All stories by Kanika Datta
India Inc's missing whistle-blowersRediff.com21 Jul 2022
The latest whistle-blower revelations of multiple shenanigans at global ride-hailing app Uber, coming thick and fast after serial exposes of various dodgy practices at Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google in the recent past raises uncomfortable questions about India Inc. If the FAANGs, Twitter and Uber can be guilty of multiple and diverse transgressions what's happening in Indian corporations? It can be nobody's case that India's largely family-owned and - managed private sector is a beacon of transparency or best corporate governance practices, bolstered as it is by an informal omerta among employees, managements and even boards.
Make English Compulsory, Mandarin Second LanguageRediff.com29 Apr 2022
Anybody who's plugged in to the modern, globalised world will understand why, says Kanika Datta.
What Indian Music Should Airlines Play?Rediff.com15 Jan 2022
So should airlines play the keening, trance-like Siddi folk music from the Kutch peninsula? The Sufiana Kalam of Kashmir? Carnatic music? Rabindra Sangeet? Bihu melodies? Classical music from the Hindustani gharanas? Ghazals? Bhajans? Bollywood hits?... asks Kanika Datta.
Women In The Post-Pandemic WorkplaceRediff.com23 Dec 2021
It was women who unambiguously bore the brunt of the lockdown joblessness, says Kanika Datta.
Is Gurugram going the Kolkata way?Rediff.com21 Nov 2021
Militant labour policies compounded a poor security environment for capital in West Bengal and encouraged the business community to relocate. constraining the private sector's right to hire freely could well be the coup de grace. As with Calcutta/Kolkata, it will probably take a decade for Gurgaon/Gurugram to feel the difference, says Kanika Datta.
Ministers Still CONTROL Business!Rediff.com28 Aug 2021
Indian businesses' weak ability to compete overseas says much about the infirmities imposed by the intensity of government dominance of economic policy and the nature of this dominance, observes 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.