Distorting the economy

The government should not use its regulatory muscle to try and choke the e-commerce sector »

Weak backbone

The government needs to create an enabling environment for creating the infrastructure for a digital India »

Borrow in India

While the Centre has been cautious about borrowing overseas, corporate India has been most imprudent »

Micromanaging loans

The RBI would do better to empower borrowers rather than regulate the pricing of loans »

Dealing with PDS reform

The Shanta Kumar panel’s recommendations are broadly in the right direction »

Beyond symbolism

Behind the Modi-Obama bonhomie lies a more nuanced understanding of mutual imperatives »

Tightening the screws

Punting on privileged information by company insiders strikes at the root of market integrity, which is why SEBI’s dated Prohibition of Insider Trading Regulations, 1992, were badly in need of an o... »

Growth illusions

The truth is that China’s way ahead of us »

Inadequate cover

The IRDA’s draft regulations suggest that consumer protection in the insurance sector is at a rudimentary stage »

Some respite

Both banks and India Inc need to take the right cue from the RBI’s surprise rate cut »

Green shoots? Not yet

Only some feeble signs of industrial recovery »

What’s the prescription?

The new National Health Policy is silent on institutional and regulatory reforms »

Light at the end of the tunnel?

The revamped mining law may usher in transparency in the allotment of leases. But enforcement remains the key »

Power and accountability

Talk of PSU bank autonomy is meaningless if their managements are not adequately empowered »

A better plan, this

Niti Aayog sounds good, but certain key issues remain unresolved »

Corporate debt. How serious is it?

Plane truths

The PPP route to growth

Rebooting disinvestment

All’s not well

Finding fiscal space

The reappearance of global risks

Destigmatising suicide

Booster shot

The ECB’s massive stimulus for the Eurozone should help them combat low growth and low inflation »

Spectrum swapping

This is good, but what we really need is to speed up the process of making spectrum available for commercial use »

Cane, but able?

It’s time we introduced uniform pricing for sugarcane »

States of affairs

Of vibrant summits and uneven development »

Reinventing India Post

Corporatisation can transform the postal service from a legacy institution to a modern, multi-service agency »

Primary requirement

SEBI needs to review some of its more onerous conditions for firms seeking to go public »

Freedom to invest

Greater autonomy for PSUs cannot go hand in hand with directions about how they use their surplus cash »

The spectrum crunch

The Centre’s decision to auction a small sliver of spectrum defeats the purpose of its own digitisation plans »

Of sell-offs and write-offs

Public sector banks have been aggressively selling their bad loans to ARCs, but they are doing this at their own risk »

Heal thyself

Excise duty hikes will not pose a big hardship for companies in the light of falling input prices. It’s time they stopped relying on sops to stimulate demand »

Happy New Year?

Tensile currency

Rule by ordinance

Rouble rumblings

Beyond Mr Modi

Flying lessons

Small change

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