All stories by Mihir S Sharma
Greatest Sin In Indian Politics Is OverconfidenceRediff.com21 hours ago
The BJP will enter this election, as it does every election, as if it is fighting to prevent a 2004-style defeat. This is a party that wins big because it always behaves as if its back is to the wall, predicts Mihir S Sharma.
G20 Presidency: Time To Taper ExpectationsRediff.com1 Sep 2023
India's role as a leader of the global south may require it to give up its ambition to serve as a bridge between the warring halves of the international community, points out Mihir S Sharma.
Is Putin Really A Tough Guy?Rediff.com14 Jul 2023
The mixed narratives emerging from Russia undermine Mr Putin's position and authority even more than the actual facts, observes Mihir S Sharma.
Can G7 Decoupling From China Boost India?Rediff.com29 May 2023
Indian policymakers are almost alone, alongside the United States, in seeking a hard and multi-sectoral global decoupling from China in the expectation that it will boost their economies, observes Mihir S Sharma.
Adani Crisis: No Harm To National InterestRediff.com22 Feb 2023
Those who worry that the Adani saga will turn the world off India are not looking at the entire picture, asserts Mihir S Sharma.
Why Short-Sellers Like Hindenburg MatterRediff.com8 Feb 2023
Strange souls see a research report on an Indian conglomerate as part of a vast conspiracy to Keep India Down. There is only one possible response to this: Grow up. Nobody in the West cares enough about India or Adani to put all the effort into creating a giant conspiracy that links together BBC documentaries and short-sellers, points out Mihir S Sharma.
CBI/ED Raids And The Danger To The RepublicRediff.com24 Aug 2022
Within a few hours of Nitish Kumar leaving the NDA, entirely reasonable people were speculating as to how the CBI or ED could be used against him or his party, notes Mihir S Sharma.
UP Win May Make Yogi Modi's HeirRediff.com22 Feb 2022
A handsome victory for the BJP in UP would act as confirmation of its recent political choices. The UP chief minister would be cemented in the popular mind as Mr Modi's chosen heir within the Hindutva fold, and presumably as his successor in New Delhi, observes Mihir S Sharma.
Will India Repeat Same Covid Mistakes?Rediff.com12 Jan 2022
We are entering 2022, facing another infectious variant, with much the same baseless confidence, notes Mihir S Sharma.
Farm laws repeal: Who Won, Who LostRediff.com30 Nov 2021
Prime Minister Modi has certainly pulled back, and his political capital -- dependent as it is on an image that he knows best and never retreats -- may have taken a bit of a beating. But, equally, it is hard to say that the protesters have 'won', argues Mihir S Sharma.
India's Approaching Democratic CrisisRediff.com22 Nov 2021
India will either have to create a system in which certain geographical areas will wind up being permanent political outsiders at the Union level or it will have to create a system in which certain votes are weighted more heavily than others, observes Mihir S Sharma.
What India needs to do at COP26, GlasgowRediff.com1 Nov 2021
Rather than talking endlessly about lost and marginal opportunities, India's climate envoys need to start thinking bigger, says Mihir S Sharma.
Does Modi have an Economic Road Map?Rediff.com17 Sep 2021
Pragmatism and flexibility is a virtue. An untethered and short-term approach to policymaking is a flaw, argues Mihir S Sharma.
India's Cairn and Unable MomentRediff.com28 Jul 2021
The Indian State does not believe in the rule of law. It does not even recognise the need to follow treaties that it itself signed. And so it is refusing to shell out to Cairn; and, as a consequence, has brought on the Paris humiliation, notes Mihir S Sharma.
COVID-19: India has learnt NOTHING!Rediff.com17 Jul 2021
Weeks after the second wave peaked in many parts of the country, we are rapidly forgetting what happened to our hospitals, cautions Mihir S Sharma.
Stopping a Third WaveRediff.com19 Jun 2021
Unless public health is prioritised over swift re-opening, the chances are that a third wave will hit India sooner than we would like.
COVID-19: 5 points about the second waveRediff.com20 May 2021
What do we know about India's devastating second wave, and can we assign responsibility for it?
Govt is to blame for vaccine crisisRediff.com4 May 2021
If the government had paid enough to begin with, or if it had made serious advance purchase commitments that allowed the vaccine producers to mobilise necessary investment, then it is possible to imagine more free or subsidised vaccines such as are available in developed economies, asserts Mihir S Sharma.
Time to return to localised lockdowns!Rediff.com3 Apr 2021
'The Union government has discouraged state and local governments from imposing restrictions on their own.' 'That advice should be withdrawn,' asserts Mihir S Sharma.
Visionary Budget or worse than Pranab Mukherjee's?Rediff.com3 Mar 2021
The sad truth is that the debt-to-GDP ratio will shoot up close to 90 per cent in the coming year, and the fiscal deficit glide path does not promise to reduce it substantially any time soon, predicts Mihir S Sharma.