Kanika Datta

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The Age of the Loh Purush

The Age of the Loh Purush

Rediff.com20 Oct 2020

Overt displays of physical machismo is the stamp of the strongman and it's a symptom that manifests itself in direct proportion to their sense of insecurity, says Kanika Datta.

What WFH is doing to office 'time-pass'

What WFH is doing to office 'time-pass'

Rediff.com24 Sep 2020

The centrality of idle office chitchat has only recently come to be acknowledged by executives as they jettison their access cards and work from home in larger numbers, notes Kanika Datta.

Indian Matchmaking ignores reality of arranged marriage

Indian Matchmaking ignores reality of arranged marriage

Rediff.com3 Sep 2020

Indian Matchmaking has clearly been produced to pander to Western audiences's awful fascination with the institution of arranged marriage, notes Kanika Datta.

Why a flop called SEZ remains attractive to politicians

Why a flop called SEZ remains attractive to politicians

Rediff.com2 Sep 2020

SEZs account for just about a third of India's merchandise exports (and roughly the same proportion of services exports). Yet, the notion of creating global manufacturing centres of the kind that propelled China to superpowerdom retains a durable appeal within the Indian policy-making establishment, notes Kanika Datta.

How India Inc is making the most of PM-CARES

How India Inc is making the most of PM-CARES

Rediff.com15 Apr 2020

'If the government was serious about co-opting the corporate sector meaningfully in the fight against COVID-19, it could have specified activities beyond cheque-writing,' notes Kanika Datta.

The Saffronisation of Corporate India

The Saffronisation of Corporate India

Rediff.com6 Mar 2020

'All these incidents go to show that the day of the anodyne, apolitical corporation is running out fast,' says Kanika Datta.

Has Nirmalaji's tax plan made India CAs mukt?

Has Nirmalaji's tax plan made India CAs mukt?

Rediff.com18 Feb 2020

If the finance minister's tax proposals have stimulated demand at all, it's for CAs, notes Kanika Datta.

Do Modi's ministers understand business?

Do Modi's ministers understand business?

Rediff.com31 Jan 2020

Piyush Goyal's comments about Amazon founder Jeff Bezos's investment in India reveals an inability to understand how businesses function, says Kanika Datta.

Is India Inc against gays?

Is India Inc against gays?

Rediff.com29 Nov 2019

'It is inconceivable that there are no gays working in Indian corporations but obviously, the subject remains taboo enough in the workplace for those of alternate sexual orientation to feel safer remaining in the closet,' notes Kanika Datta.

'They chose Ram carefully'

'They chose Ram carefully'

Rediff.com10 Nov 2019

'...by combining religious and political missions -- to destroy the Babri Masjid and establish Ram Rajya.' 'Hindutva was successful in creating synergy with the aspirations of devotees,' Dhirendra K Jha, author of Ayodhya: The Dark Night, tells Kanika Datta.

Businessman. Leader. Philanthropist. Role model. Convicted felon. Author

Businessman. Leader. Philanthropist. Role model. Convicted felon. Author

Rediff.com26 Mar 2019

Rajat Gupta, 70, the first Indian managing director of McKinsey and who of 17 months in US prison for insider trading, gets ready to tell his side of the story. And he is less than complimentary about Preet Bharara, then the famous crusading US attorney for the Southern District of New York. "The jury, the press and the public saw only... a 'cropped picture', he says. For someone whose life story was a model of the Great American Dream - an Indian of modest means who rose to the highest circles of politics and business, mingling with the White House and Davos crowd - his indictment in 2012 marked a stunning fall from grace. Many ascribed it to the hubris of the rich and powerful, says Kanika Datta.

Who's afraid of #metoo

Who's afraid of #metoo

Rediff.com18 Oct 2018

'#metoo has put front and centre an issue that society has suppressed for far too long,' says Kanika Datta.

Of Serena, Rafa and tennis' dress sense and sensibility

Of Serena, Rafa and tennis' dress sense and sensibility

Rediff.com14 Sep 2018

'The conventional view is that it's the women who are being provocative and drawing attention to themselves. Has anyone considered the alternative view?' asks Kanika Datta.

We won't see the likes of Aretha Franklin again

We won't see the likes of Aretha Franklin again

Rediff.com1 Sep 2018

To say Aretha ticked all the boxes when it came to voice technique is like calling Cristiano Ronaldo an efficient footballer, says Kanika Datta.

Return of the Licence Raj!

Return of the Licence Raj!

Rediff.com6 Mar 2018

Are we creeping back to controls on corporate decision making? Three moves over the past eight months reinforce this notion, says Kanika Datta.

Modi @ Davos: No great expectations

Modi @ Davos: No great expectations

Rediff.com22 Jan 2018

The question is whether Prime Minister Modi can convince the world's investors that India is the ultimate investment destination of 2018, says Kanika Datta.

Why the world's cheapest car failed to win India's heart

Why the world's cheapest car failed to win India's heart

Rediff.com11 Dec 2017

The distinction between "cheap" and "affordable" is a fine one, but no one understands this better than India's aspirational first-time car-owner, says Kanika Datta.

From #MeToo to #SHeToo

From #MeToo to #SHeToo

Rediff.com27 Nov 2017

Heard of India's sexual harassment complaint box?

Britain finally discovers how the Raj hurt India

Britain finally discovers how the Raj hurt India

Rediff.com26 Nov 2017

Unlike the Germans, Britons began to face the hard truths about their colonial empire only recently.

