RN Bhaskar

Stories By RN Bhaskar

The way ahead for economic growth and jobs

The Indian economy is at the brink of extremely difficult times. At such times, a report from the CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) ...Read More

China’s white paper on the US tariff spat

China’s white paper on the US tariff spat

In 2017, China trounced Canada to become the second largest trading partner with the US. US-China trade accounted for 635 billion against...Read More

Transform India through jobs & wealth generation  

Transform India through jobs & wealth generation  

The new government is in place, with a larger mandate than the previous one. Obviously, people expect it to fulfil their aspirations. The...Read More

Ailing airlines: Victim of the government’s meddling hand

By now, almost every industry analyst has begun to write-off Jet Airways. Jet had big dreams. It had benefitted from many favourable gove...Read More

IIP: A time for confessions and atonement

IIP: A time for confessions and atonement

For months the government has stonewalled criticisms about job creation and economic growth. But now there is a grudging admission that e...Read More

The US dollar weakens, gold becomes more relevant

The US dollar weakens, gold becomes more relevant

Gold is likely to become increasingly relevant in the coming years. Its days of being dismissed as a non-economic asset may be coming to ...Read More

Healthcare– using a band-aid for a surgical operation

In some ways this was to have been expected. Last week the government suddenly proposed through Niti Aayog, its policy advisory arm.In so...Read More

Why no transparency in funding by insurance cos

Why no transparency in funding by insurance cos

On 11 April, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) issued a circular (No. SEBI/HO/IMD/DF2/CIR/P/2019/57). It is address...Read More

Solar power: Shining sun; fading promises

Solar power: Shining sun; fading promises

In February 2019, Bridge to India published its report for the fourth quarter of 2018. The country’s total solar power generation capacit...Read More

Indore: Poll training given in locked rooms of colleges
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Doles, freebies, elections and the absence of accountability

The dice was rolled two years ago when the present government permitted loan waivers in Uttar Pradesh. The fire was bound to spread. But ...Read More

It is time India reshaped its EXIM strategies

It is time India reshaped its EXIM strategies

Within the next few months, India’s policymakers will have to decide how to restructure India’s EXIM policies. This will be necessitated ...Read More

The fire next time

The fire next time

The title has been borrowed from a 1963 non-fiction book by James Baldwin. The book contains two essays: ‘My Dungeon Shook—Letter to my N...Read More

So, in the past four years, there was no unemployment

Last week, on 8 March, 2019, almost unexpectedly, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) came out with an unusual report titled “Surv...Read More

Maharashtra’s agricultural woes will continue

Maharashtra’s agricultural woes will continue

Maharashtra has one of the highest farmer suicide rates in India. It also has the maximum number of farm agitations in India. And the rea...Read More

Is India headed for further currency depreciation?

Is India headed for further currency depreciation?

The lines are by WB Yeats from his remarkable poem, The Second Coming, are prescient. There is a danger of things falling apart in India....Read More

Tripura could become the economic powerhouse

Ten years ago, nobody could have imagined economically backward Tripura to become the business hub for the entire North East India. But g...Read More

Can GST actually promote a cashless economy?

Can GST actually promote a cashless economy?

There’s a restaurant in Ballard Estate in Mumbai which is frequented by many upper middle-class customers. It is one of the few organised...Read More

Does the budget not care for human capital?

Does the budget not care for human capital?

At a time when election fever is at its peak, it is not surprising to see the tide run out. That is when you embarrassingly discover who ...Read More

The budget, the farm sector and borrowings

Someone rightly described the recently announced budget not merely a Vote-on-account budget, but an accounting-for-votes one.  The pitch ...Read More

Maharashtra’s specious morality and its sexual crimes

Maharashtra’s specious morality and its sexual crimes

For the past one week, Maharashtra has been playing the morality card, in trying to whip up public sentiment against dance bars. It is fu...Read More