Week ahead would trade with positive bias (Column: Market Watch)
  • Week ahead would trade with positive bias (Column: Market Watch)(18:06)
    By Arun Kejriwal
    The week saw markets making some gains and confidence returning. US and China relations too improved, with China taking the first step by agreeing to buy US farm produce and removing the duties that were slapped by them. In reciprocation US deferred the increase in duties that were to happen. All this leads to hope that the US-China trade dispute would get resolved sooner than later.
Modi, Trump at Houston will be all about quid pro quo (Guest Column)
The future of Broadcast TV (Column: Talking Point)
  • The future of Broadcast TV (Column: Talking Point)(09:16)
    For over 30 years TV has been the dominant form of entertainment in India and the world. It is estimated that around 850 million people have access to a TV set in India. On an average 250 million Indians watch Broadcast television every day and on special occasions like a cricket match or an important event, the viewership goes up to 400 million. Only China has more viewers than India but Indians have a much wider array of channels to choose from. Such a large audience has obviously had a large influence -- social, cultural and political. TV is also the biggest marketing tool grabbing the attention of half a billion eyeballs. It has also an important role in dissemination of information and arguably some impact of the politics of the nation. Little surprise that India has the biggest universe of TV channels in the world -- over 800, of which nearly 400 are news channels. Though it is regulated today, clumsily I may add, TV has thrived in spite of various government interventions of the past 4 decades.
  • Preparing for an attention deficit audience (Column: Talking Point)(09:14)
    A surfeit of choices and too many alternate options of engagement are gradually eating into the time spent before the box. Although Indians still spend nearly four hours a day watching TV, the shift to alternate screens is happening fast. Broadcast TV now faces a media landscape which its once prime position is being threatened. A shift in socio-cultural preferences is igniting this change in viewing habits. Cord cutting, as the phenomenon of actually giving up your Cable or Satellite connection which is quite apparent in markets like the US, is now slowly making an entry into Indian homes. I know many people who now access all their news and entertainment via Internet and on demand is becoming more dynamic and democratic than ever before. As broadcasters, we can propagate programmes online and on demand, and if we can catch the viewers attention, they will be discussed and recommended by thousands of people on social networks in real time, becoming instantly accessible by new viewers.
  • Security for all - the mission of democratic governance (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:00)
    In a democratic dispensation the first duties of the elected political executive governing the nation are to bring about development of all and ensure protection of citizens from internal and external threats. The political leadership exercises the sovereign power to this end through the bureaucratic machinery -- that includes the police -- headed by the officers of All India and Central Services who were recruited, trained and placed in various wings of the government to implement the policies flowing from the top. Years ago a policy decision of great administrative value was taken by the Centre to put the newly inducted officers of all these services together for a short 'Foundation Course' at what is now the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) at Mussoorie, before they dispersed to join the establishments of their respective services at other places for a full length specialised training.
Filmmaking: From studios to locations to VFX Suites (Column: B Town)
  • Filmmaking: From studios to locations to VFX Suites (Column: B Town)(08:12)
    It is not only the technology that has proved a great boon for filmmaking but there is another aspect that has changed over the period. This aspect, broadly speaking, is the available options to shoot where you wish to, not being confined to the four walls of a studio floor.
Indian cricket comes back home (Column: Close-in)
  • Indian cricket comes back home (Column: Close-in)(09:50)
    By Yajurvindra Singh
    India has over time become the hub and spokesperson for world cricket. The interest, fan following and hype that one encounters at every corner of the country, of matches in India and overseas, is remarkable.
Is liberal democracy under threat? (Column: Active Voice)
  • Is liberal democracy under threat? (Column: Active Voice)(09:48)
    By Amit Kapoor
    Every century has its own defining moment. For the nineteenth century, it was the juxtaposition of imperialism with the industrial revolution while for the twentieth century it was the World Wars and the advent of technology. The world in the twenty-first century seems to be at a similar crossroads. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, liberal democracies seemed to be the best form of societal organisation. The trust on the political order was so high that Francis Fukuyama claimed that it is the end of mankind's ideological evolution and the future belongs to liberal democracies.
