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FM focuses on capital investment in the quest for post-pandemic recovery

This focus on capital investment coupled with reforms across industries, and assistance to small enterprises will nurse the economy to its growth path

This government has over-delivered on road and logistics projects. In this Budget, the FM has dedicated <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>20,000 crore for highways and 400 Vande Bharat trains. (Mint)
Published on Feb 01, 2022 10:44 PM IST

Sharply focused, the budget boosts hopes of revival

The plans are largely within the government’s control. By focusing on a few objectives, it has perhaps achieved more

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi,Feb. 1, 2021 (PTI)
Published on Feb 01, 2021 10:35 PM IST
ByGovind Sankaranarayanan

How the pandemic has helped start-ups come of age faster

The uncertainty about the shape of the recovery (V, L, K-shaped) has forced investors to place a greater premium on experience and stability in these young companies

The case of learning company Byjus which raised $200 million recently is well known(Shutterstock)
Updated on Dec 07, 2020 07:40 AM IST
ByGovind Sankaranarayanan

To deal with China, focus solely on economic growth | Opinion

China is where it is because of its relentless drive for economic power. India needs to make wise choices

India needs to want economic success as badly as China does. If this desire is too mitigated by its desire to address many other issues such as retribution for past injustices, regional or linguistic reaffirmation, or fears about elite domination, the country may fall short of its optimal economic potential(AP)
Updated on Jul 13, 2020 06:49 PM IST
ByGovind Sankaranarayanan

Corporate managers must rise to the challenge

Change lending practices; take risks; review investment criteria; align goals with national reconstruction

The desire for the market outperforming returns at all times has seemingly meant an unwillingness for investment in solid, useful, economy-enhancing plays, which pay 3-4% above the cost of capital but do not provide dramatic pay-offs(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jun 03, 2020 06:38 PM IST
ByGovind Sankaranarayanan

The pandemic will change public life as we know it| Analysis

The State’s role will expand. There will be more welfare projects, and a greater openness to technology

Several changes may usher in more egalitarian growth, driving investments the government should always have made and enabling a wider base of consumption(Himanshu Vyas / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 14, 2020 08:44 PM IST
ByGovind Sankaranarayanan

Use the Covid crisis to spur systemic changes

Liquidity measures, spike in health care funding, better governance, and multilateralism can help India tide over

The coronavirus crisis provides the call to arms to reset our under-invested health care system(PTI)
Updated on Mar 19, 2020 05:56 PM IST
ByGovind Sankaranarayanan

The budget must dispel the people’s doubts

Explaining the rationale underpinning the government’s choices will help increase trust and belief in its plans

The strong mandate received by the ruling party would indicate that the efforts made towards basic provisions and financial inclusion were successful(ANI)
Updated on Jan 20, 2020 08:05 PM IST
ByGovind Sankaranarayanan

A blueprint to revive demand and growth in the Indian economy | Opinion

To boost manufacturing, the government must send out signals to the bureaucracy, courts, states and investors

The FM would do well to speak more on this so that the investing community does not tar the central government with the same brush as the AP government(ANI Photo)
Published on Nov 28, 2019 07:42 PM IST
ByGovind Sankaranarayanan

The possibilities, and perils, of whistleblowing

The Infosys case reveals a key distinction. What may be perceived as poor management may not be illegal

In an email dated September 20 to the Infosys Board and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Ethical Employees, a whistleblower group, alleged that Infosys CEO Salil Parekh was indulging in “unethical practices” to boost short-term revenues and profits.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 31, 2019 06:26 PM IST
ByGovind Sankaranarayanan

To prevent cooperative bank scams, RBI can use its powers creatively | Analysis

The central bank should act on suspicion, rather than wait for facts. Cooperatives must pass the ‘smell test’

Given the political nature of cooperative banks, laws are unlikely to be changed to strengthen regulation. That is why RBI needs to use its existing powers strongly, and pre-emptively(Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)
Updated on Oct 07, 2019 08:26 PM IST
ByGovind Sankaranarayanan

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

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)
Updated on Sep 23, 2019 08:34 PM IST
ByGovind Sankaranarayanan
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