All stories by Mihir S Sharma
The big iPhone conRediff.com25 Sep 2017
Apple products are built around the notion of picking up ideas that are already common, reducing them to brightly-coloured, child-like simplicity, imposing conformity, and then suggesting that buying into that conformity means you're a seriously cool adult, says Mihir S Sharma.
What the Economic Survey is really sayingRediff.com12 Aug 2017
The stock market, the Survey felt, had run away from underlying real economy indicators and asked if this indicated rational confidence or irrational exuberance.
Whatever happened to job creation?Rediff.com9 Aug 2017
The government must realise that it has very little time to recover itself, its reputation, its legacy - and India's fortunes,says Mihir S Sharma.
Why Israel is like PakistanRediff.com15 Jul 2017
'Hitchens asked which State Israel had most in common with -- and then answered his own question, saying "Pakistan".' 'They were both, he explained "confessional States": Founded to succour the followers of a particular faith,' remembers Mihir S Sharma.
The real work on GST begins nowRediff.com12 Jul 2017
It is far from clear that this GST will have the silver bullet effect that the "pure" GST would have provided, says Mihir S Sharma.
The only voices of 'India' Kashmir hears are on TVRediff.com8 Jul 2017
'The bloodthirsty rhetoric of chicken-hawk TV anchors are the worst contributors to Kashmiri alienation.' 'If this implacable hatred is the authentic voice of India, Kashmiris argue, who can hope for peace?' asks Mihir S Sharma.
The steam has run outRediff.com13 Jun 2017
It is too late in the government's term for it to pull its usual trick of blaming the last guys.
Is India losing its key ally?Rediff.com17 May 2017
India is failing to take advantage of its important ally, Japan as much as it should, notes Mihir S Sharma.
Isn't it time to get rid of Air India?Rediff.com9 May 2017
'It goes without saying that Air India has now no imaginable reason to exist.'
Indian IT is dead!Rediff.com17 Apr 2017
But Indian information technology workers might do better without the companies that held them back, says Mihir S Sharma.
Free speech: Don't let them finish off your rightsRediff.com2 Mar 2017
Don't let people with repugnant ideas abrogate your rights by taking advantage of your commitment to free speech, observes Mihir S Sharma
Budget 2017 moves the Indian economy backwards, not forwardsRediff.com20 Feb 2017
Mihir S Sharma outlines why this year's Union Budget does not respond to the needs of India's economy, or attempt to frame the economy's future.
With Budget, Arun Jaitley stays the courseRediff.com2 Feb 2017
Finance minister attempts a clean-up job, keeps projected expenditure growth low.
Economic Survey paints a sobering pictureRediff.com1 Feb 2017
Overall, the Survey warned that unless shifts in the vision of development were articulated and embraced, the Indian economy would lose the chance to move to a high-growth trajectory.
What Obama and Trump read, and what that tells usRediff.com20 Jan 2017
That US is losing one of its best-read presidents, and will gain one of the least likely to have ever read a book. Does that matter? Mihir S Sharma explains why it should.
As we exit a year of horrors, the one we enter may be worseRediff.com2 Jan 2017
'If tempers all over the country are so fragile that they can be lost because a couple of film stars give their child the same name as a 14th-century warlord, exactly what sort of compromises can be palatable,' asks Mihir S Sharma.
Explained: Why America voted for TrumpRediff.com17 Dec 2016
The narrative in America after Donald Trump's victory sounds like the questions and debates that took place in India after May 2014. Were both electoral results all about jobs and economic anxiety? Mihir S Sharma doubts it.
Of course, you have to feel for JaitleyRediff.com13 Dec 2016
'Who would want to be the man nominally in charge of driving the economy when your boss orders you to swerve it into a ditch of unknown depth?'
'Demonetisation demonstrates that this government is simply too amateurish in terms of economic policy-making to properly address India's deep, deep problems,' argues Mihir S Sharma.
