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The country’s meteorological department on Thursday forecasted normal rainfall for India this year......

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Make India the repair capital          of the world

The pandemic has exposed the world’s fragility to force majeure events, and with nations trying to......

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Let’s update our rescue system to the digital age

It was a harrowing 45 hours for over 40 people trapped mid-air in cable cars before the Indian Air......

opinion 2022-04-15 Livemint

Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey have been talking about a revolution

The New York Times had this story about Twitter: More than a decade ago, the platform was in the t......

opinion 2022-04-15 Livemint

The imperative of collective reforms in a federal system

The process of furthering economic and institutional reforms in India is facing some unexpected ch......

opinion 2022-04-15 Livemint

India needs an economic reboot for rapid employment-heavy growth

After two years of lost growth, India’s economy needs a major structural transformation towards a ......

opinion 2022-04-15 Livemint

America’s being left behind by China in the EV battery arena

In recent months, a string of carmakers and electric vehicle (EV) battery makers have announced th......

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Education at the forefront of India’s rising complexity

Economist Ricardo Hausmann suggests that prosperity arises from economic complexity and economic d......

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This is for you birdwatchers

In a time that the morning news is invariably dismaying—a lynching here, something hateful done th......

opinion 2022-04-15 Livemint

How to optimize 5G auctions in a better way

The government is gearing up to auction one hundred thousand MHz of spectrum and expecting to rece......

opinion 2022-04-14 Livemint

Lessons from SpiceJets flight simulator fiasco

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has restricted 90 SpiceJet pilots from operating ......

opinion 2022-04-14 Livemint

A milestone’s been spied for a switchover to EVs

Time and again, road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari has expressed confidence that e......

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Karnataka’s initiative to recover lost learning offers a useful model

The country’s education system continues to reel from the massive loss of learning that our childr......

opinion 2022-04-14 Livemint

Bold bets on job creation can come good in times of flux

The Great Resignation, the fabled economic theory of the pandemic that workers in the US were quit......

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America should put an end to its strategic ambiguity over Taiwan

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has reminded many people of the fraught relationship between China an......

opinion 2022-04-14 Livemint

An invisible groundwater crisis needs greater visibility

Nearly a quarter of the world’s population is facing a looming water crisis, with a very real pros......

opinion 2022-04-14 Livemint

How to make transformation initiatives work

In “consultspeak, the confounding non-language of us consultants, the word transformation has atta......

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Revealing balance

Chief economic adviser V. Anantha Nageswaran has said that the burden of high fuel prices will hav......

opinion 2022-04-14 Livemint

A strong coffee culture is brewing in India, bit by bit

Something big is brewing in India’s coffee market. Not only are new coffee chains coming up and ex......

opinion 2022-04-14 Livemint

Spectrum allocation and a short tale of two curses

How resources are allocated in an economy is key to how well it performs. Last century’s great deb......

opinion 2022-04-13 Livemint

The odd divergence between markets for stocks and bonds

Inflation in the rich world right now is at a multi-decade high. Interest rates are rising. Noneth......

opinion 2022-04-13 Livemint

Overuse has deprived the word ‘great’ of its greatness

The pandemic and its uncertainties have given birth to a new language. To make sense of uncharted ......

opinion 2022-04-13 Livemint

An ironic convergence between affluent and emerging economies

At the core of development economics lies the idea of ‘productive dualism’. The economists who fou......

opinion 2022-04-13 Livemint

Elon Musk can’t seem to stop trolling Twitter’s management

Elon Musk wants to buy Twitter. Elon Musk wants to influence Twitter. Elon Musk wants to poke Twit......

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Startup slip-ups

The startup hall of fame is always abuzz, but so increasingly is the hall of infamy. Big flame-out......

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India-US ties: The scope for literal common space

As India resumes its 2+2 dialogue on strategic cooperation with the US, Indo-Pacific security is e......

opinion 2022-04-12 Livemint

The marital rape exception fails all tests of Constitutional validity

An unprecedented reformist judgement delivered recently by a single-judge bench of the Karnataka h......

opinion 2022-04-12 Livemint

India’s open data movement has found a white knight

My first column this year was a data wish list for 2022. The first wish was that we get to see sur......

opinion 2022-04-12 Livemint

Our geo-economic interests lie with the West as well as the rest

Over the past few weeks, I discovered a marked difference in attitudes towards the Ukraine war bet......

opinion 2022-04-12 Livemint

Central banks that enter the cryptosphere could save DeFi

Ayn Rand’s fans dreamt of decentralized finance (DeFi) as the ultimate realization of their techno......

opinion 2022-04-12 Livemint

About time we took the bite out of our malaria epidemic

As the covid pandemic slowly fades into endemic existence, it will do so as a catastrophe that imp......

opinion 2022-04-12 Livemint

Get real, Beijing

Like net-zero emissions, ‘zero covid’ sounds impressive. Just how ambitious China was in its pursu......

opinion 2022-04-12 Livemint

Pakistan’s cornered democracy

No prime minister in Pakistan has completed a full term in office. Seen through this chequered len......

opinion 2022-04-11 Livemint

India should brace for retaliatory measures by the US

The 2022 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE), the 37th in an annual ser......

opinion 2022-04-11 Livemint

Red lines got blurred in our triage of mega risks

Shifty red lines are a sign of uncertain times. They may eventually yield clarity, but tend to spe......

opinion 2022-04-11 Livemint

Criminality in politics does not bode well for democracy’s future

John Adams, an astute political philosopher and second president of the US, was emphatic: “Remembe......

opinion 2022-04-11 Livemint

Why circumstances in India may get better for Muslims

Things are bad for Muslims in India. It is an odd sentence because a statement about India is usua......

opinion 2022-04-11 Livemint

Keep the faith, stay the course for monetary policy normalization

The German Bundesbank has long been the envy of central banks across the world. To understand why,......

opinion 2022-04-11 Livemint

China’s slump has put the US luxury market in the spotlight

From Gucci’s 10,000-sq-ft store on the site of a former pencil factory in SoHo to Hermes’ two-stor......

opinion 2022-04-11 Livemint

How India’s early-stage startup ecosystem became an investment hotspot

The Indian startup ecosystem did exceptionally well in 2021. The growing investor confidence in In......

opinion 2022-04-11 Livemint

What keeps RBI’s Shaktikanta Das awake at night?

Body language readers would have had a fun day observing Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shak......

opinion 2022-04-11 Livemint

A nuanced monetary policy, in a very complex context

Between the scars of the pandemic and the challenges from the Russia-Ukraine war, our economic con......

opinion 2022-04-11 Livemint

The government must start preparing for the new covid variants now

The government must ensure largescale availability of the latest covid treatments, to guard the po......

opinion 2022-04-11 Livemint

Reverse swing

The cricketer who once led a team famous for perfecting the craft of reverse swing found himself r......

opinion 2022-04-11 Livemint

India must defend its own interests, as UN loses face

Last week, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered a despondent speech before the United ......

opinion 2022-04-11 Livemint

RBI finally course-corrects; begins normalizing in baby steps

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has embarked on the long-awaited normalization process of monetary......

opinion 2022-04-09 Livemint

Humour in economics: It exists, intended or not

Ever since the 19th-century theoretician and reactionary Thomas Carlyle labelled economics “the di......

opinion 2022-04-08 Livemint

From citizenship rights to being beneficiaries of political largesse

Of the five Indian states that went to the polls, the victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ......

opinion 2022-04-08 Livemint

Islamophobia and religiophobia both need to be fought

Arecent resolution adopted by the United Nations and proposed by the Organization of Islamic Coope......

opinion 2022-04-08 Livemint

How to build a new Punjab and restore its economic standing

The outcome of the assembly elections in Punjab last month is a radical departure from the past. T......

opinion 2022-04-08 Livemint

Poor single mothers in the US need money and not husbands

For more than a quarter century, the US government has been sending an unmistakable message to poo......

opinion 2022-04-08 Livemint

A ship can start sinking if its middle crew goes missing

India Inc is besotted with its young workforce and tries its best to validate them. India Inc also......

opinion 2022-04-08 Livemint

Singapore formula

Traffic exasperation is back to pre-pandemic levels in India, turning thoughts towards places wher......

opinion 2022-04-08 Livemint

There is power in those cones

Ever pay attention to the noses of airplanes? Take any one of the fighter jets—MiG, Rafale, Sukhoi......

opinion 2022-04-08 Livemint

What the rich countries want to play down in the new climate report

The focus on the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been ......

opinion 2022-04-07 Livemint

A little spice in the product mix is just what HUL needs

Buzz that FMCG giant Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (HUL) was in talks to acquire the century-old spices ......

opinion 2022-04-07 Livemint

Two ways India can help stabilize Sri Lanka

The Ring of Fire is a 40,000-km long horse-shoe shaped geographic rim in the Pacific, notorious fo......

opinion 2022-04-07 Livemint

Any rejig of GST should recall its reform thrust

The word ‘profiteering’ is a throwback to the Licence Raj, when ‘market competition’ in India was ......

opinion 2022-04-07 Livemint

The rapidly rising price of liberty in Beijing-repressed Hong Kong

Speaking in Dublin in 1790, the Irish politician and judge John Philpot Curran said, “The conditio......

opinion 2022-04-07 Livemint

Stalled farm reforms could still be given another push

With Uttar Pradesh under the Bharatiya Janata Party’s belt, fans of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ......

opinion 2022-04-07 Livemint

The status quo on monetary policy is likely amid recent uncertainty

It is widely anticipated that the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) monetary policy stance and reverse......

opinion 2022-04-07 Livemint

Discord at the meeting of technology and human beings

Intense discussions on social media about Zomato’s new 10-minute delivery service and recent news ......

opinion 2022-04-07 Livemint

Neutrality dissonance

As Western pressure mounts on New Delhi to condemn Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, external a......

opinion 2022-04-07 Livemint

Retail inflation foretells a summer of discontent

Last week, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said most parts of north and central India a......

opinion 2022-04-07 Livemint

India should hold off pesticides ban till the global food crisis threat subsides

The ministry of agriculture should wait for the current global mini-crisis in food production to s......

opinion 2022-04-06 Livemint

We must keep hope alive as climate aims slip away

We don’t have time to sit on our hands as our planet burns, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitt......

opinion 2022-04-06 Livemint

Crypto bosses should have seen a government backlash coming

The Indian Premier League T20 cricket tournament is currently on. And unlike last year’s edition, ......

opinion 2022-04-06 Livemint

Let global principles guide messaging interoperability

On 24 March 2022, European negotiators announced that they had come to an agreement on the final t......

opinion 2022-04-06 Livemint

Why the MPC must pay attention to recent monetary arithmetic

Inflation worries are rapidly spreading across the world. Price pressures are not the same across ......

opinion 2022-04-06 Livemint

Musk’s Twitter investment may spell bad news for free speech

Elon Musk, the 50-year-old South Africa-born American entrepreneur best known for Tesla Inc, Space......

opinion 2022-04-06 Livemint

PPPs will help in bridging treatment gap, enhance care delivery in India

The government’s focus on digitization over the past few years has enabled enhanced delivery of he......

opinion 2022-04-06 Livemint

MSMEs need innovative solutions as inflation kicks in

Indian micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) have a new challenge, with the high pass-throug......

opinion 2022-04-06 Livemint

Not over till it’s over

Another sigh of relief in our long battle against covid can be indulged, with the number of fresh ......

opinion 2022-04-06 Livemint

Time for RBI to end its ‘take it easy’ policy

‘Urvasi, Urvasi, take it easy Urvasi, vazhkkayil, vellave, (to be successful), take it easy policy......

opinion 2022-04-05 Livemint

An exercise in overreach

The December board meeting of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) threw up some inte......

opinion 2022-04-05 Livemint

Pakistan’s future needs to overshadow its past

Intrigue tends to hang over Islamabad like smog does over Delhi, though with far less predictabili......

opinion 2022-04-05 Livemint

Systems of global governance should move beyond realpolitik

The war in Ukraine has drawn pointed attention to the manner in which global politics is conducted......

opinion 2022-04-05 Livemint

Lessons from the implosion of Sri Lanka’s tiny economy

The entire cabinet of Sri Lanka resigned this week, collectively expressing its inability to handl......

opinion 2022-04-05 Livemint

India’s zinc-trade deficit with Korea tells why we need industry input on deals

India aspires to be third largest economy in the world by the year 2047 and there is a strong push......

opinion 2022-04-05 Livemint

Puzzles that attend economic analysis of real interest rates

When I am trying to understand the macroeconomy, I often find myself resorting to one of my favori......

opinion 2022-04-05 Livemint

Think twice before taking a credit rating agency public

Just picture this situation: A senior ratings professional in a credit-rating company is asked to ......

opinion 2022-04-05 Livemint

HDFC: Size and safety

Merger proposals rarely get such a rousing market reception. On Monday, enthusiasm over the news o......

opinion 2022-04-05 Livemint

What investors should know before pumping money in Web3 startups

Web3, DeFi, Metaverse—these terms have proliferated our daily lives. Facebook, Inc. even changed i......

opinion 2022-04-05 Livemint

Do the states have a case for more GST shortfall compensations?

The goods and services tax (GST) regime will turn five in June, which will mark the end of the per......

opinion 2022-04-04 Livemint

This bank makes it mandatory for verification of high-value cheques from today

Delhi: In a move to protect the bank customers against large value cheque frauds, Punjab National ......

opinion 2022-04-04 Livemint

The obvious and not-so-obvious gains from the HDFC-HDFC Bank merger

This merger between Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) and its progeny, HDFC Bank, has......

opinion 2022-04-04 Livemint

A toast to trade ties

After a trade pact with the UAE, India has signed one for mutual market access with Australia. Pri......

opinion 2022-04-04 Livemint

A celeb’s marital advice and class consciousness

The notion that history is forever guided by a ‘class struggle’ can be found in the detritus of fa......

opinion 2022-04-04 Livemint

How the Delhi model for EV chargers is worthy of emulation

This year, 2022, is being touted as the year of electric vehicles (EVs) globally. With advancement......

opinion 2022-04-04 Livemint

Can American billionaires really find a cure for ageing?

Is ageing a disease or technology? Growing old, one way or another, is decay over time, but is it ......

opinion 2022-04-04 Livemint

Why leaders of the world are heading for India

Rare coincidences are sometimes overlooked. Last week, in New Delhi, an unusual coincidence occurr......

opinion 2022-04-04 Livemint

India’s trade pact with Australia will click: It ticks the right boxes

The India-Australia Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (ECTA), signed on 2 April, is in many......

opinion 2022-04-04 Livemint

Big-ticket crypto hackers are a new threat to web3 ventures

A popular blockchain game called Axie Infinity has suffered what could well be the biggest securit......

opinion 2022-04-04 Livemint

Five stages of grief in response to a hit film on Kashmir

The elephant in the room seems to have woken up with a start and pushed open a door where it had b......

opinion 2022-04-04 Livemint

RBI’s shift in stance imminent

Tightening monetary policy when growth is slipping and inflation is rising always creates a dilemm......

opinion 2022-04-04 Livemint

What would rupee-ruble denominated trade entail

India and Russia are in talks to see how the rupee-ruble trade arrangement can be revived. The san......

opinion 2022-04-02 Livemint

Saubhagya – A dream we dared to achieve

Electrification opens up a world of opportunities - it empowers citizens and transforms their qual......

opinion 2022-04-02 Livemint

Stokes takes Iyer to the fray

Spend a few moments thinking about the way things move through the air. Because ... well, why not?......

opinion 2022-04-01 Livemint

Any data extraction law must pass a privacy test

It is widely appreciated that we must stay vigilant for very unlikely but dangerous events, such a......

opinion 2022-04-01 Livemint

The metaverse and why humans create worlds of make-believe

Over the past few months, I have written a lot about the online metaverse. Along with cryptocurren......

opinion 2022-04-01 Livemint

Keeping stagflation in check will be a global challenge

The global economy has suffered two negative supply-side shocks, first from covid and then from Ru......

opinion 2022-04-01 Livemint

Why budgets presented in end-February are better

When the date of the Union Budget was moved in 2017 from end-February to 1 February, I praised the......

opinion 2022-04-01 Livemint

Pressure on Indian diplomacy has increased from both sides

The diplomatic courting of New Delhi has grown intense. India was one of only a handful of countri......

opinion 2022-04-01 Livemint

The Bahujan Samaj Party faces an existential crisis

Back in 2019, before the Lok Sabha polls, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati was being ......

opinion 2022-04-01 Livemint

Gadkari’s signals

As fuel prices soar, the government seems resolved to go full-steam ahead on a shift to cleaner fu......

opinion 2022-04-01 Livemint

Will we ever break free of SWIFT and dollar?

