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Gautam Chikermane

Challenge for Goliaths: how to become David

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.

SEBI’s IPO order sparks conflict of interest debate

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.

A new world is around the corner, are we prepared?

To reach the advantage of 2050, we will have to pass through the fire of the next three years through 2013, writes Gautam Chikermane.

Gravity kills

The strongest voice of economic dissent in the land of hyper-free markets on the 2008 crash, writes Gautam Chikermane.

Didi does a Lalu, but can she pull railways back from brink?

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.

Pranab Mukherjee bets on you

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 reports. HighlightsChat | Budget webcastWhat's cheaper, costlier | Pranab's speech Special

Mukherjee’s North Block Philharmonic

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.

Will talk to allies on fuel hike: Pranab

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 and Gaurav Choudhury.

The new economics of boundaries and citizenship

With no work in home countries, citizens even in developed countries such as Ireland are emigrating writes Gautam Chikermane

Time to fix the intangibles of emigration

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..

The ant tribe | Long live the women's bill!

Kill Bill, for men’s and women’s sake

Amid riotous scenes, India’s upper house passed a controversial legislation to reserve a third of seats in federal and state legislatures for women, writes Zia Haq. Read More....

DABS & JABS | Middle Order | Cutting The Edge

‘Not money, but challenge; India an option’

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:

RBI’s policy is in the right direction; expect another rate hike in April

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.

Stop laughing at Maya or Ramdev

Let’s not laugh at Mayawati’s money garland or Ramdev’s political steps — they are far more serious than many of our other illustrious leaders’ exploits, writes Gautam Chikermane. Read more

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Needed: a real estate regulator to protect consumer interest

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.
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