  • The subtle art of credit price discovery (Column: Behind Infra Lines)(09:40)
    By Taponeel Mukherjee
    As India grapples with credit issues, one of the primary factors that needs analysis is the broken transmission mechanism that relays credit quality to market participants. In common parlance, the transmission mechanism that provides information regarding the credit quality of the borrower to the lenders is unable to do so efficiently. Recent news whereby credit downgrades have just preceded defaults by Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) is a case in point.
Data will determine economic growth; 10 principles to ensure it (Guest Column)
  • The Little Winner(12:54)
    By Deepa Gahlot
    Marathi film Naal (Umbilical Chord) has won for Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti this years Indira Gandhi National Award for best debut film of a director, and for Shrinivas Pokale, the best child actor award.
Markets outlook -- equity and debt (Guest Column)
Three positive possibilities to look forward to (Column: Market Watch)
  • Three positive possibilities to look forward to (Column: Market Watch)(16:06)
    The week gone by had a trading holiday on Monday in India and the US, and began trading on Tuesday on an extremely weak note. The merger of PSU banks probably did not go down well with the markets or they expected more than just this. Either way Tuesday was really weak. The remaining three days saw the market alternating between gains and losses. Come Friday, there were again expectations of yet another press conference and markets gained with BSE SENSEX up 337 points and NIFTY up 96 points.
Is Ladakh part of Buddhist ring encircling China? (Comment)
  • Is Ladakh part of Buddhist ring encircling China? (Comment)(09:16)
    Hardline Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka have celebrated the creation of a new Buddhist entity in Ladakh. It is an optical illusion that Jammu and Kashmir has been neatly divided into Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, that is, Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist entities. The projection of Ladakh as purely Buddhist is odd because in the combined population of Kargil and Leh, Muslims are a majority according to the 2011 census.
A time-bound delivery in Kashmir (Column: Spy's Eye)
  • A time-bound delivery in Kashmir (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:14)
    A month down the line since the state of Jammu and Kashmir, excluding Ladakh, was turned into a Union Territory for the purpose of administering it better and put in its entirety in an initial cover of prohibitory orders under Sec 144 CrPC, there is a successful advance in the calibrated opening up of the civic life on the ground and a corresponding weakening of the splintering opposition that had shown up against the Centre's move within and outside of India. The law abiding citizens in the state had for years lived under the shadow of terrorism unleashed by the heavily armed Mujahideen infiltrated from across LoC by Pakistan, had had no perceptible gains of development from the totally corrupt governments of the Valley parties whom they successively voted for and had been made a pawn between pro-Pak separatists and a collusive state administration which did not even care to prevent civic disturbances masterminded by Pak agents in the Valley. The leadership of the Valley parties made a mockery of governance all these years ensuring neither development of the people nor their protection against Pak-sponsored violence. In a pathetic display of total lack of accountability, top leaders of the National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) publicly stated that India should talk to Pakistan if stone pelting had to be stopped. Even the direct support given by the Centre to Mehbooba Mufti government through a coalition did not get the latter to change its pro-separatist ways and ambiguous approach on cross border terrorism.
  • Stardom: The North-South Barrier (Column: B Town)(08:40)
    The Indian film industry may be the biggest in the world and the South film industry, combined in itself, outnumbers the Hindi films produced. The South has four main languages in which the films are made: Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. While, all South actors are content ruling the roost locally, crossing the regional language barriers only on rare occasions, they have aspirations and ambitions to make it to Hindi films. That would mean universal acceptance and recognition which the Hindi film medium offers.
The dynamics of India's growth recession (Column: Active Voice)
  • The dynamics of India's growth recession (Column: Active Voice)(11:02)
    The crisis brewing within the Indian economy has gained unanimous acceptance by now. Even the latest annual report of the RBI for the fiscal year 2018-19 (or FY19) confirmed that the Indian economy has indeed hit a rough patch. The GDP growth rate of the economy has slipped to 5 per cent in the first quarter of FY20, the lowest in over six years. This is an indication of tougher times ahead. Be it the recent collapse of the automobile sector or the rising number of non-performing assets (NPAs), sluggish consumer demand or failing manufacturing sector; all have a hand in this deceleration of growth rate.
