GIFT City must leapfrog to top 10 Global Fin Hubs in 5 years

Posted: November 9, 2023 at 10:24 am | Author: Manish Marwah

The World’s five largest economies are the United States of America, China, Japan, Germany and India. Except for India, the first four also house global champions in all key sectors from banking, insurance, and automobiles to financial markets. Indeed, the top largest economies need to lead in some sectors or technologies to sustain and cement […]


EVs or Biofuels: Decoding India’s Game-plan

Posted: November 7, 2023 at 5:19 am | Author: Manish Marwah

Electric vehicles (EVs) have gained significant traction in recent years. This, along with biofuels, is at the centre of India’s energy transition pathway to help it realise its ambitions of net zero emissions by 2070. Also, to meet 50 per cent of its electricity requirements from renewables by 2030. Biofuels can not only play an […]


Sectoral headwinds, automation plague IT sector’s hiring prospects

Posted: November 6, 2023 at 6:15 am | Author: Manish Marwah

Indian IT companies need to produce more jobs and a 70-hour week will not just be a hurdle in creating more opportunities for prospective IT professionals but also counter-productive for a company’s own growth  Domestic IT sector, one of the largest white-collar job-creators in India, witnessed shrinking in hiring during the August-September quarter. This is […]


Elevated bond yields likely to remove Fed rate hike possibility

Posted: October 23, 2023 at 10:00 am | Author: Manish Marwah

Bond yields remain a benchmark for banks to set interest rates for lending purposes. An elevated bond yield will trigger interest hikes from banks without the need for Central Banks of respective countries to increase policy rates The US treasury bond yields jumped over 5 per cent last week for the first time in a […]


Online Gaming’s Tax Paradox

Posted: October 18, 2023 at 7:14 am | Author: Manish Marwah

With about Rs 1.5 trillion in tax demand for 2017-2022, the fast-growing online gaming industry has woken up with a shock after the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council decided to bring in a 28 per cent tax on online gaming recently. Even though the tax authorities have been reiterating from time to time that […]


Digital Public Goods: Catalysing India’s Growth Story

Posted: October 7, 2023 at 10:04 am | Author: Manish Marwah

During the G20 Summit in New Delhi, India exhibited its soft-power diplomacy, which is no longer limited to the strength of its ancient culture, traditions and hospitality. At the Bharat Mandapam, one of the main venues in New Delhi in August, the UPI services for foreign delegates and a unique ‘Digital India’ tech experience featuring […]


Slip aside, India sitting pretty on its Forex Reserves

Posted: October 3, 2023 at 10:27 am | Author: Manish Marwah

At USD 590 billion, India seems to be sitting pretty on its forex reserves. The current slippage is primarily on the strengthening dollar and rising bond yields after the Fed’s commentary on a ‘higher and longer’ interest rate. Things will improve in time.      The Dollar’s rise has triggered depletion in India’s foreign exchange reserves to […]


Rising oil prices, El Nino could bring back global food inflation  

Posted: September 30, 2023 at 7:15 am | Author: Manish Marwah

Rising oil prices, appreciating US dollar and monsoon deficit in the wake of EL Nino put a formidable challenge to global economies to contain food inflationWhile the central banks across the globe have been sweating it out to bring down inflation in the aftermath of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, still the biggest challenge before them seems […]


The Global Biofuels Alliance: Well Begun is Half Done

Posted: September 18, 2023 at 6:35 am | Author: Manish Marwah

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative of the Global Biofuel Alliance is a great step towards mitigating climate change. It may also further India’s push for becoming carbon neutral nation, and also solve its growing energy needs     India’s G20 presidency was a watershed moment for the nation and its global diplomacy. India was not […]


Advantage India! Riding the AI wave

Posted: August 9, 2023 at 10:05 am | Author: Manish Marwah

Stanford University’s 6th edition of the AI Index Report (2023) ranks India as the country with highest AI skill penetration rate, followed by the USA and Germany. India along with the United States and Israel also has the highest reported relative AI skill penetration rates for women. Generative AI technologies such as OpenAI’s GPT-4 and […]