T N Ninan

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BJP manifesto: High on output, short on outcome

BJP manifesto: High on output, short on outcome

Rediff.com24 Apr 2019

'If an election promise has to be credible, silence on practical questions doesn't help matters,' notes T N Ninan.

Congress manifesto: Some applause, some Qs

Congress manifesto: Some applause, some Qs

Rediff.com16 Apr 2019

'A major political party has come down on the side of Constitutional freedoms and internationally recognised human rights,' says T N Ninan.

A job for the next prime minister

A job for the next prime minister

Rediff.com27 Mar 2019

'Once we are past this electoral season, during which all promises are presented as free lunches, could we bring such non-populist issues into focus?' 'Like fixing the problems of the public sector?' points out T N Ninan.

Was air strike a clear victory for India?

Was air strike a clear victory for India?

Rediff.com13 Mar 2019

'Though the prime minister has talked somewhat needlessly of pilot projects and the real stuff to come, India cannot be sure of a clean victory in any full-fledged conflict -- even if there is reason to engage in such,' points out T N Ninan.

The mighty fall of India's business czars

The mighty fall of India's business czars

Rediff.com7 Mar 2019

Who is to take their place? Will a new generation of entrepreneurs start up with better business sense, or at least better luck? But the so-called unicorns are mostly copy-cat entrepreneurs whose cash flow is funded by overseas (including Chinese) money, notes T N Ninan.

Why is Modi wooing the aam aadmi?

Why is Modi wooing the aam aadmi?

Rediff.com21 Feb 2019

'Should you give a man fish, or teach him how to fish?' 'Lurking hidden in the new bout of welfarism seems to be an admission that the State can't deliver for the poor anything other than cash,' notes T N Ninan.

Can India grow at 9-10% in 2022-23?

Can India grow at 9-10% in 2022-23?

Rediff.com1 Feb 2019

Niti Aayog's plan to create a 'New India' in less than four years should invite scepticism, argues T N Ninan.

India's West-South vs North-East mismatch

India's West-South vs North-East mismatch

Rediff.com31 Jan 2019

'Persisting with the inequalities, indeed seeing them get worse, is no one's prescription for national unity,' notes T N Ninan.

Do you know what a Fudget is?

Do you know what a Fudget is?

Rediff.com23 Jan 2019

'Will Mr Jaitley listen, or is that expecting too much in pre-election season?' asks T N Ninan.

The Little Guy is the Indian Person of the Year

The Little Guy is the Indian Person of the Year

Rediff.com8 Jan 2019

'No matter how many government schemes there are for the poor, the system works more for the privileged, less for the little guy,' notes T N Ninan.

Mr Modi, slowing economy needs a boost!

Mr Modi, slowing economy needs a boost!

Rediff.com28 Dec 2018

'Course correction today would be good politics and also good economics,' notes T N Ninan.

Behind BJP loss: Failure to keep job promise, fix farm distress

Behind BJP loss: Failure to keep job promise, fix farm distress

Rediff.com24 Dec 2018

'You look with hope at a politician who comes along and promises to change all that: 10 million new jobs every year, no need to touch someone's feet to get an introduction to an employer. And fix the corrupt guys who have made the system what it is.' 'But five years later, the reality has changed little or not at all,' says T N Ninan.

Revised GDP numbers out of govt's hat!

Revised GDP numbers out of govt's hat!

Rediff.com17 Dec 2018

Whatever the claims about the new GDP numbers being technically superior to earlier estimates, their public credibility depends on their passing some reality checks, argues T N Ninan.

Why assembly polls may not set the tune for 2019

Why assembly polls may not set the tune for 2019

Rediff.com3 Dec 2018

'Even if the Congress bags two of the three heartland states in the assembly round, the BJP may still get the majority of Lok Sabha seats in these states,' predicts T N Ninan.

It's 19/11 and D-day dawns for the RBI

It's 19/11 and D-day dawns for the RBI

Rediff.com19 Nov 2018

'If the RBI board forces the management's hand on all the key issues, it should be prepared for resignations by the governor and the key deputy governor, Viral Acharya,' warns T N Ninan.

India's business champs struggle to stay afloat

India's business champs struggle to stay afloat

Rediff.com14 Nov 2018

'Unless cash has ceased to be king, the issue is the same in the aviation, telecom and ecommerce sectors: Sustainability,' notes T N Ninan.

Why the rupee loses more than other currencies

Why the rupee loses more than other currencies

Rediff.com15 Oct 2018

'The rupee has lost value against all other major Asian currencies, including that of Bangladesh and, of course, China.' 'Why should this be the case when the Indian economy has been growing faster than these economies, other than China?'

Will Modi risk US sanctions and buy oil from Iran?

Will Modi risk US sanctions and buy oil from Iran?

Rediff.com8 Oct 2018

'All but one of the previous oil shocks brought either a change of government or a political crisis.' 'Is the government braced for stormy weather?' asks T N Ninan.

King of good times just refused to grow up

King of good times just refused to grow up

Rediff.com25 Sep 2018

'As he goes down, he will almost certainly drag a few others down with him.' 'Once the mutual mudslinging has died down, collateral damage will probably include more bankers than politicians, given the nature of how things work in India,' says T N Ninan.

Be warned, folks: The State has jackboots

Be warned, folks: The State has jackboots

Rediff.com12 Sep 2018

'India has jackboot laws legislated by all parties, a State prepared to stomp all over you, and citizens who don't often realise how easily they can be crushed under both,' says T N Ninan.