All that glitters is not gold (Column: Behind Infra Lines)
  • All that glitters is not gold (Column: Behind Infra Lines)(09:50)
    By Taponeel Mukherjee
    Recent financial news headlines have seen some concern with India's gold imports and the fact that a significant component of domestic savings is "exported" abroad, which could probably be utilised to spur investments and growth in India. The idea of reducing gold imports is important, but suggestions ranging from raising import duties further to imposing bans need to be reassessed urgently. Regardless of the economic situation, utilising savings of the country for investments and thereby creating growth and jobs is a commendable and much-required objective. However, policies employed to do so must be ones that positively incentivise savers to park their savings in investment options linked to the capital markets than in gold.
Quick ways out of slowdown: 10 things government can do (Guest Column)
A good mourning (Column:Tete-a-Tete)
  • A good mourning (Column:Tete-a-Tete)(12:28)
    All my life I have been told that laughter is the best medicine, deeply rooted in hope and optimism. So by that logic, anything that helps me deal with my struggles is worth a sincere shot and is not to be judged. Right? Not necessarily a good belly laugh always but I often indulge in good humoured banter amidst any challenge that life throws at me abruptly. Maybe a few stolen moments but something, anything, to lighten up the weight and I am in.
Stars turn investment savvy (Column: B Town)
  • Stars turn investment savvy (Column: B Town)(10:28)
    No more living for the present. A bungalow in Bandra and Juhu in Mumbai, a horde of friends every evening to enjoy the flow of free Scotch and to think that this is the way life is going to span out is pass. This is how a lot of stars lived over the years.
A dangerous spin to the Kashmir narrative (Column: Spy's Eye)
  • A dangerous spin to the Kashmir narrative (Column: Spy's Eye)(10:26)
    The abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A by the two Houses of Parliament of India with a two-third majority, led to sharp criticism from the principal domestic opposition in India, a predictable denunciation from Pakistan and a range of responses -- from an expression of understanding of India's case to a positive support of the move -- from the international community. The US, Russia, France and many other countries confined themselves to counselling India and Pakistan to reduce tension and sort out any issue relating to Kashmir through bilateral dialogue. They did not question India's consistent position that J&K was an integral part of India and that the trouble in the state was caused by Pak-sponsored cross border terrorism. J&K housed many religions and cultural traditions and the dispute about it was territorial in the sense that a part of the state -- as pointed out by India -- was in adverse possession of Pakistan symbolised by the LoC. It was not a 'Muslim issue' even though the state had a Muslim majority -- the reality lying in the finality of accession of J&K into India accepted by Maharaja Hari Singh the then ruler of the princely state, in October 1948.
Climate change: How it led to an unequal world (Column: Active Voice)
  • Climate change: How it led to an unequal world (Column: Active Voice)(09:48)
    When a 16-year-old girl who has avowed air travel has to cross the Atlantic in a solar-powered race boat to speak at a conference on climate change while the Amazon rainforests are still burning in evidence to everything she has argued at the highest public forums, it is evident that the adults in the room are not doing enough. The "war on nature must end", Greta Thunberg appealed as she reached the shores of America. But just over the last few years, Bolsonaro in Brazil has allowed deforestation to take place unchecked under his watch while the Trump administration has been handing out leases of public land and waters for oil and gas drilling that are estimated to produce more carbon emissions than the entire European Union does in a year.
Addressing concerns of neighbours(Comment)
  • Addressing concerns of neighbours(Comment)(09:38)
    By Shubha Singh
    Regular interaction with neighbours helps to keep relations harmonious. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankars visit to Bangladesh and Nepal last week completed the round of visits to South Asian neighbours for the NDA government in its new term.
Combating Information Warfare of Adversaries Post Abrogation of Article 370
  • Combating Information Warfare of Adversaries Post Abrogation of Article 370(09:28)
    By Major General S.B. Asthana
    Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) became history after August 6, when the Bill was passed by more than two-thirds majority in both houses of Parliament, through the laid down democratic process in consultation with Sadr-e-Riyasat vested in the Governor of the erstwhile state. The Bill reorganizes the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into two separate Union Territories (UTs), J&K being one (to get statehood when there is peace) and Ladakh being another UT. The sight of only the Tricolour on the Secretariat building in Srinagar symbolises complete integration as 'One Nation, One Constitution and One Flag', which represents national will and resolve. With no change International border/LAC/LoC/AGPL, this administrative reorganisation is an internal matter of India, which was essential for inclusive growth of the erstwhile state.