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To Vijay Sir, With Love

NO butter or flavoured salt to sprinkle over the popcorn. The cream doughnuts were certainly nowhere in sight. Yet, for a brief period last Sunday evening, the first floor of a South Delhi mall transformed into the famous Sathyam Cinemas of…

Bowing to necessity

The government’s bank recapitalisation scheme may have some technical merits. The previous government, with an unconscionable combination of cronyism and inability to assess risk, had left the banking system in a deep mess. So drastic…

When readers pay for news

Is there hope for pay-for-online news? Most people consuming news online believe that plenty of free options makes paying for news irrelevant. That roughly is what the Digital News Report, brought out by the Oxford-based Reuters Institute…

Innovators, not pirates

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his desire to make India a hub of innovations at several fora, be it in his address to young CEOs or in his speech during his recent visit to Israel. In his words: “Innovation is life. When there…

Hungry for publicity

To continue with the (unfortunate) theme of my last several articles — the disappearance of honest debate in India. The disappearance is bad enough but to replace it with fake news, and/or flaky analysis, is deplorable. Just last week…

Demand is affecting credit growth

A constant lament around the state of the economy today is on “low credit growth”. Generally, the twin balance sheet issues are the identified villains. As fresh data on non-performing assets (NPA) keep coming in with numbers worse off at…

Growth without industrialization

Despite low world prices for the commodities on which they tend to depend, many of the world’s poorest economies have been doing well. Sub-Saharan Africa’s economic growth has slowed precipitously since 2015, but this reflects specific…

All hype on energy

Reform, reform and more reform. That was the message of the first ever CERAWeek, India Energy Forum held in New Delhi last week. Curated by the renowned energy scholar and Pulitzer winning writer, Daniel Yergin, CERAWeek is the most sought…

An opaque economy

The National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) will be conducting an annual survey of households on employment in 2018-19, according to a report in this newspaper this week. The issue that is yet to be decided is whether the survey should stick…

Fixing healthcare

Can two knowledgeable and well-meaning people appear adversarial? That depends on where they are coming from. If you are coming from the side of efficiency within the limits of a system, there will be one recipe. If there is an urge to…