The Modi government has moved fast and furious on charting a new policy regarding intellectual property rights but Shalini Bhutani’s recap of recent developments shows that much of it has been with an overt focus on industry.
Is lower inflation here to stay? Most measures of inflation over the last couple of months point to an encouraging downward movement in price indices; Shambhu Ghatak deconstructs these measures and quotes observations of the RBI to show why it may still be premature to take low inflation for granted.
Crying out for clarity The e-commerce space in India has been growing in leaps and bounds but inchoate rules and dated laws have created ‘grey areas’ that need to be cleared at the earliest. Akshatha M outlines the key issues in the debate.
Hydropower in the land of Gross National Happiness The immense untapped potential of hydropower generation in Bhutan has led to several major projects in the offing, with varying degrees of Indian involvement. However, Shripad Dharmadhikary finds a steady rise in voices questioning their impact on the Himalayan environment.
An old policy Modi must hold on to The government’s clarification on the Indo-US joint statement on Intellectual Property Rights issued during Modi’s visit to the United States highlights the imperative of maintaining India’s original stance on patent laws and refusal to yield to US demands made in its Special 301 Report. Shambhu Ghatak has more.
Will The NYT bat against Washington apples in India? A recent editorial in The New York Times rightly recognises the flaws of a growth model driven by lower trade barriers. But Devinder Sharma wonders if the American daily will take a stand and extend its arguments to champion the cause of all nations, including India.
Who's importing all that gold?
The Indian government has stopped short of imposing effective controls on gold imports despite the soaring current account deficit and its
examines recent trends in gold demand to see if the government's rationale behind the soft policy holds good.
Our cheese has moved, and only we must find it
The drying up of the dollar and the resultant plummet of the rupee reflects on the government's flawed economic strategy.
draws upon the famous business fable Who Moved My Cheese? to show the kind of behaviour and actions that could resolve the crisis now.
Why the Current Account Deficit matters to you and me
India's current account deficit reached alarming levels in the year 2012-13.
provides a historical context and lucid explanation of the phenomenon and rues the government's shocking lack of action.
FDI in reverse
It is far from clear if capital exports out of India are good for India. What is apparent, from their enthusiasm, is that
Indian companies believe it is good for them.
FDI: Just the facts, please
Whether foreign direct invesmtent in retail in India is good or bad should be judged by a reasoned debate based on facts,
not hyperbole and exaggeration.
Areca leaf chappals seek market lift
Three and half decades after a scientist demonstrated the idea, chappals made with areca leaf sheaths have hit the market from Kerala.
writes about the early success and challenges.