The real puzzle of doing business in India

The real puzzle of doing business in India

Rediff.com23 Nov 2017

'There is a certain irony embedded in this asymmetric geographical distribution of FDI because most state leaders have shed their inhibitions about promoting 'business' and have understood its virtues as a more cost-effective way of replacing the mai-baap welfarism that passed for economic policy till the early nineties', says Kanika Datta.

Booking Mr Modi

Booking Mr Modi

Rediff.com28 Oct 2017

For a PM who hasn't completed even one term yet, the ability to spark a publishing trend single-handed is a remarkable achievement, writes Kanika Datta.

Time for a little secular pragmatism?

Time for a little secular pragmatism?

Rediff.com14 Oct 2017

With so much bad news, everybody is hunkering down in readiness for Mr Modi's next radical Big Idea, says Kanika Datta.

The real secret about Indian start-ups

The real secret about Indian start-ups

Rediff.com7 Jul 2017

US start-ups crash and burn frequently, so why the concern about start-up losses in India? The principal reason, says Kanika Datta, is that Indian start-ups clone ideas from the US. Flipkart, Ola, Oyo, Paytm are all variations of ideas developed in the US.

Modi Sarkar and the scary silence of India Inc

Modi Sarkar and the scary silence of India Inc

Rediff.com28 Jun 2017

Talking corporate heads are a barometer of the business community's engagement with the economy. If they have nothing to say now there should be cause for concern.

Section 295A needs to be deleted

Section 295A needs to be deleted

Rediff.com27 May 2017

'The existence of Section 295A on the Indian statute books sits uneasily with India's ambitions to be seen as a progressive democracy,' says Kanika Datta.

Don't the babus need a phoren summer break?

Don't the babus need a phoren summer break?

Rediff.com26 May 2017

Growing foreign travel is one sign of the radical change in rising India's vacation dynamic.

Inside Vietnam's extraordinary underground military base

Inside Vietnam's extraordinary underground military base

Rediff.com6 Apr 2017

Kanika Datta visits the Cu Chi military tunnels -- a testimony to a plucky little country's 30-year war of resistance against, first, French colonisers and, then, the US.

Will you eat at a restaurant with a public toilet?

Will you eat at a restaurant with a public toilet?

Rediff.com3 Apr 2017

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation's decision to make washrooms in hotels and eateries open to the public for a fee highlights India's failure to expand access to toilet facilities.

Gobsmacked by LinkedIn...

Gobsmacked by LinkedIn...

Rediff.com23 Mar 2017

'LinkedIn is supposed to be this super-connected social media network for professionals that I reluctantly joined at the persistence of a former colleague appalled at my lack of self-promotion.' 'Well, I'm out there and I don't know who knows me, but I do know that LinkedIn's algorithm definitely doesn't,' says Kanika Datta.

The pagoda trail in Myanmar

The pagoda trail in Myanmar

Rediff.com17 Mar 2017

Kanika Datta visits the crumbling but oddly appealing complex of Bagan - a place where even an atheist can come close to a divine experience.

Once upon a time in India Inc...

Once upon a time in India Inc...

Rediff.com20 Feb 2017

The list of corporations publishing biographies has lengthened steadily as companies have realised the effectiveness of story telling as a brand building tool. Kanika Datta investigates the rising trend.

Inside the ISI

Inside the ISI

Rediff.com16 Feb 2017

Hein Kiessling has the kind of access in Pakistan that journalists (and spies) would die for, says Kanika Datta.

The India that loves joint families AND Valentine's Day

The India that loves joint families AND Valentine's Day

Rediff.com25 Jan 2017

We Indians simply cherry-pick those aspects of other cultures we like and reject what we consider unsuitable. Most of us recognise it as globalisation, says Kanika Datta.

What kind of First Lady will Melania Trump make?

What kind of First Lady will Melania Trump make?

Rediff.com20 Jan 2017

Does Mrs Donald Trump realise that her immediate predecessor, Michelle Obama, is not the only hard act to follow, wonders Kanika Datta.

Mrs Trump's fashion challenges

Mrs Trump's fashion challenges

Rediff.com18 Jan 2017

Though the incoming First Lady of the US is a former model who has retained all the glamour of the ramp, there is a curious radio silence on the subject of who's offering their sartorial services for her time at the White House, notes Kanika Datta.

The 'manufacturing nationalism' of Modi and Trump

The 'manufacturing nationalism' of Modi and Trump

Rediff.com5 Jan 2017

Both have made factory jobs the centre of their economic agendas. Kanika Datta explains the practical limits to their ambitions.

No holidays please! We are Indian

No holidays please! We are Indian

Rediff.com4 Jan 2017

Repeated surveys have shown that India is among the world's top vacation-deprived countries. Kanika Datta reflects on our work-life balance - the lack thereof that is.

The queue jumpers of India

The queue jumpers of India

Rediff.com20 Dec 2016

Kanika Datta reflects on Indians and our relationship with snaking queues from the license raj to demonetisation.

Why women are wary of reporting misconduct at workplace

Why women are wary of reporting misconduct at workplace

Rediff.com4 Aug 2016

In a world in which men still dominate the institutional landscape, gender-neutrality is as much their responsibility as women's.

'People shoot their mouths off on Hinduism without bothering to understand it'

'People shoot their mouths off on Hinduism without bothering to understand it'

Rediff.com11 Jul 2016

'People on both sides of the Hindutva debate need to read and understand the texts first,' Bibek Debroy, translator of the unabridged Mahabharata, tells Kanika Datta as he gets started on a similar project for the Ramayana.

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