Gautam Chikermane
Gautam Chikermane
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articles by Gautam Chikermane

Business

It's high time we stopped using the term 'Hindu rate of growth', phrase shows colonisation of country’s intellectual faculties

Only Hinduism is burdened by a rate of growth shows the contempt the world has for the most peaceful, profound and puissant religion

Politics

Lok Sabha Election Results 2019: Six lessons learned from the BJP-led NDA's massive mandate

A mandate only places a particular politics in power; it does not mean, as in authoritarian regimes such as China, the power to run individual or collective writs.

Business

IMF's $6 bn loan to Pakistan may end up supporting its terror infrastructure instead of salvaging its sinking economy

IMF loan has been given to Pakistan for improving the management of public enterprises, strengthening institutions, combating financing of terrorism efforts, among other things

India

India-Pakistan tensions: The advice General Bhishma would give Prime Minister Narendra Modi today

This 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.

Life

An Idea Eternal: The Billion Interpretations of Draupadi

Her character was shaped on the anvil of dharma by kings and rishis, executed by lesser men, honed by desire, and cheated by her own

Business

Politics of Budget overrides its economics with focus on elections, primarily a reminder of what govt has delivered

Piyush 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.

Business

NITI Aayog's strategy paper is a collection of worn-out homilies; means nothing without land and labour reforms

At a time when the cost of land has quadrupled over the past five years, the Strategy fails to present fresh thinking on land acquisition.

Sports

FIFA World Cup 2018: Putting team spirit over individual stardom and other lessons for organisations from recently-concluded event

There are three lessons that larger organisations such as governments, corporations, start-ups, etc and so on can draw from the FIFA World Cup 2018.

Business

GDP growth shows headwinds of note ban, GST are becoming tailwinds; but trade wars and oil prices could spoil party

While 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.

Business

Four years of Narendra Modi: From Jan Dhan Yojana to GST, nine economic policies that defined PM's tenure

On 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.

Business

Budget 2018: Arun Jaitley has consolidated past policies and invested in future politics

With 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

Politics

We, the Barbarians: A spiritual examination of the hatred, anger and violence that has captured us

The 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.

Business

If Asian Infra Bank means death of World Bank and IMF, so be it

If the World Bank it is not reforming, changing and adapting to the realities of 21st century, let it self-destruct. That’s how creative destruction works

Business

Three questions to RBI and the govt on today’s rate cut

Profit is good, profiteering on the back of consumers, who are bearing the brunt of inflation on one side and these manipulations of high interest rates on the other, is not.

Life

Not half, not one: The 15-and-a-half lies of Yudhishthira in Mahabharata

Did Yudhishthira utter only one half-lie in the midst of the great war between the Pandavas and Kauravas, or did he utter many more in his life?

Business

Budget 2015 has two game-changers that will make India a global financial hub

The two unexpected game-changers in Budget 2015-16 are in the financial sector: the move to legislate the Indian Financial Code will put the domestic consumer at the centre of finance; the other, GIFT, will make Gujarat an offshore financial centre.

Economy

Here's why Arvind Subramanian’s economic survey offers a subsidy 'Nirvana'

In his press conference, chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian alerted journalists to not look at the Economic Survey as anything more than wishful policy thinking.

Economy

Rail Budget 2015: Prabhu strikes a fine balance between good politics, economics

Prabhu’s budget holds within its fold a regulatory framework that will not only oversee tariffs but also write regulations, set performance standards and adjudicate on disputes among licensees and the ministry.

Business

Budget 2015: Address issues of entrepreneurs and startups; they create jobs and wealth

The previous regime has done enough in wealth distribution. Jaitley’s Budget 2015 must lead India towards wealth creation.