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  • Opinion: Uber's Exit From India Will Send Wrong Signal to the World

    Opinion: Uber's Exit From India Will Send Wrong Signal to the World

    It was 4 a.m. in Mumbai and I had an international flight to catch in three hours. Recalling my disastrous experiences with popular radio cabs in the city, I decided to try my luck with Uber, which I had used in the US.

  • Opinion: Infrastructure Gets Much-Need Thrust from Budget

    Opinion: Infrastructure Gets Much-Need Thrust from Budget

    Though the expectations were to set a framework and remove the bottlenecks under various regulations, clearances, Budget 2014 has been able to formulate and commit towards taking the first step, writes Himanshu Doshi.

  • Opinion: Income Tax Cuts to Help Retail Sector

    Opinion: Income Tax Cuts to Help Retail Sector

    Budget 2014 was looked upon as the primary opportunity for the new government to provide a boost to the economy while continuing to improve the state of the fiscal deficit. In this regard, there was little doubt that the Finance Ministry had a daunting task before it to balance both major challenges faced by the economy.

  • Opinion: Economic Growth Agenda in Budget to Drive Auto Sector

    Opinion: Economic Growth Agenda in Budget to Drive Auto Sector

    Though overall there is not much in the budget specifically for auto sector, the new government's industry friendly outlook should hopefully provide automotive industry a new lease of life, writes Chetan Kakariya.

  • Opinion: No Significant Boost Given to Oil & Gas Sector in Budget

    Opinion: No Significant Boost Given to Oil & Gas Sector in Budget

    There is a need to enhance domestic production and India's energy security, says Sanjay Grover.

  • Opinion: Budget 2014 an Attempt at Rationalisation of Indirect Taxes

    Opinion: Budget 2014 an Attempt at Rationalisation of Indirect Taxes

    To bolster the manufacturing sector, a slew of basic customs duty (BCD) reductions have been proposed, writes Abraham Kuruvilla.

  • Opinion: Budget 2014 a Positive Beginning on Tax Reforms

    Opinion: Budget 2014 a Positive Beginning on Tax Reforms

    On the whole, the measures which the government has introduced through the budget represent a positive beginning, writes Amarpal Chadha.

  • Opinion: Jaitley's Long Budget Speech Was Short on Big, Bold Ideas

    Opinion: Jaitley's Long Budget Speech Was Short on Big, Bold Ideas

    Congress is looking for specifics and a clear roadmap, writes Shashi Tharoor.

  • Opinion: A Budget Utterly Lacking in Boldness

    Opinion: A Budget Utterly Lacking in Boldness

    Where are the promised big reforms, asks AAP's Ashutosh

  • Opinion: Jaitley Budget is Astute and Realistic

    Opinion: Jaitley Budget is Astute and Realistic

    Disappointments include low FDI cap in defence, writes Ashok Mali

  • Opinion: A Budget Meeker Than Expected

    Opinion: A Budget Meeker Than Expected

    Arun Jaitley's first budget, also the first in a quarter century being presented by a government which enjoys a simple majority, had raised expectations to unimaginable levels

  • Opinion: Expecting a Landmark Budget from Arun Jaitley

    Opinion: Expecting a Landmark Budget from Arun Jaitley

    The Union Budget is a pretty important day of the year; in fact it is the most important day of the year from an economic perspective. Even when we look at non-election years, Union Budgets have had the power to sway the markets considerably.

  • Opinion: Stock Markets Optimistic of a Good Budget

    Opinion: Stock Markets Optimistic of a Good Budget

    A clear majority for the NDA government has revived sentiments and sparked huge expectations that the government will deliver on reforms and come out with steps to revive India's economy. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's maiden budget is coming on the back of chances of a worst possible monsoon in the last decade and escalated crude prices triggered by Iraq crisis.

  • Opinion: Builders Should Have Realistic Expectations

    Opinion: Builders Should Have Realistic Expectations

    With a new government in place, the builders are again going to town seeking growth triggers in the 2014 budget. What are their expectations and how realistic are they? Let's take a look:

  • Opinion: For Black Money, Look in India, Not Switzerland

    Opinion: For Black Money, Look in India, Not Switzerland

    The study, presented to the Finance Minister and the newly-set up SIT on black money, says the extent of unaccounted money generated in today's globalised Indian economy could go upto 71 per cent of India's GDP.

  • Blog: Narendra Modi Raises Hope After Crisis

    Blog: Narendra Modi Raises Hope After Crisis

    Good politics must be good economics. Narendra Modi is counting on good economics to show the way for good politics. The sentiment around India has seen a definite change; fundamentals should change if policy decisions show the way. There is little doubt that capital is on the sidelines, waiting to chase growth.

  • Opinion: Home Buyers Have High Expectations From Jaitley

    Opinion: Home Buyers Have High Expectations From Jaitley

    While most analysts would still label the real estate industry as a "high-risk, reasonable reward" opportunity, those who made it big would swear by it.

  • Opinion: A Broke Government Cannot Bring 'Acche Din'

    Opinion: A Broke Government Cannot Bring 'Acche Din'

    In a recent article for NDTV, MK Venu has argued that in a bid to win the general elections Mr Modi, being fully aware of the limitations of the central government, made such unreasonable promises to the electorate that he now has to lower expectations or face premature discontent.

  • Opinion: Automakers Should Be Encouraged to Boost Exports

    Opinion: Automakers Should Be Encouraged to Boost Exports

    Delayed reforms and policy backlog had stalled industrial growth rate in the last few years. The Auto industry was not an exception and it has experienced a sluggish phase with single digit growth rates in overall volumes, and de-growth in cars and commercial-vehicle segments.

  • Opinion: Budget 2014 Should Rationalise Tax for Oil and Gas Sector

    Opinion: Budget 2014 Should Rationalise Tax for Oil and Gas Sector

    During the last decade, India's oil and gas imports have been rising due to increased oil and gas consumption. The domestic production has been unable to keep pace with the rising demand.

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