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Archive for September, 2008

Biggest Lesson From The Great Depression

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Ilian Mihov, Professor of Economics at INSEAD, holds forth on the lessons of the collapse of the ‘golden age’ of the late 1920s. What is the biggest lesson from the Great Depression? In my view, it is that monetary policy and the financial sector play a crucial role in economic development. Let me put it [...]

Guest Post: Is America Ready For Truth And Reconciliation?

Friday, September 26th, 2008

By V Anantha Nageswaran On September 19th, the U.S. Treasury Secretary Paulson issued a statement in which he said that the Federal government “must implement a program to remove these illiquid assets that are weighing down our financial institutions and threatening our economy”. He called it the ‘Troubled Asset Relief Program’. Many have taken to [...]

The Cesspool Of Crude Oil Cess

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

Did you know that the Indian government imposes a cess on indigenously produced crude oil? The Oil Industry Development Act, 1974 based on which the cess is being charged, states that “the cess collected under this provision would be made available to the development of petroleum sector”. The cess was introduced to provide financial assistance [...]

Organized Retailing In India

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

An article of mine got published in the TCS Daily on organized retail in India (The article was first drafted in late ’06- early ’07, so parts of it might appear slightly dated) Here is the link. Some of the comments are interesting. Here are a couple that I thought I should highlight – With around 65% of India’s [...]

Advent Of The Indian Business Houses

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Do Indian business houses have cultural advantages that could help them trump their global counterparts? In 1988 the Japanese economy was probably at the peak of its glory period. Many years after moving from a low-income to high-income nation within a generation, a feat unsurpassed in history, Japanese businesses were buying high-profile chunks of corporate [...]

Resuscitating Indian Retail Industry

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Unorganised and organised retail must coexist and flourish in India… After almost scaring the Tata Motors away from West Bengal, Mamata Bannerjee has now trained her guns on Reliance Retail. Well, Reliance Retail should be used to being targeted by feisty women politicians. Immediately after coming to power in Lucknow, Ms. Mayawati had earlier undertaken a [...]

Oil Subsidies Now Get Real

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

The government has now announced that it will issue oil bonds worth Rs 94,600 crore in the fiscal year 2008-09. If the revenue collection rises at the same rate, it would be to the tune of around Rs 77,000 crore in 2008-09. The subsidy for kerosene and LPG is at around Rs 3000 crore. So, the government will suffer a net loss of nearly Rs 20,000 crore in providing petroleum products to the citizens of India. Phew! 0.4% of GDP wiped out in one go.

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