Devangshu Datta

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Aurangzeb's time and ours

Aurangzeb's time and ours

Rediff.com6 Jun 2020

The emperor's appetite for enlarging his realm translated into a fetish for raising taxes, despite the simplicity of his personal lifestyle, points out Devangshu Datta.

Why you need to watch out for April SIP numbers

Why you need to watch out for April SIP numbers

Rediff.com28 Apr 2020

Due to tax associations with the fiscal-ending, April is a month of SIP renewal. So, the April numbers will be important and may perhaps, mark a change in retail attitude.

India's greatest test since Partition

India's greatest test since Partition

Rediff.com23 Apr 2020

'The steady poverty reduction achieved over the last three decades could be largely reversed in this one financial year with hundreds of millions sliding below the red line,' warns Devangshu Datta.

The Ministry of Acronyms, Shlokas and Slogans

The Ministry of Acronyms, Shlokas and Slogans

Rediff.com19 Apr 2020

'This way, you'll maintain our glorious traditional values and get more efficient governance as well.'

How maths helps you understand the coronavirus

How maths helps you understand the coronavirus

Rediff.com5 Apr 2020

The first cycle starts with 1, then 2, then 4, 8, etc, until the infected population jumps to 16,384 at the 14th cycle, explains Devangshu Dutta.

How the world will change after coronavirus

How the world will change after coronavirus

Rediff.com23 Mar 2020

'Tens of millions will be working from home for months at a time, which means the smartest brains in business will be focussed on creating more efficient WFH processes,' predicts Devangshu Datta.

Which way is Covid-19 headed?

Which way is Covid-19 headed?

Rediff.com18 Mar 2020

The disease could go down several paths. One possibility, the least likely, is that it will just disappear. The most likely is that it will have seasonal impact, says Devangshu Datta.

Investments in the time of coronavirus

Investments in the time of coronavirus

Rediff.com9 Mar 2020

Gold, forex assets, IT sector, pharma. Devangshu Datta explains why each of these is a good hedge against market shocks at this time.

Being evil pays. Does it pay enough?

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 gloom

Investors must stay positive amidst the gloom

Rediff.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 useful

Making Wikipedia more useful

Rediff.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-caps

Now is the time to focus on mid and small-caps

Rediff.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 Indian

Don't underestimate the average Indian

Rediff.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 point

Economy very close to hitting crisis point

Rediff.com30 Dec 2019

'The Indian economy is in slowdown and growth may stay slow,' notes Devangshu Datta.

Want to migrate to Nithyananda's 'Kailaasa'?

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 intelligent

Making computers intelligent

Rediff.com29 Nov 2019

Computers need to be trained to recognise images, says Devangshu Datta.

Slow march on the path to immortality

Slow march on the path to immortality

Rediff.com20 Oct 2019

Is it possible to extend lifespans to, say, 120 years, or longer, asks Devangshu Datta.

Markets down? Hedge with gold or currency

Markets down? Hedge with gold or currency

Rediff.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 battle

Hong Kong protests: A tech-driven cat-and-mouse battle

Rediff.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 rupee

How to gain from fall in rupee

Rediff.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

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