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  • ET View: Remembering Jaswant Singh, the team player

    ET View: Remembering Jaswant Singh, the team player

    While valuing his officers’ inputs on reforms to steer the economy, Jaswant Singh had an ear to the ground – be it putting more money in homemakers’ purses or being responsive to industry’s woes. He was quick at decision making.
    - 4 days ago 27 Sep 20, 5:14pm -
  • ET View: Even before Covid, economy was slumping

    ET View: Even before Covid, economy was slumping

    The government needs to fix the banks and create a functional bond market. This alone can raise the rate of investment. Gross fixed capital formation as a share of GDP was down to 26% in Q4 of 2019-20, and 26.9% for the year as a whole. Without raising it by six percentage points of GDP, India cannot shed its low growth trap.
    - 29 May 20, 7:53pm -
  • ET View: Welcome steps by RBI; it can surely do more

    ET View: Welcome steps by RBI; it can surely do more

    While the monetary policy measures announced today are certainly necessary, they can hardly be deemed to be sufficient, in the face of severely weakened demand conditions economy-wide, following two entire months of severe economic lockdown.
    - 22 May 20, 7:05pm -
  • ET View: A big bang for small and medium enterprises

    ET View: A big bang for small and medium enterprises

    Liquidity for power utilities, subject to state government guarantees, will ensure that power generation is not shut down. Of course, the power sector cannot be redeemed without a change in the political culture of patronising power theft and open-ended giveaways.
    - 13 May 20, 7:28pm -
  • Time to junk captive mining policy

    Time to junk captive mining policy

    The way forward is to policy design a vibrant market for ore, so that steel and other metal producers face no uncertainty in procuring minerals and other raw materials at competitive rates.
    - 4 May 20, 7:47pm -
  • ET View: Extension of lockdown uncalled for

    ET View: Extension of lockdown uncalled for

    The government is making a hash of loosening restrictions while extending the lockdown.
    - 1 May 20, 10:31pm -
  • ET View: Give liquidity directly to companies and state governments, RBI

    ET View: Give liquidity directly to companies and state governments, RBI

    All the regulatory measures are welcome and will help companies and real estate developers. The liquidity measures have a more mixed import.
    - 17 Apr 20, 5:09pm -
  • ET View: Normal monsoons good augury

    ET View: Normal monsoons good augury

    The IMD projection says rainfall is likely to be 100% of the Long Period Average (LPA) precipitation for the country as a whole, with a model error of plus or minus 5%. But note that over the years there has been wide variability in monsoon rainfall patterns across regions.
    - 15 Apr 20, 7:19pm -
  • ET View: Welcome end to total lockdown

    ET View: Welcome end to total lockdown

    It is welcome that the Prime Minister has restricted extension of the all-India lockdown to six more days after the original deadline of April 20th. The early lockdown has probably saved thousands of lives and helped contain the spread of the disease.
    - 14 Apr 20, 11:38am -
  • ET View: RBI should better target liquidity injection

    ET View: RBI should better target liquidity injection

    ​The central bank is not directly purchasing corporate bonds of large enterprises and major non-bank finance companies (NBFCs), as is par for the course in the mature markets. Instead, RBI has announced long-term repurchase obligations or repo in government securities with banks, so that the latter can then use the liquidity available to subscribe to corporate bonds or commercial paper or debentures.
    - 27 Mar 20, 8:33pm -

Drishtikone Blogs

  • Bollywood and Indian Soft Power – How and why are they linked?

    Bollywood and Indian Soft Power – How and why are they linked?

    Any nation’s power dynamics in global geopolitics is essential to how that nation’s society engages in the world. Movies and the Soft Power of a nation are inextricably linked! If the art of a nation is aligned to the national objectives with respect to international relations, then that art will get an additional push in
    - 29 days ago 3 Sep 20, 8:25am -
  • Was Kamala Harris an Anchor Baby?

    Was Kamala Harris an Anchor Baby?

