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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.......

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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......

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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 ......

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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......

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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