India Inc. has no excuse to underinvest anymore. It is time to take the plunge | Analysis

Updated on Sep 23, 2019 08:34 PM IST

Structural reforms since 2014 led to a dip in expected cash flows for promoters. The tax break will offset that

The finance minister, by the announcement of reduced taxes, has, in one sweep, increased cash flows in any investment calculation, nullifying the negative effects one has described before(ANI Photo)
ByGovind Sankaranarayanan

Howdy Modi: Houston, we don’t have a problem | Opinion

Personal affinity; synergy on terror, economy and defence; and Indian-Americans serve as the common thread

The most obvious takeaway from the event in Houston was the chemistry between Trump and Modi(ANI)
Updated on Sep 23, 2019 08:13 PM IST
ByNavtej Sarna

Analysis| Donald Trump tries to reset optics for 2020 via ‘Howdy Modi’

US President Donald Trump tried at the ‘Howdy Modi!’ rally to reset the optics for his campaign among immigrants.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump at Howdy Modi event.(AP Photo)
Updated on Sep 23, 2019 09:39 AM IST
New York | ByIndo Asian News Service

The battle for a disease-free India

A year since Ayushman Bharat was launched, the health landscape is witnessing a transformation

PMi Narendra Modi’s vision is that the best health care should be accessible to the poorest of the poor as a matter of a right(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 23, 2019 06:09 AM IST
ByHarsh Vardhan

Yogi has revolutionised governance in UP

He has improved administration, infrastructure, law and order; battled corruption; and created an economic hub

Adityanath and his government’s commitment to delivery and governance are evident. The state has a long history of low-governance capacity.(ANI)
Updated on Sep 22, 2019 07:06 PM IST
ByShantanu Gupta

Adityanath has wasted his astounding mandate

The government has failed in the areas of agriculture, health care, women safety, media freedom, and economy

The Adityanath government has presided over unimaginable misgovernance, brought an unprecedented despondency to the state, vehemently worked towards weakening democracy, and sought to dismantle the fabled(PTI)
Updated on Sep 22, 2019 07:06 PM IST
ByLalitesh Pati Tripathi and Akash Satyawali

Preserve India’s heritage. It gives us an identity

Preservation and restoration are the way forward for so many of our historic towns and cities. The benefits are not just the preservation of our past but also by way of tourism and all its attendant economic benefits

The preservation and renewal of historic towns is one of the most important aspects from the viewpoint of safeguarding the monumental and historical patrimony in many countries(Himanshu Vyas / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 22, 2019 05:14 AM IST
ByAditi Chatterji

The government’s corporate tax move is bold. But there is a fiscal risk | Opinion

It will potentially leave investors with more money, make firms competitive, and boost consumption

The success of the move depends on the government’s approach to tax administration; its management of public finances; the other steps it takes to address structural issues and boost investment; and the manner in which firms choose among available tax structures(PTI)
Updated on Sep 21, 2019 06:22 AM IST
BySuyash Rai

Kerala HC verdict: A victory for individual freedom

Restricting Internet access deprives people of their right to life, liberty, freedom of expression, and privacy

An instrument, essential to fulfilling rights, may be used negatively. But this cannot justify prohibiting its use(KERALA HIGH COURT)
Updated on Sep 20, 2019 08:23 PM IST
ByGautam Bhatia

How the IAS has let India down

IAS officers resist change, are indifferent to the poor, and have not delivered on development goals

IAS officers have not been able to ensure that teachers and doctors stay in their place of postings and provide quality services.(HINDUSTAN TIMS PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 19, 2019 06:02 PM IST
ByNC Saxena

Why India needs a new social contract

The State must help citizens cope with changes in technology, environment, and gender relations

If more women in India were supported to work in the paid labour market, the nation would be much richer(Burhaan Kinu / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 19, 2019 05:57 PM IST
ByMinouche Shafik

The Motor Vehicles Act is a good first step. Now, bring in more reforms | Analysis

These include infrastructure upgrade, focus on highaways and rural India, and improving the police to vehicles ratio

The amended law was expected to have a sobering effect on errant drivers, nightmarish traffic in metros and a calming effect on highways. But the states have come up with their usual slogan in the name of the poor, and want to slash the penalty rates, knowing fully well that this will defeat the purpose of the Act, and put lives in jeopardy(PTI)
Updated on Jul 01, 2020 03:26 AM IST
ByYashovardhan Azad

‘Nudge’ can help tackle India’s social problems

Swachh Bharat and Beti Bachao are examples of how a change in behaviour can catalyse structural reform

Nnudging and uses of behavioural economics are already playing a prominent and constructive role in India. For example, the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) has emphasised behaviour change in addition to the construction of toilets(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 18, 2019 07:57 PM IST
ByCass Sunstein

What the 2024 battle may look like

The BJP is preparing for a third term. The Congress is still reeling from its loss of 2014

The BJP is banking on nationalism and welfarism. The Congress’ only line of attack is a sinking economy(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 18, 2019 07:56 PM IST
ByMilan Vaishnav

Can relocating industries help women job seekers?

Regularisation of unplanned industrial areas can help, as they create home-based work opportunities for them

The minimum wages for piece-rated workers calls for a different approach from the usual time-rated notion(HT)
Published on Sep 17, 2019 07:33 PM IST
ByEesha Kunduri and Farzana Afridi

Analysis| PM Narendra Modi in the US: What are the stakes?

