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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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India shouldn’t ditch Iran – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine “India should have shown more backbone,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told Indian journalists visiting Tehran recently. Zarif was speaking before the drone strike which killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and Iran’s tragic accidental do... 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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Pitfalls of patenting in India

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BusinessLine “Innovate, patent, produce and prosper,” was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new motto for young scientists, at the inaugural function of the 107th Indian Science Congress. He suggested innovation and patenting will “make our production smoother” —... More »

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India really needed a Chief of Defence Staff

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BusinessLine It’s a defence reform everyone knew was needed but no government was willing to push through in the face of bureaucratic and military resistance. Now, the BJP government’s gone the distance by naming India’s first-ever Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)... More »

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India is failing its young women in terms of work

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BusinessLine Anyone who has been following the upsurge of protests across the country in the wake of the CAA-NRC moves of the government would have been impressed and inspired by the role played by young women. They have been forthright and fearless in articul... More »

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Why India needs deep-tech start-ups

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BusinessLine One of the most common themes at tech summits held anywhere in the country is when India will see the emergence of technology giants such as Google, Tesla, and Microsoft. While TCS and Infosys have established themselves as the global powerhouses ... More »

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Climate change is taking its toll on India

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BusinessLine TV motoring star Jeremy Clarkson is now a believer — in climate change, that is. For years, Britain’s self-described “petrolhead” insisted global warming was a global-sized hoax. His conversion took place when he was filming his hit show The Grand... More »

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India must keep RCEP option open

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BusinessLine The remarkable rise of China’s power and influence was evident in the Bangkok East Asia Summit, despite the fact that, as in the past, the Chinese delegation was led not by the country’s supreme leader President Xi Jinping, but by its low key Prim... More »

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Addressing the issues of India Invisible

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BusinessLine Many years ago — decades ago, in fact, when India was a very different place — I was once invited to address a women’s group in Mumbai on “contemporary problems”. This group comprised mostly wives of businessmen and industrial leaders from very ri... More »

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How India loses by not joining RCEP

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BusinessLine It was during a trip to Brussels back in the 1990s that it was driven home to me just how insignificant India’s economy was in global terms. This was an era when India’s reforms were taking baby steps forward and our politicians would turn up in L... More »

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Crisis in WTO, breather for India

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BusinessLine The legal team in the Ministry and Commerce and Industry is busy preparing an appeal against the judgment given by the World Trade Organisation’s dispute panel which ruled that several of India’s export incentive schemes go against multilateral tr... More »