Bloomberg has reported that India is considering a Russian proposal to adopt its home-grown financ......

opinion 2022-03-31 Livemint

An unhelpful response to accountancy scandals

Efforts to control autonomous institutions appear embedded in too much proposed legislation. The g......

opinion 2022-03-31 Livemint

Break down the wall between know-what and know-how

Why do you send your children to school? Why do you want to educate them? I asked. The answer was ......

opinion 2022-03-31 Livemint

The baffling resurgence of anti-Americanism in India

In May 1959, John F. Kennedy gave a major foreign policy speech in which he argued that “no strugg......

opinion 2022-03-31 Livemint

The new art of economic warfare and the global need to regulate it

The use of economic weapons during war has a long history. But the rise of globalization and cross......

opinion 2022-03-31 Livemint

The Ukraine war has worsened Japan’s island feud with Russia

As it overturned precedent to follow the US and Europe in imposing harsh sanctions to punish Russi......

opinion 2022-03-31 Livemint

The convergence of business aims with social goals

In the recently-concluded climate summit of world leaders, there was a great deal of conversation ......

opinion 2022-03-31 Livemint

Tightrope diplomacy

The sudden flurry in diplomatic activity is hard to miss. Gabriele Visentin, the European Union’s ......

opinion 2022-03-31 Livemint

TV news business needs more than just ratings change

On 17 March, when Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India resumed news channel ratings af......

opinion 2022-03-31 Livemint

The three lessons for foreign investors, policymakers from Shopee’s sudden exit

The surprise exit of Singapore-based e-commerce player Shopee from India, less than six months aft......

opinion 2022-03-30 Livemint

Three lessons Uday Kotak learnt at IL&FS

Uday Kotak has decided to call time on one of his pro bono efforts. He is stepping down as chairma......

opinion 2022-03-30 Livemint

Aid Sri Lanka’s economy and not Rajapaksa’s grip

Sri Lanka’s finance minister Basil Rajapaksa, brother of president Gotabaya Rajapaksa and prime mi......

opinion 2022-03-30 Livemint

Geoeconomics: The war beyond the battleground of Ukraine

In The Age of Unpeace, Mark Leonard writes: “The connections between people and countries are beco......

opinion 2022-03-30 Livemint

Globalization is dying: Long may the phenomenon live

Last week, in a letter to shareholders, Larry Fink, chairman of BlackRock, declared that globaliza......

opinion 2022-03-30 Livemint

Assumptions could lose validity without serving advance notice

Columnists have opined all possible permutations and combinations of assumptions on the Ukraine wa......

opinion 2022-03-30 Livemint

Australia could go in for fiscal repair while its rate policy lags

Australia is set to begin winding back its massive pandemic-era stimulus, even as its central bank......

opinion 2022-03-30 Livemint

The futility of economic sanctions is well documented

As the Ides of March approached, the world saw Russian tanks rolling into Ukraine and the outbreak......

opinion 2022-03-30 Livemint

Biden’s tax idea

The US budget unveiled this week had an outlay of $5.8 trillion, a big chunk of it marked to build......

opinion 2022-03-30 Livemint

Indias space economy boom is here

When rockets, satellites and spacecraft boldly go where no man (or woman) has gone before, can eco......

opinion 2022-03-29 Livemint

Sri Lanka’s agrarian crisis a cautionary tale for India

For the first time since the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka, refugees from the island nation ar......

opinion 2022-03-29 Livemint

The PVR-Inox combine merits a rivalry-test lens

Talkies, as movie theatres were called before memories of silent cinema faded away, have again gro......

opinion 2022-03-29 Livemint

Our quest for national security is in urgent need of booster activity

Russia attacked Ukraine in its quest for national security through what Moscow termed “special mil......

opinion 2022-03-29 Livemint

Need a more representative survey to track inflation expectations

The measurement of inflation is a serious business. Ask Sait Erdal Dincer. For much of his term, t......

opinion 2022-03-29 Livemint

Sound governance is a must for gender-inclusive output growth

In response to globalization, economic competitiveness among countries has drastically increased. ......

opinion 2022-03-29 Livemint

The silver lining to America’s late rules on climate disclosure

The new rules proposed by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week for climate-re......

opinion 2022-03-29 Livemint

The Ukraine war’s fallout on farming is worrisome too

Russia and Ukraine play a very important role in the global agricultural system. Together, they ar......

opinion 2022-03-29 Livemint

Decibel distinction

Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, famous for brass work, has been making all the wrong noises. It has be......

opinion 2022-03-29 Livemint

India should step in to help Sri Lanka—it’s in our own interest

Sri Lanka faces an economic crisis that has already sent a trickle of refugees to India. India has......

opinion 2022-03-28 Livemint

39 amendments to the finance bill is a telling statistic

39 amendments to the finance bill is a telling statistic The annual budgetary exercise for FY23 ca......

opinion 2022-03-28 Livemint

Pakistani prospects

Should Imran Khan lose his vote of no-confidence this week, he’d be Pakistan’s first prime ministe......

opinion 2022-03-28 Livemint

Our farm reforms deserve another chance

Now that the political shadow of the three controversial farm laws has been effectively cast aside......

opinion 2022-03-28 Livemint

The Ukraine war has triggered a global surge in human stupidity

In The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity, a brief but very insightful treatise on the subject, the 20t......

opinion 2022-03-28 Livemint

What’s the ‘West’ and why does it praise others so often?

We were reminded this year that ‘the West’ is not ‘White people’. Russia, for instance, is not the......

opinion 2022-03-28 Livemint

Can data protection framework uphold an individual’s right to privacy?

After two years of deliberations, in December 2021, the joint parliamentary committee (JPC) on per......

opinion 2022-03-28 Livemint

Economic sanctions carry risks and must be deployed with care

To help Ukraine while avoiding a nuclear confrontation between Nato and Russia, the US and its all......

opinion 2022-03-28 Livemint

Seeds of Kashmiri pandits’ exodus were sown in ’60s

I watched two movies last week: The Kashmir Files and ’83. One exposed the flaws in the Indian Con......

opinion 2022-03-28 Livemint

Saying goodbye to buying the world a Coke may prove costly

The day after the US lifted its trade embargo on Burma in 2012, I spoke to an executive at Coca-Co......

opinion 2022-03-28 Livemint

The classic startup formula and spoilers in this script

Here’s a quiz question: what’s common to Amanda Seyfried, Jared Leto, Jesse Eisenberg and Joseph G......

opinion 2022-03-28 Livemint

The fine print in India’s record exports performance

Booming global demand, especially on the back of big fiscal spending in advanced economies, has gi......

opinion 2022-03-26 Livemint

Fuel price control is back from the dead

The spectre of political control is once again haunting India’s fuel retailers and those who bankr......

opinion 2022-03-26 Livemint

To snip or not to snip is not an invalid question

Kurosawa, best acclaimed for his 1950 film Rashomon, once called a censor’s detection of obscenity......

opinion 2022-03-25 Livemint

The effect of farm sector changes on agrarian movements in India

The farmers movement last year succeeded in forcing the government to repeal the three farm laws p......

opinion 2022-03-25 Livemint

A spill-out of lurking inflation shouldn’t be a surprise

The US rate of inflation had declined annually for three years till the pan-demic year of 2020. It......

opinion 2022-03-25 Livemint

Why Indian banks need new measures for operational risk

The banking business in India is going through a rapid transformation phase. As digitalization has......

opinion 2022-03-25 Livemint

Personal finance tips for those who find love after they’re 50

Some of the most dramatic shifts in family life are occurring among older Americans. Over the past......

opinion 2022-03-25 Livemint

Electoral results in UP were a watershed for the BJP

During my fieldwork this February in western Uttar Pradesh (UP), I spent more than two weeks trave......

opinion 2022-03-25 Livemint

Reach out and touch someone

Last 7 June, Narendra Modi announced that under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (Prime Mini......

opinion 2022-03-25 Livemint

A win for justice

The Karnataka high court this week declined to quash rape charges levelled by a wife against her h......

opinion 2022-03-25 Livemint

The unintended consequences of SCs order on Amrapali

The Supreme Court’s attempts to resolve the stalled Amrapali housing project, in favour of hapless......

opinion 2022-03-24 Livemint

Why your tax refund may be bigger this year

Americans are still benefiting from a raft of pandemic relief measures that are contributing to th......

opinion 2022-03-24 Livemint

Regulate social media on par with mainstream media on hate speech and libel

Russia recently banned Facebook and Instagram, while sparing Meta’s third offering, WhatsApp. Face......

opinion 2022-03-24 Livemint

Quick Zomato delivery: Innovation or vexation?

Just how fast is fast enough for the delivery of a food order? Even a 30-minute target, it would s......

opinion 2022-03-24 Livemint

A film that’s worthy of an Oscar even if its subject has misgivings

This weekend, Writing With Fire may win an Academy Award in the category of documentaries and beco......

opinion 2022-03-24 Livemint

The serious public health burden of gender violence

Gender-based violence constitutes a serious public health burden that includes injuries, unintende......

opinion 2022-03-24 Livemint

Dial down the security dilemma that sets vicious cycles in motion

Russia’s invasion one month ago of Ukraine—a flagrant violation of international law that has resu......

opinion 2022-03-24 Livemint

The US Fed faces a quandary familiar to emerging markets

Judging from market price movements on Monday, the US Federal Reserve risks slipping further into ......

opinion 2022-03-24 Livemint

Novel behavioural challenges for e-commerce players

The e-commerce business gained lot of momentum during the covid pandemic. Two industry reports, Th......

opinion 2022-03-24 Livemint

Underlying value of crypto is real world utility

Crypto technology has evolved manifold since the Bitcoin whitepaper was published in 2008, and tod......

opinion 2022-03-24 Livemint

Export upswing

Indian exports have bounced back smartly. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitt......

opinion 2022-03-24 Livemint

A chakravyuh test that an embattled RBI faces

An experience of double-digit inflation about a decade ago led the guardian of our currency, the R......

opinion 2022-03-23 Livemint

How you can deal      with the founder          post acquisition

From being relatively rare and risky bets, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have become mainstream i......

opinion 2022-03-23 Livemint

Soaring prices of wheat also have broad implications

In order to understand the political and economic repercussions of Russia’s attack on Ukraine, ana......

opinion 2022-03-23 Livemint

It may be time to revive Keynes’ idea of a global reserve currency

The US has weaponized its financial power in the hope that Russia will withdraw from Ukraine rathe......

opinion 2022-03-23 Livemint

We should not exaggerate the covid impact on human brains

Scary headlines about the long-term effects of covid gain traction easily. Recent news reports hav......

opinion 2022-03-23 Livemint

Ease of doing business 2.0: Ask the right questions

In her budget speech, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman expressed the government’s resolve to la......

opinion 2022-03-23 Livemint

Save our savers

After a recent cut in the rate of interest paid on provident fund balances, small savings instrume......

opinion 2022-03-23 Livemint

What Disney CEO’s apology tells India Inc on political issues

Disney CEO Bob Chapek recently issued a forthright apology to employees of the company, many of wh......

opinion 2022-03-23 Livemint

When, why and how Russian President Vladimir Putin might use nuclear weapons

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- We must assume that a man like Vladimir Putin is capable of anything, even ......

opinion 2022-03-23 Livemint

What happens in Russia if Putin can’t win in Ukraine?

The world has been transfixed by Ukraine’s fight for survival. As the war drags on, we’d better st......

opinion 2022-03-23 Livemint

After betting $100 bn on solar energy, why is RIL buying a coal-fired plant?

The one thing that India’s largest corporate Reliance Industries Limited is not known for is whims......

opinion 2022-03-22 Livemint

Heavy taxes are fine for quasi-assets like crypto

The government seems ready to expand the ambit of India’s goods and services tax (GST) to cryptocu......

opinion 2022-03-22 Livemint

Tackling the covid disruption of regular childhood immunization

It is mid-morning and families throng around the mobile clinic parked in the remote village in nor......

opinion 2022-03-22 Livemint

India’s energy transition: Looking beyond the budget

Two-and-a-half months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced India’s target of achieving net......

opinion 2022-03-22 Livemint

Why economic weapons of mass destruction need ‘arms control’

War is horrific, no matter how it is waged. Nevertheless, Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine, w......

opinion 2022-03-22 Livemint

Asia could suffer oil shudders even if it stays at around $100

The sell-off in the global oil market might bring a sense of relief to Asia’s policymakers: So thi......

opinion 2022-03-22 Livemint

Italy’s decree on intangible assets should serve as a cue

In August 2020, the Italian government declared that Italy’s domestic firms could and should decla......

opinion 2022-03-22 Livemint

Keep all skies safe

A China Eastern Airline aircraft with 132 people aboard crashed in China’s Guangxi province on Mon......

opinion 2022-03-22 Livemint

Zomato’s acquisition of Blinkit gives it temporary respite

You take a leap of faith based on the back of available data or the conviction that comes from you......

opinion 2022-03-22 Livemint

High US inflation doesnt excuse our thrifty covid spending

The US is grinding through its fastest inflation in four decades, and it has set off two sets of r......

opinion 2022-03-21 Livemint

New York City’s economy still hasn’t caught up

For the US overall, the big job market story of the past year has been one of high demand for work......

opinion 2022-03-21 Livemint

Let’s signal support for dollar-led globalization

In terms of trade and capital flows, reversals of globalization preceded both the world wars we ha......

opinion 2022-03-21 Livemint

Integrative development could lead us to achieve shared growth

It’s a simple question, but one that is pertinent: Is social integration a precursor to equality, ......

opinion 2022-03-21 Livemint

Businesses must make net-zero plans to go with our climate goals

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s net-zero pledge for India, announced at CoP-26 in November, shifted......

opinion 2022-03-21 Livemint

Let’s enforce age-gate rules to secure children on the internet

Peter Steiner’s famous cartoon in the New Yorker about online anonymity—that on the internet, nobo......

opinion 2022-03-21 Livemint

The war has unacknowledged shades of grey

Even after several rounds of Russia-Ukraine truce negotiations, the war rages on. Russian forces c......

opinion 2022-03-21 Livemint

Mind the smile gap

Even as India makes strides in various fields, all that progress appears not to be raising Indian ......

opinion 2022-03-21 Livemint

A time for those known lesser to carve out a niche

Did you know who Labh Singh was, till last week? He rose to prominence after defeating Punjab Chie......

opinion 2022-03-21 Livemint

The other Gandhis who may need to give up leadership

Every now and then there are elections, the Indian National Congress fares poorly, and all sorts o......

opinion 2022-03-21 Livemint

Bizarre pizza taxes make case for GST reform

Pizza case reveals the messy GST we made Most Indians laughed at the memes and carried on, but a r......

opinion 2022-03-20 Livemint

What is the avant-garde tie-up Adani and Aramco are exploring?

The Adani group is reportedly exploring a tie-up with Saudi Aramco and the oil kingdom’s Public In......

opinion 2022-03-20 Livemint

Pizza case reveals the messy GST we made

Pizza case reveals the messy GST we made Most Indians laughed at the memes and carried on, but a r......

opinion 2022-03-19 Livemint

The win-win deal behind the Adani-Aramco partnership

The Adani group is reportedly exploring a tie-up with Saudi Aramco and the oil kingdom’s Public In......

opinion 2022-03-19 Livemint

What does it mean to be ‘neutral’ over Ukraine?

There’s a popular cartoon by Tom Toro that’s been doing the social media rounds since 2012, in whi......

opinion 2022-03-18 Livemint

House panel reccos on aviation makes sense; govt should adopt them

Implementation of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture’s recomme......

opinion 2022-03-18 Livemint

How Mumbai’s climate action plan can be a gamechanger in India

There are two very good things about the Mumbai Climate Action Plan that seeks to bring about net ......

opinion 2022-03-18 Livemint

Covid isn’t gone yet

With covid cases in India down to their lowest level in about two years, it’s not a surprise to se......

opinion 2022-03-18 Livemint

Fantasy sport skills and our exercise of free will

An argument clincher for fantasy sports arrived this week in the form of a tax bonanza that this i......

opinion 2022-03-18 Livemint

When it’s time for the amateur stuff

Something happened at 7:21pm on the last day of February a few years ago. The thousands of boister......

opinion 2022-03-18 Livemint

Schrödinger’s cat and the worry of a quantum apocalypse ahead

Let me try distracting you from war and disease with a joke. Schrödinger takes his cat to the vet ......

opinion 2022-03-18 Livemint

The Competition (Amendment) Bill 2022: A low-key bill with wider implications

The budget session of Parliament has resumed. Of the pieces of legislation to be taken up, the Com......

opinion 2022-03-18 Livemint

Repeated shocks, the Ukraine war and spectre of stagflation

Since 2016, the Indian economy has been repeatedly battered by severe shocks. First, there was de-......

opinion 2022-03-18 Livemint

Saudi Arabia’s oil-for-yuan bid is no threat to America’s dollar

Is there a situation more absurd than two of the world’s most dollar-dependent economies promising......

opinion 2022-03-18 Livemint

The key to startup success: Getting up again

Watching a baby trying to walk is a beautiful thing. The infant will fall every few steps. A few b......

opinion 2022-03-18 Livemint

RBI must equip our banks to better handle climate risk

In line with other central banks (CBs) globally, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has increasingly ......

opinion 2022-03-17 Livemint

What does the Fed rate hike mean for us?

