Raghu Dayal

Articles By Raghu Dayal

34 Articles

China’s rail projects: A stratagem of statecraft

The String of Pearls and the steel choker are nothing but the dragon’s coils around India: Be it road, railway or maritime links along and inside Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, China is bus

China-assisted railway projects in the region, like the Belt and Road Initiative in general, have been widely described as China’s ‘debt-trap diplomacy’

Indian Railways on the wrong track! Is the national transporter going the Air India way?

While the post-coronavirus normal calls for maximising resource utilisation and accelerating asset velocity, the Railways has, of late, operated in the reverse gear; the productivity/efficiency indices of its high-tech, high-

IR has continued to lose share in the nation's freight and passenger market. Its capacity crunch has been endemic; enhanced capacity alone would not be able to protect or enhance its share in nation’s transport market.

Construction of new Parliament building: Shaping the Central Vista

A project of such importance in sweep and substance as of Central Vista redevelopment deserved to be free of any serious reservations and doubts

In an era of remote collaboration, software and documents sit in the cloud, and several offices and activities could well disperse, which will help the capital get much-desired relief.

Transporting Covid-19 vaccines: Government should make Railways the centre of multimodal transport

The vaccine logistics will potentially be an opportune moment for India’s logistics industry to learn the right lessons.

Railway freight: Taking the track less travelled

The heart of the Indian Railways’ freight strategy should be the creation of high-volume, high-speed freight corridors, with critical mass carried in train loads. It needs to create this critical mass in partnership with ot

Private trains on Indian Railways network: Why one can’t ignore several red flags

Although privatisation is a significant reform initiative, the Railways needs to make its passenger business viable, and work on making rail travel a preferred mode

The Covid-19 catastrophe has gifted a rare opportunity for IR to redesign and reorganise its passenger business.

Cut flab, junk dated subsidisation: 7-point action plan for Indian Railways to set its house in order

As pithily put by Donald Rumsfeld, there are known unknowns, and there are unknown unknowns—uncertainties loom large.

IR must shed its role of a departmental undertaking with public service obligation.

On track? Corporatising Railways’ production units

A closely integrated management ethos habitually eludes IR, else the proposal to create two corporatised holding companies for the PUs wouldn’t have surfaced. A single-holding company would be a better fix.

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Why Indian Railways must welcome creative destruction to re-invent itself

Restructuring of railways’ top management challenges officers to think big and anew


Charade of austerity: Ruling class remains austere on austerity

Ruling class remains austere on austerity: instead of making austerity a way of life, it chants the slogan from time to time, to no effect

Ruling class, Union finance ministry, austerity package, Rabindranath Tagore, finance ministry, public money, Department of Expenditure

How GST helped the country sign a free trade agreement with itself

Article 301 of the Constitution aimed at India functioning as one single economic unit without barriers, promoting free flow of trade and commerce through the country’s territory.

The erstwhile interstate border tax checkposts having been dismantled, the truck took just half the time compared to the usual four-day travail in pre-GST days.

Learning from Train 18 and ARL: Indian Railways can ill-afford to retard the pace of transforming its passenger services

The sprawling and pervasive institution has had little impact on the monster of corruption plaguing the economy.

Full state for Delhi: AAP’s obsession a misplaced idea

Kejriwal may well ponder how this obsession in reality dwarfs the space he needs for action.

Why India needs a leader with humility, self-restraint and compassion

The endemic deficiencies that continue to plague the country remain buried. Although conceding that pockets of the country have had material gains, people living longer and better-fed, the glass in real terms remains more tha

GDP and productivity statistics viewed overlooking much of what we truly value

GDP and productivity statistics are viewed overlooking much of what we truly value.

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Indo-Japan ties are the confluence of the two most deep rooted democracies

India has a long road ahead to derive potential gains from the Japan-India bonhomie. In addition, the two countries have far more to do by way of a liberal exchange of their people through tourism, cultural festivals, scholar

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10-day journey over 80 km stretch for cargo. Here’s what ails India’s exports

Investment in R&D has been low, in addition to underinvestment in physical and human capital.

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India’s lamented & lacklustre export record can change; this sector may hold the key

India has a lamented and lacklustre export record; how to attempt a change.

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Railways’ Report Card: Indian Railways chugging along Air India path?

India can well do without an Air India; Indian Railways is far too important, precious and strategic for the nation to be allowed to become a burden on the economy

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Mid-Term Foreign Trade Policy Review: Why it fell short of real export promotion

Even within the smaller segment, India secures less than 5% in world textile exports, and 2% in clothing (against China’s 33% and 38%, respectively)

Trade, India foreign trade policy

Bullet train scripts new paradigm for country; why India must not delay transformation of nation’s lifeline

The project provides for Japan to transfer not only Shinkansen technology, but it will also train Indian workforce in sophisticated construction technologies, providing a fillip to Make-in-India.

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Indian Railways corporatisation: PSU has stuck to its departmental character

With his acknowledged reputation Suresh Prabhu as IR’s helmsman raised expectations that it would be rescued from the tail-spin it had lapsed into. Prabhu underscored in his last budget speech the need to “reorganise, res

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Railways alive, but not kicking; here is what will get it running

IR needs a new, genuine customer-centric framework along with exponential capacity enhancement for traffic growth with reduction in tariffs for freight and increases for lower-class passengers.

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Merger of Union Budget 2017 with Rail Budget: Thanks to PM Narendra Modi, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Indian Railways freed from legacy problems

The long-awaited rail tariff regulatory authority, if in place, would have helped fix tariffs, as the merged budget wished

Suresh Prabhu led Indian Railways still in slow lane over fast trains

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu just reiterated the Indian Railway’s plan to accelerate trains, enabling most inter-metro passengers to complete their rail journeys within 12 hours.

Trade reforms: SAARC sans Pakistan has led to clearing of vehicular movement hurdles

SAARC sans Pakistan has done well to clear hurdles on vehicular movement

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