    Kamala Harris is the new pick of Democratic ticket as the VP nominee.  She is an interesting woman. Her mother was a Tamilian Hindu from India, while her father was a black Christian from Jamaica.  Her father, Donald Harris, did not really raise her.  It was her mother who raised her. She however goes off
    - 48 days ago 14 Aug 20, 8:06pm -
  • Chinese media influence and Subversion of India

    Chinese media influence and Subversion of India

    Richard Gere was one of the top A-list actors in Hollywood in the 1980s and the 1990s.  He starred in all-time classics like Pretty Woman, An Officer, and a Gentleman, Runaway Bride, and Internal Affairs.  As he walked down to present the award for best art direction in the 1993 Oscars, Gere went off his
    - 60 days ago 3 Aug 20, 12:35am -
  • Is democracy dead?

    Is democracy dead?

    In the Annual predictions for 2018, we had said that by the end of that year, credible voices will start asking if “Democracy is really relevant” anymore. Given the spate of books that have come out recently by mainstream voices, the question that needs to asked is – Is Democracy Dead? Or Dying? In March
    - 67 days ago 26 Jul 20, 9:19pm -
  • Insightful newsletter of Drishtikone – Issue #67: Be a Vishnu

    Insightful newsletter of Drishtikone – Issue #67: Be a Vishnu

    Worship is a worthless act. Prayer is the work of a spiritual idiot. The gods we create. Those, who we put on a mental pedestal and weave stories around them – usually “male” (what a dastardly conspiracy) are mere placebos that many cannot do without. Maharishi Vasistha shared the wise words of the enlightened Prahalad
    - 75 days ago 19 Jul 20, 6:35am -
  • Xinjiang capital – Urumqi – goes into ‘War-time’ Mode

    Xinjiang capital – Urumqi – goes into ‘War-time’ Mode

    There is something afoot. One of its Urumqi, the capital of China’s far western region of Xinjiang – the province where the Uighurs were has gone into “wartime mode” and launched an emergency response plan after the city reported 16 new coronavirus cases on Friday.  Just 16 cases and war-time mode? It urged people not
    - 75 days ago 19 Jul 20, 5:24am -
  • Air bubble between India, Germany and France for plane travel

    Air bubble between India, Germany and France for plane travel

    India has announced the creation of travel bubbles with the US, Germany, and France.  Airlines from these countries can bring passengers of certain categories of passengers and fly them out.  Air India announced flights till August end to US, Paris and Frankfurt.  Also, Air India will lower its fares as well. The air bubble is
    - 75 days ago 18 Jul 20, 8:31pm -
  • Rajnath Singh visits soldiers near LoC in Kupwara

    Rajnath Singh visits soldiers near LoC in Kupwara

    Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday visited a forward post near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir and interacted with the soldiers deployed there. Earlier today, the minister visited the Amarnath temple in the union territory. “Feeling extremely blessed after praying at Shri Amarnathji Holy Cave in Jammu
    - 75 days ago 18 Jul 20, 4:11pm -
  • COVID India cases spike to 35,000 a day, deaths above 26,000

    COVID India cases spike to 35,000 a day, deaths above 26,000

    Showing no signs of a slowdown, India recorded a spike of 34,884 COVID cases in the last 24 hours, according to the Union ministry of health and family welfare. With 671 casualties reported in a day, the death toll due to coronavirus has increased to 26,273. While Tamil Nadu has a tally of 1,60,907 cases and 2,315 deaths due to
    - 75 days ago 18 Jul 20, 4:01pm -
  • Joe Biden warns of Russian Election Meddling

    Joe Biden warns of Russian Election Meddling

    Biden warned that if Russia continued to interfere there would be «a real price to pay» if he wins the November election against Republican President Donald Trump. It is unclear when Biden began receiving the intelligence briefings, which are normal for major-party presidential nominees. Biden said at a June 30 press conference he had not been offered a
    - 75 days ago 18 Jul 20, 3:54pm -

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