The Federal Reserve of the United States, the American central bank, has decided to start raising ......

opinion 2022-03-17 Livemint

The global economic chaos caused by the Ukraine war

The London Metals Exchange (LME) has had to suspend trading in its benchmark nickel contract for a......

opinion 2022-03-17 Livemint

Let economic logic lead trade talks with Russia

The oil shock that saw its price peak at almost $140 per barrel softened this week, with global cr......

opinion 2022-03-17 Livemint

Our weak educational outcomes have a wide set of societal causes

In my last three columns, I asked, ‘Why are children not learning what they should in school?’ and......

opinion 2022-03-17 Livemint

The aggression of Russia’s Putin and our risk of a third world war

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February was the beginning of a third world war that has the po......

opinion 2022-03-17 Livemint

Employers should stop being so secretive about salary scales

Recently, my friend’s manager asked what would stop her from leaving the organization. “Higher pay......

opinion 2022-03-17 Livemint

Diabetes affects more women, urban areas see surge in cases

In line with other central banks (CBs) globally, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has increasingly ......

opinion 2022-03-17 Livemint

Formal wear, smart casuals re-enter shopping carts

As the omicron wave ebbs and more and more offices open up, colleges resume offline classes, and r......

opinion 2022-03-17 Livemint

Facebook in the dock

Social media was the target of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s ire on Wednesday when she said in Par......

opinion 2022-03-17 Livemint

Let an open market for vaccines fulfil demand

India’s state-run covid vaccination drive was primarily aimed at pandemic mitigation for public he......

opinion 2022-03-16 Livemint

Electric vehicles can’t go too far in reducing our use of fossil fuel

One of the effects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been a jump in the price of crude oil. The ......

opinion 2022-03-16 Livemint

Digital and physical ownership have begun to converge

Since our notion of ownership came to being in the context of physical objects, we defined it in t......

opinion 2022-03-16 Livemint

Fixing Indian higher education is the ideal way to rescue students

Indian students going abroad for education is not a new phenomenon. Enrolling in a foreign univers......

opinion 2022-03-16 Livemint

Individuals should shift from managing risk to uncertainty

These are uncertain times. We’ve never lived with less risk. That may sound crazy coming out of a ......

opinion 2022-03-16 Livemint

Measure every action for gender empowerment impact

In a nation devoted to powerful goddesses, the average Indian woman still struggles to realize her......

opinion 2022-03-16 Livemint

A stretch too far

A disconnect between laws and their principles of application can sometimes venture into the realm......

opinion 2022-03-16 Livemint

Ukraine exodus is a stark reminder of India’s weakness in higher education

Dying in a foreign land in the middle of a war is now the latest risk faced by the over one millio......

opinion 2022-03-15 Livemint

Mint SnapView: Know what to think

Mint is excited to introduce for its subscribers an exclusive offering that will help them navigat......

opinion 2022-03-15 Livemint

Lessons in our hiccups over selling an LIC stake

The collective gaze of Indian economic commentators, seeking to decode the fallout from Russia’s i......

opinion 2022-03-15 Livemint

What China may have learnt and unlearnt from the Ukraine crisis

When the Ukraine crisis hit the headlines a few months ago, conventional wisdom suggested that whi......

opinion 2022-03-15 Livemint

Data lessons from two years of the covid-19 pandemic

On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared covid to be a global pandemic. As t......

opinion 2022-03-15 Livemint

We must correct the IPO pricing of startups with no profit record

The initial public offering (IPO) boom this fiscal year has been quite amazing. There have been 18......

opinion 2022-03-15 Livemint

Bond market expectations in America don’t seem to add up

Something doesn’t quite add up in debt markets. Traders are betting that the US Federal Reserve wi......

opinion 2022-03-15 Livemint

An isolated Russia can’t escape an economic collapse

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is now entering its third week. With each passing day, Moscow’s ap......

opinion 2022-03-15 Livemint

Jabs for pre-teens

The government has expanded its 14-month-long covid vaccination programme to let 12-14- year-olds ......

opinion 2022-03-15 Livemint

Can India really overthrow Visa and Mastercard?

Long before the war in Ukraine, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided that international ca......

opinion 2022-03-14 Livemint

Let workers migrate out of the poorly performing EPFO to the NPS

The Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) must manage workers’ savings more efficiently to ......

opinion 2022-03-14 Livemint

A remixed economy of the Narendra Modi era

In the early 1990s, at a time America was seen at the zenith of its power, an aide of its top lead......

opinion 2022-03-14 Livemint

How western MNCs weakened globalization by taking sides

The closing of McDonald’s in Moscow is bad news for the global economy. Whatever the military outc......

opinion 2022-03-14 Livemint

What may happen in a state where no one takes bribes

It is as though our bodies cannot endure astonishment; that is why when a marvellous event occurs,......

opinion 2022-03-14 Livemint

The monetary consequences of Western efforts to isolate Russia

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is radically redrawing the economic, political and security landscape......

opinion 2022-03-14 Livemint

What researchers are saying about covid-induced brain fog

Many of us have put covid largely out of our minds. But one of the most intriguing and important a......

opinion 2022-03-14 Livemint

The Russian roulette of geopolitics will favour cryptos

Russia’s attack on Ukraine has upset all the well-integrated and familiar geopolitical, geo-econom......

opinion 2022-03-14 Livemint

‘No first use’ works

A dangerous mishap took place last week. An unarmed Indian missile was accidentally fired into Pak......

opinion 2022-03-14 Livemint

Despite initial difficulties, ‘Modi magic’ continues

The clamour from the assembly elections in five states hasn’t died down yet, and the next battle’s......

opinion 2022-03-14 Livemint

Russian airspace restrictions wind in the sails for Indian airlines

Even in the gloom and doom across the world thanks to the war in Ukraine, there is a ray of hope f......

opinion 2022-03-13 Livemint

The clear signal in RBI’s restraint on Paytm Bank

NEW DELHI : New Delhi: One of India’s pioneers in the now booming digital payments segment, th......

opinion 2022-03-13 Livemint

What 40-year high US retail inflation means for RBI and India

In February, the retail inflation in the United States stood at 7.9%. This was the highest in more......

opinion 2022-03-13 Livemint

Politics should not be the criteria for PSU disinvestments

It is difficult to escape the conclusion that the Centre’s decision to not allow the Kerala state ......

opinion 2022-03-12 Livemint

What Colgate’s new CEO hire means for its Indian business

An appointment of a new chief executive officer at Colgate India is usually a non-event. Usually, ......

opinion 2022-03-12 Livemint

Modern 5G auctions need more than just a lower reserve price

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) is reportedly considering lowering the reserve pr......

opinion 2022-03-11 Livemint

What comes after Omicron? Experts on next COVID wave, new variant

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- We are now in Covid limbo. Cases are down and still falling, yet scientists......

opinion 2022-03-11 Livemint

Pro-incumbency gets votes in Indian democracy

The re-election of Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh (UP) and the ‘surprise’ vict......

opinion 2022-03-11 Livemint

Automobiles are about to get dirtier and dearer everywhere

The world’s biggest car companies have a lot to fear from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. And it is ......

opinion 2022-03-11 Livemint

An inclusion agenda let down by missing washrooms

Have you read Alice in Wonderland? Well, if you haven’t, the fairytale has a golden key which unlo......

opinion 2022-03-11 Livemint

An electoral dominance that looks set to endure

The pandemic woes and economic hardships of the past two years did not translate into anti-incumbe......

opinion 2022-03-11 Livemint

An open data policy won’t work without earnest implementation

On 22 February, India’s ministry of electronics and information technology (Meity) released its dr......

opinion 2022-03-11 Livemint

There exists a way to lift the hijab over divisive politics

The hijab row in India has placed in stark focus divisive politics over a mere piece of clothing. ......

opinion 2022-03-11 Livemint

Waiting for the break of dawn

There was the Big Bang, that cataclysmic moment when our universe was born. Then a few hundred mil......

opinion 2022-03-11 Livemint

IndEA 2.0 presents a step forward on re-imagining GovTech for Web 3.0 era

Web 3.0 is the most-hyped technology term in recent times. What would it mean for ‘GovTech’, i.e.,......

opinion 2022-03-11 Livemint

Class struggle

The education of children was disrupted so badly by the pandemic that it could take years to recov......

opinion 2022-03-11 Livemint

The confrontation’s with Putin, not Pushkin or Russian people

Opening a ‘third front’ in the Ukraine war, the British culture, media and sports secretary Nadine......

opinion 2022-03-10 Livemint

The movement of cheese in an emerging market

The assessed need for group bonding among members of political parties in India is seen to rise at......

opinion 2022-03-10 Livemint

How the pandemic turned India Inc. more resilient

Policymakers and India Inc responded with restraint to the emergence of a third wave of covid infe......

opinion 2022-03-10 Livemint

The swan song of coronavirus is audible in an ebbing third wave

The Lockdown The Corona Virus is strange, It has a variable range. Dangerous in the way it spreads......

opinion 2022-03-10 Livemint

Dropping SAT scores will give US colleges even more leeway

It is hard not to be cynical about college admissions. In the latest effort to encourage diversity......

opinion 2022-03-10 Livemint

The benefits of acknowledging our multiple identities

The concept of multiple identities might be one of the most under-used human behaviour characteris......

opinion 2022-03-10 Livemint

Rural markets are showing no signs of easing stress

For two consecutive quarters, research and analytics firm NielsenIQ has been flagging signs of dem......

opinion 2022-03-10 Livemint

Global capability centres drive transformation for parent companies

Global capability centres (GCCs) in India have come a long way, supported by an enabling environme......

opinion 2022-03-10 Livemint

Flipkart’s goof-up

Advertising tends to be more effective when aimed at specific consumer segments identified by need......

opinion 2022-03-10 Livemint

How Ukraine crisis worsened our price-stability prospects

Economic relief from the Ukraine crisis would merely be a matter of degree. A realistic look at th......

opinion 2022-03-09 Livemint

Inflation wasn’t transitory even earlier and is likely to go up now

Starting in December 2019, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das has referred to in......

opinion 2022-03-09 Livemint

We may need a Bretton Woods pact on data regulation

In September 1929, when the US stock market crashed, countries around the world scrambled to put i......

opinion 2022-03-09 Livemint

The macroeconomic framework that can guide our policy choices

Indian policymakers have faced a tricky situation over the past few months in maintaining support ......

opinion 2022-03-09 Livemint

The Kremlin is raising an iron firewall around online Russia

Until Friday, millions of Russians were tuning in to Western media to try and get an alternative v......

opinion 2022-03-09 Livemint

Our country is caught between a rock and a hard place

The expression ‘VUCA’ never seemed more appropriate: the geopolitical situation in Europe is ‘vola......

opinion 2022-03-09 Livemint

UPI goes webless

This could be the next big leap for India’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI). On Tuesday, Reserve ......

opinion 2022-03-09 Livemint

The ugly persistence of India’s male preference

Can the rapid emergence of an economy from low-income levels break the hold of a patriarchal socia......

opinion 2022-03-08 Livemint

We still have miles to go in the creation of inclusive workplaces

Studies show that companies with women in leadership roles are more engaged in initiatives around ......

opinion 2022-03-08 Livemint

Societal norms and women’s low labour force presence

When you land at Mumbai’s airport, you can book a prepaid taxi service. You’ll find a separate cou......

opinion 2022-03-08 Livemint

Self-help groups play a big role in the empowerment of women

Millions of women in our hamlets know what unemployment means... Give them access to economic acti......

opinion 2022-03-08 Livemint

The US bond market foresees a recession in today’s oil shock

Whenever oil prices shoot higher, there’s a debate among economists about whether it will spark fa......

opinion 2022-03-08 Livemint

How new tools widen our options for climate actions

Climate change is among the most serious challenges facing the world. To tackle its threat, India ......

opinion 2022-03-08 Livemint

Pulse of the nation

Exit polls of elections held in five states show voters leaning in different directions, although ......

opinion 2022-03-08 Livemint

Why sanctions are not deterring Russia from its targets

How does the freezing of Russia’s foreign exchange reserves affect that country? Will it cripple R......

opinion 2022-03-08 Livemint

Russia can turn food into a weapon in future crises

One of Russia’s greatest strategic weaknesses has recently turned into an advantage. Climate chang......

opinion 2022-03-01 Livemint

How to read our exit polls right

As state assembly elections come to a close, all eyes will be on exit polls conducted by different......

opinion 2022-03-01 Livemint

Putins war sets India on a diplomatic tightrope

In the corporate world, they say a good manager does not reprimand a sub- ordinate in front of oth......

opinion 2022-03-01 Livemint

Reform RBI’s task load for a debt market boost

It has long been obvious that India needs a vibrant market for corporate debt, one that goes beyon......

opinion 2022-03-01 Livemint

Nutritional adequacy may yet be able to enhance vaccine efficacy

Nutrition, vaccine efficacy, sleep deprivation, immune system, micronutrients, Global Nutrition Re......

opinion 2022-03-01 Livemint

China could bypass the Swift network with its digital yuan

Cutting some Russian banks’ access to Swift, the messaging network at the heart of global movement......

opinion 2022-03-01 Livemint

Help Russia and Ukraine resolve their miscalculations

The perpetrator has mortally wounded the hostage. What purpose can negotiations serve now for eith......

opinion 2022-03-01 Livemint

Uncleared for takeoff

Even as the world limps to post-pandemic normalcy, or some semblance thereof, an indication of how......

opinion 2022-03-01 Livemint

The invasion will be TikTokked

Russia’s war for Ukraine’s territory is being waged with tanks and artillery, but the battle for t......

opinion 2022-02-28 Livemint

Democracy ought to get the better of autocracy

Do sanctions work? If their aim is to effect a regime-change in another country, they seldom do, a......

opinion 2022-02-28 Livemint

India must prepare for a long battle against inflation

Data on inflation released by the Indian government’s ministry of statistics has confirmed fears o......

opinion 2022-02-28 Livemint

Whom to trust while reading about Russias war

How must we read when we do not know much about what we wish to read? How can we find an approxima......

opinion 2022-02-28 Livemint

The conflagration in Europe may worsen stagflation everywhere

Now that Russian President Vladimir Putin has launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, we must c......

opinion 2022-02-28 Livemint

Putin could win the battle for Kyiv and lose the war he began

Kyiv’s residents have watched shells rain down these past days, as they did in 1941, then at the s......

opinion 2022-02-28 Livemint

Undoing past wrongs can go horribly wrong too

Russian President Vladimir Putin finally sent troops into Ukraine last week, disregarding entreati......

opinion 2022-02-28 Livemint

Our forex cushion

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has raised the risk of large capital outflows from India that could w......

opinion 2022-02-28 Livemint

Why Metaverse may supersede the internet

We’re on the brink of something huge. The internet is getting ready for its next upgrade—the Metav......

opinion 2022-02-28 Livemint

Indians’ global consciousness seems paralyzed

Broken bridges, Russian tanks trampling cars full of passengers, buildings destroyed by missile st......

opinion 2022-02-28 Livemint

Antarctica is the ultimate vacation for bonding, adventure and bragging rights

ON DEC. 5, 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton, an Anglo-Irish polar explorer, set sail for Antarctica abo......

opinion 2022-02-27 Livemint

Chennai Super Kings shows sports has become big business in India

Chennai Super Kings, the star club in the Indian Premier League of cricket, is not just the spirit......

opinion 2022-02-27 Livemint

Indian exporters to Russia neednt worry, for now, keep trading

Indian exporters are reportedly worried about getting paid for their exports to Russia, in the wak......

opinion 2022-02-25 Livemint

Reputations can shrink even as audiences swell

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it, Warren Buffett famously said.......

opinion 2022-02-25 Livemint

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is marked by a big Chinese failure

There is little doubt that the Russian invasion of Ukraine is a result of the West’s policy failur......

opinion 2022-02-25 Livemint

Germany can soon be one of India’s top trade partners

There’s a lot that unites India and Germany. Both are leading democracies and share a passion for ......

opinion 2022-02-25 Livemint

Green hydrogen policy is great, but we need more

The announcement of the first phase of India’s Green Hydrogen policy last week shows the scale of ......

opinion 2022-02-25 Livemint

Living with covid should not mean ignoring the pandemic

The UK has followed Denmark in scrapping most covid curbs. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “living ......

opinion 2022-02-25 Livemint

A spade is a spade

It’s a war of one man’s making, an unprovoked and unjustified attack on a sovereign country by ano......

opinion 2022-02-25 Livemint

Never saw the asteroid coming

The dinosaurs never saw it coming. Life for them had been good for many million years, then it pre......

opinion 2022-02-25 Livemint

Indias married women are still far from bodily agency

As the Delhi high court hears petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the clause 2 ex......

opinion 2022-02-25 Livemint

Dabur-IOC tie-up highlights hidden monetization potential of PSUs

The tie-up between FMCG major Dabur India Ltd and Indian Oil Corp. to sell the former’s products t......

opinion 2022-02-25 Livemint

Why webcams never switch on during office calls

A peculiar trend in behaviour is being observed among employees who work from their homes. Most of......

opinion 2022-02-24 Livemint

Crude oil could crack up economic assumptions

Hollywood folklore features a reckless game called ‘chicken’: two cars race headlong towards each ......

opinion 2022-02-24 Livemint

Russia’s claims ignore the truth that Ukraine has its own identity

When I reached Lviv, the city of many names because of the vagaries of nationalism and realpolitik......

opinion 2022-02-24 Livemint

Why India has refused to take on Russia over Ukraine

As tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine escalate to levels not seen since the Cold Wa......

opinion 2022-02-24 Livemint

No garble, please

The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), the ad industry’s self-regulatory body, has iss......

opinion 2022-02-24 Livemint

RBI must address three important questions before digital rupee launch

The government’s budget announcement that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will soon issue India’s ......

opinion 2022-02-24 Livemint

The sneaker fad has found a foothold in the country

Last fortnight, while announcing its earnings for the quarter ending 31 December 2021, Bata India ......

opinion 2022-02-24 Livemint

Why green hydrogen is the future of energy

With green hydrogen, India seems to be putting itself at the forefront of a significant economic p......

opinion 2022-02-23 Livemint

How Ronald Reagan would have handled Putin

The Ukraine crisis makes me miss Ronald Reagan. More to the point, it makes me better appreciate h......

opinion 2022-02-23 Livemint

We must develop Brand India to attain global appeal and success

How do we decide our next travel destination? How does an investor end up investing in a particula......

opinion 2022-02-23 Livemint

New covid variants pose fresh riddles for vaccine mandates

Post-infection immunity might be a strange topic for political strife, but it touches on covid vac......

opinion 2022-02-23 Livemint

The significance of cameras kept off at online meetings

A peculiar trend in behaviour is being observed among employees who work from their homes. Most of......

opinion 2022-02-23 Livemint

Banks must refocus on their basic lending role

Even as a political blame-game heats up over the ABG Shipyard case, being touted as India’s bigges......

opinion 2022-02-22 Livemint

Manufacturing exports can gain from India’s empowerment push

Budget 2022-23 unveiled on 1 February carries forward the government’s vision of empowering Indian......

opinion 2022-02-22 Livemint

Inflation has started to rewrite the rules of investment

Rising inflation in the US and around the world is forcing investors to assess the likely effects ......

opinion 2022-02-22 Livemint

What explains Indias high import traiffs

Decoding India’s tariff and trade policy has become increasingly difficult for trade experts. Conv......

opinion 2022-02-22 Livemint

Today’s electric flying cars are dirty old choppers rebranded

Electric flying taxis were the toast of the Singapore Airshow last week. AirAsia and a unit of Emb......

