All stories by Kanika Datta
10 years later, Mamata discovers different NandigramRediff.com2 May 2021
She faced off against former disciple-turned-defector Suvendu Adhikari in a very different contest. It's not land acquisition, but an ego clash that has acquired, tragically, communal overtones, explains Kanika Datta.
Time to say cheers for the millennialsRediff.com13 Jan 2021
'With more and more young people relocating outside their home states for work, an all-India MLDA of 21 would be a good way to ensure that more Indians can go with the flow,' recommends Kanika Datta.
Modi's big opportunity in BiharRediff.com21 Nov 2020
Over the next five years, it will be Narendra not Nitish who will be under pressure to deliver vikas and atmanirbharta in Bihar, notes Kanika Datta.
Covid & festive politicsRediff.com5 Nov 2020
Shifting positions on religiosity and Covid may confuse the Hindutva citizenry, but you can rely on Bengal to turn a non-arguable issue into a raging controversy, notes Kanika Datta.
The Age of the Loh PurushRediff.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'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 marriageRediff.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 politiciansRediff.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-CARESRediff.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 IndiaRediff.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?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?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?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'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. AuthorRediff.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 #metooRediff.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 sensibilityRediff.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 againRediff.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!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 expectationsRediff.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.