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My Mind

Brace yourselves...

Indian markets posted their biggest weekly decline in 18 months as several worries dominated the street, beginning with the escalation of tensions between the United States and North Korea.

The Doklam standoff between India and China along with the crackdown on suspected shell companies by SEBI added to negative sentiments as earnings and macro numbers continued to disappoint.

Cut & Thrust: The Filthy Indian

It is an abomination of epic proportions and nobody gives a damn about it. A living, breathing and vilely smelling testimony of everything that can go wrong with the clarion call of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan campaign. Located in north west Delhi, the Bhalaswa landfill site is spread over 21 acres and was commissioned in 1994. It receives about 2,700 tonnes of garbage per day. Yes, there are hills in the plains. The Bhalaswa landfill is now a mountain of sizeable height and width.

Rumour. gossip. death

Certain parts of  India are  occasionally subject to the circulation of rumours. These are often vindictive and violent, resulting in death or mutilation. Either through the use of emotional manipulation or extreme forms of aggression, a vulnerable group is targeted. These may be the elderly, women, uneducated, young people, the extremely poor, or the wealthy.

DISEQUILIBRIUM: Scripting a trend

India has always been a nation where household savings were predicated on a model of thrift. And while household savings are inextricably linked with economic growth, Indian households always preferred to park them in bullion and real estate.  Although in recent years this theorem has been tested with the savings rate dropping alarmingly. Savings rate in India declined to 31.6 per cent of GDP in 2015-16 from 32.3 per cent in 2014-15.

Cut & Thrust: TOXICISTAN IN TURMOIL

 Aabpara headquartered ISI’s dreaded and secretive S Wing may have given the recent judicial coup in Pakistan the necessary nudge and wink to topple yet another democratically elected leader. What it does is bring to the political forefront Shahbaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab and one of the chief patrons of the deadly dangerous Jamaat ud Dawa.

Disequilibrium: PHULPUR - LAST STAND

The Modi-Shah combine have shown that they have more feints up their sleeves than those in classical Swiss watch movements. Staggered at the scale of the bloodless coup engineered by Amit Shah and Nitish Kumar in Bihar where an existing Mahagathbandhan was overturned almost overnight with great alacrity, the Opposition could only cry betrayer and back stabber. The reality is that their maladroitness and ineptitude has been found out once again.

Ontario, India’s natural fit

As early as 1970, Ontario in Canada has been known as the ‘Province of Opportunity’, with Indians establishing a presence there as early as 1903.  With a recent wave of economic and policy reforms, business in Ontario is looking very attractive to India.

Seeing ‘i’ to ‘i’ in food security

Our prime minister’s recent visit to Israel is a historic one since this is the first time that a prime minister of India is visiting this remarkable country. Apart from our relationships in agriculture, water security and climate risk management, we have a long record of friendship with Israeli people. I shall cite one example.

Tech it forward

On the first of July, after a lot of excitement, confusion and concerns, GST has finally been rolled out all across India. The path breaking and highly anticipated tax reform which was in the works for at least a couple of decades is expected to greatly simplify the ease of doing business in a similar manner across the length and breadth of India.

Cut & Thrust: Feeding the frenzy

The little guy is always going to have a slingshot and someone is going to pay for it — Vietnam and Afghanistan characterise this bloody guerrilla war — where the heavy hitters were roiled brutally. Using the topography to his advantage, the little guy has always managed to reprise the David bests Goliath story. In all such guerrilla wars, there is always an inflection point where the little guy stops running and starts hunting.

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