opinion 2022-02-22 Livemint

Beware the blind rush for ESG ratings

Today, if one wants to see how a college is placed in the pecking order, one can get confused. Sev......

opinion 2022-02-22 Livemint

AIFs set to drive HNIs towards private market investment opportunities

The opportunity to expand the risk-return mix across asset classes has made alternative investment......

opinion 2022-02-22 Livemint

Why it took Maruti two decades to beat Hyundai in exports

The surprise is not that India’s largest passenger vehicle (PV) maker Maruti Suzuki also happens t......

opinion 2022-02-22 Livemint

Trump’s new card

More than a year after Twitter, Facebook and YouTube banned him for comments that were seen to hav......

opinion 2022-02-22 Livemint

What it means to have a fertility rate of 2

The National Family Health Survey-5 shows that fertility in India is declining, with the total fer......

opinion 2022-02-18 Livemint

Stop the advance of killer robots

Two recent developments made me think of Lethal Autonomous Weapons, ironically abbreviated to LAWs......

opinion 2022-02-18 Livemint

The message in a bottle afloat on our airwaves

It is time to recall the words of Marshall McLuhan. “The medium is the message, he said, five word......

opinion 2022-02-18 Livemint

Follow  links  where  they  may  take  you

Take a look at these lines: “A method assigns importance ranks to nodes in a linked database, such......

opinion 2022-02-18 Livemint

Our automotive PLI scheme has begun to turbocharge the sector

The numbers cannot get better, and the intent cannot be stronger: ₹25,938 crore in incentives, 11......

opinion 2022-02-18 Livemint

Old notions of masculinity still hold women’s ambitions back

There has been a huge shift in the way people date and marry in recent decades. As the stereotype ......

opinion 2022-02-18 Livemint

Its time to rewrite our online gaming laws

The year 2021 witnessed a slew of laws on online betting and gaming being passed across the Indian......

opinion 2022-02-18 Livemint

Metaverse banking

A lounge to serve customers opened by JPMorgan Chase and Co. is grabbing eyeballs. What’s special ......

opinion 2022-02-18 Livemint

Air taxis are coming, bearing bad news for high-speed rail

Air taxis will soon become a reality. They will change the nature of travel dramatically, taking t......

opinion 2022-02-17 Livemint

Corporate scandals resurfacing shows governance standards remain weak

Two regulatory orders over the weekend have yet again exposed the dark underbelly of India’s corpo......

opinion 2022-02-17 Livemint

The curious case of Vedanta’s Foxconn tie-up to make chips

This week’s announcement that India’s Vedanta Group has tied up with Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology G......

opinion 2022-02-17 Livemint

Our gender gap in contraception needs public policy intervention

The recently-released fifth round of our National Family and Health Survey (NFHS-5) highlights tha......

opinion 2022-02-17 Livemint

An old debate on appropriate technology needs revival

In 1973, the economist E.F. Schumacher published a book with the captivating title Small Is Beauti......

opinion 2022-02-17 Livemint

Teachers mustn’t be blamed for India’s poor learning outcomes

In my last column, I asked, ‘Why are children not learning what they should in school?’ It examine......

opinion 2022-02-17 Livemint

A country where we must jump hoops for small things

For all the often-hyped claims made for the promise of the digital revolution, its most obvious di......

opinion 2022-02-17 Livemint

Fight for IPL media rights set to escalate this year

Last week, Bob Chapek, chief executive officer (CEO), The Walt Disney Co., said his company was “c......

opinion 2022-02-17 Livemint

All set for a reset

The finance ministry’s Monthly Economic Review for January released on Wednesday strikes an optimi......

opinion 2022-02-17 Livemint

Let us not lament Sebi’s U-turn on role division

In a surprise turn, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Tuesday made it voluntary......

opinion 2022-02-17 Livemint

CBI must be called to investigate the bizarre ‘yogic’ dealings at the NSE

Bizarre! That is the only word to describe the goings-on at India’s premier stock exchange, Nation......

opinion 2022-02-15 Livemint

Dewan Housing ruling gives a new direction to insolvency resolution

The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) made a significant ruling on 27 January that w......

opinion 2022-02-15 Livemint

What are the war clouds over Ukraine really about?

If Russia invades Ukraine and Ukraine refuses to roll over, Europe would have its first major war ......

opinion 2022-02-15 Livemint

The cryptosphere needs amplified risk warnings

Investors are always advised to look before they leap. For public offers of equity, this means tha......

opinion 2022-02-15 Livemint

Why LIC ought to be selling a lot more pure life insurance policies

On Sunday, the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India, the country’s largest life insurance com......

opinion 2022-02-15 Livemint

Drones at the service of an Atmanirbhar Bharat

The appeal of self-reliance in India is almost self-evident, even unique. An outsized artwork of M......

opinion 2022-02-14 Livemint

Russia, Nato and the battle for credibility in the Ukraine crisis

Last week, financial industry regulators in Europe and the United States alerted banks to tighten ......

opinion 2022-02-14 Livemint

What Wordle reveals about how we transmit messages

You may have heard of Wordle, and many people have wondered why. They have explained why the simpl......

opinion 2022-02-14 Livemint

GST has been a win-win taxation regime for the Centre and states

Recently, my attention was drawn to an article by V. Anantha Nageswaran, who is now India’s chief ......

opinion 2022-02-14 Livemint

Retail stock pickers should be given mandatory risk warnings

Markets this year are putting the risk in ‘risk premium’. Any asset that typically pays more than ......

opinion 2022-02-14 Livemint

Inflation might just become RBI’s friend with benefits

There is a saying that wise men choose their friends carefully and, perhaps, their enemies even mo......

opinion 2022-02-14 Livemint

A bold voice lost

Rahul Bajaj, the late chairman emeritus of Bajaj Auto, will be remembered by the country for his c......

opinion 2022-02-14 Livemint

India may witness a wave of offshoring of strategy and planning services

India’s evolution from cost-to-thought leadership through management consulting is a theme I cover......

opinion 2022-02-14 Livemint

IS Uttar Pradesh, this time, voting on real problems?

Uttar Pradesh (UP) goes to vote today in the second phase of assembly elections, held in 55 consti......

opinion 2022-02-14 Livemint

It may be appropriate for RBI to hike the reverse repo rate soon

We expect Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to hike the reverse repo rate by 20 basis points (bp) in its......

opinion 2022-02-07 Livemint

Why ‘mindfulness’ and ‘zen masters’ make little sense

A few days ago, when the second most famous monk in the world, Thích Nhat Hanh, died, many famous ......

opinion 2022-02-07 Livemint

Social justice opportunities are too unevenly spread across India

Reservations in India were once again hotly debated in some circles due to the Supreme Court’s rec......

opinion 2022-02-07 Livemint

What Mark Zuckerberg could do if Facebook is past its peak

For years, Wall Street investors kept their faith in Facebook Inc’s powerful advertising revenue g......

opinion 2022-02-07 Livemint

Reopen schools if saving our children’s future is a must

Last week, many states across India permitted schools to open, after keeping children imprisoned a......

opinion 2022-02-07 Livemint

The FM’s nudge

Despite all the milestones India’s economy has achieved, one weakness sorely being felt is the lac......

opinion 2022-02-07 Livemint

Aftermath of the pandemic: Is the Indian healthcare system future-ready?

Two years into the worst pandemic of our times, transitioning into lifestyles defined by mask mand......

opinion 2022-02-07 Livemint

UP fails to move away from caste, religion, region

While going on the election journey to Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, I decided that I would not t......

opinion 2022-02-07 Livemint

Clarity of intent should define our digital rupee

Imagine an ancient village that uses sacks of grain as a unit of exchange. A central granary is fo......

opinion 2022-02-07 Livemint

Inside Spotify’s Joe Rogan crisis

Rocker Neil Young came across an NPR report on the morning of Jan. 24 that seemed like a fit for h......

opinion 2022-02-06 Livemint

What the budget changed for monetary policy

The Union budget has made a big difference for the set of considerations before the Reserve Bank o......

opinion 2022-02-06 Livemint

Corporatize AAI before it becomes another AI

The Economic Survey 2021-22 discusses the government’s intention to monetize at least 25 more airp......

opinion 2022-02-06 Livemint

Indias job crisis needs the debate Rahul Gandhi has started

In an exemplary display of the kind of debates our Parliament should have but rarely manages to ho......

opinion 2022-02-04 Livemint

Bridging the gap in cancer care

I aspire to live in a society where everybody lives cancer-free. A society where children don’t gr......

opinion 2022-02-04 Livemint

Spotify is in a spot over its stance on free speech

Who will watch the Watchmen? asked an Alan Moore classic of a graphic novel illustrated by Dave Gi......

opinion 2022-02-04 Livemint

Tech backdoors are a terrible idea

In 2013, American journalist Glenn Greenwald travelled to Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source, w......

opinion 2022-02-04 Livemint

Financial inclusion is integral to holistic development

The success of countries is defined by the relative prosperity of its people. India’s current gove......

opinion 2022-02-04 Livemint

There’s nothing OK about the ‘K’ in descriptions of our recovery

There is a tendency among some to import and implant vague notions and jargon, as if that adds to ......

opinion 2022-02-04 Livemint

A digital currency should serve the public interest, not banks

The US Federal Reserve last month put out a report about how the US might update its currency for ......

opinion 2022-02-04 Livemint

We must act now to clear our path to carbon neutrality

Net zero emissions or carbon neutrality has been talk of the town globally. At the onset of CoP-26......

opinion 2022-02-04 Livemint

Beyond bored apes and meme coins; India is now a nation firmly into Web3

In the modern retelling of Web history, we have now fully entered the third generation of the inte......

opinion 2022-02-04 Livemint

Erdogan’s own spiral

Inflation in Turkey soared to a 20-year high of 48.7% in January. While inflation risk is a global......

opinion 2022-02-04 Livemint

Oil man and mathematical enigma

Pierre Fermat was a definite eccentric. He was a practising lawyer in 17th century France. Yet whi......

opinion 2022-02-04 Livemint

The Union Budget has got its agenda right

Policymaking, like sport, is a glorious game of timing and building on the momentum. It is also ab......

opinion 2022-02-03 Livemint

BJP government’s no better than UPA on fiscal correction

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has been widely commended for finally riding to the rescue of ......

opinion 2022-02-03 Livemint

Budget retains growth focus

The Union Budget 2022-23 was truly a transformative and visionary document, which laid the bluepri......

opinion 2022-02-03 Livemint

Omicron BA.2 or BA.1: Which one is more transmissible? How do they differ?

Viruses mutate. So it came as little surprise that the fast-spreading omicron variant (known as BA......

opinion 2022-02-03 Livemint

What we should do for bond market stability

The fresh peak that central debt issuance could reach under the Union budget for 2022-23, despite ......

opinion 2022-02-03 Livemint

An exploration of why children are learning little in classrooms

Why are children not learning what they should in school? A massive proportion of our children do ......

opinion 2022-02-03 Livemint

Why the budget held back fiscal firepower

In the great epic Mahabharata, the Pandavas decided to sink their roots in Indraprastha by constru......

opinion 2022-02-03 Livemint

The end of free-lunch economics and its worrisome implications

Smart economic policymaking invariably requires trading off some pain today for greater future gai......

opinion 2022-02-03 Livemint

Censorship won’t help media crack down on quack science

Misinformation is like porn—people think they know it when they see it. But I’ve spent more than a......

opinion 2022-02-03 Livemint

The rate hike blast will spare no one

One of the quirks of American English is that “momentarily means in a moment, rather than for a sh......

opinion 2022-02-03 Livemint

India’s digital health efforts are the silver lining from Covid-19 pandemic

Health, digital health in particular, has been on top of everyone’s minds, as globally, healthcare......

opinion 2022-02-03 Livemint

Inflation question

The assumption of 11.5% nominal growth in 2022-23 that served as the basis for Tuesday’s budget ma......

opinion 2022-02-03 Livemint

Under the circumstances, FM has done a creditable job

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has done a decent job with Union budget 2022-23. It proposes t......

opinion 2022-02-02 Livemint

India shouldn’t launch a digital currency in haste

Barely a fortnight ago, the most powerful central bank in the world, the nearly 110-year-old US Fe......

opinion 2022-02-02 Livemint

Good job on direct taxes, but a mess on customs duty

Good job on direct taxes, but a mess on customs duty “I wish to see a day when the FM would rise t......

opinion 2022-02-02 Livemint

India’s plan for post-pandemic economy is a risky ploy

This being the 75th year of India’s independence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government decide......

opinion 2022-02-02 Livemint

High growth is the centrepiece of our budget plans

Is it possible to have a lower fiscal deficit, provide for a large fiscal stimulus, be generous wi......

opinion 2022-02-02 Livemint

A budget that aims for post-revival expansion

To the current government’s credit, its embrace of free-market tools for India’s economy has been ......

opinion 2022-02-02 Livemint

High on vision but what about the budget numbers?

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s budget speech read like a pitch made to a venture capitalist......

opinion 2022-02-02 Livemint

The BBC as we know it will be dead soon... Long live the BBC

For years the BBC and its financing model have belonged to that small category of things that make......

opinion 2022-02-02 Livemint

A sound fiscal approach for the coming year

The Union budget is first and foremost an annual financial statement. The primary concern is what ......

opinion 2022-02-02 Livemint

The budget has got its building blocks more or less right

Nirmala Sitharaman has to be complimented for two of the main building blocks of her fourth budget......

opinion 2022-02-02 Livemint

A recipe to deepen the distress in rural economy

The general consensus on the state of the Indian economy can be summarized as follows: The economy......

opinion 2022-02-02 Livemint

Capital in gear

The Union budget unveiled by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday leaves no space for am......

opinion 2022-02-02 Livemint

Has Budget gone overboard with Digital play?

Education and employment are admittedly the two sectors worst hit by the pandemic, but the governm......

opinion 2022-02-02 Livemint

Comprehending the numbers in union budget 2022

This Budget will go down as being one of the more pragmatic ones that balances various objectives ......

opinion 2022-02-02 Livemint

Blueprint for ‘amrit kaal’: vision of next 25 years

The key focus of Budget 2022 was for the government to undertake pro-economy spending while not lo......

opinion 2022-02-02 Livemint

What the Economic Survey does not tell you about the economy

Here’s the good news first. The Economic Survey expects the Indian economy to grow by 8-8.5% in 20......

opinion 2022-02-01 Livemint

An Economic Survey without its thinking cap

After a long time, we have an Economic Survey that is true to its name — it surveys developments i......

opinion 2022-02-01 Livemint

A structural constraint that budgets must ease

On Tuesday, when our finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman presents the Union Budget for 2022-23 in ......

opinion 2022-02-01 Livemint

Amplify e-commerce and help all MSMEs reach markets online

Covid has caused a tectonic shift in all spheres of our lives, economy, businesses, entertainment,......

opinion 2022-02-01 Livemint

A quick guide to make sense of budget numbers

The annual budget ritual in India follows a familiar script. On budget day, influential businessme......

opinion 2022-02-01 Livemint

The Economic Survey is optimistic, and rightly so

The annual Economic Survey is a very important document on the state of the economy issued by an i......

opinion 2022-02-01 Livemint

Facebook’s crypto failure is a red flag for its Metaverse plans

Despite all the fanfare around Mark Zuckerberg’s plans for a cryptocurrency that was predicted to ......

opinion 2022-02-01 Livemint

Brinkmanship over Ukraine doesn’t bode well for India

Suddenly, the world appears to be on the brink of another major war. Russia has amassed tanks and ......

opinion 2022-02-01 Livemint

‘Barbell’ balance

India’s latest Economic Survey offers a healthy revival picture and projects 8-8.5% growth in the ......

opinion 2022-02-01 Livemint

‘Sabka vikas’ all the way: Progress in the new socio-economic milieu

To give effect to the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat, the underlying economic philosophy was of focu......

opinion 2022-02-01 Livemint

In spite of global inflation, Survey signals a strong growth momentum

The Economic Survey’s 2022-23 forecast for real gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the range o......

opinion 2022-02-01 Livemint

Anantha Nageswaran: The right choice for CEA

An effective economic advisor in government has to battle it out on two fronts at the same time. H......

opinion 2022-01-31 Livemint

How AAP could win a single state and change India

According to my spurious taxi-driver journalism, elections in Goa on Valentine’s Day will cause a ......

opinion 2022-01-31 Livemint

We should expect the economic cost of closed minds to increase

This year began amid widespread despondency about the resurgent covid pandemic and the struggling ......

opinion 2022-01-31 Livemint

A bonus always works better if its size is a pleasant surprise

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—and an expensive, annual ritual. Bonus season! The yearly......

opinion 2022-01-31 Livemint

Angst over IAS transfers is missing the point

Concerns over the Union government’s recent move to gain the upper hand in the allocation of elite......

opinion 2022-01-31 Livemint

This wave is ebbing

India’s Omicron wave is ebbing, having peaked at a week’s rolling average of just under 312,000 da......

opinion 2022-01-31 Livemint

Enabling policies can be brought in Budget 2022 to make India a ‘Vishwa Guru’

The year 2021 has seen India witness several startups becoming unicorns and the country will conti......

opinion 2022-01-31 Livemint

The 2022 assembly polls are here to change direction

The Karhal assembly seat in Uttar Pradesh (UP) is in news, where Samajwadi Party (SP) president an......

opinion 2022-01-31 Livemint

The budget must aim to provide an impetus to consumer demand

Last year’s budget exhibited resilience and reflected a progressive vision of a roadmap to a faste......

opinion 2022-01-31 Livemint

Budget’s balancing act on growth and fiscal consolidation

Promoting the ease-of-doing business and providing certainty to corporates can ensure that both ob......

opinion 2022-01-31 Livemint

Oxfam inequality reports should not be taken seriously

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon ......

opinion 2022-01-30 Livemint

Finally, we are hearing a sensible line on free trade agreements

Addressing the 120-year-old Merchants Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Kolkata, commerce minist......

opinion 2022-01-28 Livemint

Signals of distress from a frenzy for railway jobs

Last year, Republic Day was rattled by farmer protests that saw the Red Fort in Delhi get stormed.......

opinion 2022-01-28 Livemint

Our budget priorities for a year of predictable unpredictability

On 1 February, India’s finance minister will deliver the fourth budget of the second term of Prime......

opinion 2022-01-28 Livemint

Fiscal policy must take centre-stage for a broad revival

The third wave of the pandemic may be slowly receding, with declining covid infections, but the im......

opinion 2022-01-28 Livemint

Budgetary support could propel our quest for pharma innovation

The Indian pharmaceutical industry has been playing a key role in improving global health through ......

opinion 2022-01-28 Livemint

The Schrodinger’s Cat game that Russia’s playing in Europe

Here is an alternative view of the current standoff over Ukraine between Russian President Vladimi......

opinion 2022-01-28 Livemint

The recovery path from ‘long covid’ is getting clearer

I was finishing my last consultation of the day when an old patient of mine rang me up for an urge......

opinion 2022-01-28 Livemint

Tata in the cockpit

The Air India sale is historic for more reasons than one. First, it marks the culmination of an ex......

opinion 2022-01-28 Livemint

Are we inventors or discoverers?

