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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

The Post-Truth Budget

Minhaz Merchant

There are two arrows left in the finance minister’s quiver... the huge amount of black money deposited... (and) the goods and services tax

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Modi’s Moment Of Truth

Minhaz Merchant

There are state polls in 2018... the road to Delhi in 2019 will thus pass through not only Lucknow but Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Raipur and Jaipur

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Is India Back In Business?

Minhaz Merchant

Chidambaram and Manmohan Singh's assessment of the economic impact of withdrawal of high denomination bank notes was wrong

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Decoding Team Trump

Minhaz Merchant

How good, Bad or neutral will a Trump presidency be for India? New Delhi’s main fear revolves around Trump’s intent to cut H-IB visas

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Cash-heavy To Cash-light

Minhaz Merchant

If Finance Minister Arun Jaitley delivers another lacklustre Budget, the enormous political and economic risk Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to wrench India from a cash-heavy to a cash-light economy will be put in jeopardy

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Demonetisation: Gain After Pain?

Minhaz Merchant

By January 31, new notes valued at around Rs 11.50 lakh crore are likely to be in circulation. Cash shortages and bank queues would have begun to ease well before that

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Empire Of Babus

Minhaz Merchant

Much of the usurious corruption has sprung from the ministry of defence and the ministry of finance. The former controls large defence purchase budget

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E-commerce Firms Bleed In Price War

Minhaz Merchant

Bigger e-commerce marketplaces like Flipkart and Snapdeal are bleeding far more. In 2015-16, Flipkart recorded a loss or Rs 2,306 crore

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After Demonetisation, Big Bang Budget

Minhaz Merchant

Post-demonetisation, the government must focus its resources (manpower and technology) on higher tax slabs to optimise results and make the tax-collection machinery more cost-efficient

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India’s Trump Card

Minhaz Merchant

Overall, a Trump presidency will be better for India than a Clinton presidency. She would have followed Obama’s policy of preaching religious tolerance to India and mollycoddling Pakistan over its two-faced approach to “good” and “bad” terrorists

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