articles by Manika

Economy

Budget 2012 needs a top-quality policy effort

Manika Premsingh spoke to Ajay Shah of the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy for Firstpost.

Economy

Budget 2012 must rein in populist spending

Manika Premsingh talked to Surjit Bhalla of Oxus Investments on behalf of Firstpost, and he made it plain that "the top priority must be move away from populist measures".

Economy

Cutting subsidies is key to fiscal correction: Surjit Bhalla

Economist Surjit Bhalla of Oxus Investment says that the budget must target subsidies and also reduce the NREGA allocations next year.

Economy

Budget 2012 is for being responsible, minus populism

Manika Premsingh talked to Surjit Bhalla of Oxus Investments on behalf of Firstpost, and he made it plain that "the top priority must be move away from populist measures".

Economy

Boosting business sentiment should be goal of Budget 2012

The best thing the budget can do is to give a clear message that the economy is on the right path and India is a good investment destination.

Business

Should India help the euro? We're most exposed there

The Indian economy is more exposed to the euro and the eurozone than the US dollar. We should be concerned about what happens there.

Business

Four trends which make a strong case for RBI rate hike

The consensus is that the RBI might pause its rate hikes. But a closer look at the numbers tells us that the RBI has good reason to continue raising rates.

Economy

We are Indians, we love cash: A tale of 2010-11

RBI's annual report reveals Indian households are dumping equity, and investing in government-backed savings schemes and hoarding cash.

Politics

Media seems to be aiding the anti-corruption mobilisation

As the Anna Hazare led anti-corruption movement rules air-time across media channels, the trend of increasing corruption reportage over the past few years came to fruition this year.

Economy

The rain gods are smiling, so expect a good kharif crop

Despite the weatherman's forecast of a possible deficient monsoon, rainfall so far has been near normal. So expect a good kharif harvest.

Business

A US recession doesn't mean the end of the world to us

A US recession is a matter of concern for India, but given the shift in trade and investment flows over the last 10 years, we will be impacted less than before.

Business

10 ways the US crisis will impact the Indian economy

It will be some time before the clouds clear and the real picture emerges after the US downgrade. for now, the economic outlook for India is tilted towards the positive. But keep your fingers crossed.

Business

5 reasons why the rupee will keep rising against dollar

The rupee recently appreciated to a three-year high against the dollar; this recent level should not be seen as a one-off movement.

Economy

Why going urban means more gender discrimination

The upside of India's growing urbanisation is faster growth and more investments. The downside, in the near term, is growing sex discrimination and declining sex ratio in urban areas.

Business

Jobs creation is slowing; IT and textiles lead the slide

The slowdown in the Indian economy has begun to impact the pace of hiring. The biggest job-creating sector, IT-BPO, is also showing signs of fatigue.

Business

Jobs puzzle: More Indians are dropping out of workforce

The latest sample data on employment trends show a fall in unemployment and also a drop in the number of Indians seeking employment. More women are dropping out as incomes rise

Business

Worse & worse: 10% inflation, slow growth, costly money

The economy is facing strong headwinds, with inflation now probably in double-digits and growth slowing. The Reserve Bank will surely keep raising rates, and your ability to raise loans or spend more on the things you desire will be curtailed.

Economy

FDI spikes in April, but keep your fingers crossed

Though foreign direct investment has grown 43 percent in April, one month's figures don't reflect a trend. It's still a wait-and-watch situation in India.

Economy

Suparinomics: why rural India doesn't fret over food prices

Reading the paan stains in India-that-is-Bharath tells us that discretionary spending in rural India is up, thanks to a better crop last year, and the fruits of wage-driven anti-poverty schemes.

Business

The Met often gets it wrong, so there's hope for monsoon

Monsoon forecasting has become a revisionist affair. Despite the Met's shift to an improved forecasting model, predicting the monsoon is a hazardous affair, with initial forecasts almost always being changed in June.