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R N Bhaskar

  • Policy Watch: The language of money

    If governance is reduced to only collecting taxes, it undermines people's faith in the system

    Sunday, 28 September 2014 - 11:41pm
  • Policy Watch: India's huge crush on gold

    It's time the country adopted a fresh outlook on gold to curb smuggling and adulteration

    Monday, 22 September 2014 - 5:00am
  • Lab-grown diamonds make their mark — forever

    The concept of lab-grown diamonds is not new – it goes back almost seven decades.  But it began being produced commercially barely a decade ago. Currently, such diamnds are produced by less than half a dozen companies worldwide.  However, even collectively, they account for barely 2% of the total...

    Monday, 29 September 2014 - 8:30am
  • Could Xi Jinping's visit be a turning point in India-China relations?

    China desperately needs new markets to create jobs within China, and new relationships to counter Japan and the US. And India desperately needs money to set up infrastructure projects that could generate jobs for Indians almost immediately. Thus India and China have mutual inter-dependencies which...

    Wednesday, 17 September 2014 - 5:00am
  • Policy Watch: Bulls won't abandon gold easily, it's only a matter of time

    Despite the ferocity in the bears' growls, many believe that the gold rally will get even more frenzied than ever before. It is only a matter of time, say analysts. True, gold prices may pause for a while, even stumble. But this could well be the lull before the proverbial storm, they say.

    Monday, 15 September 2014 - 6:24am
  • Is hot money fuelling the Indian market rally?

    The BSE Sensex climbed to 27,211 Monday. It was around 23,171 the same time last year. Marketmen were quick in predicting that it would cross 30,000 before the next Union Budget to be announced in March 2015. The Nifty too climbed to an all time high of 8115 a day before.

    Wednesday, 10 September 2014 - 6:55am
  • Policy Watch: With stock markets booming, bearish phase for gold not over

    There are two ways to look at gold. One would be by comparing today's prices with what they were in say 2000 (see chart). Anyone who has invested in gold would have a cause to smile. Things aren't so bad, after all.

    Monday, 8 September 2014 - 10:01am
  • Policy Watch: In the realm of the unregulated, there's tremendous scope for misuse

    India's legislators, often in connivance with self-serving bureaucrats, have a tremendous capacity for introducing businesses which are not covered by any legislation. With the benefit of hindsight, it is as if the legislators and bureaucrats actually permit scams.

    Monday, 1 September 2014 - 9:31am
  • The spectre of cancellation of coal mine allocations looms in the air : what could the government do?

    The Supreme Court's (SC) finding that all the allocations of coal mines since 1993 have been illegal has stunned the markets.  It leaves the spectre of cancellation of coal mine allocations hanging on some of the largest steel and power generation projects in India.

    Wednesday, 27 August 2014 - 9:44am
  • Policy Watch: Will work-permits solve migrant problem in North-East?

    Over the next few years, one of the most vexatious problems that the Modi government will have to confront is that of migration and vote-banks, especially in the north-east of India. The problem is both economic and political. It is also related to livelihood. 

    Monday, 25 August 2014 - 11:50am