Look beyond GDP numbers: India story doesn't shine as much

Look beyond GDP numbers: India story doesn't shine as much

Rediff.com3 Sep 2018

'There is no one capturing and presenting the larger picture, such as to provoke debate the way the GDP numbers do,' observes T N Ninan.

India must grow at 8 or 9%. 7.75% ain't enough

India must grow at 8 or 9%. 7.75% ain't enough

Rediff.com23 Aug 2018

'A sustainable growth rate of 8 per cent is evidently some distance away,' says T N Ninan.

The real scandal about the Rafale

The real scandal about the Rafale

Rediff.com7 Aug 2018

'The air force continues to be short of planes.' 'So, more than a decade after the last selection round got under way, the same process is about to start again for the same kind of aircraft, naturally with the same likely bidders,' points out T N Ninan.

India's food mountains and the problem of plenty

India's food mountains and the problem of plenty

Rediff.com31 Jul 2018

'We are not talking pennies. The milk business is as large as the automobile industry (about Rs 4 trillion in sales),' points out T N Ninan.

BJP has more problems to deal with before 2019

BJP has more problems to deal with before 2019

Rediff.com19 Jul 2018

'2019 now looks like a real contest.' 'It will not be a repeat of 2014 if the BJP has to deal with erosion of its already low vote share of 31 per cent, and also faces a united Opposition,' says T N Ninan.

Retail is the Big Hope for India's Economy

Retail is the Big Hope for India's Economy

Rediff.com16 Jul 2018

The boom in organised retail will set the tone for major economic overhaul. The ripple effect will be improved supply chains, volume output, integration into global commerce, and higher tax collection, notes T N Ninan.

Retail is the Big Hope for India's Economy

Retail is the Big Hope for India's Economy

Rediff.com16 Jul 2018

The boom in organised retail will set the tone for major economic overhaul. The ripple effect will be improved supply chains, volume output, integration into global commerce, and higher tax collection, notes T N Ninan.

Why blame Trump alone?

Why blame Trump alone?

Rediff.com14 Jul 2018

How much are others responsible for the Trump presidency moving in the directions it has, asks T N Ninan.

How the private sector has stalled India's reforms

How the private sector has stalled India's reforms

Rediff.com9 Jul 2018

'The failures of private businessmen have set back the process of market-oriented reform, though that is the only way forward,' argues T N Ninan.

Why Modi could withstand the Opposition onslaught

Why Modi could withstand the Opposition onslaught

Rediff.com2 Jul 2018

While the BJP has taken a beating, its leader still stands tall, points out T N Ninan.

Which should India have: JLR or Maruti?

Which should India have: JLR or Maruti?

Rediff.com22 Jun 2018

Maruti, which is majority owned by Suzuki Motors of Japan, pays massive tax, generates huge employment (its staff are almost entirely Indians) and also makes its investors extremely rich. JLR, on the other hand, though owned by Tata has its factories in England and China and in every way (sales, employment, technology) has nothing Indian about it.

Forget China, let us be Indonesia instead

Forget China, let us be Indonesia instead

Rediff.com2 Jun 2018

'While we may aspire to be a democratic if smaller version of China, we may only manage to become a larger, more accomplished Indonesia,' says T N Ninan.

Four years of Modi govt: Hyper-active yes, but...

Four years of Modi govt: Hyper-active yes, but...

Rediff.com26 May 2018

'Nationalism built on divisiveness cannot strengthen the country, or help the economy improve its performance,' points out T N Ninan.

Full corporate recovery will happen only in 2019-2020

Full corporate recovery will happen only in 2019-2020

Rediff.com9 May 2018

'An upswing in corporate performance should last at least three years.' 'Today there is some concern globally about excessive debt, which could cause unpredictable shocks down the road.' 'Domestically, if the minders of the economy are watchful about over-heating, we could avoid a repetition of the boom-bust cycle of the past,' says T N Ninan.

2018-19 promises good growth for India

2018-19 promises good growth for India

Rediff.com7 May 2018

'Clearly, the financial system is a drag on the economy and underlines the need for improving banking practice, regulation and oversight.' 'Without that, and an end to the cronyism that caused part of the problem, one can kiss goodbye to 8% growth,' warns T N Ninan.

2018-19 promises good growth for India

2018-19 promises good growth for India

Rediff.com7 May 2018

'Clearly, the financial system is a drag on the economy and underlines the need for improving banking practice, regulation and oversight.' 'Without that, and an end to the cronyism that caused part of the problem, one can kiss goodbye to 8% growth,' warns T N Ninan.

Is India turning the clock back on its institutions?

Is India turning the clock back on its institutions?

Rediff.com25 Apr 2018

'Coalition governments, sometimes assumed to mean years of political instability, actually saw key institutions emerging with greater strength -- the Election Commission, the judiciary, the press, and civil society at large, among others.' 'The question now is whether the clock is being turned back in a new political phase,' asks T N Ninan.

Hands down, Gadkari is Modi's best minister

Hands down, Gadkari is Modi's best minister

Rediff.com25 Apr 2018

'There is merit in appointing people with ability and energy, then leaving them to do the job.' 'The Modi government would have had a better record if it had stuck to this formula from the beginning,' argues T N Ninan.

Is the Centre discriminating against South India?

Is the Centre discriminating against South India?

Rediff.com10 Apr 2018

'Every Finance Commission creates its winners and losers' point out T N Ninan.

Public sector: Perform! Else die or be sold

Public sector: Perform! Else die or be sold

Rediff.com3 Apr 2018

'Else they will form a growing 'hospital sector' -- and the taxpayer will be asked to pick up a mounting bill,' warns T N Ninan.

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