Tuesday, January 26, 2021
https://www.freepressjournal.in/analysis/policy-watch-storm-clouds-gather-but-indian-punters-fiddle-merrily Who is fuelling the fire in the stock market? RN Bhaskar -- 14 January 2021 Indian stock markets are euphoric.  Punters are predicting that the Sensex will cross 50,000 before Budget time.  And they provide all sorts of reasons to justify...
https://www.freepressjournal.in/analysis/policy-watch-gold-mining-an-agenda-for-the-government Gold mining IV What the government should do? RN Bhaskar When it comes to gold, politicians, government officials, media and the general public can be quite misinformed to the point of hysteria. Consider how – on 21 February 2020 -- an unsuspecting public...
  https://www.freepressjournal.in/business/policy-watch-a-colonial-outlook-has-stunted-indias-gold-mining-sector Gold mining – part III India sabotages its own gold mining interests RN Bhaskar  --  31 December, 2020 Basically, there are two types of corruption.  There can be good corruption and bad corruption.  In China, the state controls all resources. But the...
https://www.freepressjournal.in/analysis/policy-watch-a-sightless-government-isnt-even-aware-where-gold-is-and-in-what-forms Gold mining – II Gold mining II: The government does not admit where gold can be mined RN Bhaskar  --  24 December 2020 Indians love gold.  And India ends up importing around 700-800 tonnes of gold on an average (http://www.asiaconverge.com/2020/10/gold-smuggling-ii-a-cleanup-is-urgently-needed/).  Each tonne...
https://www.freepressjournal.in/analysis/policy-watch-indias-blighted-vision-about-gold-mining Gold mining – part I Can India have better policies relating to gold mining RN Bhaskar -- 17 December 2020 Last week, media headlines screamed out information about the ‘theft’ of 100 kg of gold kept in the CBI vaults. An inhouse...
https://www.freepressjournal.in/analysis/policy-watch-you-cant-just-snap-fdi-into-india FDI inflows need nurturing, the soil needs preparation RN Bhaskar These columns have constantly written about the desperate need for investments. We wrote about this just last month (https://www.freepressjournal.in/analysis/policy-watch-invest-in-india-right-message-wrong-approach), It was immediately after Prime minister Narendra Modi addressed global funds --...
https://www.freepressjournal.in/analysis/policy-watch-the-spectre-of-corruption-rises-grows-larger-and-is-fed-by-indian-politics Corruption grows larger, economy and legislation take a back seat RN Bhaskar In January 2020, alarm bells were already ringing.  India had s slipped from #78 in ranking on corruption last year to #80. The ranking was on the Corruption Perceptions...
https://www.freepressjournal.in/analysis/policy-watch-diamonds-may-not-be-safe-for-investors-any-more Diamonds no longer anyone's best friend any more RN Bhaskar The last couple of months have witnessed a barrage of advertisements seeking to lure jewellery buyers to diamonds.  They talk about how natural diamonds are the safest items of jewellery, unique...
https://www.freepressjournal.in/analysis/policy-watch-banking-sector-should-be-flashing-red-ditto-for-economy The finance minister's directions could hurt the banking sector grievously. RN Bhaskar -- 19 November 2020 On November 10, 2020, the finance minister announced three decisions (https://wap.business-standard.com/article/finance/issue-only-rupay-cards-seed-all-accounts-with-aadhar-by-dec-fm-to-banks-120111001413_1.html) that should have made bankers and economy-watchers squirm.  That they did not could have...
https://www.freepressjournal.in/analysis/policy-watch-invest-in-india-right-message-wrong-approach Invest in India – right message, wrong approach RN Bhaskar Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited global funds and businesses -- which have about $6 trillion of assets under management -- to invest in India. He pitched the nation as...