Articles by Gautam Chikermane
May 15, 2019
IMF's $6 bn loan to Pakistan may end up supporting its terror infrastructure instead of salvaging its sinking economyIMF loan has been given to Pakistan for improving the management of public enterprises, strengthening institutions, combating financing of terrorism efforts, among other things
Mar 02, 2019
India-Pakistan tensions: The advice General Bhishma would give Prime Minister Narendra Modi todayThis is a dharmayudha, a righteous war between good and evil, fight it in every way, use every tool you have — military, diplomatic, communications, economic — and win it. For too long your country has languished under Pakistan’s terror assault.
Feb 09, 2019
An Idea Eternal: The Billion Interpretations of DraupadiHer character was shaped on the anvil of dharma by kings and rishis, executed by lesser men, honed by desire, and cheated by her own
Feb 02, 2019
Politics of Budget overrides its economics with focus on elections, primarily a reminder of what govt has deliveredPiyush Goyal's Interim Budget 2019 is a 3-by-3 Budget. First, it veers around politics, political economy and economics. Second, it addresses poor farmers, unorganised labour and the low tax-paying middle class. Third, it makes a case for re-election.
Dec 24, 2018
NITI Aayog's strategy paper is a collection of worn-out homilies; means nothing without land and labour reformsAt a time when the cost of land has quadrupled over the past five years, the Strategy fails to present fresh thinking on land acquisition.
Jul 16, 2018
FIFA World Cup 2018: Putting team spirit over individual stardom and other lessons for organisations from recently-concluded eventThere are three lessons that larger organisations such as governments, corporations, start-ups, etc and so on can draw from the FIFA World Cup 2018.
Jun 04, 2018
GDP growth shows headwinds of note ban, GST are becoming tailwinds; but trade wars and oil prices could spoil partyWhile there is no data to back it, part of this quarter’s GDP growth is due to the formalisation of the economy, brought about by the demonetisation-GST duo.
May 22, 2018
Four years of Narendra Modi: From Jan Dhan Yojana to GST, nine economic policies that defined PM's tenureOn 25 May 2018, Modi will complete four years as PM. During this time, the govt has taken several decisions on economic policy, of which nine are key.
Feb 03, 2018
Budget 2018: Arun Jaitley has consolidated past policies and invested in future politicsWith its focus on farmers and the poor, the politics of the Budget are clearly aimed at the 17 state elections over the next two years and the 2019 general elections
Feb 27, 2016
We, the Barbarians: A spiritual examination of the hatred, anger and violence that has captured usThe barbarian in us has merely changed its weapons. Its spirit remains strong, it powers us, it pulls us back, it tells us that the temple of the body is where salvation lies not in the fuzzy ideas of the mind.