Making in India

During 2004-05 and 2011-12, when India’s GDP rose annually by 8.3 per cent on an average, its man... »

Life after Xi

In terms of the informal welcome and the potential it held out, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s th... »

An aye for unity

Shortly after the issue was decided, British Prime Minister David Cameron told his countrymen in... »

Family matters

Having introduced, and with much fanfare, stringent governance norms for related party transactio... »

Course correction

The results of the recent by-elections in eight States are a setback for the BJP — but perhaps no... »

Open sesame

Alibaba’s initial public offer of $25 billion, the highest amount ever raised from equity markets, is possibly the most striking manifestation of the shift in retailing from brick and mortar shops... »

Yes, old can be gold

The Reserve Bank of India’s move to raise the age of retirement for heads of private sector banks, as well as CEOs and other whole-time directors, from 65 to 70 years is welcome. By doing so, it ha... »

Well begun

The first big-bang initiative of the Modi government, the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, has attracted more than its fair share of criticism. Critics have launched a multi-pronged attack on the sc... »

Primary concerns

Prime Minister Narendra Modi scored a first by addressing lakhs of students and their teachers on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, ironically a move that his professorial predecessor never attempted... »

Judges as governors

The political sparring over the appointment of former Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam as Kerala Governor is of far less importance than the larger issue — namely, whether it was appropriate for... »

Our cows and theirs

India’s indigenous cattle population has fallen by 8.9 per cent between 2007 and 2012 even as the numbers of exotic/crossbred cows and female buffaloes have gone up by 28.8 and 8 per cent respectiv... »

Wilful lenders

It is impossible to ignore the timing of United Bank of India’s declaration that Kingfisher Airlines, its chairman Vijay Mallya and three company directors are “wilful defaulters”. Why has it come... »

Beyond SEBI

The Securities and Exchange Board of India has been on a regulatory overdrive in recent months, using its newly won powers to crack down on dozens of illegal fund-raising schemes across the country... »

The cost of no power

While staying an order permitting Tata Power and Adani Power to hike the price of electricity from their two imported coal-based plants, the Supreme Court has provided more than an inkling about it... »

BJP, interrupted

The dynamism of Indian politics has once again proved there is no constant. The results of the Assembly by-elections in four States suggest that the momentum of the seemingly unstoppable march of t... »

Agreeing to disagree

Crude opportunity

Don’t budge on SEZ taxes

Ticking all the right boxes

Warning signals

Patchy performance

More cover needed

Rites of passage

Waiting for recovery

The surge of hope generated by the first quarter growth numbers (5.7 per cent) has ebbed somewhat. Industrial production data for July recorded an annual growth of a measly 0.5 per cent. Worse, out... »

PF limits

Given that nearly 90 per cent of the Indian workforce has no access to post-retirement social security, any move to address this situation must be welcomed. In this context, the enhancement in the... »


The Reserve Bank of India may be on legally firm ground in demanding that entities such as Uber, the mobile phone-based taxi sharing service, comply with its regulations on how online transactions... »

A new engagement

By signing an agreement to supply uranium for our civil nuclear energy programme, Australia has clearly signalled its readiness to put the issues of the past — triggered by India’s nuclear test in... »

A new stimulus

At a time when the US Federal Reserve is in the process of winding down ‘quantitative easing’ and hints it may raise short-term benchmark interest rates from the middle of 2015, the European Centra... »

A yen for Japan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s five-day visit to Japan couldn’t have been better timed. Manufacturing today accounts for barely 15 per cent of India’s GDP; this share needs to rise by at least 10 p... »

A lighter shade of green

As the Central Government completes 100 days in office, there is encouraging news in the form of GDP growth touching 5.7 per cent in April-June, the highest in 10 quarters. But even better is the 7... »

Politics and criminality

The Supreme Court’s reminder that the executive needs to observe “constitutional propriety” while appointing people to ministerial posts, and essentially suggesting that the elected head of governm... »

Coal truths

The Supreme Court has declared the award of all the 206 coal blocks between 1993 and 2012, made through the Screening Committee route as well as directly by the Coal Ministry, “arbitrary and illega... »

Progress on GST

It is good that States have agreed on levying Goods and Services Tax (GST) on all traders and service providers with an annual turnover exceeding ₹10 lakh. Also, the Centre seems to be willing to l... »

Improving disclosures

Take five

Ebola emergency

Spending wise

The DBT alternative

English Vinglish

One bad apple?

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