Pythagoras is known for his famous theorem that describes right-angled triangles. You know, the on......

opinion 2022-01-28 Livemint

PMC Bank amalgamation plan is a travesty of justice

There is only one way to describe the scheme for the amalgamation of the Punjab and Maharashtra Co......

opinion 2022-01-27 Livemint

Why India needs a vibrant pension market

A few weeks back, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) got two Canadian pension funds t......

opinion 2022-01-27 Livemint

The IMF’s assessment of Omicron disruption

It was hoped that the Omicron variant of covid may prove no more than a pin-prick for economic act......

opinion 2022-01-27 Livemint

Our budget policies should aim for the creation of quality jobs

Young adults (aged 20-29 years) form the backbone of a dynamic economy and hence government polici......

opinion 2022-01-27 Livemint

How China got Tesla and what we can learn from it

Recent comments by Elon Musk on the challenges that Tesla Inc faces in India sparked a wave of exc......

opinion 2022-01-27 Livemint

The story of our economy, as told by budgets since Independence

India completes 75 years as an independent nation this August. Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman......

opinion 2022-01-27 Livemint

A proposal that has stirred up questions of IAS control

The Centre’s proposed amendments to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) cadre rules have met w......

opinion 2022-01-27 Livemint

Omicron’s dominant

Almost two months since the first Omicron case was detected in India, we have data showing that it......

opinion 2022-01-27 Livemint

Television news ratings: A theatre of the absurd

The curtains are not yet down on the television news channel ratings drama. It’s an ongoing saga i......

opinion 2022-01-27 Livemint

Dont be too stressed by the distress in the markets

When American stock indices sneeze, world bourses catch a cold. Quantitative easing, jargon for pr......

opinion 2022-01-26 Livemint

Why are doctors still scrambling for Covid-19 drugs?

When everyone was scrambling for a Covid-19 vaccines last year, public health officials liked to s......

opinion 2022-01-26 Livemint

A rebirth roulette could serve as a test of justice

In scraping off the last detritus of the British Crown’s dominion over India 72 years ago, We the ......

opinion 2022-01-26 Livemint

We need a personal tax system that’s simpler and fairer

It’s that time of the year when the noise around the central government’s budget reaches its peak.......

opinion 2022-01-26 Livemint

Some clues from game theory on what Putin might do next

As tensions heighten between Russia and Ukraine [with Moscow having amassed military forces on the......

opinion 2022-01-26 Livemint

The truth about our devices snooping on us all the time

As every professional will tell you, one of the occupational hazards of attending social engagemen......

opinion 2022-01-26 Livemint

Stop vote buying

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notices to the Centre and Election Commission (EC) for their r......

opinion 2022-01-26 Livemint

What the humble gherkin teaches us about farm policy

The humble kheera (cucumber) serves to demonstrate India’s untapped potential to become a powerhou......

opinion 2022-01-25 Livemint

Why Sebi is right on new rule separating corporate board chairperson, CEO roles

From 1 April 2022, Indias top 500 listed companies have to separate the roles of the chairperson a......

opinion 2022-01-25 Livemint

Wanted: A job guarantee scheme for cities

Sanjiv Mehta, who heads Hindustan Unilever, a consumer products company that serves a vast cross-s......

opinion 2022-01-25 Livemint

Rate hikes, inflation set stage for a test by fire

In about a week, the Indian government will have presented its budget for 2022-23, and a week late......

opinion 2022-01-25 Livemint

Wall Street’s big pay hikes have made the US Fed’s job harder

For more than a year, an egalitarian narrative dominated the discussion about wages in the US. Low......

opinion 2022-01-25 Livemint

The country must criminalize marital rape right away

The Delhi high court is hearing whether the marriage exception to Section 375 (Exception 2) of the......

opinion 2022-01-25 Livemint

Our UPI outreach

The National Payments Corp. of India is reportedly testing a system, UPI Lite, that will allow pay......

opinion 2022-01-25 Livemint

The Reduce, Reform, Reinforce mantra for a well-aimed budget

Every sector has its own version of the three ‘R’s—be it sustainability’s ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recyc......

opinion 2022-01-24 Livemint

The folly of trying to fix inequality

Every now and then, there is a sudden rise in the chatter around ‘inequality’, usually among benef......

opinion 2022-01-24 Livemint

A year to forget for Kamala Harris

On 20 January, Joe Biden completed one year of his presidency in the US. This has not been a good ......

opinion 2022-01-24 Livemint

The delicate balance that India’s budget for 2022-23 must achieve

India’s Union Budget for 2022-23 will attract a lot of attention from different stakeholders in th......

opinion 2022-01-24 Livemint

Why some vaccinated people resist Omicron and not others

The Omicron variant spreads so rapidly that it sometimes feels as if resistance is futile. It’s di......

opinion 2022-01-24 Livemint

A tale of woe as paper mills fold

GUWAHATI : On the last day of 2021, 62-year-old Mohan Singh, a resident of Binnakandi in Assam......

opinion 2022-01-24 Livemint

Can Aparna Yadav make it without family support?

It was a fine morning in 1982. There were a lot of journalists and political activists in the main......

opinion 2022-01-24 Livemint

Why sodium is Mukesh Ambani’s big battery bet in the EV race

From smartphones to Tesla Inc. cars, lithium-ion batteries are everywhere. But when Asia’s richest......

opinion 2022-01-24 Livemint

CBDCs: RBI must take a leaf out of US Fed’s consultative approach

The US Federal Reserve’s much-awaited discussion paper on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) ......

opinion 2022-01-23 Livemint

Digital payments growth: India’s stunning stride

Back in mid-2015, Nandan Nilekani made a presentation in Mumbai and a few other cities, articulati......

opinion 2022-01-21 Livemint

Aviation needs support, covid has been lethal for it

The covid-19 pandemic has dealt a severe blow to the aviation industry. For no fault of the sector......

opinion 2022-01-21 Livemint

Desist from an expansionary budget; go for modest, thoughtful spending hikes

Many economists want the Union Budget to nurse the pandemic-ravaged economy, reducing the focus on......

opinion 2022-01-21 Livemint

Celebrate indigenous vaccine success, but strive to do better

Celebrate indigenous vaccine success, but strive to do better Raise a toast to India’s vaccine dev......

opinion 2022-01-21 Livemint

Wanted: A genomic map of our third covid wave

Is the pandemic finally looking to burn itself out? While the week’s trailing average of infection......

opinion 2022-01-21 Livemint

Seven predictions for the world of technology in 2022

A quote that is variously ascribed to Yogi Berra, Neils Bohr and even Mark Twain goes something li......

opinion 2022-01-21 Livemint

India’s long game with China and challenges posed by a ‘soft’ state

By virtually any metric, the Chinese economy is more than five times the size of the Indian econom......

opinion 2022-01-21 Livemint

Amazon’s legal entanglement in India offers a cautionary tale

What should be an ordinary commercial dispute between Amazon and the founders of a near-bankrupt r......

opinion 2022-01-21 Livemint

Say’s Law works: Supply does create its own demand

John M. Keynes, while writing his seminal work, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Mon......

opinion 2022-01-21 Livemint

Investing in new economic shakti for a new India

The Private Equity-Venture Capital (PE-VC) industry recorded a phenomenal growth of $63 billion in......

opinion 2022-01-21 Livemint

The Devas case is not as black and white as the government claims

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman held a press conference on the Devas case, essentially to brea......

opinion 2022-01-20 Livemint

A gathering storm over multilateral institutions

The world came to a crucial crossroad in 2008 and failed to take the higher path. Then came the pa......

opinion 2022-01-20 Livemint

Envisioning Governance 4.0 for a world that must not fail its kids

In 2022, the covid pandemic and the myriad crises it spawned may start to recede. Even in a best-c......

opinion 2022-01-20 Livemint

Strongmen are turning emerging markets into submerging markets

Examining the tea leaves for 2022, one prediction seems quite straightforward: Emerging markets ma......

opinion 2022-01-20 Livemint

Safe assets are now clearly the biggest risk that investors face

Markets are quite weird right now. The value of risk-free assets has gone all out of whack, and if......

opinion 2022-01-20 Livemint

A staggering crisis of education confronts the country

We went from one ruin to another. One, magnificent and resonant with the wonder that it once was. ......

opinion 2022-01-20 Livemint

Oil alert: Don’t skid

Global oil prices have surged to a seven-year high of over $88 a barrel amid rising geopolitical v......

opinion 2022-01-20 Livemint

Farm reforms need not be a lost cause

A lawsuit related to the dismissal of a daily-wage worker by Patiala Central Cooperative Bank bein......

opinion 2022-01-19 Livemint

Assure basic scientific research its due supply of oxygen

On 28 June 1941, not long after the United States entered World War II, US President Franklin D. R......

opinion 2022-01-19 Livemint

How India can create its own Elon Musks

On 12 January, Tesla Inc’s chief executive officer Elon Musk, responding to a Twitter query on Tes......

opinion 2022-01-19 Livemint

Moscow should recognize how costly imperial designs can be

Paratroopers of Russia’s elite Spetsnaz brigade were sent into Kazakhstan to suppress violent nati......

opinion 2022-01-19 Livemint

Let us raise a toast to family entrepreneurship in India

Indian entrepreneurs seem to be the new toast of the town, with a recent study from Stanford point......

opinion 2022-01-19 Livemint

Dodge the cross-wire

Sometimes, trouble can arise from unexpected quarters and jeopardize the most meticulous of plans.......

opinion 2022-01-19 Livemint

Our growth imperative bears a covid inflection

If spring-backs from covid craters in the US and elsewhere (including India) tempted extrapolation......

opinion 2022-01-13 Livemint

The brouhaha over a blockade of Modi’s motorcade in Punjab

It is a compliment to Prime Minister Narendra Modi when I say that he has an impeccable sense of t......

opinion 2022-01-13 Livemint

Beethoven’s 10th Symphony and the jarring notes of AI

Over 250 years after Ludwig van Beethoven died, his 10th symphony has been composed. The symphony ......

opinion 2022-01-13 Livemint

Watch out for an official central bank digital rupee soon

Just think of this situation. It is eight o’clock in the evening, and there is an announcement mad......

opinion 2022-01-13 Livemint

Look beyond mRNA vaccines to maximize global coverage

Early on in the pandemic, many of us hoped that India would help vaccinate the world. India’s phar......

opinion 2022-01-13 Livemint

Re-skilling and upskilling with digital interventions

As the proverb goes, change is the only constant. The field of technology has been evolving at suc......

opinion 2022-01-13 Livemint

Broadcast industry must stick together to survive

Unanimity has never been the strong point of India’s media and entertainment sector, especially, b......

opinion 2022-01-13 Livemint

Positive kick-off

In a first, India’s three big software companies reported their quarterly results on the same day:......

opinion 2022-01-13 Livemint

It’s not too late to avoid getting Covid

January 2022 is one of the worst possible times to get Covid-19. That’s not only because hospitals......

opinion 2022-01-12 Livemint

Allow Vodafone Idea to operate independently

The board of Vodafone Idea (VI) has approved the issuance of equity to India’s government in lieu ......

opinion 2022-01-12 Livemint

What a dead economist and live soccer tell us about covid curbs

A decade ago, a retired governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) told me that when it comes to ......

opinion 2022-01-12 Livemint

Vaccine resistance could be traced to the backfire effect

One of the unfortunate side effects of the current Omicron surge is that it has brought back, out ......

opinion 2022-01-12 Livemint

Far too many small businesses in India stumble on loan eligibility

The importance of the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector in India cannot be emphasi......

opinion 2022-01-12 Livemint

Blockchain platforms can help avert forex highway accidents

In any given day, you’ll find $19 trillion of payment obligations dotting the busy highway of glob......

opinion 2022-01-12 Livemint

The pros and cons of big data used as economic signals

The new wave of covid infections led by the Omicron variant of the Sars-CoV-2 virus has once again......

opinion 2022-01-12 Livemint

Tata’s IPL title debut

This year’s edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will see Tata replace Vivo as its title spo......

opinion 2022-01-12 Livemint

India’s telecom reforms are state extortion by another name

The conversion of a share of what Vodafone-Idea owes the government into state-owned equity would ......

opinion 2022-01-12 Livemint

EU’s nuclear option for sustainability makes sense for India, too

The European Commission has proposed to recognise nuclear energy as a green technology to combat c......

opinion 2022-01-10 Livemint

Becoming a ‘Weird’ society may no longer be necessary for India

Of the several books I have read recently, Plagues and Peoples by William H. McNeill and The WEIRD......

opinion 2022-01-10 Livemint

Public sector banks: More sinned against than sinners

The Prime Minister announced India’s Jan Dhan Yojana (JDY) or National Mission for Financial Inclu......

opinion 2022-01-10 Livemint

India’s nuclear arsenal recently went up the sophistication curve

In the final months of 2021, India conducted two major missile tests. The first was the Shaurya hy......

opinion 2022-01-10 Livemint

Up for a test: China’s tolerance of a big EV-battery monopoly

The world’s largest electric-vehicle (EV) battery maker is getting bigger. Whether it can maintain......

opinion 2022-01-10 Livemint

The new fintech department of RBI has its work cut out

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) created a new department to supervise and regulate fintech last we......

opinion 2022-01-10 Livemint

IMF’s note of caution

A blog published by the International Monetary Fund on Monday has a cautionary note for emerging e......

opinion 2022-01-10 Livemint

No use instituting a Fiscal Council if the political system wont listen to it

In a written reply in Parliament, the finance ministry last month ruled out the setting up of a Fi......

opinion 2022-01-09 Livemint

Policy cannot presume to divide business and life into essential and unessential

With the Omicron wave rising, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT),......

opinion 2022-01-09 Livemint

The endless loop of Covid-19

I was not as impressed as others by the president’s speech Thursday in the Capitol. I wanted him t......

opinion 2022-01-08 Livemint

Don’t let Sterlite go scot-free but cease knee-jerk reactions too

Nearly four years ago, 13 protesters were killed in police firing at the Sterlite Copper Thoothuku......

opinion 2022-01-08 Livemint

Indias economys the loser in the Amazon-Ambani regulatory slugfest for Future

One small step for Future Group, a giant leap backward for India’s business credibility: that is t......

opinion 2022-01-07 Livemint

Pandemic preparation: It’s time for us to focus on public health

The covid pandemic has demonstrated how vulnerabilities in the healthcare system can have serious ......

opinion 2022-01-07 Livemint

Foreign funding: Who’s at loss, NGOs or needy poor?

Talk of the multiplier effect. After more than 6,000 privately-run non-profit organizations across......

opinion 2022-01-07 Livemint

Seven rings of technology that could do Tolkien proud

I wish it need not have happened in my time, said Frodo the Hobbit, in JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of T......

opinion 2022-01-07 Livemint

Precious lessons for farm reform from a 2017 model law

The repeal of India’s central farm laws is seen so widely as gravely negative for prospects of fur......

opinion 2022-01-07 Livemint

Elizabeth Holmes’s trial: Was she held to an unfair standard?

Elizabeth Holmes, founder of Theranos, commanded headlines and magazine covers as an executive wor......

opinion 2022-01-07 Livemint

It’s the year to turbocharge our renewable-energy drive

The year 2021 was a landmark one for climate change and for those working to mitigate its increasi......

opinion 2022-01-07 Livemint

More women than men to tell a story

Not long ago, we learned that India has finally joined the ranks of “developed countries in this p......

opinion 2022-01-07 Livemint

Severe curbs may be the wrong medicine for the third wave

The ‘storm before the calm’ is one characterization of the surge in covid infections brought on by......

opinion 2022-01-06 Livemint

Did CCI over-reach in suspending the Amazon-Future deal?