He will seek new economic alliances and reassure stakeholders that the slowdown in India is temporary

The significance of PM Narendra Modi’s Houston visit has been heightened by the fact the White House has announced that US President Donald Trump will participate in a major diaspora event to be held there(PM Office release)
Updated on Sep 17, 2019 08:58 PM IST
ByFrank F Islam

The role of Standing Committees in India’s Parliamentary process

Parliamentary Committees are basically miniature parliaments in themselves, comprising members across party lines from both the Houses. But they are so much more

Members of the parliamentary panel at Patna Medical College and Hospital, Patna, November 29, 2008. The Paliamentary Standing Committees can call for and examine witnesses, look into the minutiae of an issue, and give detailed recommendations, but most important, they allow a member to speak her mind on an issue without the need to toe the party line(AP Dube/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 17, 2019 03:17 PM IST
ByArjun Chandrasekhar

Narendra Modi is a multi-faceted personality, writes Amit Shah

He is transforming India with his fortitude, politics of development, and firm decisions

Prime Minister Narendra Modi seen and BJP National President Amit Shah(Vipin Kumar / Hindustan Times.)
Updated on Sep 17, 2019 08:37 AM IST
ByAmit Shah

How to read the volatility in the global oil market | Analysis

Pinning the loci of oil prices has become trickier, making it difficult for agencies to make any meaningful forecast

Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq oil processing facility on fire, September 14(AP)
Updated on Sep 16, 2019 09:31 PM IST
ByShreerupa Mitra and Ujjal Das

In family businesses, identify issues and address discord

A family in business must have a vision and a governance structure to facilitate conversations on sensitive topics

The topics that can create contention in a family-owned business are not hard to anticipate — entry and exit from business, succession, dividend policy, capital allocation, role allocation among family members, performance evaluation and retirement(SHUTTERSTOCK)
Published on Sep 15, 2019 07:45 PM IST
ByJanmejaya Sinha

Farmer suicides: The fate of the women left behind

A widow’s burden is heavier not only because she is alone in her troubles but also because she is invisible to the state, the society and to even her own family.

The State is ‘man’ in India, and the woman citizen is a ‘difference’.(Kota Neelima)
Updated on Sep 15, 2019 10:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByKota Neelima

Boys must know that it is okay to display emotions

When certain well-known Hollywood stars were outed as abusers of young men, there was an initial hue and cry but unlike the #MeToo movement led by women in the same industry, the alleged abusers seem to have got away with it at least until now. Even in the West, where there is very little tolerance for any form of abuse, male sexual abuse still comes way below female sexual abuse.

If we consider abuse gender neutral, we need to start talking to and about young boys as well as girls. So, far the discourse has been far too one-sided.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Sep 15, 2019 09:31 AM IST

11 years after the Lehman Brothers collapse, crisis in global economy continues

Slowdown in growth has increased gap between North and South: The slowdown in growth in the non-OECD world has adversely affected their ability to catch up with the developed world in terms of per capita incomes.

Trade as an engine of growth has come under strain: Between the great recession of the 1930s and the 2008 crisis, exports were an important driver of growth for non-developed countries.(HT image)
Updated on Sep 15, 2019 01:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByVineet Sachdev and Roshan Kishore

The interplay between Kashmir and India’s democratic project | Analysis

The decision-making process reflects both centralisation of power and unilateralism

The current dispensation has consistently followed the philosophy of the ends justifying the means(PTI)
Updated on Sep 14, 2019 07:35 AM IST
ByNeelanjan Sircar

The Congress has to be redone stitch by stitch

Its failure to learn from mistakes, manage party affairs, and read the public pulse lies at the roots of the crisis

The Congress must script a counter-narrative to the BJP by focusing on life-issues, including gainful employment(PTI)
Published on Sep 13, 2019 07:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByVinod Sharma

Why Sharad Pawar’s aides are deserting the NCP in droves? | Analysis

The defections are happening in the Congress too but they are mostly legislators or middle level leaders. However, the NCP has seen exodus of senior leaders, many of whom were long time aides of Pawar or nurtured by the Maratha strongman.

Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 13, 2019 07:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By

Economic slowdown might be more than a passing cycle of low demand | Opinion

What has caused India’s slowdown and when will GDP growth pick pace again? Answering the second question actually depends on the first, about which there’s considerable debate.

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, addressing the media on her government’s crossing of 100 days in office on September 10, passed off the slowdown as part of the cycle.(ANI)
Updated on Sep 12, 2019 04:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

The dangers in Delhi’s Kashmir plan | Analysis

History shows that the development carrot will not heal the wounds inflicted by the political stick

Kashmir will become economically more insular. Its businesses will be more dependent on the government. And the government will turn more fiscally fragile(PTI file photo)
Updated on Sep 12, 2019 05:45 AM IST
ByHaseeb A Drabu

Rethinking the legal regime against child abuse

Rather than stricter provisions, enforce the current law, be sensitive to victims, and ensure certainty of punishment

In 2016, more than 36,000 cases were registered under Pocso. But trials commenced only in 6,449 cases. Verdicts were passed in 911 cases, an abysmal 4% of the total cases(REUTERS)
Published on Sep 11, 2019 07:24 PM IST
ByShireen Vakil

In 100 days, the Modi government’s focus, path, reforms and success

It has sought to harness India’s human resource potential, eliminate corruption, and push infrastructure

Modi 1.0 provided a clean government. Modi 2.0 has set goals to target the corrupt. powerful bureaucrats who built fortunes are being ousted. People who looted the exchequer are behind bars. Operation clean-up is underway. It will catalyse India’s economic potential(PTI)
Published on Sep 11, 2019 07:24 PM IST
ByHarsimrat Kaur Badal
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