Pramit Bhattacharya
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Inflation boosts India’s love affair with gold

  • Apart from gold’s resistance to inflationary corrosion and stock market downturns, the currency management policy of RBI may be adding to gold’s lustre
The yellow metal’s lustre, malleability, and resistance to corrosion attracted the attention of our ancestors. (HT Photo)
The yellow metal’s lustre, malleability, and resistance to corrosion attracted the attention of our ancestors. (HT Photo)
Published on Jun 13, 2022 08:41 PM IST
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The future of the work-from-home campaign

  • The debate on the future of work has brought attention to several pain points in a typical office-goer’s life. But it also raises larger questions about what it means to live and work productively.
The pandemic’s biggest contribution to our work lives has been to bestow respectability to the concept of working from home. (Bloomberg)
The pandemic’s biggest contribution to our work lives has been to bestow respectability to the concept of working from home. (Bloomberg)
Updated on May 30, 2022 07:57 PM IST
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RBI is fighting inflation with its hands tied

  • Its difficulty in balancing its role in both inflation management and debt management is rooted in India’s monetary history
Without having to worry about managing the government’s borrowing costs, RBI can focus better on its primary mandate of maintaining price and financial stability. (Mint Archives)
Without having to worry about managing the government’s borrowing costs, RBI can focus better on its primary mandate of maintaining price and financial stability. (Mint Archives)
Published on May 16, 2022 08:29 PM IST
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War, malnutrition, and India’s fiscal burden

  • There may be unintended consequences to the current conflict which could have far-reaching impacts on distant countries. The great power conflict in Vietnam provides an instructive example of such long-term effects.
Local residents sit in the yard of their damaged building in Mariupol. (AP)
Local residents sit in the yard of their damaged building in Mariupol. (AP)
Published on May 03, 2022 12:17 AM IST
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Ambedkar, Nehru, and Atmanirbhar Bharat

The nature of the threat to India’s strategic autonomy has changed since the time of Independence but India’s strategic choices bear uncanny similarities with the past. As the Russia-Ukraine war rages, we have chosen to become non-aligned Nehruvians once again
The older Ambedkar’s economic vision had much more in common with that of Jawaharlal Nehru than Mahatma Gandhi, a critic of industrialisation and urbanisation. (PIB PHOTO)
The older Ambedkar’s economic vision had much more in common with that of Jawaharlal Nehru than Mahatma Gandhi, a critic of industrialisation and urbanisation. (PIB PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 04, 2022 08:09 PM IST
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Inflation surge: Who gains and who loses

  • The real danger lies in unhinged inflationary expectations, which will make it very difficult for RBI to tame inflation.
If people sense that RBI is not serious about fighting inflation, it will only heighten inflationary expectations. The battle against inflation will become much more daunting in the future. RBI could end up being the biggest loser. (Reuters)
If people sense that RBI is not serious about fighting inflation, it will only heighten inflationary expectations. The battle against inflation will become much more daunting in the future. RBI could end up being the biggest loser. (Reuters)
Published on Mar 21, 2022 08:37 PM IST
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Economy and identity: Both matter to voters

The convergence of economic policies means that parties need an identity marker to distinguish themselves from others. Caste, language, and religion fill that role
Voters waiting in queues to cast their votes for the seventh and final phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, Mirzapur, March 7, 2022 (ANI)
Voters waiting in queues to cast their votes for the seventh and final phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, Mirzapur, March 7, 2022 (ANI)
Updated on Mar 07, 2022 06:56 PM IST
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How a digital rupee could transform India

  • A global band of monetary militants has come up with their own virtual currencies, posing a fresh challenge to sovereign powers. This time, the counter-revolution seems to be taking the shape of the central bank digital currency.
History suggests that it can take years, if not decades, to stabilise a new monetary regime. (Shutterstock)
History suggests that it can take years, if not decades, to stabilise a new monetary regime. (Shutterstock)
Published on Feb 21, 2022 07:12 PM IST
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Is disruption ahead for the gig economy?

  • Platforms got enormous goodwill by serving their urban clientele. But as wages decline and discontent rises, they’re at risk of being seen as ruthless hiring agents
Gig economy platforms say they revolutionised work. But many worker groups say they tramped on workers rights and exploited them. (PTI)
Gig economy platforms say they revolutionised work. But many worker groups say they tramped on workers rights and exploited them. (PTI)
Published on Feb 07, 2022 07:33 PM IST
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India’s growing regional inequality challenge

On many development parameters, India appears to be almost like a continent, with different states at vastly different stages of development.
At the beginning of the millennium, the per capita income of the five richest states (based on per capita income) in India was 145% higher than that of the bottom states.(Reuters Photo)
At the beginning of the millennium, the per capita income of the five richest states (based on per capita income) in India was 145% higher than that of the bottom states.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Aug 28, 2019 05:36 PM IST
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Livemint | ByNikita Kwatra, Pramit Bhattacharya

Six years after Lehman Brothers collapse, the world remains fragile

Six years have passed since the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc on 15 September 2008 but rising asset prices in recent times would have us believe that world economy has moved on.
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Updated on Sep 15, 2014 09:37 AM IST
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ByRavi Krishnan and Pramit Bhattacharya (LiveMint), Mumbai

Rural India takes the lead in art of splurging

As the urban buyer slackens in her shopping spree, a lot is riding on the rural consumer . The prospect of a bumper summer crop after good rains this year has raised hopes that rural consumption will be strong amid sluggish urban demand.
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Updated on Oct 28, 2013 07:56 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByPramit Bhattacharya and Aishwarya Deshpande, New Delhi

Gadchiroli's trudging doctors spell hope

One of India's most backward districts and Maharashtra's worst ranked in human development indicators, Gadchiroli, today finds itself at the forefront of a healthcare revolution that can potentially save millions of infant lives. Pramit Bhattacharya reports. Pics
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Updated on Mar 21, 2013 04:50 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByPramit Bhattacharya, Mumbai

Lessons from Melghat's health crisis

At a time when India plans a multi-pronged attack on malnutrition in 200 high-burden districts, it will pay to examine the cracks in state institutions that have led to past failures and can still derail well-intentioned plans. Pramit Bhattacharya reports. Pics
Updated on Mar 21, 2013 04:50 PM IST
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None | ByPramit Bhattacharya, Mumbai

It can happen in India

A determined bureaucrat re-imagined government to show how India's dismal malnutrition statistics can be improved without great cost. All it requires-a plan, innovation and great commitment. Pramit Bhattacharya reports.
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Updated on Mar 21, 2013 04:39 PM IST
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ByPramit Bhattacharya, Mumbai

A bad return on investment

Why the world's largest child-welfare scheme cannot stop children dying from malnutrition in India's city of gold. Pramit Bhattacharya reports. Listen to podcastpodcast
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Updated on Mar 21, 2013 04:41 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByPramit Bhattacharya, Mumbai

A nutrition crisis amid prosperity

Wealthy Mumbai is now one of India’s most malnourished districts, and the data suggest it could be worse. Why cheap food, welfare schemes won’t help. Pramit Bhattacharya reports. See photogallery | Listen to podcastpodcast
Updated on Oct 31, 2011 01:57 PM IST
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