ECONOMY


BILLION DOLLAR BABY

From Modi room fresheners to NaMo tea mugs and 3D fans alternating between the faces of Rahul Gandhi and Sonia vikasGandhi at the flick of a switch, poll paraphernalia have undergone much innovation since 2009. The 200 odd traders in the capital’s Sadar…

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REALITY CHECK?

In the 1990’s, Skipper Builders conned many property buyers of their hard-earned money by promising them apartments in a housing scheme in Ghaziabad, near the Indian capital of New Delhi. The builders did not disclose essential information regarding …

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RIP MARUTI 800:

The best things in life come in small packages whether it is Sachin Tendulkar, the God of cricket, or the revolutionary Maruti 800. While Tendulkar’s batting gave succour to a billion people, the all-time bestselling car of India touched more than a billion lives and …

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RAISE THE SAILS, CATCH THE WIND

Investors in India are unlikely to have spotted the blossoms in the spring of 2012. They were shivering in the chilling wake of the then Indian finance minister Pranab Mukherjee’s budget proposals that were more an expression of state power than a pragmatic route map for a slowing economy. The minister laid out plans…

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THE CASE FOR MAKING TRADE, NOT WAR

Bilateral trade between India and Pakistan has increased significantly because of recent collaboration and has the potential to reach $6 billion in another two years. There are signs of support for reinvigorating the process from the military establishment on either side of the border but the road is filled with hurdles…

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COLOUR OF MONEY: THE REALM OF NEW FINANCIAL POSSIBILITIES

Asia, the largest continent in terms of area and population, has become the prime focus of ambitious global banks and financial service companiess since 2009. After the financial crisis in the west, a fundamental question cropped up: when will all the investments and costs incurred derive the much-needed dividends…

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