Corporate entities are driven by narrow commercial incentives, which render them incapable of finding a balance between their financial imperatives and the larger interests of humanity.
We must avoid the ‘patent paradox’ suffered by China—where policy has spawned a patent-filing frenzy of very little value. What we need is innovation and that’s a question of quality.
Beijing is not doing as well as it would like us to think. Its economic challenges and isolation have meant it is keener than its put-off partners to achieve some normalcy in ties with other countries.
The rich caused the crisis whose brunt will be borne by the poor. The ‘polluter pays’ principle ought to guide policies for climate action.
The development highlights regulatory gaps when it comes to feuds among promoters that have a direct bearing on the fortunes of publicly held companies. The role of the board of directors should also be spelt out clearly in such cases
Blended finance structures, which combine concessional and commercial capital, can help balance risk-reward profiles and lower the risk threshold for private capital
BPCL has deep pockets but its strategy makes little sense. No wonder while the markets have cheered Gandhar Oil, they aren't as gung-ho about the state-owned producer
Our economy is projected to fare well despite global turbulence and monetary tightening.
Aiming for net zero, the UN’s FAO wants people in the rich world to eat less meat. We need to discuss this sticky aspect of climate change without any guilt or stigma slapped onto diets.
Inertia means ritualized anti-terror measures of dubious efficacy often get to take an endless toll. Pointless measures must be periodically revised, but too many things survive long past their utility.
The last barrier to a commercial takeover of AI advances has fallen after the recent OpenAI tussle, leaving us with a free-for-all in this vital field even as biotech businesses rush brashly ahead in another.
American trust in them has dropped, given their pandemic mis-calls, but they could earn it back. Their dedication to the pursuit of truth is under watch.
Perceptions have grown in the Eurozone and India that transfers from richer states are funding profligacy in poorer ones. Measures need to be taken to assuage growing resentment.
Varying liquidity at banks in recent months has played a big role in anomalies that could possibly be fixed by a shift in RBI’s approach.
Climate action and policies are discussed at every COP. What needs to be done differently this time around to prioritise action rather than reiterate commitments?
The strategy reflects a broader economic pattern in India, where there is a noticeable shift towards premium products and services
Welcome to the era of party-state capitalism
It must be followed by good execution, accurate market validation, correct timing and complementary team dynamics to flourish and sustain growth.
It’ll help the local economy, sure: But how to-be-weds spend their money and where should be their own prerogative. Let’s not send them on a guilt trip.
Proposals for India’s criminal law overhaul need close scrutiny. In casting off a colonial legacy, we must adopt a legal framework that’s Constitutional and can survive political tides. Let’s not be hasty.
Typically, any income that minors get from investments is clubbed with a parent’s income
In key areas like education, health and infrastructure, all states should aspire to catch up with the best. Beyond that, a state needs to prioritize reforms in areas where it is lagging.
The quest for higher rankings must start with a comprehensive ground report of the current status of higher education in the country. We must exercise care to see that all changes are aligned with our goals.
Kasab’s capture was a milestone in the history of counter-terror operations. It was the first instance of a terrorist being apprehended alive after such an attack and provided undeniable evidence of Pakistan’s sinister intentions
Digital platforms are on their way that can ensure everyone can contribute to the country's economic growth—as consumers and value creators.
A chastened Binance will not be enough to revive a crypto boom. Crypto’s inherent strengths could help the concept spring back.
India is also insisting on new climate finance targets by 2024, asserting that the required amounts be set in trillions to meet the actual needs of climate change mitigation
Several uncertainties remain. Will Israel modify its tactics to reduce the number of civilians it is killing in Gaza, and opt for lower-intensity raids to kill or capture Hamas’s leaders and fighters
Given China's record of suppressing inconvenient news, the world must keep its eyes peeled for what's going on there.
Technology, regulation, education and social action must join forces to tackle this serious problem. We must become savvy media consumers and question the authenticity of any suspicious content.
Too many deep-fake video clips have been going viral. As AI restraints will take time and Indian general elections near, campaigners must caution India’s electorate against these.
41 people have been trapped inside a collapsed tunnel in Uttarakhand for 12 days, with efforts being made to drill through to install a pipe for their evacuation.
Bihar’s chief minister spoke of ‘withdrawal’ for contraception, suggesting that awareness among women as education levels rise could help achieve a stable population. India may have attained a replacement rate of fertility but Bihar lags and reproductive health needs attention.
PLFS and CMIE numbers diverge on women-at-work and employment but the latter’s gloomy picture is less than convincing. A closer look at the data may explain some of what’s going on in the country.
India recently signed up for the supply chain resilience pillar of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity and this can help the country join global value chain networks. New Delhi has been careful to join only those aspects of the framework that are deemed to be in the national interest.