you don't possess this optimism, you will not possess the courage to invest and if you don't invest, you don't give yourself any chance to get wealthy, says Devangshu Datta.
Making Wikipedia more usefulRediff.com18 Jan 2020
Guesstimates suggest that around 80 to 85 per cent of Wiki information is accurate. That is less than 95 per cent that is considered the gold standard for 'normal' encyclopedias'. But 80 per cent is a reasonable baseline for somebody who's starting to research a topic and it does suggest that crowd-sourcing works, even though it is a long way from perfection, says Devangshu Datta.
Now is the time to focus on mid and small-capsRediff.com13 Jan 2020
Long-term investors should consider moving into smaller stocks. Rather than try to pick stocks, it makes sense to build a diversified portfolio by exposure across midcap and small caps funds, suggests Devangshu Datta.
Don't underestimate the average IndianRediff.com8 Jan 2020
'And don't underestimate the enabling power of bribery.' 'Hark back to demonetisation.' 'All of the cash did come back.' 'The same thing will happen with the alphabet soup of the NRC, NPR and CAA except that this exercise will deal in documents, not cash.' 'Bribes will be paid.' 'Documents will be magically generated,' points out Devangshu Datta.
Economy very close to hitting crisis pointRediff.com30 Dec 2019
'The Indian economy is in slowdown and growth may stay slow,' notes Devangshu Datta.
Want to migrate to Nithyananda's 'Kailaasa'?Rediff.com16 Dec 2019
'It's a moot point if Kailaasa will ever evolve beyond being a haven for a fugitive from justice,' notes Devangshu Datta.
Making computers intelligentRediff.com29 Nov 2019
Computers need to be trained to recognise images, says Devangshu Datta.
Slow march on the path to immortalityRediff.com20 Oct 2019
Is it possible to extend lifespans to, say, 120 years, or longer, asks Devangshu Datta.
Markets down? Hedge with gold or currencyRediff.com30 Aug 2019
But whatever you do, be prepared to hold on to your positions and keep your nerve, advises Devangshu Datta.
Hong Kong protests: A tech-driven cat-and-mouse battleRediff.com19 Aug 2019
Both protesters and the authorities in Hong Kong are using complex combinations of technology, reports Devangshu Datta.
How to gain from fall in rupeeRediff.com8 Aug 2019
Assume that the rupee will trend lower over the next 10 years as India increases overseas sovereign exposures, and your long-term asset allocation should be geared to deal with this trend, suggests Devangshu Datta
When prime time is not for prime newsRediff.com9 Jul 2019
A free press is not necessarily an unbiased press. The media curates what it presents to the public, and that curation is driven by multiple considerations, argues Devangshu Datta.
Every party has corruption in its DNARediff.com20 Jun 2019
'You cannot win an election without putting together a massive war chest.' 'It is impossible to put a war chest together, without giving and taking favours from India Inc, with a large dose of extortion thrown in,' says Devangshu Datta.
World Cup 2019: When coaches took overRediff.com18 Jun 2019
'This World Cup is likely to be much more a clash of plans than of talent,' says Devangshu Datta.
World's most dangerous laptop auctioned as 'work of art'Rediff.com12 Jun 2019
Six pieces of malware present in the laptop had truly terrible track records. It's estimated that these six programs have logged combined damages of $95 billion between them, says Devangshu Datta.
Just legalise betting on elections!Rediff.com9 May 2019
'Legalised election betting would drive black money and satta operators out of business while creating a more level and transparent playing field for politics,' argues Devangshu Datta.
India needs a weak coalition governmentRediff.com24 Apr 2019
'A rag-tag coalition is more insecure and hence, more inclined to reform,' argues Devangshu Datta.
Challenging times for Vodafone IdeaRediff.com23 Apr 2019
'Vodafone Idea has losses running over Rs 10,000 crore in the last four quarters.' 'It has long-term debt of about Rs 1.15 trillion.' 'Even post-issue, the debt service numbers won't be good,' points out Devangshu Datta.
Current bear market is a tough phase for stock pickersRediff.com19 Mar 2019
There is little sense in trying to find stocks that will not be vulnerable in a situation where 87% of the market is trending down and India is getting set for a crucial election, says Devangshu Datta.
Growing crops in space, reaping the benefits on EarthRediff.com3 Feb 2019
The ongoing experiments on Moon, Mars and elsewhere could translate into better crop yields and hardier plants that could thrive in inhospitable parts of the world, says Devangshu Datta.
