Last week, in the back-to-back swarm of meetings with heads of auto firms, there is one that is still ringing in my mind. Gautam Chikermane elaborates.
By clearing mismanagement charges against National Securities Depository Ltd (NSDL) on February 2, capital markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has opened a Pandora’s Box involving conflict of interest in public life, reports Gautam Chikermane.
To reach the advantage of 2050, we will have to pass through the fire of the next three years through 2013, writes Gautam Chikermane.
The strongest voice of economic dissent in the land of hyper-free markets on the 2008 crash, writes Gautam Chikermane.
A whole host of public-private-partnerships (PPP), no privatisation, new business models and no hike in freight rates or passenger fares. Was that Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee presenting her second budget in the second innings of the UPA government or was it the spirit of her predecessor Lalu Prasad speaking?, writes Gautam Chikermane.
In his second budget Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has, for the second time running, put more money in your pocket. If you make Rs.
5 lakh per annum, your monthly post-tax take-home salary will rise by Rs.
1,717 or 4.6 per cent; at Rs.
8 lakh per annum, you gain Rs.
4,292 or 7.9 per cent. Gautam Chikermane
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If the end result is an economic symphony that increases the tempo towards a double-digit growth finale and sounds melodious to all constituencies, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s Budget 2010 is a brave statement, writes Gautam Chikermane.
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is open to discussing the fuel price hike with UPA allies — Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress and M. Karunanidhi’s DMK — who have appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi for its reversal, report Gautam Chikermane
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With no work in home countries, citizens even in developed countries such as Ireland are emigrating writes Gautam Chikermane
M F Hussain’s bare feet walk to Qatar epitomises the increasing distance between two conflicting pulls on an individual — the idea of a nation state and the accompanying sense of belonging, writes Gautam Chikermane. Read more..
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Barely hours after Unilever President (Global Foods, Home and Personal Care) and member of the Unilever Executive Manvinder Singh Banga (Vindi Banga to friends) put in his papers, he was upbeat, enthusiastic and looking forward to his next move. But even after 33 years at a Euro 40 billion (Rs 250,000 crore) company, Banga is not hanging his executive boots yet. Excerpts from an interview:
The rise in interest rates was preordained. With 8 per cent growth visible and talks of double digit growth beginning, India has much to celebrate. Gautam Chikermane elaborates.
Land has become the final frontier of everything that’s wrong with India’s politics and business. It’s time to reform that — and my view is that it is in the politicians’ interest as well, writes Gautam Chikermane.