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How Mukesh Ambani re-invented Reliance again

Dhirubhai may or may not have owned the government; it would seem his son wants to own the market, notes T N Ninan. IMAGE: Mukesh Ambani, right, with wife Nita Ambani and elder son Akash Ambani. Photograph: Shailesh Andrade/Reuters It used to be said, with some truth, that what was good for General Motors was good for the US of A. In India, the equivalent comment (rather less truthfully) used to be that what was good for Birla Brothers was good for the country. That is history. GM now sells ..., 1 month ago

Modi wants to be a war-time PM

'Now Mr Modi has been offered a more real but different kind of war, which he has likened to the Mahabharat,' notes T N Ninan. IMAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi addresses the nation, April 14, 2020. Photograph: Press Information Bureau The COVID-19 epidemic has come just in time to save the first year of Narendra Damodardas Modi's second term. The year had begun in a strong economic headwind; growth of the non-government part of the economy had been reduced to just over 3 per cent ...
 Rediff.com2 months ago

The economy is in crisis

'We may have moved back three decades on the fiscal situation,' notes T N Ninan. IMAGE: Police in Surat negotiate with migrant workers who gathered in large numbers demanding they be allowed to go back to their villages after the national lockdown was extended, April 14, 2020 Photograph: PTI Photo There are three phases on a standard growth curve, like one that plots the progress of COVID-19. The first is when the number of new cases increases every day at a steady or accelerating rate. The ...
 Rediff.com2 months ago
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Private Schools: To be or not to be - By Prof Mathew C Ninan

Schools are closed now. Children must be protected from the corona pandemic at any cost. All of us hope to see children back in schools at the earliest. After all what’s a School without children? But the schools need to survive to educate children, ...
 Daiji World3 weeks ago

Borders are derived realities, not autonomous facts

'Manmohan Singh's fond hope of avoiding conflict over territory by 'making borders irrelevant' is increasingly difficult to realise in a world where institutional restraints on aggression are weakening and the new game in town is unalloyed power play,' notes T N Ninan. Photograph: KBK Graphics   Borders have a habit of becoming sacrosanct. Schoolchildren are made familiar with the shape of their country, with geography usually supported by history, language, religion, and (more broadly) ...
 Rediff.com3 days ago

Does Modi Mean Business?

'Anyone can string together a few alliterative words, but are they a substitute for serious thought?' 'And do they make for a strategy or plan for coherent action?' asks T N Ninan. IMAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi delivers the inaugural address at the Confederation of Indian Industry convention, June 2, 2020. Photograph: Press Information Bureau Narendra Modi is back at his alliterative best (or worst). He told the Confederation of Indian Industry early this month about five ...
 Rediff.com2 weeks ago

2 out of every Rs 5 the govt spends is borrowed money

When emerging from this crisis, the govt must consider a fresh approach to reviving growth, revisiting the Centre-state fiscal balance, and devising a re-imagined GST 2.0, suggests T N Ninan. Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/ There are several well-known reasons for the fiscal mess that sits on the central government's plate, but let's start with one that is not often discussed: The greater share of revenue that has gone to the states. Back in 2013-2014, the states got 28 per cent of the ...
 Rediff.com3 weeks ago

Is Rahul Gandhi misfiring again?

Rahul Gandhi's recent video performances offer little hope -- the first fell flat in attacking government 'strategy'; the second showed him in a position unbecoming of a leader, argues T N Ninan.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/   Any government needs a good Opposition -- to act as a check by presenting the threat of an alternative. For the last six years, India has not had one. The regional parties have been marginalised, coerced into silence or bought over, and the Congress has ...
 Rediff.com1 month ago

What the future holds for the economy

Will people buy as many cars as before if more office-goers are working from home? How much existing office space in commercial buildings will become surplus, and what will that mean for the construction industry, asks T N Ninan. Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/ When people look back at COVID-19, what they remember most of all might be the loss of jobs on a scale unimagined since the Great Depression. That earlier crisis gave birth to such classics as John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath ...
 Rediff.com1 month ago

There is simply no escape from printing money

'This is not without risk because extraordinary steps taken in exceptional times have the habit of becoming habits until the next crisis intervenes,' warns T N Ninan. Photograph: PTI Photo   Everyone now wants the government to do more: More relief measures for up to 100 million people who have lost their livelihoods, revival packages for businesses, financial help to states, more spending on public health, and so on. The experts are also coming round to near unanimity on how to finance ...
 Rediff.com2 months ago
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