On Wednesday, a division bench of the Delhi high court stayed arbitration proceedings initiated ag......

opinion 2022-01-06 Livemint

Pay Devas $1.3 bn; close the chapter on Vinod Rais imagined scams

The wages of sin is death, says the Bible. There is no canonical clarity on the wages of sacrifici......

opinion 2022-01-05 Livemint

Let’s exorcise the ghost of stalled asset sell-offs

The familiar ghost of a missed asset sell-off target at India’s fiscal banquet threatens to re-app......

opinion 2022-01-05 Livemint

Global initiatives may help revive the education of Afghan women

Girls’ education is a powerful tool for bringing peace and security. If girls don’t learn, Afghani......

opinion 2022-01-05 Livemint

Our jumbled covid restraints need rational sorting out

The ‘storm before the calm’ is one characterization of the surge in covid infections brought on by......

opinion 2022-01-05 Livemint

Future versus Amazon: The CCI threw a curveball at their dispute

On Wednesday, a division bench of the Delhi high court stayed arbitration proceedings initiated ag......

opinion 2022-01-05 Livemint

India’s political parties rally on despite its third wave of covid

Covid cases are surging in India. Still, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his political opponents ......

opinion 2022-01-05 Livemint

The dark clouds hanging over 2022 may not be benign

Despite dips and disruptions from new variants of covid, 2021 turned out to be a relatively positi......

opinion 2022-01-05 Livemint

Security lapse

A serious breach took place on Wednesday when Narendra Modi’s convoy en route to Hussainiwala in P......

opinion 2022-01-05 Livemint

In 2022, video marketing, live commerce to lead ad trends

Amit Wadhwa, CEO, Dentsu Creative group, India, who moved into the role in June 2021, oversees all......

opinion 2022-01-05 Livemint

Don’t let this wave stall our economic recovery

That our new calendar for 2022 has already been smudged by the emergence of a third wave of covid ......

opinion 2022-01-05 Livemint

Expect a torrid pace of policy action in our tech space

It looks like 2022 is going to be a busy year for tech policy. Even though I have been predicting ......

opinion 2022-01-05 Livemint

Sebi’s new IPO and preferential issue rules: Applying the brakes?

The year 2021 witnessed a large number of Indian companies going public, a sizeable number of whic......

opinion 2022-01-05 Livemint

Taiwanese manufacturers face unfamiliar conditions in India

A year after Apple Inc’s supplier Wistron Corp faced an uprising at a factory in India, its larger......

opinion 2022-01-05 Livemint

Poshan Abhiyaan: It’s time for national self-reflection

The National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5), released in November, indicates slow improvement in In......

opinion 2022-01-05 Livemint

Relief for Amazon

In the high-profile legal battle between Amazon and Future Group over the latter’s retail assets, ......

opinion 2022-01-05 Livemint

Its tough making forecasts in an uncertain world

It’s that time of the year when forecasts of how different investment asset classes are likely to ......

opinion 2022-01-05 Livemint

The Made in China plan is back, and it’s better

As the world headed into 2022 grappling with the latest virus variant, China unveiled a sharpened ......

opinion 2022-01-05 Livemint

Avoid the disastrous road to regulatory capture

The TV series Dopesick, a dramatized retelling of how the notorious medicine OxyContin fuelled Ame......

opinion 2022-01-04 Livemint

A Chinese threat should not muddle Indian policy

Paytm Insuretech’s attempt to buy existing general insurer RahejaQBE has run aground, with the Ins......

opinion 2022-01-04 Livemint

How we should equip ourselves to thrive under high uncertainty

One of the interesting things about the New Year greetings that I received was that several of the......

opinion 2022-01-04 Livemint

Make our statistics credible again

As we celebrate 75 years of India’s independence, there’s a lot to be proud of. My greatest source......

opinion 2022-01-04 Livemint

Cost of RBI’s keen disciplining of pvt banks’ boards can be reduced competition

In recent years, India has seen the exit of at least half a dozen CEOs of private banks and non-ba......

opinion 2022-01-04 Livemint

Central Bank Digital Currencies, regulations will be trends to watch in ’22

In 2021, the crypto industry witnessed exponential growth as Bitcoin touched all-time highs, from ......

opinion 2022-01-04 Livemint

Buzzing factories

Last year ended on a positive note for India’s manufacturing sector, with the purchasing managers’......

opinion 2022-01-04 Livemint

Let’s be stubborn on empathy for the sake of justice

The deep low howling continued even as I ran 300 meters into the campus. Only then did I sense tha......

opinion 2022-01-03 Livemint

Budget 2022s goal should be to turn Budget 2021s announcements into outcomes

The year has been unlovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to make; harry me not on promises t......

opinion 2022-01-03 Livemint

The road to regulatory capture isn’t paved with good intentions

The TV series Dopesick, a dramatized retelling of how the notorious medicine OxyContin fuelled Ame......

opinion 2022-01-03 Livemint

The lethal use of drones can’t carry on as a global free-for-all

The pandemic has already given the future a distinctly dystopian look. And then there’s this: the ......

opinion 2022-01-03 Livemint

Welcome another big year for contributions to science

The year 2021 was unusual in a significant way: Rapid advances in science and technology had an im......

opinion 2022-01-03 Livemint

Why Indian IT never managed to win big in consulting

Back in 2012, when Infosys Ltd snapped up Zurich-based Lodestone Management Consultants for $350 m......

opinion 2022-01-03 Livemint

What Kerala’s moneylenders understand about India

In Kerala, there is a pawn-broker every 100 metres. This is not a figurative expression. This is, ......

opinion 2022-01-03 Livemint

Look up: Our economy will, but  air  needs  action

Adam McKay’s Netflix comedy Don’t Look Up offered more than a laugh to cap a chaotic year. An Amer......

opinion 2022-01-03 Livemint

It’s in India’s national interest to promote open source software

Over the past month, hundreds of thousands of developers and IT managers around the planet have be......

opinion 2022-01-03 Livemint

Linking Aadhaar to electoral rolls is a great reform move

This piece is part of a Mint Debate. Read the counter view here. Indian Parliament recently passed......

opinion 2022-01-03 Livemint

Electoral linking subverts free and fair polls in India

This piece is part of a Mint Debate. Read the counter view here. The passage of the Election Laws ......

opinion 2022-01-03 Livemint

Secure women from the impact of health emergencies

The human cost of the covid pandemic has been overwhelming—the loss of lives, income and employmen......

opinion 2022-01-03 Livemint

GST is too complex

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council has deferred an earlier proposal to raise the rate on tex......

opinion 2022-01-03 Livemint

Hope floats after a year scarred by the coronavirus

Everyone wants 2022 to be a year of unprecedented expectations. I am using the word ‘unprecedented......

opinion 2022-01-03 Livemint

Lean digital enterprises make organizations relevant in the digital era

The fusion of information, operational, collaboration and communication tech has created a modern ......

opinion 2022-01-03 Livemint

The year that was

In 2021, we struggled to figure out if washing hands with soap was enough or was it necessary to u......

opinion 2022-01-02 Livemint

Its hard to agree with Arvind Subramanians suspicion of Indias GDP recovery

Dr Arvind Subramanian, a former chief economic adviser (CEA) in the ministry of finance, has warne......

opinion 2022-01-02 Livemint

What could the leadership rejig mean for Samsung in India?

On New Years Eve, South Koreas Samsung announced a major reorganization of its Indian leadership. ......

opinion 2022-01-02 Livemint

Promoters are gaming the resolution processes again

Twenty years ago while in the University of Chicago, Raghuram Rajan worked with India’s finance mi......

opinion 2021-12-24 Livemint

Health and tech-related changes are here to stay in a post-covid world

Everything has changed, and nothing has changed is a quote attributed to Rev. Joseph Lowery, known......

opinion 2021-12-24 Livemint

Neena Gupta: in love with mathematics

A young woman I met the afternoon I started writing this spoke about a competitive examination tha......

opinion 2021-12-24 Livemint

Let’s be clear about the purpose of vax barriers

Indian hopes of the covid pandemic slipping into its endemic stage have ebbed with domestic cases ......

opinion 2021-12-24 Livemint

Dorsey’s skepticism

For all the attention that Web3 is getting, former Twitter chief Jack Dorsey is no fan. He has bee......

opinion 2021-12-24 Livemint

How 2021 fared on prophecies made by a modern-day Palantir

Forged by the Elves of Valinor, the Palantir is one of seven indestructible crystal balls used “to......

opinion 2021-12-24 Livemint

India urgently requires resilient and empowered cities

Cities across the world contribute about 80% of global gross domestic product. They are drivers of......

opinion 2021-12-24 Livemint

Another advisor exits: Does the government really care?

The resignation of Arvind Subramanian in 2018 as chief economic advisor (CEA) was not a surprise. ......

opinion 2021-12-24 Livemint

The award for trade of the year must go to pandemic arbitrage

It was a warm spring evening in Taipei and over a hundred celebrities, founders, venture capitalis......

opinion 2021-12-24 Livemint

The endgame for solo entrepreneurs in the evolving startup ecosystem

When investors put money into a startup, they are essentially buying a portion of that company and......

opinion 2021-12-24 Livemint

DMRC, not Reliance, is being arrogant, Mr Mehta

If Franz Kafka were alive, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta would have a fan. Mr Mehta recently told......

opinion 2021-12-23 Livemint

Turmoil on the high seas: Indian shippers need stability assurers

The container shipping industry is in uncharted territory globally, with surging freight rates and......

opinion 2021-12-23 Livemint

A gas pipeline can’t turn Russia and China into instant buddies

Are hydrocarbon pipelines built to threaten democracies, or befriend authoritarians? Judging by th......

opinion 2021-12-23 Livemint

Why labour trouble at TN iPhone factory is bad news

For the world’s most valuable company, the growth path in India is riddled with challenges. Apple,......

opinion 2021-12-23 Livemint

Lessons from behavioural science to fight the pandemic

Accelerated efforts of the global scientific community have facilitated fairly quick measures to c......

opinion 2021-12-23 Livemint

An honourable climax for the founders of Zee

As curtains begin to descend on the corporate drama around control of Zee Entertainment Enterprise......

opinion 2021-12-23 Livemint

Our semiconductor shortage is likely to persist for a long while

Enough ink has been spilt on today’s semiconductor shortage, some of which has touched upon its se......

opinion 2021-12-23 Livemint

The literary and commercial success of Sonny Mehta

Celebrating the careers of chief executives of Indian origin who run global companies is a nationa......

opinion 2021-12-23 Livemint

Corporate India needs a proactive mindset for debt resolution

Over the years, concerted efforts have been made to determine and resolve non-performing assets (N......

opinion 2021-12-23 Livemint

Food firms want a bigger bite of snacking category

Last week, South Korean confectionary firm Orion, best-known for Choco-Pie, expanded its portfolio......

opinion 2021-12-23 Livemint

Why, and how, Indian IT firms should compete with global consulting firms

Imagine you are building a house. Your architect drafts a plan that you like. She then recommends ......

opinion 2021-12-23 Livemint

Less light, more heat

The winter session of Indian Parliament came to an end on Wednesday, a day ahead of its scheduled ......

opinion 2021-12-23 Livemint

Employees alone are beneficiaries of stalled bank privatisation

Parliament will be adjourned sine die today. The bill for empowering the government to privatise P......

opinion 2021-12-22 Livemint

Sitharaman to chair pre-Budget consultations with top economists tomorrow

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will chair pre-Budget consultations with prominent econo......

opinion 2021-12-22 Livemint

Our central bank must brace for a challenging year ahead

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has been highlighting a recovery in consumer demand across the cou......

opinion 2021-12-22 Livemint

The data protection bill’s reduced emphasis on privacy

Last Thursday, after just over two full years of deliberation, the Joint Parliamentary Committee (......

opinion 2021-12-22 Livemint

What 2022-23 is likely to have in store for the country’s economy

The endgame of the current pandemic is shrouded in considerable uncertainty, and we assume that th......

opinion 2021-12-22 Livemint

The cryptosphere may evolve to resemble the music market

To envision the future of crypto, I keep trying different analytical tools. This time, the concept......

opinion 2021-12-22 Livemint

A fair playing field for ARCs to rival our new bad bank

In most jurisdictions, national bad banks, set up to help clean the balance sheets of banks, make ......

opinion 2021-12-22 Livemint

Omicron’s upon us

Barely about a month since it was discovered, the Omicron variant of covid is spreading rapidly in......

opinion 2021-12-22 Livemint

Pandemic habits we should stick to in the new year and beyond

As the Omicron variant continues to spread, it seems like we are stuck in a loop of uncertainty. A......

opinion 2021-12-22 Livemint

A ban on future trades won’t dampen inflation

The Securities and Exchange Board of India’s (Sebi) year-long suspension of futures trading in sev......

opinion 2021-12-22 Livemint

The pace of innovation will continue to accelerate amid India’s digital push

In 2021, innovation was driven by the unprecedented scale of digitalization across every aspect of......

opinion 2021-12-22 Livemint

India needs sustained 8% growth, low cost of capital, says FICCI president

NEW DELHI : India needs to focus on ease of doing business, consistent tax policy and lower cost......

opinion 2021-12-21 Livemint

Inflation? There’s another explanation for rising housing costs

Responding to stubbornly rising inflation, the US Federal Reserve has pledged to raise interest ra......

opinion 2021-12-21 Livemint

What constitutes democracy is for actual democracies to define

The much-touted Summit for Democracy hosted by US President Joe Biden has come and gone without ge......

opinion 2021-12-21 Livemint

Why bugs should be a bigger part of the human food chain

The EU’s landmark decision last week to approve insects for human consumption was a victory for gr......

opinion 2021-12-21 Livemint

Good policies arent enough; how they are made matters too

Economists have grown increasingly aware that policies succeed or fail not just on their own merit......

opinion 2021-12-21 Livemint

Amazon’s CCI setback is partly of its own making

Last week’s decision by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to hold in abeyance its approval......

opinion 2021-12-21 Livemint

Delink the good, bad and ugly of online gaming for apt regulation

During the winter session of Parliament, Bharatiya Janata Party member Sushil Kumar Modi urged the......

opinion 2021-12-21 Livemint

The terrible price we pay for hiding public data

A seemingly never-ending pandemic has produced many haunting images that will stay with us for a l......

opinion 2021-12-21 Livemint

New year to set the tone for a digital decade

The coming decade will be the ‘Decade of Digital’, and 2022 will set the tone for the innovation t......

opinion 2021-12-21 Livemint

Aadhaar for polls?

A new flashpoint between the ruling and opposition benches emerged on Monday, with the Lok Sabha p......

opinion 2021-12-21 Livemint

Banks should not lose human touch in the digital era

The banking industry has undergone an extensive transformation over the past decade buoyed by the ......

opinion 2021-12-21 Livemint

Five potentially game-changing crypto projects to keep an eye on in 2022

The year 2021 was a big year for cryptocurrencies across the world. The total market capitalizatio......

opinion 2021-12-21 Livemint

We will spend much of 2022 in a tussle with inflation

A few weeks after the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, marauding crowds in Dresden (part of former East G......

opinion 2021-12-20 Livemint

Firms that made lots of money must share some with workers

A year ago analysts thought steelmaker ArcelorMittal would be lucky to make $2 billion of net prof......

opinion 2021-12-20 Livemint

The overlooked case for reducing food losses and waste

At the CoP-26 summit that concluded last month, world leaders made yet another effort to reassess ......

opinion 2021-12-20 Livemint

The realm of ideas must always be free and fair

The ‘never again’ spirit that prevailed after World War II as a liberal world order took shape und......

opinion 2021-12-20 Livemint

Insurgencies are defeated by democratic politics, not force

The debate over providing Indian armed forces with special powers to carry out domestic counter-in......

opinion 2021-12-20 Livemint

The tyranny of background music in our public spaces

Every day thousands of women persuade restaurants to dial down the cooling, and I do not know a la......

opinion 2021-12-20 Livemint

Uphold the rule of law

Just a day after a man was killed by a crowd of devotees at the Golden Temple in Amritsar for alle......

opinion 2021-12-20 Livemint

The battle for dignity in a polarized society

With assembly polls to five states approaching, dignity and harmony have taken a back seat. Will t......

opinion 2021-12-20 Livemint

Health will remain high on the agenda

When 2021 began, there was an air of buoyancy as covid numbers had plummeted to such a low that tr......

opinion 2021-12-20 Livemint

Will the gains of tax reform outweigh the plan’s administrative complexity?

The uncertainty from mutating coronavirus has not spared national public finances. Since 2020, cou......

opinion 2021-12-20 Livemint

The European Union’s fiscal rules need a green revision

The EU is about to undergo a much-needed review of its fiscal status quo. Experts at the European ......

opinion 2021-12-15 Livemint

IMF cues could help the world align crypto rules

Echoing what India recently suggested, a blog published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) h......

opinion 2021-12-15 Livemint

Surplus liquidity in the system: How it came and how it may go

When the US Fed started its quantitative easing (QE) plan, it was to make liquidity available at a......

opinion 2021-12-15 Livemint

There is only one way for India to manage the post pandemic debt burden

The Indian economic recovery has gathered strength in recent months. Annual output will likely cro......

opinion 2021-12-15 Livemint

Crypto assets are an imperfect hedge against inflation at best

I began my Wall Street career in the early 1980s, and that’s the last time I recall investors bein......

opinion 2021-12-15 Livemint

Hospitals should rationalize their pandemic protocols

The second wave of covid in India laid bare many issues that plague the country’s system of health......

opinion 2021-12-15 Livemint

Our jobs outlook

The January to March quarter could be better for employment in India, suggests the ManpowerGroup E......

opinion 2021-12-15 Livemint

A liberalized marijuana policy would do us good

The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2021, that was passed on Monday b......

opinion 2021-12-15 Livemint

We need a renewed conversation on inequality in India

In its latest monetary policy statement, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) maintained that India wil......

opinion 2021-12-15 Livemint

Privacy assurances mustn’t result in data value losses

In my book Privacy 3.0, I had suggested that we were entering the third age of privacy—a period in......

opinion 2021-12-15 Livemint

Fixing the MSP mess, through futures and options

Ayear-long agitation by Indian farmers resulted in the three farm laws enacted last year being rep......

opinion 2021-12-14 Livemint

Politicians did no good before, and theyre getting worse

Mark Twain’s quip, “Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason is an e......

opinion 2021-12-14 Livemint

There is certainty about greater uncertainty as a new year begins

Another year winds down and we are all another year older. While it may sound cliched to say that ......

opinion 2021-12-13 Livemint

A price guarantee doesn’t need procurement to enforce

Ayear-long agitation by Indian farmers resulted in the three farm laws enacted last year being rep......

opinion 2021-12-13 Livemint

Workers of the world are in need of a better deal in today’s times

The last four decades of globalization and technological innovation have been a boon for those wit......

opinion 2021-12-13 Livemint

The US Fed should go beyond just doubling its QE taper rate

After the hot inflation numbers out of the US last week, it would be inadvisable and unfortunate i......

opinion 2021-12-13 Livemint

A question of well-being: Do politicians do us any good?

