Whenever I meet senior bureaucrats at the centre, I always ask one question, so what has changed with the Modi government? Almost in unison the single biggest change that they talk about is that all crony capitalist pulls and pressures are off and now they actually feel that they are working for India and not for person.
It's a matter of pride that India has fared once again in the prestigious list of Nobel Laureates. In an individual capacity Mother Teresa received the last one from India in 1979. The feat is repeated with Kailash Satyarthi, a child rights activist, emerging as a choice of Norwegian Nobel Committee.
Good corporate governance is key to efficiency in a competitive environment, as it provides a cutting edge. It is necessary, not just because it is good for the shareholders and other stakeholders, but because it is in the interest of the company itself in the present prevailing competitive environment in insurance industry, says Anabil Bhattacharya
The consumers are now getting increasingly digitally enabled, information hungry and mobile. The role of a financial institution in consumers' lives is also changing. The companies that are adopting the new technology faster will remain ahead of the curve, says Kevin Pool
Acquisition of land by government and corporates has lately drawn resistance in many cases due to inadequate compensation and loss of livelihoods of the affected people, as well as for involuntary displacement without proper rehabilitation. NC Saxena analyses the issues related to land acquisition in respect of the new laws and its impact on infrastructure and industry
The new government has started an ambitious financial inclusion plan that aims to bring every household under the banking net by 26th January 2015. Financial inclusion has been a buzzword for quite some time.
When the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) deregulated savings bank deposit interest rates in October 2011, it was hailed as a big reformist step that would ensure better returns to depositors. Almost four years have passed and there is hardly any change in the interest rates on such deposits.
The idea of encouraging and enabling separate ministries to open their minds and doors to the activities of other ministries that offer synergy has long been overdue. It needed an"outsider", as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi describes himself, to recognise this and push ministries into cooperating rather than creating competing or contentious fiefdoms.
The Prime Minister's clarion call to make the Indian textiles the biggest employer in the manufacturing sector and the second largest employer in the country after agriculture is all set to streamline the prospects of social and economic inclusion.
One of the top agendas of Narendra Modi government is to build 100 smart cities. This will be the biggest city-building exercise in the Indian history. The government has already set the ball rolling, making budgetary provision of Rs 7,060 crore for the project in the current financial year.
The current round of economic slowdown in India can be attributed more to domestic factors rather than the global economic order, which is rebounding. Manufacturing has been the primary dampening factor. Which is why, the "Make in India" campaign is timely and needs to be implemented on a war-footing, points out Raj Kumar Ray
Raj Kumar Ray
Cities are engines of growth. Although, just over 30 per cent Indians live in cities, they contribute more than 60 per cent to the country's GDP and 80 per cent of tax revenue. But city dwellers face many challenges from poor supply of water, power to other infrastructure related problems, writes M Ramachandran
Not all get the kind of existence, normally akin to be called 'decent'. We know celebrities running into penury or catwalk favourites like Gitanjali Nagpal found living in squalor on Delhi's streets after drug related problems and having no one to take care of her.
Atul K Thakur