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BW Businessworld

The Times They Are a-Changin’

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It is my honour and privilege to write to you as the editor of BW | Businessworld, your preferred business magazine. BW’s DNA of editorial integrity, depth and insight has been chiselled over three decades by some of the most illustrious editors of our time: Dilip Thakore, R. Jagannathan, T.N. Ninan, Tony Joseph, Jehangir Pocha and Prosenjit Datta.

I have had the fortune of working with the last three: the very instinctive Tony Joseph, who led the radical transformation of BW into a weekly; the extremely talented Jehangir Pocha who unfortunately succumbed to a cardiac arrest recently; and, last, with the genteel Prosenjit Datta who signed off the last editor’s note.

We do not intend to tamper with BW’s core DNA. Yet, to borrow from Bob Dylan, The Times They Are a-Changin’ at BW... We might be a fortnightly business magazine, but soon enough we hope to be your daily dose of caffeine as we ready our multi-platform digital strategy.

Shortly, you will see the new avatar of our website, built on a modern engine that will cater to your business information needs in more ways than one. For the gen-next that has begun to consume content on the go, a BW app is under development as well. For those who yawn at the very thought of reading, you may have already noticed our newest offering, BW  | TV, on the home page. It is our baby step in the world of video. A comprehensive video offering is on the drawing board. BW’s events calendar is chock-a-block this year. It is our effort at deep engagement with multiple business communities.

Stay with BW to capture India’s economic nicks and nuances; the turns, and the advances. I promise you a definitive, informative, argumentative and entertaining range of offerings under the BW umbrella. Your comments, suggestions, bouquets and brickbats are welcome — as always.

Over the years, BW’s ‘State of the Nation’ special issue around Independence Day has been our attempt to bring alive what’s working and what’s not in India’s infrastructure space. Senior associate editor Gurbir Singh anchored this year’s package on how to re-engineer cities if all of our urban housing needs are to be addressed.

In the midst of a raging debate on gas pricing, it might be worthwhile to examine what other gas producing nations charge their consumers. Read that package by special correspondent Neeraj Thakur on page 42.

Also, don’t miss senior editor Nevin John’s short but insightful piece on why the message behind managing director Raymond Bickson’s departure from Indian Hotels Company isn’t lost on anyone. Bickson was the blue-eyed boy of Tata Sons’ director R.K. Krishna Kumar since his days as Indian Hotels’ vice-chairman. Kumar was a key member of the selection committee that decided that Ratan Tata was irreplaceable before choosing Cyrus Mistry as the new group chairman.  Nevin concludes that this is the beginning of the Mistry era in the 146-year-old group.

(This story was published in BW | Businessworld Issue Dated 08-09-2014)