HindustanTimes Fri,26 Dec 2014

Gautam Chikermane

Is India ready for scriptural reasoning?

The practice of reading spiritual texts together is gathering momentum. Technically known as scriptural reasoning, there are about 20 such groups in the US and the UK, where it is gradually moving towards becoming a civic and community practice, its creator Peter Ochs co-wrote in a recent paper. Gautam Chikermane writes.

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This way to recovery

Insightful, educative and incredibly gripping, if you want just one book to understand the ongoing global financial crisis and the way forward, Fault Lines it is. Gautam Chikermane reviews.

‘We could go the Russia way if land is illegally acquired’

Economist and author Raghuram G. Rajan spoke to Gautam Chikermane at the India Habitat Centre. Excerpts from the interview:

Economic growth: create it, don’t condemn it

I met four of India’s top economists who are simultaneously driving and observing a changing India. My question to all of them came in the context of how economic growth has been turned into some form of evil by a pseudo-literati that is rightly concerned about growth not trickling down but lacks the rigour to explore the phenomenon accurately, writes Gautam Chikermane.

Pray together, stay together

Isn’t it time that individual seekers got together and said, you sing your prayers, I’ll chant mine and together we shall grow and together we shall enter the kingdom of God? Gautam Chikermane writes. Read More

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Three statistics that our MPs must consider

The salaries of MPs are being tripled, which means a CAGR of 31.6 per cent over their 2006 salary. The MPs are livid, saying it’s not enough. The last time they got a raise, it was four-fold, writes Gautam Chikermane.  

Lalu, Mulayam, Mamata: stoking the religious politics fire

Why, after 17 years, are the chiefs of three national parties — Rashtriya Janata Dal (Lalu), Samajwadi Party (Mulayam) and Trinamool Congress (Mamata) — so anxious about giving salaries to imams of mosques? The answer is clear: to garner Muslim votes in the upcoming elections in Bihar and West Bengal. Gautam Chikermane elaborates.

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7 questions on Vedanta, Niyamgiri and economic development

Climbing the Niyamgiri Hills is a unique experience, most of which does not belong to the realm of logic, rationality — and this column. I thought I would get some insights into the raging controversy and the resultant debates currently on around the area. Gautam Chikermane writes.

Ignore the market, buy ETFs regularly

The first time I noticed it was a few months into my first job when I began tracking the financial and equity markets. It’s been many years since, but the psychology of households who are wrongly labelled “small investors” has remained the same.

Amid crisis, economics Nobel talks tangibles to help fair play in free market systems

What is the link between the controversy rocking Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket and this year's Nobel prize for economics? Plenty, it would seem.

Don’t let the bibimbap distract you from the crisis, Dr Singh

As the Group of 20 (G20) summit begins at Seoul today, a warning for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh: don’t let the bibimbap —a delicious South Korean dish I discovered in Seoul last month and found to be the most appetising meal I’ve ever had — distract your attention towards what the country’s President, Lee Myung-bak, has been lately pushing for. Instead, concentrate on the economic crisis that has not yet ended.

Tunisian crisis shows the geopolitics of inflation

Last week, dictatorships in three Islamic nations faced a common global enemy — inflation. With one difference: instead of suffering silently, the people hit the streets — we saw riots in Tunisia, Algeria and Jordan. Gautam Chikermane writes.

Number’s message: get inclusive, be humble

When India’s GDP first touched the $1-trillion mark in November 2007, it left most analysts surprised. The India story then was just about beginning to gather momentum. Lost in the deluge of the credit crisis, perhaps, the event passed us by.

Yesterday's papers that tomorrow's leaders must read - today

Which is better: market fundamentalism or welfare economics? Which comes first: growth or redistribution? Which is an accurate depiction of economic transactions: efficient markets or behavioural economics? Can there be an economic policy to fight corruption? What is the role of tomorrow's Reserve Bank of India? Can India leverage its knowledge? Gautam Chikermane writes.

Real story lies beyond wealth creation

Seeking out the billionaires rode in the Rs. 5.5-crore Maybach in 2004. The Rs. 3.8-crore Bentley followed in 2007. And through a journey that saw Rolls Royce and Porsche (both over Rs. 2 crore) and the biggest of them all - the Rs. 16-crore Bugatti Veyron last year - vroom into India, could the Rs. 2.2-crore Ferrari be left behind? Gautam Chikermane writes
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