The World's Youngest GrandmasterRediff.com29 Jan 2019
At 12 years, seven months and 17 days, Dommaraju Gukesh is the second youngest Grandmaster of all time.
Why retail investors should pay homage to John BogleRediff.com29 Jan 2019
John Bogle figured that cheap mutual funds, which just mirrored indices with little tracking error, would be a useful vehicle for wealth creation, recalls Devangshu Datta.
Where to hedge in 2019Rediff.com28 Jan 2019
Continue to invest normally unless prices fall drastically in April-May. If prices do fall drastically, invest more than normal, advises Devangshu Datta.
Good time to take stock of your equity portfolioRediff.com25 Jan 2019
'Historically, the lead-up to a general election tends to be excessively volatile and big losses are perfectly possible.'
How cricket has changed since that historic day!Rediff.com21 Jan 2019
'Perhaps the biggest change is in terms of mindset when it comes to the art of the possible when chasing.'
'A modern team knows that knocking off 120 runs in 10 overs is eminently possible.' 'When things click, that can translate into 450 in 50 overs,' says Devangshu Datta.
Detecting cancerRediff.com12 Jan 2019
It isn't one disease. It can attack different organs and there are very significant differences in the treatment modes for each.
Investors: Focus on companies facing the consumerRediff.com14 Dec 2018
The most consistent wealth creators since 2008 are all consumer-facing companies, says Devangshu Datta.
Why India needs a Data Protection LawRediff.com26 Nov 2018
'It's looking odds-on there won't be a data protection law before this edition of the Lok Sabha is dissolved.' 'This limbo has enabled all sorts of businesses that would be illegal in countries that do have data protection laws,' notes Devangshu Datta.
Why Jamal Khashoggi's death mattersRediff.com11 Nov 2018
'A 2018 murder may lead to shifts in the geopolitical order and impact at least one monarchy,' says Devangshu Datta.
Has one of mathematics's toughest problems been solved?Rediff.com20 Oct 2018
Mathematical problems can sometimes turn out to have real-world applications. This is true for the Riemann Hypothesis. Crypto-currency investors will heave a sigh of relief if the problem is unsolved since a proof could render their expertise obsolete, explains Devangshu Datta.
Of Gaurakshaks and data privacyRediff.com12 Oct 2018
What if the digital records of a food delivery service are leaked? What if a tech-savvy gaurakshak scans those records and discovers who the beef-eaters are? What happens next? Devangshu Datta highlights the risks posed by leaks of digital databases.
Why IL&FS crisis has made investors so nervousRediff.com9 Oct 2018
Given that there are hundreds of players in the shadow banking space, it's hard to make a credible estimate of potential NPAs. That creates more scope for panic, says Devangshu Datta.
Is Pluto a planet or not? Debate rages onRediff.com1 Oct 2018
After stripping Pluto of planet status in 2006, some astronomers want to reclassify it once again, says Devangshu Datta.
WhatsApp is the favoured tool for spreading poisonRediff.com29 Sep 2018
'Over 200 million Indians use WhatsApp, including many who use no other form of social media.' 'WhatsApp has been used to propagate all sorts of fake news and misinformation.' 'In the past six months or so, WhatsApp has been the core enabler of many instances of lynching,' points out Devangshu Datta.
Aadhaar: Data everywhere, little left to stealRediff.com26 Sep 2018
'Every Indian citizen is already exposed to massive digital surveillance and most are already vulnerable to data theft and cyber-impersonation as well,' points out Devangshu Datta.
Modi and the art of distractionRediff.com20 Sep 2018
'The arrests of Sanatan Sanstha members for committing murder and stockpiling explosives with the alleged intent of committing mass murder must be embarrassing to a majoritarian government,' notes Devangshu Datta.
Who can kill the fake news monster?Rediff.com11 Aug 2018
'There are sound commercial reasons to hope for the development of 'anti-fake news networks',' says Devangshu Datta.
Warning: Inflation aheadRediff.com8 Aug 2018
'Election years tend to see high government expenditure on unproductive schemes, though that money sloshing around can boost private consumption.' 'Again, it can mean higher inflation,' explains Devangshu Datta.
Akshay Venkatesh: The king of numbersRediff.com6 Aug 2018
Devangshu Datta walks you into the mind of the winner of the Fields Medal, considered by pure mathematicians as the equivalent of the Nobel Prize.