Flying lessons

Failures are an inherent aspect of free markets. We need better bankruptcy laws to manage them, rather than the bailouts of corporates »

The reappearance of global risks

The recent turmoil in global markets, which has taken the rupee back to 63 against the dollar and... »

Small change

Why does the RBI need to think so much about scrapping the two-step verification for small transactions? »

Destigmatising suicide

Suicide is principally a mental health issue. This is why we must welcome its decriminalisation »

The road to Paris

Climate talks have lost direction, so has India »

Reading the tea leaves

Growth-inflation data puts recovery story in doubt »

Unshackle the bureaucracy

Why amending the anti-graft law is crucial for efficient governance »


Banning ride aggregators punishes the wrong offenders for the wrong crime »

Have we got our mojo back?

A recovery? Yes, there are some positive signs, but it’s still very early days »

Messing around

The excise hike on petrol and diesel makes a mockery of the commitment to oil decontrol »

A matter of time

Raghuram Rajan maintains the status quo, but hints that a rate cut is just ahead of us »  

Destabilising flows

The record foreign portfolio flows have lifted the equity benchmark indices to life-time highs and pushed bond yields to 16-month lows, but there is a negative underside to this. Foreign investors... »

Exports in limbo

It would be a mistake to dismiss the 5 per cent decline in India’s exports for October 2014 as a temporary blip. Not only have the exports steadily lost momentum from their 12 per cent growth in Ma... »

Break this cycle

With no signs of any consensus emerging between the BJP and the Opposition on the issue of passing key pieces of legislation, the ruling party appears to have hit a dead end on pushing its ambitiou... »

Rebooting the Railways

As a former banker, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will realise better than anyone else the true cost to the economy of inefficiency and delay in the creation of public infrastructure. According to... »

New deal for investors

The wages of inefficiency

New subsidy regime

Closing the gap

Learning reforms

Deferred distress

A roadmap for safety

A weighty conundrum

Getting GST going

States must realise that higher growth benefits all and that delays hurt everyone’s interest, including their own »

Nurturing agriculture

The Centre should now focus on ensuring that farmers get a fair price for their produce »

Power and responsibility

Although a majority of State chief ministers have supported Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bid to wind up the Planning Commission, a consensus has failed to emerge. Partisan politics was responsibl... »

Mind the gap

India has over 900 million mobile connections. The speed with which these rolled out stands in contrast with the painful progress on the financial inclusion front where, after so many decades of tr... »

Now, for the long-term fixes

The removal of the tight curbs on gold should be accompanied by sustainable measures that will temper bullion imports »

Hazy order

The National Green Tribunal’s order on controlling air pollution in Delhi transgresses into the executive’s domain »

Is small beautiful?

The final norms on small banks announced by the Reserve Bank of India are stringent and designed to filter out non-serious players. The idea of a small bank that serves the relatively neglected sec... »

Blowin’ in the wind

There is no denying that the US-China climate deal has put the spotlight on India. The world’s two top emitters of greenhouse gases have set the tone for the climate change ministerial in Paris nex... »

Losing fizz

India Inc’s scorecard for the latest quarterly results season is its weakest since this recovery began. The July-September quarter saw 3,300 companies report an 8 per cent growth in operating profi... »

Towards defragmentation

The acquisition of ING Vysya Bank by Kotak Mahindra Bank, the first such move in the domestic banking sector in four years, is another episodic event in the journey towards consolidation of capacit... »

Kisan Vikas Patra 2.0

In a fix

Much ado about nothing?

The writing on the wall

Privatise, don’t disinvest

Inexcusable delay

Break the shackles

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