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Demystifying the Union Budget – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine In recent times, all the hype and hoopla surrounding the Union Budget presentation has served to obscure the most important aspect of the exercise — taking stock of Central government finances. The truckloads of jargon used to describe Budget metr... More »

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Jeff Bezos must be welcomed with open arms

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BusinessLine Normally, a promise to invest $1 billion in India would have been greeted with minor rejoicing in New Delhi. But not in the case of Jeff Bezos, the owner of e-commerce giant Amazon and the richest man in the world. Two well-placed individuals in t... More »

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Making ‘Make in India’ work

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BusinessLine Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, to my mind, has been one of the most significant, structured and outcome-oriented policy initiatives by any Indian government in recent years. It was, unlike many similar initiatives in th... More »

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Needed, a cohesive Indo-Pacific framework

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BusinessLine Last year at the IISS Shangri-La dialogue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi outlined India’s conceptualisation of the Indo-Pacific as a geographic continuum stretching from the east coast of Africa to the shores of America. India didn’t adopt Indo-Pac... More »

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Re-imagining farmers’ welfare – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine The numbers are startling. According to a recent report by SBI Research, farm loan waiver announced by the Centre and the State governments in the last 10 years aggregated ₹4.7 lakh crore. This, the report added, was as much as 82 per cent of the ... More »

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Behind the bipolar market behaviour

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BusinessLine In recent times, India’s bellwether stock indices — the Nifty50 and Sensex30 — have behaved like the proverbial cat with nine lives. Dire events such as US-Iran hostilities, trade wars, India-Pakistan face-offs and the global recession scare, have... More »

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Global trading system poised for a new normal

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BusinessLine The tale of two events at two different points of time demonstrate unusual commonalities. One occurred in 2001, and another is about to take place on January 15. While the first event happened against the backdrop of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and... More »

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Rail reforms should go beyond bureaucracy

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BusinessLine Like most of us, I got hooked on trains as a small boy. It wasn’t just the annual hike across the Indian sub-continent, from New Delhi to Madurai by train which did it. That three-day journey by train, in the peak of summer, was more remarkable fo... More »

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Is India a stable place to do business in?

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BusinessLine There hasn’t been such a gloomy start to a new year in a very long time. In the US, President Donald Trump’s set off a firestorm of unknown proportions by ordering the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Quds Special Forces. The... More »

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Students tend to resist political cynicism

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BusinessLine The momentum gained by the movement against the Citizenship Amendment Act has a lot to do with the spontaneous actions of students. The images of girl students of Jamia Millia in Delhi protecting their male counterparts from aggressive police acti... More »

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Below the line: Marathon consultations

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BusinessLine Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal’s decision to consult industry representatives on the ongoing negotiations between sixteen countries for the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) turned out to be a bigger hit than... More »