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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

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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Modi, Shah: Vajpayee, Advani 2.0

Minhaz Merchant

Shah’s hardline image has achieved the impossible: just as Advani made Vajpayee look statesmanlike, Shah is doing the same for Modi. There’s little doubt that a succession plan has been drawn up by Modi and Shah in consultation with the RSS.

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End Rollback Governance

Minhaz Merchant

While Modi emphasizes the importance of removing roadblocks in the economy, bureaucrats continue to stymie progress. Angel Tax on investments by venture capital firms in startups was an idea thought up in the dark recesses of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) ...

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China After Huawei And Hong Kong

Minhaz Merchant

Beyond disputes with the US over technology, China is on the back foot in Hong Kong.

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Rescuing IBC From Insolvency

Minhaz Merchant

The delighted promoters of Essar Steel saw the judgement as an opportunity to retain their company from the winning bid of ArcelorMittal. Banks and other secured creditors saw it as opening a Pandora’s box

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Towards A $5 Trillion Economy

Minhaz Merchant

If the math and sensible economic policies by the Modi government converge, India with a GDP of $5 trillion will in 2024-25 be the world’s fourth-largest economy, pulling ahead of Germany.

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