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MONEY | 5-minute read

How to pull the economy out of the Covid-19 pit

The immediate priority for policymakers is to address the health crisis and contain economic damages with support for households, firms and essential services.

MONEY | 11-minute read

How economic activities centred on compassion can triumph over catastrophes

The market, which is gradually becoming a place of winners-take-it-all, should be brought back to days (pre-1980-era) where the distribution of ‘all’ was much less skewed among labours of the world.

MONEY | 5-minute read

How to cure an economy that is sick

India Today Editor-in-Chief talks about how the pandemic and lockdown have crippled the Indian economy, and what needs to be done to navigate this crisis, in the September 7, 2020 edition of the India Today Magazine.

MONEY | 4-minute read

Why printing more money will help the post-Covid Great Indian Economic Revival

In order to tide over the Covid-19 crisis and kickstart the economy, the government should consider printing money and transferring the equivalent amount directly into the 30 crore Jan Dhan accounts.

MONEY | 5-minute read

How the Covid pandemic is souring India’s $5 trillion dream

Rather than having an ambition of $5 trillion economy that seems almost unattainable by 2024, it is now important that the next three years focus on the creation of better provisions of public goods and services like health.

MONEY | 2-minute read

How readymade garment makers are hit by the Covid-19 pandemic

One of the worst-hit business sectors in the pandemic is textiles, and within that segment, garment makers, especially those who were betting on exports.

MONEY | 2-minute read

Why air travel in India may shrink further

Curtailed mobility of people due to the Covid-19 pandemic and related restrictions will shrink India’s air passenger traffic in both domestic and international sectors.

MONEY | 4-minute read

How India can rely on the UK for growth in the post-Covid era

The UK and India are combating the pandemic together, and it is just as important that they remain aligned when we emerge from this crisis.

MONEY | 3-minute read

How Covid-19 is hurting MSME bottomlines

The pandemic and the subsequent lockdown has hurt micro, small and medium enterprises across sectors, leaving them vulnerable.

MONEY | 9-minute read

Are we heading towards deglobalisation post Covid-19?

Globalisation increases not only an economic phenomenon, but it also has other aspects such as technological, cultural and ecological. Deglobalisation will shrink these circles of global cooperation.

MONEY | 2-minute read

IIP may witness the lockdown effect

India’s nationwide lockdown has led to massive retrenchment and loss of output.

MONEY | 5-minute read

Why our MSMEs have very few options left to survive

More than one-third of the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) will be pulling down their shutters as a result of the present economic trough, despite the liquidity measures promoted by the FM.

MONEY | 5-minute read

Why India needs to finance its maritime sector to emerge as a world leader

India’s maritime sector stands at the cusp of a new dawn. If we are to establish ourselves as a leader in the maritime space, we need to take giant leaps in technological and financial aspects.

MONEY | 7-minute read

Make in India vs Made in China: Who outweighs the other?

India has to assess whether it is time to look the dragon in the eye, or face the mirror.

MONEY | 6-minute read

Why India has to plan a marathon and not a sprint in attracting global supply chains

Global investors are looking for the best return on capital, access to skilled labour, robust infrastructure which can support operations at a competitive cost, and regulatory certainty.

MONEY | 4-minute read

How Finance Minister gave liquidity lifeline for the economy but not the structural reforms India needs

Nirmala Sitharaman's economic package does not quite amount to the deep structural reforms India needs. It is a crisis liquidity fund to put the economy back on its feet.

MONEY | 5-minute read

How growth and equity get a boost in Finance Minister's economic stimulus package

FM Nirmala Sitharaman’s first tranche of announcements of the fiscal stimulus for economic recovery closely follows PM Modi's vision of making the economy self-reliant.

MONEY | 5-minute read

Time for economic recovery to begin

The biggest concern for the Centre on whether the lockdown should be extended is the lives versus livelihood debate.

MONEY | 5-minute read

Covid-19 impact: How safe is your job?

India Today Editor-in-Chief talks about the lack of job security created by the Covid-19 pandemic, in the May 11, 2020 edition of the India Today Magazine.

MONEY | 5-minute read

Clear picture of negative crude oil price

The situation has created rigmarole in market clearance across commodity derivatives markets of the world.

MONEY | 8-minute read

India’s monetary policy: The dynamics and the new normal in times of coronavirus

A ‘new normal’ in terms of central banks’ targets may have to be designed taking into account the implications of stopgap measures used to address the current health crisis.

MONEY | 4-minute read

Post-coronavirus, how India can bounce back

Most estimates place India's GDP growth in 2020-21 at below 2 per cent. Even that will be hard to achieve unless there is a quick rebound in economic activities.

MONEY | 6-minute read

Exit Strategy: How to make it work

India Today Editor-in-Chief talks about how to to get the economy back on track while ensuring there is no resurgence of Covid-19, in the April 27, 2020 edition of the India Today Magazine.

MONEY | 5-minute read

How a changing global order will emerge in the post-Covid world

A changing global economic order will make many nations focus on India as a preferred destination for investment over China.

