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Environment Social Governance: India Inc badly needs ESG talent

By Srinath Sridharan The Indian capital market regulator’s ask on ESG from the top 1,000 listed entities (by market cap) is in the form of Business Responsibility and Sustainability Reporting (BRSR). This will be an integrated format of sustainability information gathering, relevant to all business stakeholders—investors, shareholders, regulators, and other stakeholders. Based on India’s goal …

Make haste slowly: Inflation is a concern, but growth worries require adequate liquidity

The significant change in the Monetary Policy Committee’s (MPC’s) stance on Friday, to one that is less accommodative and accords priority to inflation concerns over growth, was quite warranted. The fact that the pricing of the Standing Deposit Facility (SDF), now the effective floor of the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) corridor, at 3.75% was a …

Data Drive: A widening gap between small and big companies

With core inflation remaining elevated, big companies have gained pricing power, leading to a further widening of the wedge between small and big companies. A study by Pranjul Bhandari, chief India economist, HSBC Securities and Capital Markets (India) Pvt Ltd shows big companies have gotten larger through the pandemic period and have kept prices elevated …


Strategic subsidising: Desperately needing subsidy reforms

By TV Mohandas Pai & Nisha Holla India’s subsidies system is possibly the largest globally in terms of volume and number of beneficiaries. It has helped sustain the bottom strata of Indian society and continues to provide much-needed relief to millions. On the other hand, the system has become unwieldy with many intermediary layers leading …

Info Weapon: TikTok for war?

By Siddharth Pai Many people are watching snippets of the war in Ukraine on their phones. Social media is deluged with photos, videos, and satellite images. Satellites have photographed Russian bases and shown the destruction caused by Russian attacks on Ukrainian cities. But a satellite can take a picture of a particular place only once …


Confidence Booster: Covid threat has diminished, but caution should be the buzzword

Though the WHO had earlier this month said that several studies were underway to assess the transmissibility and virulence of Delta-Omicron recombinants, it is best that India errs on the side of caution and stays prepared. The Home Ministry’s decision to stop invoking the provisions of the Disaster Management Act for Covid containment measures should …


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