Mark Twain’s quip, “Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason is an e......

opinion 2021-12-13 Livemint

Reform shudders

Has the rollback of farm laws endangered economic reforms per se? Even if it was just a tactical r......

opinion 2021-12-13 Livemint

Clean energy from nuclear fusion is our planet’s best hope

My last article in this publication (bit.ly/331TnYj )presented a dystopian view of how most exciti......

opinion 2021-12-12 Livemint

Omicron: It’s too catchy even if fewer get gaspy

Omicron has already had an impact on India. This week, the foreshadow of this novel variant of the......

opinion 2021-12-09 Livemint

The NFT promise is overhyped even for creative folks

The argument made in a column titled ‘NFTs are overhyped but useful for a creative economy’ (bit.l......

opinion 2021-12-09 Livemint

Clean energy from cold nuclear fusion is our planet’s best hope

My last article in this publication (bit.ly/331TnYj )presented a dystopian view of how most exciti......

opinion 2021-12-09 Livemint

India’s mountain ecosystems demand urgent attention

The true essence of sustainable development lies in fulfilling present needs without compromising ......

opinion 2021-12-09 Livemint

It’s much too early to consider Covid booster shot mandates

Public health officials are beginning to wonder if the definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ should be ......

opinion 2021-12-09 Livemint

Hold that lid, telescope ahead

If I go out on my terrace at about midnight tonight and look northeast, it’s likely I will see Urs......

opinion 2021-12-09 Livemint

RBI’s peculiar path to policy normalization

With major central banks around the world ready to call off pandemic-pushed monetary expansions, t......

opinion 2021-12-08 Livemint

An autonomous foreign policy is best for India

India, India foreign policy,  Russia,  Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin, Narendra Modi, Putin India visit......

opinion 2021-12-07 Livemint

Media should be careful about how it reports cases of Omicron

Cases of covid linked to the newly discovered Omicron variant of the virus have started to be repo......

opinion 2021-12-07 Livemint

Why we should not jump the gun on crypto regulation

While there are a number of items on the legislative agenda for this winter session of Parliament,......

opinion 2021-12-07 Livemint

Businesses need strategic pivots as a great value migration revs up

The covid pandemic has battle-tested the resilience of India’s corporates. Top executives reacted ......

opinion 2021-12-07 Livemint

Google’s real challengers could be independent AI researchers

Artificial intelligence (AI) isn’t always smart. It has amplified outrage on social media and stru......

opinion 2021-12-07 Livemint

NFTs are overhyped but useful for our creative economy

Full-page Bollywood celebrity endorsements in Indian newspapers are a common sight. However, you k......

opinion 2021-12-07 Livemint

A shorter workweek

The United Arab Emirates has announced it will transition to a 4.5-day workweek and shift to a Sat......

opinion 2021-12-07 Livemint

E-com has a big role in sustaining our economic momentum today

The past few months have seen many decisive policy actions taken by India’s central government. St......

opinion 2021-12-06 Livemint

A good investor relationship can be key for your next fundraising round

Business leaders are perpetually flooded with calls and emails, and the juggling of calls, meeting......

opinion 2021-12-06 Livemint

EC must do its bit to negate the omicron threat

The Omicron variant of coronavirus is currently terrorizing the whole world. Preliminary research ......

opinion 2021-12-06 Livemint

IFSC GIFT City: unlocking potential for financial services

International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) is an initiative by the government of India (GoI) ......

opinion 2021-12-06 Livemint

Monetization of railways could be a game changer

Monetization of railways could be a game changer It could put underutilized railway assets to bett......

opinion 2021-12-03 Livemint

Privacy must be upheld as a fundamental right

In a world beset with rapidly-evolving technology, the deliberative process of law making has no c......

opinion 2021-12-03 Livemint

Beyond farm laws repeal lies the real crisis in farming

On 19 November, in a sudden announcement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the withdrawal of......

opinion 2021-12-03 Livemint

Omicron could delay the start of policy normalization

India’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is due to meet for three days starting 6 December. Increas......

opinion 2021-12-03 Livemint

The global climate action agenda could do with trade recalibration

November began with CoP-26 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) a......

opinion 2021-12-03 Livemint

The Fed’s dumped the wrong word but what about its policy?

The US Federal Reserve’s preoccupation with “transitory inflation was short-lived. On Tuesday, Fed......

opinion 2021-12-03 Livemint

The subtle art of getting folks to take another covid vaccine jab

In the next few weeks, health experts will figure out whether existing covid vaccines are good eno......

opinion 2021-12-03 Livemint

Fifteen at one blow, take the escalator

There is such a thing in mathematics as the Fifteen Theorem. Not the fifteenth theorem out of the ......

opinion 2021-12-03 Livemint

Musk’s humour

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, known for his usually-edgy tweets, has taken a swipe at Parag ......

opinion 2021-12-03 Livemint

When will life return to normal after the pandemic? Here are survey results

No one can ever know for sure when life will return to normal after a particular event, not least ......

opinion 2021-12-03 Livemint

When a virus makes policy-making easier for RBI

The newly identified Omicron variant of the covid-causing Sars-Cov-2 virus is a rude shock to many......

opinion 2021-11-30 Livemint

Omicron coronavirus variant needs 3 evolutionary surprises to wreak havoc

There’s a lot to be learned about the omicron coronavirus variant, but scientists already know eno......

opinion 2021-11-30 Livemint

Three things Twitter’s new CEO Parag Agrawal should do to spark a turnaround

After years of stumbles and underperformance, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is finally stepping a......

opinion 2021-11-30 Livemint

The promise and pitfalls of India’s startup boom

In his latest Mann Ki Baat broadcast on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi drew popular attentio......

opinion 2021-11-29 Livemint

Omicron reduces a dilemma for India’s central bank over policy

The newly identified Omicron variant of the covid-causing Sars-Cov-2 virus is a rude shock to many......

opinion 2021-11-29 Livemint

Italy’s presidential election could shape the EU’s future

In January 2022, the Italian parliament, together with regional representatives, will cast secret ......

opinion 2021-11-29 Livemint

Xi Jinping’s ambitious agenda is getting unmasked and resisted

Chinese President Xi Jinping is amassing power at home at an unprecedented pace, and at the same t......

opinion 2021-11-29 Livemint

Omicron is here: So keep calm and carry on with covid shots

At least we’re learning. Remember when the early reaction to the outbreak of a deadly virus in Chi......

opinion 2021-11-29 Livemint

All retail shareholders should be aware of their rights

If you buy a company’s share, you buy a tiny part of its business. You become an owner. You may ex......

opinion 2021-11-29 Livemint

Amend RBI Act

Even as details are awaited of what legislative action is in store for private cryptocurrencies, t......

opinion 2021-11-29 Livemint

Aramco’s Reliance deal: Climate action casualty?

An alliance of national champions in a sector that must more or less be snuffed out in three decad......

opinion 2021-11-29 Livemint

The great inflation conundrum that policymakers must resolve

Until a few months ago, inflation talk was little more than a murmur: dry data from the statistica......

opinion 2021-11-29 Livemint

Cryptos of the mind that New India no longer accepts

India is a village. Bitcoin is a hippie city. So, I wonder why India took so long to express its c......

opinion 2021-11-29 Livemint

A gender turnaround in UP spells hope for women all across India

No, this article is not about predicting the upcoming Uttar Pradesh (UP) Assembly election. It is ......

opinion 2021-11-29 Livemint

Did that artificially-intelligent chatbot just crack a rude joke?

PolyAI Ltd is an ambitious startup that creates artificial voices to replace call centre operators......

opinion 2021-11-29 Livemint

With absolute power, Xi Jinping is reshaping China, and some of the world

Earlier this month, the Chinese Communist Party’s top leadership passed a resolution that allows P......

opinion 2021-11-29 Livemint

Omicron scare

A newly detected variant of the covid virus named Omicron has set off a global scare, with stock m......

opinion 2021-11-29 Livemint

Poll alignments become clear in the battle for Uttar Pradesh

The electoral battle in Uttar Pradesh is now taking shape. After the alliance between the Samajwad......

opinion 2021-11-29 Livemint

It’s all in the mind: Transforming from cost leaders to thought leaders

In my earlier column, I highlighted why we need India-bred global consulting firms to evolve from ......

opinion 2021-11-29 Livemint

Narendra Modi’s reform momentum has finally hit a wall in India

Investors must be wondering what promise New Delhi will break next as the ruling party tries to wi......

opinion 2021-11-26 Livemint

Hospitals are ignoring patient experience; its time they changed

Because of a friend’s health emergency, I was camped at a hotel near the hospital for an extended ......

opinion 2021-11-26 Livemint

Prohibition or regulation? Cryptos fate is hanging in the balance

The Indian government has listed its Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bi......

opinion 2021-11-26 Livemint

Tedious TDS: Time for a relook

The Indian Income-tax Act, 1961 (the Act) contains expansive provisions relating to tax deduction ......

opinion 2021-11-26 Livemint

Patient experience as a competitive edge for hospitals

Because of a friend’s health emergency, I was camped at a hotel near the hospital for an extended ......

opinion 2021-11-25 Livemint

Why did Ford and Rivian quit their electric vehicle alliance?

Breakups are tough—even amicable ones. But a reassessment usually lays bare the issues that inform......

opinion 2021-11-25 Livemint

What our Constituent Assembly debates reveal of a vital process

The making of India’s Constitution was a carnival of democracy. Emerging from the shackles of fore......

opinion 2021-11-25 Livemint

Population: A promise rather than a problem

India’s population boom is over. Headcount stability is assured. For the first time on record, the......

opinion 2021-11-25 Livemint

Decomputerize to decarbonize: A climate debate we can’t avoid

The CoP-26 conference that concluded last fortnight was one of the last desperate attempts by huma......

opinion 2021-11-25 Livemint

The fate of cryptos and divergence in regulatory views

The Indian government has listed its Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bi......

opinion 2021-11-25 Livemint

A tenth of Ludwig Van Beethoven

When I was younger, so much younger than today, I learned the piano. Western classical music: Moza......

opinion 2021-11-25 Livemint

Gadkari’s optimism

Over the past fortnight or so, road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari has on at least ......

opinion 2021-11-25 Livemint

The CoP circus is over but India still has hoops to jump

Glasgow’s CoP-26 climate summit will go down in history with a unique distinction. The stand taken......

opinion 2021-11-24 Livemint

A simpler plan could be a model for future cases

More than two years after the faltering Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative Bank (PMC) was seized ......

opinion 2021-11-24 Livemint

Dear ‘The Economist’, climate change is a global predicament

In journalism, the formula used to make a long and a complicated story more readable is to humaniz......

opinion 2021-11-24 Livemint

Shareholders, its time to press companies on sustainability

It was once said that when businesses think green, they see red. So vast was the task, so modest t......

opinion 2021-11-24 Livemint

The many gains of electrifying e-commerce delivery fleets

In 2016, BigBasket became one of the first companies in India to introduce electric vehicles (EVs)......

opinion 2021-11-24 Livemint

Why ‘dangerous man’ Powell was a safe Fed pick for Biden

President Joe Biden, dogged by weakening approval ratings and coming off a hard-fought battle to p......

opinion 2021-11-24 Livemint

Lessons from past sanitation policies for future efforts

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 6 aims to “ensure availability and sust......

opinion 2021-11-24 Livemint

Will Jio, will it not?

After Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea got into the act. On Tuesday, Vodafone Idea raised pre-paid mob......

opinion 2021-11-24 Livemint

Time to rethink Indian levies on motor vehicles

Skoda Auto Volkswagen India’s managing director Gurpratap Boparai recently pointed out how Indian ......

opinion 2021-11-22 Livemint

Does America have an inequality problem in need of fiscal action?

In the last decade or more, the topic of inequality has occupied centre-stage in America. In Augus......

opinion 2021-11-22 Livemint

The data revolution that can catalyse our climate battle

A few years ago, some of the world’s leading economists were asked to make predictions for the nex......

opinion 2021-11-22 Livemint

Non-farm jobs and social mores hold India’s key to farm reforms

In the backdrop of last year’s announcement of agricultural reforms and subsequent farmers’ protes......

opinion 2021-11-22 Livemint

Modi’s farm misadventure is a huge setback for urbanization

Now that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sacrificed his poorly designed makeover of India’s farms......

opinion 2021-11-22 Livemint

Globally reworked supply chains offer an opportunity

A global supply-chain shock started in China with the advent of the covid pandemic in early 2020. ......

opinion 2021-11-22 Livemint

Bounce to launch its first consumer electric scooter on 2 December

BENGALURU : Bengaluru-based smart mobility solutions startup Bounce is all set to launch its fir......

opinion 2021-11-22 Livemint

Pre-empt the economic risks of crypto adoption

oney evolved not from barter, the evidence of anthropology suggests, but from credit—in the sense ......

opinion 2021-11-22 Livemint

A lengthening G-7 shadow over the G-20 was apparent in Rome

The 16th G-20 Summit was held in Rome on 30-31 October 2021 at a time the covid pandemic was still......

opinion 2021-11-22 Livemint

How the government lost farm reforms to rich farmers

Once Prime Minister Narendra Modi could deny Indians their own cash for several days, and not only......

opinion 2021-11-22 Livemint

Time for a global ban on satellite destruction tests

Russia is a top-rung space power. In terms of technological capabilities, it ranks alongside the U......

opinion 2021-11-22 Livemint

Time is running out for China to sort out its real estate sector

There are two types of scary borrowers in China. The first kind has good-looking assets but it’s u......

opinion 2021-11-22 Livemint

Failure at the tri-junction of land, income and identity

This land is your land/ This land is my land/ This land was made for you and me. —Woodie Guthrie D......

opinion 2021-11-22 Livemint

Reform rollback

If the political calculus of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party can be shifted by a mass agitat......

opinion 2021-11-22 Livemint

Farmers’ stir will play a key role in upcoming polls

Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a big message on Guru Nanak Jayanti by announcing the repea......

opinion 2021-11-22 Livemint

PM Modi’s farm misadventure will hurt urbanization, missing chance for reforms

Now that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sacrificed his poorly designed makeover of India’s farms......

opinion 2021-11-22 Livemint

CEO hiring to have more holistic approach, more space for women candidates

If you want to land a job as chief executive officer, your chances are vastly improved if you’re a......

opinion 2021-11-19 Livemint

Tackling global challenges, despite great power rivalry

Way back in 1972, a study on ‘The Limits of Growth’ commissioned by The Club of Rome had issued a ......

opinion 2021-11-19 Livemint

Get ready for a sustained spell of inflation

Amid declining wages and job opportunities, rising inflation is likely to add to economic distress......

opinion 2021-11-19 Livemint

An educational setback that could stunt growth

In the great study of contrasts that India presents, one of the starkest is our success with highe......

opinion 2021-11-19 Livemint

Paytm’s bad start

For a company that grabbed our attention for rolling out a mega-sized initial public offering, Pay......

opinion 2021-11-19 Livemint

Equalisation levy: Prevailing issues

India introduced ‘Equalisation Levy 2.0’ (EL 2.0) vide Finance Act 2020, beginning 1 April 2020. T......

opinion 2021-11-19 Livemint

Spacecraft kamikaze to defend earth

Late one evening last year, an 87-year-old lady I know was out for a walk in the suburb where I li......

opinion 2021-11-19 Livemint

Amazon vs. visa and the coming fintech wars

Amazon.com Inc. is showing its passive-aggressive side. The e-commerce giant has started a kind of......

opinion 2021-11-18 Livemint

Global challenges can be tackled in spite of great power rivalry

Way back in 1972, a study on ‘The Limits of Growth’ commissioned by The Club of Rome had issued a ......

opinion 2021-11-18 Livemint

How Twitter could offer extra value to its ready-to-pay users

Twitter Inc has expanded its paid-subscription service Twitter Blue to the US, allowing subscriber......

opinion 2021-11-18 Livemint

Agility always matters no matter what’s thrown at us

Entrepreneurship is a journey—a hard, lonely one that can drive one crazy at times, but is equally......

opinion 2021-11-18 Livemint

The government should prepare for a sustained spell of inflation

Amid declining wages and job opportunities, rising inflation is likely to add to economic distress......

opinion 2021-11-18 Livemint

The role of state policy in our acute smog crisis

India’s apex court had sharp words of reproach on Wednesday for how Delhi’s air was being discusse......

opinion 2021-11-18 Livemint

We mustn’t ignore a big crisis of education staring us in the face

In a dense jungle, there is a cluster of 21 villages. The nearest small-town is 20km away. Less th......

opinion 2021-11-18 Livemint

There is less to worry about the T+1 transition now

On 8 November, about two months after the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) issued a c......

opinion 2021-11-18 Livemint

India saved itself from dubious demands at the Glasgow summit

At the recently-concluded climate change conference of 190-plus countries in Glasgow, India commit......

opinion 2021-11-18 Livemint

Toshiba could do with a heavy dose of shareholder activism

Toshiba Corp is self-medicating with a dose of activism. Nice try, but the almost century-and-a-ha......

opinion 2021-11-18 Livemint

The great resignation is a search for greater human connectedness

Many of us faced several moments of intense stress and uncertainty at the height of the covid cris......

opinion 2021-11-18 Livemint

Crypto openness

As uncertainty hangs over the future of cryptocurrencies in India, crypto exchanges and advertiser......

opinion 2021-11-18 Livemint

Myntra moves from strength to strength despite churn at the top

Online fashion marketplace Myntra has been in the news for multiple reasons. Following the resigna......

opinion 2021-11-18 Livemint

The six key ingredients needed for an effective digital transformation

As we write this piece, we wonder whether digital transformation is merely a catchphrase confused ......

opinion 2021-11-16 Livemint

Our tryst with carbon neutrality and beyond

Amid nerves stretched thin by global forecasts of doom unless we took speedy action to stall clima......