MONEY | 4-minute read

Opportunities from Covid-19: Re-imagining the benefits management system in Digital India

The country is on the right path in its march towards leveraging technology and creating a disruptive solution for service delivery.

MONEY | 5-minute read

Covid-19: Why Indian economy needs a comprehensive-complementary plan to recover

While one end of the C-C approach is a fiscal strategy for aiding an economy to recovery, the other end is a comprehensive public health response to the infected hotspots.

MONEY | 5-minute read

Hard Road to Recovery: What the Modi govt must do to put corona-hit India back in business

India Today Editor-in-Chief talks about the most difficult decision for the government to make in view of the economic suffering the lockdown is causing to the most vulnerable in our society, in the April 20, 2020 edition of the India Today Magazine.

MONEY | 2-minute read

Why Finance Minister relaxing IBC is the most important move for businesses

The default threshold limit is being increased to Rs 1 crore from the previous Rs 1 lakh to prevent triggering of IBC proceedings for medium and small enterprises.

MONEY | 5-minute read

How Covid-19 is changing the global economic landscape

Covid-19 is an unforeseen shock of such magnitude to the global economic landscape, that this has no historical precedent in recent memory that one can have a preexisting narrative to estimate its impact.

MONEY | 4-minute read

The big picture on India-US trade deal

Being part of global value and supply chains remains critical for Indian firms to become more competitive over time and extract greater value.

MONEY | 4-minute read

Trump's visit to India: After hugs, let's talk economics

Rethinking Indo-US trade: India and United States have been strategic partners but wrinkles remain and for both countries to benefit, the diplomacy needs to go beyond the optics.

MONEY | 4-minute read

Budget 2020: More bangs, less bucks

India Today Group Editor-in-Chief talks about how a clutch of promising initiatives fall short of being a credible roadmap to economic recovery, in the February 17, 2020 edition of the India Today Magazine.

MONEY | 5-minute read

How the outbreak of coronavirus will hit the global business hard

Given China’s massive global economic footprint, the impact of the epidemic is beginning to be felt, without a crisis point being reached as yet.

MONEY | 4-minute read

Economic Survey 2020: Promise for better employment and integration in global trade markets

Survey focuses on the government’s priority on labour-intensive employment and a greater reliance on reforms in agri-business and export segments.

MONEY | 3-minute read

Budget 2020: Govt admits economic growth may not pick up soon

The first budget of the new decade could have been more promising in the bleak times of economic slowdown.

MONEY | 3-minute read

Budget 2020: Govt’s cohesive vision for economic reforms

Union Budget 2020-21 is not merely a statement of government expenditure and receipts, but pursues a holistic vision of well-being.

MONEY | 3-minute read

2020: A Do-or Die Budget for the Indian government

India Today Group Editor-in-Chief talks about the Indian economy, which is in the midst of a prolonged slowdown, in the January 27 edition of the India Today Magazine.

MONEY | 4-minute read

Why inflation is refusing to come down

Even if one were to assume vegetable prices would self-adjust, owing to 'seasonal' factors, one still needs to pay careful attention to other commodities like cereals and milk.

MONEY | 4-minute read

Has China hit the spending curb?

Though today it looks as if Xi's 'pockets' have no bottom, the question remains, can it last forever?

MONEY | 4-minute read

Can National Infrastructure Pipeline revive the economy?

This announcement comes at a time when the government's fiscal position remains clogged.

MONEY | 4-minute read

In 2020, this is how Nirmala Sitharaman can spruce up the economy

As the whole country gears up for the FM's second Budget next month, some believe that the economic slowdown has bottomed out.

MONEY | 3-minute read

How the economy fared under Modi in 2019

The year 2019 saw a further deterioration in economic growth, with a possibility that the current fiscal year may record the slowest annual GDP growth in nearly two decades.

MONEY | 4-minute read

Should the Modi government be blamed for rising onion prices?

Over the last quarter, onion prices soured from around Rs 25-30 per kg to around Rs 120 per kg across major cities and semi-urban parts.

MONEY | 5-minute read

How to fix the Indian economy which is in a free fall

India Today Group Editor-in-Chief talks about why economy's growth engines are slowing down and what can fix them, in the December 16 edition of the India Today Magazine.

MONEY | 9-minute read

Why India's politics is a curse for its economy

For decades, we have had a system that is 'naturally populist, seldom liberal'.

MONEY | 4-minute read

After no to RCEP, India must avoid protectionism at all costs

Maybe India was correct in staying out of RCEP, but now it has a lot more work to do at home.

MONEY | 5-minute read

Will the government's big real estate revival plan help the cash-strapped sector?

The housing sector has been affected by serious cash-flow problems and insolvency-related issues.

MONEY | 4-minute read

Why Modi's decision on not joining RCEP makes a lot of sense

India has a trade deficit to the tune of $184 billion with the 15 member countries.

MONEY | 5-minute read

Why this is a not so Happy Diwali

India Today Group Editor-in-Chief talks about why the economic gloom refuses to go away this festive season, in the October 28 edition of India Today magazine.

MONEY | 5-minute read

How Indian courts could be holding back the economy

The burden of economically irresponsible judicial decision-making could be exponential as was the case with the famous coal block allocation case.