Ajit Ranade

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Moratoriums, loan waivers 
vs. credit discipline

Moratoriums, loan waivers vs. credit discipline

It is the interest earnings of banks which allows them to repay their depositors with interest on savings and fixed deposits. If those in...Read More

Farmers need price assurance too

Farmers need price assurance too

Forty years ago, possibly for the first time, there was mass mobilisation and a farmers' agitation led by a most unlikely and uncharismat...Read More

Bracing for a burden of bad loans

Bracing for a burden of bad loans

The larger issue is what is to be done about banking health in times of the pandemic. The RBI-constituted K V Kamath Committee has submit...Read More

Centre-led fiscal push is the only way, writes Ajit Ranade

Centre-led fiscal push is the only way, writes Ajit Ranade

The Centre simply cannot renege on a written and codified promise, act of God or not. We are all in this pandemic together. We are trying...Read More

Facebook and Government of India: How does one regulate social media now?

Facebook and Government of India: How does one regulate social media now?

In the run-up to the 2012 presidential elections in the United States, The Guardian newspaper published a story of how the Obama re-elect...Read More

Risks to financial stability, outlined by Ajit Ranade

Risks to financial stability, outlined by Ajit Ranade

Rising bad loans, and in turn non-performing assets (NPA) cases, can be kept in check by a strict Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.

Worrying signs on the inflation front, says Ajit Ranade

Worrying signs on the inflation front, says Ajit Ranade

Now, households spend more on food and less on eating out, clothes, recreation or travel. This new proportion must reflect in the COVID c...Read More

Prospects for India-China trade after Galwan, by Ajit Ranade

Prospects for India-China trade after Galwan, by Ajit Ranade

It is not clear what the Chinese stand to gain by their expansionism. In a world facing a recession, and slowing international trade why ...Read More

The half-trillion forex milestone

The half-trillion forex milestone

India's forex reserves have crossed half a trillion dollars, a historic milestone achieved by the pandemic-caused global recession and de...Read More

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Some out-of-the-box ideas for a fiscal stimulus

Unconventional times call for unconventional solutions and experiments.

Are we paying the price for a premature lockdown?

Are we paying the price for a premature lockdown?

The method to "flatten the curve" was to isolate people in their own homes, observe social distancing, restrict movement. It was as if co...Read More

The jobs challenge will get worse post COVID-19

The jobs challenge will get worse post COVID-19

122 million jobs were lost in the month of April in India. Add to it the loss of hospitality and airline jobs, rise in automation, cautio...Read More

FM Nirmala Sitharaman

No alternative to expanding the fiscal deficit

As 63 million small and medium enterprises look to the government for support in these harrowing times, what prevents the policymakers fr...Read More

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, problem of food security has become more acute

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, problem of food security has become more acute

The official stock of food-grain with the Food Corporation of India stood at 77.7 million tonnes as of March 1. This includes 27.5 millio...Read More

Coronavirus Lockdown: What rescue measures does India need to take amid COVID-19 outbreak?

Coronavirus Lockdown: What rescue measures does India need to take amid COVID-19 outbreak?

Despite bitter political bickering, the United States passed its highest ever relief package to support the economy. It is valued at 2.2 ...Read More

YES Bank

YES Bank crisis: Will the swift action of the RBI and the government lead to the bank's rescue?

The way state governments have moved their deposits to public sector banks brings back memories of 2008

Ides of March: How Coronavirus outbreak has affected China and the world

Ides of March: How Coronavirus outbreak has affected China and the world

The Coronaviruses (CoV) are a family of viruses that can cause flu-like symptoms or also severe illnesses like respiratory disorders. The...Read More

Negotiating with Trump

Negotiating with Trump

They are the two largest democracies in the world, separated by ten thousand miles. America’s war of independence two and half centuries ...Read More

New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with Economic Affairs Secretary Atanu Chakraborty (R) during the post-budget press conference

Budget 2020: Measured Fiscal Booster Dose

The macro context to the Union Budget was grim. Nominal growth rate which is at a forty-two year low, bank credit flow which has collapse...Read More

Propelling the economy with limited fiscal fuel

Propelling the economy with limited fiscal fuel

The upcoming Union Budget presentation will be the first full year budget in the Seventeenth Lok Sabha. The backdrop is a slowing economy...Read More

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