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If FM has courage, he'll give us inflation-indexed bonds
Economy

If FM has courage, he'll give us inflation-indexed bonds

The FM is consistently on the wrong track on interest rates by privileging borrowers over savers. To prove otherwise, he should offer investors inflation-linked bonds

iPad or running water? Today's tech is no patch on the past
News & Analysis

iPad or running water? Today's tech is no patch on the past

Despite, iPad, Facebook and Gmail, the fact is nothing invented in the last 10 years is worth the gains made in the previous two centuries.

iPad or running water? Today's tech is no patch on the past
Economy

iPad or running water? Today's tech is no patch on the past

Despite, iPad, Facebook and Gmail, the fact is nothing invented in the last 10 years is worth the gains made in the previous two centuries.

Do banks serve customers, or customers serve banks?
India

Do banks serve customers, or customers serve banks?

Technology-aided banking has been a big customer boon. But sometimes it is also becoming a customer nightmare - with more costs than benefits

Why a gold-plated Nano will do little for Tata's failing car
Business

Why a gold-plated Nano will do little for Tata's failing car

The Tata Nano has failed to live up to its hype. The Rs 1 lakh car that wasn't is finding it tough to snare buyers. Is a makeover possible?<br /><br />

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

Thank God, we're India: It's our turn to tell them what to do
Economy

Thank God, we're India: It's our turn to tell them what to do

Once upon a time, the rich world told us how to run our economies. Now that they are in trouble, it's time for us to tell them what to do.

Advani's sting, and the joys of India's guerrilla democracy
Politics

Advani's sting, and the joys of India's guerrilla democracy

India is a guerrilla democracy where the law is to be followed only in the breach and where it suits us. Advani is not in breach of this societal approach.

Governance in a fish-bowl: How UPA lost the media plot
Politics

Governance in a fish-bowl: How UPA lost the media plot

Navigating the TV media has become a professional hazard for government and its spokespersons — as the Anna coverage shows. Governance in the glare of 24x7 coverage is fraught with risk.

Don't believe them; prices ain't coming down too soon
Economy

Don't believe them; prices ain't coming down too soon

Inflation in India has become structural. We are in a high inflation trap and it will be hard to come out of it.

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

What US Fed's Ben Bernanke can learn from Steve Jobs
Business

What US Fed's Ben Bernanke can learn from Steve Jobs

US Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has to dump his flawed Keynesianism and learn from Steve Jobs what the future holds. There is little to learn from the great depression.

The renaming of Bengal and how The Times lost a bet
Politics

The renaming of Bengal and how The Times lost a bet

The Times of India backed the name Bengal with the confidence of a race-fixer. Well, West Bengal is now going to be called Paschimbanga

Solution to capitalism's crisis is freer immigration
Business

Solution to capitalism's crisis is freer immigration

The crisis in global capitalism is the result of building walls between markets - especially the market for labour of all kinds. Freer immigration laws will free all economies from the tyranny of demography

India Inc loses appetite for investing abroad
Business

India Inc loses appetite for investing abroad

The trends so far show that Indian business is investing less abroad even as foreign investors are increasing their investments in Indian companies.

Why NREGA is turning out to be an expensive boondoggle
Business

Why NREGA is turning out to be an expensive boondoggle

Inflation is playing spoilsport with the UPA's anti-poverty schemes. Even as some people are lifted out of poverty, others fall back. With NREGA wages now being indexed to inflation, one can expect the problem to get worse - unless agricultural productivity improves.

To gain legitimacy, NAC's members need public vetting
Politics

To gain legitimacy, NAC's members need public vetting

Every democracy needs unelected experts who will advice and offer options. The unelected advisors acquire legitimacy through a process of public vetting. The National Advisory Council of Sonia Gandhi's is not quite there because it is a hand-picked group with no accountability