Shankkar Aiyar

Shankkar Aiyar

Public sector banks, mergernomics  and tilting at windmills

“Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants? I intend to do battle with them and slay them.” Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

23 Jul 2017

Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar

B-Town’s cosy club is about clan and class

Clan, class and caste determine the power structure of great enterprises.

23 Jul 2017

Shampa Dhar-Kamath

Shampa Dhar-Kamath

Playing the old song on the Radio

Music doesn’t just make you go down memory lane, it makes you sprint down it.

23 Jul 2017

T J S George

T J S George

Lalu is natural target in the fight against corruption, but the problem is larger. All parties are guilty

Mention corruption, and the names of some politicians jump out like registered trademarks. Lalu Prasad Yadav is right when he says that the BJP government is hunting him for political reasons.

23 Jul 2017

Shampa Dhar-Kamath

Shampa Dhar-Kamath

Turn the invisible into the visible

Urban India’s political majority serves its economic minority. The two may seem to live together peaceably, but the relationship is anything but peaceful, or equal.

16 Jul 2017

Soli J Sorabjee

Glad to see opposition, ruling parties unite over China standoff

It was heartening to witness the Opposition’s unequivocal support to the Centre over China border dispute at Doka La at a marathon all-party meeting on Friday.

16 Jul 2017

Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar

Right needs global intellect not invective

The irony of conflict is that martyrs are made by their enemies.

16 Jul 2017

T J S George

T J S George

Be it currency shift, Aadhaar, GST, there is a mad rush; People feel cornered, vexed. Why this mad rush?

Usually life gets simpler as nations progress. But not in India where a barrage of sudden changes, new rules and revised regulations are making life burdensome for ordinary people.

16 Jul 2017

Karamatullah K Ghori

Karamatullah K Ghori

The Nawaz drama has just begun

The JIT report on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s business empire could spell doom for Pakistan’s first family

13 Jul 2017

Shankkar Aiyar

Shankkar Aiyar

NPAs, non-performing actions and systemic risks to public monies 

Indians have in excess of 105 trillion rupees, or `106.50 lakh crore to be precise, parked in the banks. Of this, nearly `7 of `10 is with the public sector banks (PSBs).

09 Jul 2017

Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar

Nationalist realpolitik in international policy

An official visit of a Prime Minister or a President is a signal to both allies and enemies that change is underway.

09 Jul 2017

T J S George

T J S George

Saudis want Qatar out; Turkey wants new dominant role; hostilities in Muslim lands pose problems for all

There is turmoil in the Islamic world. Saudi Arabia has made a hardline prince the effective ruler. Qatar, isolated by neighbouring Arab states, is defiant.

09 Jul 2017

Shampa Dhar-Kamath

Shampa Dhar-Kamath

Reality doesn’t just bite, it smells

That does it. I’m taking Otrivin off my monthly shopping list.

09 Jul 2017

Soli J Sorabjee

Handshakes indicate formality, hugs show familiarity

Midnight Roll Out of GST in Parliament: At the stroke of the midnight hour, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was rolled out in the Parliament.

02 Jul 2017

T J S George

T J S George

Business leaders, SBI turn sceptical about our economy; farmers react with suicides—which is a bad sign

Those of us who spend the midnight hour sleeping, missed the celebratory introduction of GST.

02 Jul 2017