Opinion

Powering up Make-in-India

Districts along the planned industrial corridors carry immense potential for growth and urbanisation. Unlocking it would need structural reforms and fixing governance

Over the barrel: Oil-politik

Why Opec is allowing oil prices to fall

Oil prices, Opec, Oil price fall

Challenge paralysed by society

States should police corporate cyber-security more toughly—but react to breaches cautiously

Attaboy Atwal!

Of all the headlines Indian golf made in 2014, Arjun Atwal’s re-entry into the winner’s circle was the most heart-warming

Censoring banners

The Maharashtra CM sets the template for govt response to unreasonable calls for bans

Aamir Khan, PK, PK Movie, PK poster

Column: Net neutrality’s regulatory tightrope

Much of telecom pricing is based on price discrimination. So, the grounds to discourage it have to be compelling

How India must deal with cyberwar

A scenario-based mapping of a national strategy to deal with the emerging knowledge- and information-driven war-form

Column: Govt must fast-track agri reforms

Doing so would benefit millions of small farmers, but so far that govt vision or initiative has not been seen...

Column: Fix corporate borrowing norms to fix banks

Banks would benefit from more shareholder scrutiny on borrowing limits and clarity on outstanding debt

Should mobile VoIP services be charged extra?

While the rising usage of Voice over Internet Protocol services erodes telcos’ revenue from voice services, their popularity means increased revenue from data services

Generation project delays affect PowerGrid’s pace

The company is slowing down execution in some projects to avoid NPAs and burdening consumers

The landmark rulings of 2014

From cancelling coal block allocations to jailing Jayalalithaa for corruption, judiciary had a roller-coaster year

Will the real Narendra Modi surface again?

For the dark clouds to lift, the few good decisions taken by Modi are not enough. Here's to a lot more

Welcome to the New World

Given ALL the QEs And Fiscal Deficit policies Across the Globe caused no flutter in prices, it is time now for all monetarists and fiscal hawks to call it a day

Not enough of a market, but plenty of market cap

Though top line didn’t rise by much, India Inc soldiered on, paring debt where it could by selling assets, But Not by much. some used the opportunity to buy

The return of optimism

Despite the misses, 2014 saw a tremendous build-up of expectations from the Modi government. Now, it should initiate its reforms agenda, via Budget 2015

Strong administrative structure must precede GST implementation

The increasing use of Aadhaar-based direct benefit transfer and the proposed GST are the key reforms that presage good growth. However, the kinks in GST must be removed

A year to do the hard yards

Most major economies, except the US, are struggling. we must rely on domestic demand to lift growth

Column: Don’t fudge the minimum wage

The new national minimum wage will steal power from chief ministers and murder Make-in-India

Infratweets: A lease of life for PPPs

The government has decided to forge ahead with reforms in the key sectors of coal and insurance.

Time to push wheat exports at better prices

With export duty, Russian wheat shipments off the radar

The highway for job creation and rapid growth

Progress in the manufacturing sector holds the key to leveraging India’s demographic dividend of the world’s largest pool of educated young jobseekers

Column: The right way to Make in India

The govt must retain the present prices for petro products and use the resulting surplus for capital expenditures

Make in India essentials

Labour taxes, infrastructure and the business environment appear to be binding constraints on the revival of India’s manufacturing sector

Implementing the right to public services

Many states have entered into performance-based contracts or fee-based arrangements with private players to strengthen service delivery

Column: Tidings of comfort

2014 was a year in which the US federal government showed that it can do some important things very well

Column: India’s battle of ideas

The new government understands what needs to be done to combine ideas of modernisation with mass welfare

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