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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

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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Modi At Mid-point

Minhaz Merchant

The Government’s recent outreach to the muslim community in Haryana and elsewhere underscores the priority that Modi attaches to communal harmony

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Britain’s Economic Left Turn

Minhaz Merchant

The most worrying aspect of Theresa May’s philosophy is the combination of a hard Left turn on the economy and a hard Right turn on social issues. In a liberal society, it should be the exact opposite: Right economically, Left socially

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Getting Tough With China

Minhaz Merchant

Beijing respects strength. Prime Minister Narendra Modi must recalibrate his strategy towards China as he has done with Pakistan

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Who Won Clinton-Trump Debate?

Minhaz Merchant

Trump and Clinton are the two most disliked presidential candidates in US history. Each has an unfavourability rating of around 60 per cent. Trump though is disliked slightly more than Hillary. That could decide the presidency

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India’s $20-trillion Economy

Minhaz Merchant

Indian literacy remains abysmal — technically just over 75 per cent but in effect considerably lower. It is the single biggest impediment to social and economic progress

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Start-ups 2.0

Minhaz Merchant

India’s Silicon Valley, Bengaluru, has been hit by Cauvery-linked violence that has disrupted many start-ups. Big Basket reportedly lost several crores and has a huge delivery backlog. Clearly, the start-up ecosystem needs law and order to achieve peak efficiency

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