opinion 2021-11-03 Livemint

The identified life of Aryan Khan and the public role it could play

At around 11 o’clock last Saturday morning, Aryan Khan, the eldest child of Hindi film superstar S......

opinion 2021-11-03 Livemint

How we reached this online communication minefield

One of the earliest judgements that looked into whether or not there was such a thing as privacy i......

opinion 2021-11-03 Livemint

Good intentions at Glasgow must grapple with the Greta Dilemma

Both anxiety and hope increased in the run-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (CoP......

opinion 2021-11-03 Livemint

Modi articulated the Global South’s position at CoP-26

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s firm yet responsible speech at the opening plenary of the CoP-26 cl......

opinion 2021-11-03 Livemint

Electoral straws

The results of by-elections for three parliamentary and 29 Assembly seats in 13 states and a Union......

opinion 2021-11-03 Livemint

The appeal of British efforts to keep social media under watch

Facebook Inc managed to distance itself from the most damning document leak in its history by rena......

opinion 2021-11-03 Livemint

Confidence boosters for over-cautious bankers

India’s finance ministry last week issued a framework for staff accountability with common guideli......

opinion 2021-11-02 Livemint

Digitization could ease MSMEs’ access to supply-chain finance

Access to formal credit continues to be a challenge for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs......

opinion 2021-11-02 Livemint

Listen to the dinosaur, address carbon emission inequalities

Have you seen a dinosaur address the UN General Assembly? A rather well-made video message has gon......

opinion 2021-11-02 Livemint

A good synthesis of climate and transport economics would help

Road transport contributes about 10% of global emissions, and are rising faster than any other sec......

opinion 2021-11-02 Livemint

How an Evergrande collapse could cascade through China

An important supply chain in China stands highly exposed to Evergrande On 15 October, the People’s......

opinion 2021-11-02 Livemint

Stigma in the age of social media boycotts

Several companies and brands, such as Tanishq, Fabindia and Dabur, have been in the eye of a ‘stig......

opinion 2021-11-02 Livemint

Upbeat notes

Key data sets released on Monday suggest an upbeat Indian economy. The manufacturing sector expand......

opinion 2021-11-02 Livemint

CBDC introduction faces three tricky challenges

To counter the cryptocurrency craze, central banks around the world are taking a closer, keener lo......

opinion 2021-11-02 Livemint

Let us bat for Article 21 as a national imperative

In setting up a panel to probe the Pegasus spyware scandal, India’s Supreme Court on Wednesday thr......

opinion 2021-10-29 Livemint

When computers actually felt nervous about what they did

As I sat down to write this article on my laptop computer, I got reminded of a fascinating paper (......

opinion 2021-10-29 Livemint

An inclusive climate deal is what CoP-26 must deliver

CoP-26, or the Conference of Parties, will meet in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November. More th......

opinion 2021-10-29 Livemint

Is Indian inflation something for our policymakers to worry about?

The consumer price index (CPI) for September shows inflation in India at a comfortable 4.35% year-......

opinion 2021-10-29 Livemint

Airlines ready for take-off can expect some turbulence ahead

The world’s air carriers are preparing their cabins for take-off. After 18 months in which planes ......

opinion 2021-10-29 Livemint

Coals deadly grip over development is coming to an end

Strolling the streets of Tanda or Jalalpur in Uttar Pradesh (UP) on any given evening, you can’t m......

opinion 2021-10-29 Livemint

What if we had just seven vaccinated fingers?

More than likely, you’ve heard the number 100 crore (1,000 million, or 1 billion, or 1,000,000,000......

opinion 2021-10-29 Livemint

Slow charge

Even as the spotlight shines on electric vehicles (EV) in India, the country’s largest carmaker re......

opinion 2021-10-29 Livemint

Crypto fever could put financial advisers in a bind: Nir Kaissar

For financial advisers, cryptocurrencies just might be internet 2.0. Many advisers I know who were......

opinion 2021-10-28 Livemint

The case for our courts to focus on points of law

Pardon observers for being more than just a little confused about the application of India’s compa......

opinion 2021-10-28 Livemint

Refusal to take the knee before a match is no worthy act of dissent

Nobody knows the name of the man who walked up to a column of tanks at Tiananmen Square on 5 June ......

opinion 2021-10-28 Livemint

Lessons for the world from Americas 2020 rush to make N-95 masks

The lessons from US attempts last year to quickly create manufacturing capacity for N-95 masks and......

opinion 2021-10-28 Livemint

Refugee protection in India calls for the adoption of a specific law

In December 2019, the Indian government introduced the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, which so......

opinion 2021-10-28 Livemint

Superstar firms benefit more than others from cheap credit

Low real rates of interest and the rise of so-called superstar firms have been two major features ......

opinion 2021-10-28 Livemint

Tackling ageism should be part of the diversity agenda

It has become fashionable for enterprises to drive a diversity-equity-inclusion (DEI) programme, b......

opinion 2021-10-28 Livemint

Privacy vs the state

India’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the setting up of a committee of experts, whom it named......

opinion 2021-10-28 Livemint

Brands need not run for cover for every troll

Last weekend, it was extremely heartening to see Mondelez India launch its festive ad campaign wit......

opinion 2021-10-28 Livemint

A $1 trillion Tesla almost makes you feel for the other car giants: Chris Bryant

Call me sentimental, but while everyone was lauding Tesla Inc.’s astonishing rise to a more than $......

opinion 2021-10-26 Livemint

Big IPL bids are bets on our consumption story

The winning bids for two new cricket team franchises of the Indian Premier League (IPL), declared ......

opinion 2021-10-26 Livemint

Karl Marx and the case of the Uber driver

Platforms operating in India, from cab-hailing apps to food-delivery companies to market places, c......

opinion 2021-10-26 Livemint

The awkward grant of patents to artificial intelligence

In April 2020, the South African patent office granted a patent to an artificial intelligence (AI)......

opinion 2021-10-26 Livemint

The perils of natural experiments and randomized controlled trials

My previous article of 19 October, ‘Better ways to help workers than minimum wages’ (bit.ly/3nr0vn......

opinion 2021-10-26 Livemint

Facebook’s investors need not worry much about its future

Amid all the scandals and controversy, Facebook Inc watchers were on tenterhooks going into the co......

opinion 2021-10-26 Livemint

Trust in times of covid: Health personnel need more of it

Globally, covid has resulted in massive deaths, unimaginable misery, and immense economic hardship......

opinion 2021-10-26 Livemint

Climate dismay

One wonder of last year’s lockdown was how smoke-spewing factories and fuel-guzzling vehicles came......

opinion 2021-10-26 Livemint

The Indian startup space is set to rewrite records of Olympic proportions

The Olympics continually reinforce the belief that there is no greater sporting spectacle than the......

opinion 2021-10-26 Livemint

2021, a hypersonic space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick’s epic 1968 science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey incorporated a mélange of f......

opinion 2021-10-26 Livemint

Gati Shakti can spur behavioural changes for superior governance

Several newspapers have noted that, as per the monthly report of the ministry of statistics and pr......

opinion 2021-10-26 Livemint

Catch-all controls aren’t likely to end overfishing

Coordinated action by countries is essential to tackle common environmental threats and studies ha......

opinion 2021-10-26 Livemint

India’s productivity challenge is especially steep in service sectors

It is known that productivity is the key to economic prosperity. How do we raise the productivity ......

opinion 2021-10-26 Livemint

The ADB’s plan to help phase out coal may not achieve much

The Asian Development Bank and other financial institutions will take an ambitious proposal to end......

opinion 2021-10-26 Livemint

Times running out to craft a data protection law

On 24 August 2017, a 9-judge bench of India’s Supreme Court passed a historic judgement in the Put......

opinion 2021-10-26 Livemint

The Zika scare

India’s health ministry has sent a high-level team of multidisciplinary experts to Uttar Pradesh t......

opinion 2021-10-26 Livemint

The odd monopolies ruling our mental health discourse

When someone says, “Let’s talk about it, it usually means, “Let me talk about it. People who hold ......

opinion 2021-10-25 Livemint

Data, not ideologies, should guide our economic decisions

Here’s a secret: Even Oxford University historian Peter Frankopan is susceptible to the charms of ......

opinion 2021-10-25 Livemint

A shot in the arm for India’s fight against pandemic

Those were the days when the world was battling two global disasters simultaneously: the Spanish f......

opinion 2021-10-25 Livemint

What brands are worth: Another inflexion point?

A brand is a rock of stability, a snappy representation of an enduring set of values and promises,......

opinion 2021-10-24 Livemint

US-China missile rivalry opens up new opportunities for India

China has been showing off its hypersonic missiles for the past several years. That Chinese scient......

opinion 2021-10-24 Livemint

The oddness of who all get to talk about mental health

When someone says, “Let’s talk about it, it usually means, “Let me talk about it. People who hold ......

opinion 2021-10-24 Livemint

Janbhagidari helped administer one billion vaccine doses in India

The period since March 2020 has been a time of tremendous upheaval in virtually all aspects of our......

opinion 2021-10-24 Livemint

Boeing’s 737 Max crisis cannot be pinned on a single manager

The first indictment in the Boeing 737 Max crisis should not be the last. A federal grand jury has......

opinion 2021-10-24 Livemint

Various ways of seeing an elephant called Indian data

Here’s a secret: Even Oxford University historian Peter Frankopan is susceptible to the charms of ......

opinion 2021-10-24 Livemint

Unlinking the trailer

After a decade of its purchase, Mahindra and Mahindra may be about to sell the South Korean sport-......

opinion 2021-10-24 Livemint

Invasion of J&K in 1947: Does the date matter?

We observe 22 October as the Black Day. It would be apposite to revisit that day in 1947 when invad......

opinion 2021-10-22 Livemint

In which I learn from bras

What’s to be done, when every webpage you visit is overrun by ads featuring lissome feminine torsos......

opinion 2021-10-22 Livemint

A potential side-effect of India’s billionth dose

Nine months after the roll-out of our covid vaccination programme, we have a notable achievement on......

opinion 2021-10-22 Livemint

Fight hunger, not the global hunger report

The release of the Global Hunger Report (GHR) earlier this month has reconfirmed the enormity of th......

opinion 2021-10-22 Livemint

Startups: The rise of a new asset class for our wealthy

The Rubicon has been crossed. The notion that business needs to mature and start making money to at......

opinion 2021-10-22 Livemint

Unfriending itself won’t make Facebook’s problems go away

Facebook Inc plans to change its name to something related to the metaverse, a new digital network ......

opinion 2021-10-22 Livemint

Fabindia and the fraying of our shared social fabric

A few years earlier, my mother had presented to me my paternal grandmother Shyam Kumari Khan’s copy......

opinion 2021-10-22 Livemint

Front foot please

Even as palms are being rubbed in anticipation of an India-Pakistan cricket clash at the T20 World ......

opinion 2021-10-22 Livemint

We need smart regulation to unlock the true potential of crypto assets

Regulation of crypto assets such as bitcoin and ethereum is a hot topic globally. Countries are in ......

opinion 2021-10-22 Livemint

Team India has duly responded to adversity with achievement

India completed the injection of 1 billion covid vaccine doses on 21 October 2021, in just about 9 ......

opinion 2021-10-22 Livemint

Avert language run-ins: Codify interface norms

In an apparent retreat barely hours after it terminated the services of a customer-care executive f......

opinion 2021-10-21 Livemint

Why scarcities keep recurring, and how we can fix it

Let us go back to 1986 and tune in to Yes Prime Minister, the BBC show.Humphrey Appleby: “Then we f......

opinion 2021-10-21 Livemint

What to watch out for as the Indian economy recovers

Arecent report of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has brought a new ray of hope to India’s ec......

opinion 2021-10-21 Livemint

India’s difficult transition from fossil fuels to net-zero emissions

Ironically, the coal crisis has forced the Indian government to ramp up domestic production and imp......

opinion 2021-10-21 Livemint

What techno-anarchists of the crypto world got totally wrong

The techno-anarchist pioneers of cryptocurrencies believed they were creating a new form of unregul......

opinion 2021-10-21 Livemint

Social media ads are not just persuasive enough

There are many reasons to consider social media the ultimate medium for persuasion. Increasing inte......

opinion 2021-10-21 Livemint

IMF’s loss to Harvard

Gita Gopinath, the first woman chief economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), is set to ......

opinion 2021-10-21 Livemint

Ethnic wear segment is winning the race

Last Friday, Reliance Brands Ltd (RBL), a unit of Reliance Industries Ltd, agreed to buy a 40% stak......

opinion 2021-10-21 Livemint

How the India Stack paved the way for financial inclusion in the country

It seems like a lot of time has passed since one can remember a shopping experience involving soile......

opinion 2021-10-21 Livemint

Stagflation risks stem from easy money too

Discussions around the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) statement of its monetary policy earlier this ......

opinion 2021-10-20 Livemint

India must keep the momentum of Air India’s privatization going

A lot of analysis that has been aired on the sale of Air India to the Tata Group has criticized the......

opinion 2021-10-20 Livemint

How we can rebuild public trust in digital identity systems

No sooner had the Ayushman Bharat Digital Health Mission of the Indian government begun to issue di......

opinion 2021-10-20 Livemint

Navigating our economy in a post-pandemic world

Economists at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) provide estimates of the future trajectory of t......

opinion 2021-10-20 Livemint

Italy’s Mario Draghi may have a chance to play Europe’s leader

Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy is being heralded as a new leader for Europe in the post-Angel......

opinion 2021-10-20 Livemint

Better ways to help workers than minimum-wage hikes

This year’s Nobel prize for Economics was awarded to David Card, Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens fo......

opinion 2021-10-20 Livemint

Smile, Mumbai

Homebuyers in Mumbai aren’t too happy, it seems. According to an internet survey by UK firm Online ......

opinion 2021-10-20 Livemint

For Indian IT services companies of all sizes, large deals are the holy grail

Every IT services leader we engage with is keen to win large deals. For large companies such as Acc......

opinion 2021-10-20 Livemint

Kerala’s floods require a local set of responses

At least 25 people have lost their lives in Kerala’s floods that took on alarming proportions over ......

opinion 2021-10-19 Livemint

The Global Hunger Index falls short on its own nutrient value

An index by the name Global Hunger Index (GHI) released its 2021 edition on Friday. Even as it show......

opinion 2021-10-19 Livemint

The West’s labour scarcity is a transitory phenomenon

America tracks people who quit their jobs. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has been doing s......

opinion 2021-10-19 Livemint

Education is a powerful enabler of climate-change containment

Climate change poses the biggest existential threat to humanity. As world leaders prepare to renew ......

opinion 2021-10-19 Livemint

The misery of the refugee at the end of the vaccine queue

When socially included, migrants, refugees and displaced people, in general, contribute actively to......

opinion 2021-10-19 Livemint

China’s lost pace

China’s gross domestic product grew 4.9% from a year earlier in the three months to September, acco......

opinion 2021-10-19 Livemint

‘Squid Game’ intensifies the scare of a debt trap

Dystopian fiction from South Korea has held millions around the world agog for four odd weeks. Netf......

opinion 2021-10-15 Livemint

Has social media reached its Big Tobacco moment?

The two most profitable businesses of the 20th century were oil and tobacco. Big Oil created the la......

opinion 2021-10-15 Livemint

Sovereign risk calls can’t be left only to rating agencies

Sovereign credit ratings has gained in importance with time. The complexity involved in assessing s......

opinion 2021-10-15 Livemint

The Gati Shakti initiative speeds up India’s infrastructure mission

The infrastructure sector has emerged as a high policy priority and the launch of the Gati Shakti i......

opinion 2021-10-15 Livemint

China’s power crisis will affect everybody around the world

A villain is emerging in China’s efforts to rein in its energy prices: inefficient, power-hungry in......

opinion 2021-10-15 Livemint

Our public schooling system requires a rapid expansion

Despite India being one of the world’s youngest countries in terms of age, our investment in human ......

opinion 2021-10-15 Livemint

India’s example

India appears among the few countries on track to reach their carbon-reduction goals. This has not ......

opinion 2021-10-15 Livemint

And this is how Lucy tells a tale

Nearly 50 years ago, the palaeoanthropologists Donald Johanson and Tom Gray made a stunning discove......

opinion 2021-10-15 Livemint

A Nobel in economics for teasing causation apart from correlation

A sense of anticipation ahead of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfr......

opinion 2021-10-14 Livemint

From Nadella to Nooyi, the discretion deficit plaguing business leadership

There are times when hosting a destination birthday party is a bad idea. Yet, Sanjeev Gupta, who he......

opinion 2021-10-14 Livemint

CoP-26: We must shift gear from climate intention to actual action

Evidence of the devastation that awaits us if we fail to address climate change continues to mount.......

opinion 2021-10-13 Livemint

Why pandemic nostalgia may be haunting our central banks

It’s almost enough to make you nostalgic for the early months of the pandemic. There was clarity of......

opinion 2021-10-13 Livemint

A Nobel for teasing causation apart from correlation

A sense of anticipation ahead of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfr......

opinion 2021-10-13 Livemint

Leaders must act upon the IMF’s Glasgow nudge

Attention spans have lately been stretched on everything Bretton Woods. Kristalina Georgieva, manag......

opinion 2021-10-13 Livemint

African literature is authentic regardless of who produces it

At a virtual event at the New York Public Library to celebrate the publication of his first novel i......

opinion 2021-10-13 Livemint

The discretion deficit in what some business leaders do

There are times when hosting a destination birthday party is a bad idea. Yet, Sanjeev Gupta, who he......

opinion 2021-10-13 Livemint

The Zee triangle

Mergers and acquisitions can get messy if there’s more than a single suitor for a target, but the w......

opinion 2021-10-13 Livemint

Celebrity endorsement biz gets tough in digital age

Two incidents in the past seven days have drawn attention to the business of celebrity endorsements......

opinion 2021-10-13 Livemint