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V Raghunathan

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Will Prime Minister Modi be Statesman?

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V Raghunathan In the early sixties, the then Congress government of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru decided to usher in Hindi (in place of English) as the only language of communication between the Centre and all the States, effective January 26, 1965. As the D-day neare... More »

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Deeds, not words, engender trust

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V Raghunathan The Prime Minister wants the nation to trust the government. The people are increasingly beginning to see less and less reason to do that. DeMo was a disaster as much in its conceptualization as in implementation, practically leading to a crash d... More »

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General Loose Cannon…

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V Raghunathan When India gained independence in 1947, at one stage the country’s founding fathers worried that the army that India inherited was at once conservative and also its officers and troops were drawn disproportionately from select ‘martial’ groups. T... More »

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The Ayodhya Judgment: C-L-I-P-P-E-R …. BOAT!

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V Raghunathan I knew a lovable five-year old once, who knew his alphabet as well as his illustrated alphabet book intimately. The book went ‘A for APPLE, ‘B for BOAT, and so on. The kid could read the entire book, even if you opened a page at random, by callin... More »

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Think Beyond Exams

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V Raghunathan Government’s decision to introduce a qualifying exam for non-executive directors of companies would be funny if it wasn’t silly. Apparently, The Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), Haryana, is to hold the qualifying exam starting Decemb... More »

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Inflation & GDP: Double data jeopardy

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V Raghunathan Having served as the Chief Economic Advisor of the Government of India from 2014 to 2018, Arvind Subramanian (AS) has no business criticizing the GDP computation of the GOI, unless he did what he could during his tenure as CEA to set matters righ... More »

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India to advise the world on superior Infrastructure?

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V Raghunathan The UN has applauded PM Modi for the launch of Global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), with 35 odd members. This is reportedly the second major coalition launched by India outside of the UN, after International Solar Allian... More »

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Amending the Amendment: Motor Vehicles Act

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V Raghunathan Indian traffic has always been among the worst in the world, perhaps with the exception of such countries such as Bangladesh, Botswana, Burundi, Gabon or Sierra Leone or Somalia–if that’s any consolation. Just as our corruption, filthy surroundin... More »

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Inflation and GDP: Double data jeopardy

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V Raghunathan Having served as the Chief Economic Advisor of the Government of India from 2014 to 2018, Arvind Subramanian (AS) has no business criticizing the GDP computation of the GOI, unless he did what he could during his tenure as CEA to set matters righ... More »

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Sultan of Brunei and Award Waapsi

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V Raghunathan Following the controversy surrounding Brunei’s new and brutal anti-LGBT laws, and following wide scale protests, Oxford University wrote to Sultan of Brunei opening the review of the honorary law degree awarded in 1993. The Sultan then decided to... More »

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The Government needs to understand Market Risk Better

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V Raghunathan The oped “Why the government cannot intervene if Jet Airways fails, or if mutual funds do badly” (TOI, May 4, 2019) by Krishnamurthy Subramanian the Chief Economic Advisor, GOI, is a text book take on how market economies operate or ought to oper... More »

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IL&FS: A terrible, terrible saga

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V Raghunathan A lot of small shareholders, investors, bond-holders and FMP investors have been singed by IL&FS going belly up with nearly Rs.90,000 crore of debt. Even where banks and financial institutions have lost enormous sums of… via TOI Blog More »