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Minhaz Merchant

Minhaz Merchant is the biographer of Rajiv Gandhi and Aditya Birla and author of The New Clash of Civilizations (Rupa, 2014). He is founder of Sterling Newspapers Pvt. Ltd. which was acquired by the Indian Express group

Latest Articles By Minhaz Merchant

Banish Regulation Raj

Minhaz Merchant

Regulations are necessary to ensure a level playing field across sectors and monitor fair business practice. But over-regulation is counter-productive. It damages the very industries regulators are mandated to protect, nurture and grow with commonsensical – not arbitrary – rules.

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India’s 2020 Agenda

Minhaz Merchant

The Modi government should ensure that its social and political agenda over Jammu & Kashmir, the Ram Temple in Ayodhya and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act does not divert its attention from competent economic governance. 2020 could be the tipping year for the Indian economy – for better or for worse.

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Reformist Budget, Please

Minhaz Merchant

For Ms. Sitharaman, the key to unlock the economy’s hibernating animal spirits lies in deep structural reforms – implementing sustainable privatisation, cutting personal income tax rates, and modernising India’s antediluvian agriculture, land and labour laws.

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Killing The Golden Goose

Minhaz Merchant

The digital ecosystem – and public interest – demand a quick and sensible resolution to the mobile telecom industry crisis. Killing the goose that lays the golden egg can only leave a big hole in the government’s exchequer.

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Green Shoots or False Dawn?

Minhaz Merchant

India’s population is the youngest among all major world economies – its median age is 28 against 37 for China and 38 for the United States. This demographic advantage won’t last forever.

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Killing the Golden Goose

Minhaz Merchant

The telecom imbroglio has wider ramifications on India’s emerging digital ecosystem.

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India’s Muscular Diplomacy

Minhaz Merchant

India’s assertive new diplomacy has been noticed in global capitals. And yet in key areas the country comes up short.

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Britain’s Brexit Moment

Minhaz Merchant

For Britain an FTA with the EU ironically holds the key: over 50 per cent of Britain’s exports go to the EU. The other key trade deals London wants to sign quickly are with the United States, China, Japan and India

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Nirmala’s 15 Per Cent Masterstroke

Minhaz Merchant

Foreign firms like Apple and Microsoft can now set up new manufacturing units registered in India to save on tax and take advantage of India’s low labour costs as well as a relatively high level of software skills.

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The Two-Track Indian Economy

Minhaz Merchant

There is of course a fifth element – the shadow economy, better known as the informal economy.

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