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FTX Debacle | Cryptocurrencies will survive, but only robust ones, and subject to regulation

BUSINESS

FTX Debacle | Cryptocurrencies will survive, but only robust ones, and subject to regulation

Will cryptocurrencies continue as totally decentralised finance, immune to regulation and government diktat? Where does this leave people who have invested in NFTs?

A message RBI can take from Bank of England

BUSINESS

A message RBI can take from Bank of England

The Bank of England is of the view that further sharp increases in policy rates could do more damage than good. The RBI’s MPC will do well to bear this in mind

The language of intermediation matters

BUSINESS

The language of intermediation matters

The Union government should abandon its Hindi-centric project and, instead, adopt the multilingual policy it is now obliging IT intermediaries to follow

What Rishi Sunak’s rise can tell Congress in India

BUSINESS

What Rishi Sunak’s rise can tell Congress in India

Own up Jawaharlal Nehru’s role as the builder of Independent India’s capitalism, instead of persisting with the once-expedient rhetoric of socialism

Women unravel authoritarian power in Iran and the US

BUSINESS

Women unravel authoritarian power in Iran and the US

Women’s struggles for the right to autonomy on par with men are evolving into a potent political force in the world today, a force for good

A World Bank warning that calls for action

BUSINESS

A World Bank warning that calls for action

The report calls for some very delicately-balanced trade-offs in emerging markets and developing economies between fighting inflation and preserving growth

The world six months into the war in Ukraine

BUSINESS

The world six months into the war in Ukraine

Europe is being forced to stare at the dark underbelly of the energy reality even as that regular climate offender, the US, is putting in place a meaningful climate action plan, with funding to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars

RBI | Why should the central bank waste energies on low-hanging fruit, when the sky beckons?

BUSINESS

RBI | Why should the central bank waste energies on low-hanging fruit, when the sky beckons?

It is simple logic that the banks, the RBI and the government should together foot the cost of electronic transfer of funds, and spare those making or receiving payments any of the cost

Lessons for India to learn from the Alex Jones case

WORLD

Lessons for India to learn from the Alex Jones case

Alex Jones shows they also serve, who only stand and lie — provided observers learn the right lessons from where a functional legal system lands the liar

Freebie Politics | Enlightenment is when the polity realises that there are no free lunches

POLITICS

Freebie Politics | Enlightenment is when the polity realises that there are no free lunches

The only antidote to the politics of freebies is a polity that understands that it, ultimately, pays for that seemingly free lunch — a polity with a democratic sensibility

India must extend a rupee line of credit to Sri Lanka

BUSINESS

India must extend a rupee line of credit to Sri Lanka

A rupee line of credit would give immediate relief to Sri Lankans and their interim president, while letting India help the island nation without depleting its own dollar reserves 

Ukraine War | A trade-off between Western losses and developing world misery

BUSINESS

Ukraine War | A trade-off between Western losses and developing world misery

The war in Ukraine is a war between US-led allies and Russia, not a war over any principle of sovereignty or democracy 

West must put aside its sanctimonious blame game, and exempt food from Russia sanctions

BUSINESS

West must put aside its sanctimonious blame game, and exempt food from Russia sanctions

Russia, the largest exporter of wheat in the world, must be allowed to export its grain, to cool food prices and interest rates, and boost global growth

Agnipath | Short-service soldiers - a necessary reform for India to retain strategic autonomy

INDIA

Agnipath | Short-service soldiers - a necessary reform for India to retain strategic autonomy

Reforms of this nature are essential for India to modernise its armed forces, and spend more money on sophisticated weapons and logistics, than on pensions

Out of the mouths of babes: Localisation of production is no panacea

BUSINESS

Out of the mouths of babes: Localisation of production is no panacea

America’s ongoing shortage of baby formula disproves the thesis that localisation offers assured supply while globalisation represents vulnerability 

Carbon removal, not emissions reduction, to combat Climate Change

WORLD

Carbon removal, not emissions reduction, to combat Climate Change

Emission reduction is everyone’s responsibility. But what about carbon dioxide removal? Intuitively, it is primarily the job of the rich countries, which put the bulk of that carbon in the atmosphere in the first place

Amway | How to tell a pyramid scheme from a genuine, multilevel direct selling scheme

BUSINESS

Amway | How to tell a pyramid scheme from a genuine, multilevel direct selling scheme

The crucial question is whether recruiters of direct sellers earn a commission from the very act of recruiting or not. If they do, the scheme entails fraud. If the act of recruitment does not generate any income for recruiters or their recruiters up the pyramid, there is no fraud

Why the West cannot sanction China for its support for Russia

BUSINESS

Why the West cannot sanction China for its support for Russia

Sanctioning China would mean shutting down large swathes of global production, and if Chinese supplies are halted because of such sanctions, inflation would really go through the roof 

The world after the Ukraine war

WORLD

The world after the Ukraine war

The war in Ukraine will herald changes in geopolitical structures, the energy transition, cross-border payments and technology nationalism

Kerala’s COVID-19 management is a model for other states, here's why

INDIA

Kerala’s COVID-19 management is a model for other states, here's why

Kerala’s handling of COVID-19 has shortcomings, but it is designed to manage the disease, not the public outcry against mismanagement. If other states manage as well, tens of thousands more Indians would live