The saath-saath moment

It is both interesting and revealing that while Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on his maiden of... »

No interest respite

The Reserve Bank of India, as widely predicted, has not cut benchmark interest rates in its lates... »

Golden opportunity

The recent slide in global crude oil and gold prices offers India a reprieve on the current accou... »

A timely re-rating

Global credit rating agencies aren’t known for extraordinary prescience. It was their triple-A ra... »

Regulate drugs and doctors too

The problem of unethical and anti-competitive pricing practices by drug-makers, which had promote... »

A wrong corrective

The Supreme Court’s final order on coal mine allotments, cancelling all but 14 out of 218 blocks awarded between 1993 and 2012, is truly unfortunate. The court has applied the guillotine uniformly,... »

Engaging Uncle Sam

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to the US comes at a time that nation has (since 2008-09) been displaced by China as India’s top trading partner. But India has a trade surplus with th... »

Life after Xi

In terms of the informal welcome and the potential it held out, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s three-day India visit was markedly different from that of his predecessors. Coming at a time when both... »

Family matters

Having introduced, and with much fanfare, stringent governance norms for related party transactions by Indian companies, it is unfortunate that both the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and the Securi... »

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

Beyond SEBI

The cost of no power

BJP, interrupted

Agreeing to disagree

Crude opportunity

Don’t budge on SEZ taxes

Ticking all the right boxes

Cut red tape

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has rightly pointed to the need to clear the “jungle of archaic laws” to make governance smooth and transparent. Recently, the Law Commission in its interim report call... »

Making in India

During 2004-05 and 2011-12, when India’s GDP rose annually by 8.3 per cent on an average, its manufacturing sector grew at an even higher rate of 9.25 per cent. The next two years saw average GDP g... »

An aye for unity

Shortly after the issue was decided, British Prime Minister David Cameron told his countrymen in a televised address that the question of Scotland’s independence had been “settled for a generation”... »

Course correction

The results of the recent by-elections in eight States are a setback for the BJP — but perhaps not in the way it has been popularly interpreted. The ruling party is quite right in asserting that th... »

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

Politics and criminality

Coal truths

Progress on GST

Improving disclosures

Take five

Ebola emergency

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