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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

Jaitley’s Decisive Budget

Minhaz Merchant

The 2018-19 Budget will, like Jaitley’s previous four budgets, err on the side of caution. Spending to spur jobs ...

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2018: The Unfolding Agenda

Minhaz Merchant

India must be mindful that while the India-US strategic partnership auguers well, a nation’s strength rests on a growing economy, robust foreign policy and good governance

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The Indian Economy Limbers Up

Minhaz Merchant

The Union Budget ... On February 1 ... will be the last in which Finance Minister Arun Jaitley can inject significant reforms

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Electric Car Revolution

Minhaz Merchant

Till prices fall and production rises, India will lag behind China, the US and Europe in switching to electric cars

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Politics, Like Crime, Pays

Minhaz Merchant

Criminal elements and power brokers “invest” in a candidate, financing his campaign. In return they expect favours ...

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The Bullet Train Ecosystem

Minhaz Merchant

In India, the only sensible way to look at bullet trains is to treat them in parallel with urgent reforms needed in the railways sector

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The $400 Billion Question

Minhaz Merchant

Does India need such a high level of foreign exchange reserves which, parked in us treasury bonds, earn one per cent annual interest? Two, can the reserves be put to more productive use?

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Putting Economy On Track

Minhaz Merchant

No two economists though agree on the key question: Now what? clearly some nuanced thinking is required

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Good And Simple Tax

Minhaz Merchant

The GST should simplify paperwork. This can happen only with a single gst rate for almost all goods and services

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Reforming India’s Healthcare System

Minhaz Merchant

The problems in government hospitals are of a different dimension entirely... sanitary conditions and infrastructure

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