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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

China Vs USA: How They Stack Up

Minhaz Merchant

The post-COVID battle between America and China will be fought on technology, trade and diplomacy. The outcome of the contest will determine the balance of geopolitical power well into the next decade.

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Life After COVID-19

Minhaz Merchant

India must, as the lockdown is gradually lifted, quickly establish export-oriented manufacturing capabilities. A once-in-a-century pandemic can create a rare opportunity. It is India’s to seize.

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Overcoming Economic Tsunami

Minhaz Merchant

When the crisis is over and India limps back to a semblance of normalcy, the Prime Minister has no option but to treat this adversity as an opportunity.

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Off-Budget Reforms Needed

Minhaz Merchant

Future Union Budgets should deal with the year’s key accounts. While brevity is the soul of wit, clarity surely is the soul of a good Budget.

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Telecom’s Tangled Wires

Minhaz Merchant

With higher ARPUs, that may well suit Vodafone-Idea’s long-term plan to focus on high-end, high-ARPU, post-paid subscribers, positioning itself as a premium service and working its way back to profit.

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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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