How India will solve the world's problemsRediff.com2 Nov 2016
'The problems the rest of the world is struggling with -- the future of work, expectations from government and business in a world without jobs -- will be solved in India, by young Indians, before anyone else,' says Mihir S Sharma.
Unwelcome in India. Modi's message to foreign investors!Rediff.com19 Sep 2016
One of the biggest ways in which recent government actions have been seen as investor-unfriendly is New Delhi's decision to unilaterally revisit almost every Bilateral Investment Treaty it has signed with other countries, says Mihir S Sharma.
How the BJP has outwitted the CongressRediff.com30 Apr 2016
There are two national political parties in India, but only one of them seems to be any good at politics, says Mihir S Sharma.
India: Union of economic modelsRediff.com20 Apr 2016
As West Bengal, Kerala, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry prepare for new administrations, one is reminded of the disparity that runs through the veins of the Indian states, notes Mihir S Sharma.
After the tragedy: We don't need politics please!Rediff.com2 Apr 2016
'There is no difference morally between politicians scoring points amid the rubble and non-politicians who assume that politics and corruption necessarily had something to do with it,' says Mihir S Sharma. 'Both are twisting a tragedy to their own ends.'
Critical thinking about history is dyingRediff.com10 Mar 2016
Books like Sunil Khilnani's Incarnations: India in 50 Lives, simple and straightforward though they appear, are instead powerful arguments for complexity, for empathy, and for curiosity
Jaitley to Rajan: It's your turn nowRediff.com1 Mar 2016
Arun Jaitley had a tough fiscal hill to climb.
JLF mattersRediff.com28 Jan 2016
Outside Diggi Palace's walls, things may be getting darker. Speech may be under threat; writers may be getting murdered for their writing. But, inside, it is possible to feel hope that ideas, nevertheless, may have their own power, says Mihir S Sharma.
Boom and bust of the Indian economyRediff.com18 Jan 2016
Private investment will respond only to sustainable reform.
No clean air, thanks, I'm richRediff.com14 Dec 2015
Only the Indian elite would rather not breathe than be ordinary.
The big hits and misses from Modi's cabinetRediff.com5 Dec 2015
A brief report card on Modi's ministers.
Big reforms? Modi govt still lags behindRediff.com23 Nov 2015
A government that confuses PowerPoints for policy is delaying structural change too much.
How India can profit from China's stumbleRediff.com31 Aug 2015
China's slowing means commodity markets are no longer overheated.
The virtue of compromiseRediff.com17 Aug 2015
If the government does not allow the Opposition a few victories, then it is opening the door to paralysis and an entrenched culture of confrontation.
Indian economy recovering? But where and howRediff.com30 Jul 2015
Modi government needs to focus more.
How we have become what we areRediff.com18 Jun 2015
We need credible retellings of the times we have lived through, or the events in the immediate past that have shaped our today, says Mihir S Sharma
It's time to shut the IAS downRediff.com8 Jun 2015
If Prime Minister Narendra Modi fails to live up to the expectations that he has raised, it will be entirely his fault. He should have started by ending the IAS
Modi@1: BJP's 7 popular defensive tacticsRediff.com25 May 2015
A simple guide to the strange defensiveness of the government and its supporters, and how and why the arguments they're making are wrong.
Modi@1: The PM is wasting away great powerRediff.com16 May 2015
Narendra Modi is squandering a mandate for change on feeble, unimaginative incrementalism.
This GST is no reform, and the Rajya Sabha must not pass itRediff.com7 May 2015
The current draft of the Goods and Services Tax could kill any hope of economic revival - and you should blame the Congress if it rolls over and lets it pass, says Mihir S Sharma.
Modi needs to get out of his bunkerRediff.com25 Apr 2015
The media has given the PM and his government a far easier time than it probably deserves.
Mr Modi needs to do more than a prime minister doesRediff.com13 Apr 2015
Mr Modi must stop talking, and start writing