Shaji Vikraman


Lateral entry into govt: what the decades-old experience has shown
Tue, Jun 12, 2018

The success of the lateral entry announced by the government now will depend on transparency and its ability to address potential conflicts of interest, and to lay down proper terms of engagement.

SBI chief Rajnish Kumar says bank already big, more mergers are not advisable
Fri, Jun 08, 2018

In the past, too, many mergers in the banking sector have been forced ones. The SBI is seen as a candidate given its size and strength to take over any troubled banks if its principal shareholder does have its way down the line.

SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar interview: ‘Days of over leveraging, thin equity are behind us; NPAs will also start to come down soon’
Fri, Jun 08, 2018

There’s greater realisation now. One is about the borrowing itself. I think the days of over leveraging and thin equity are over, says Rajnish Kumar

Auto fuels under GST: Why there’s a case for it, and one for caution, too
Wed, May 30, 2018

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said government is considering bringing petrol, diesel under GST to check prices

How the first fruit of insolvency law also spotlights its wider challenges
Mon, May 21, 2018

Over the next year or so, this law will be seen as one of the legacies of this government. But the pain of ‘creative destruction’ will probably last a while.

In Finance Commission’s terms of reference, a history of disagreements
Mon, May 14, 2018

Using 2011 data will penalise southern states, which have made considerable progress in population control, and deny them reward for progress made in areas such as health, literacy, education and infrastructure.

The policy choices that RBI’s new bad loan rules present
Wed, Apr 25, 2018

The exercise of cleaning up bank balance sheets, which started in 2015, and a signal by the Reserve Bank of India to put an end to forbearance — or the easing of rules — will now mean a longer wait for better results.

In Fact: Amid concerns from South, a case for modifying terms for distribution of taxes
Tue, Apr 10, 2018

Southern states meet over new population yardstick, various performance-based incentives.

Why questions over governance in private banks present such a crucial challenge
Tue, Apr 03, 2018

While it would be unfair to prejudge some of the cases now in the spotlight, there is a possibility of the debate on the ugly side of capitalism — under attack in the West — playing out in India as well.

South vs North development debate: Many old issues and some new data
Mon, Mar 26, 2018

On March 23, Siddaramaiah gave a call on Twitter to “resist” these terms, tagging the Chief Ministers of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Puducherry and Maharashtra, besides Stalin and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor.

In Fact: Challenges of special status and problems in implementing it
Fri, Mar 09, 2018

The 14th Finance Commission, which was then going about its Constitutional mandate of determining the individual share of states in the pool of central taxes, did take into consideration the issue of special category states.

Union Budget 2018: Banks get a breather as firms told to tap bonds
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

Union Budget 2018: For banks, lowering their exposure to corporate borrowers or less lending to that segment could mean a new category of borrowers — the next category after the big firms — with perhaps higher risks.

Breaking down the Budget in 20 questions
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

Union Budget 2018: The most anticipated event of the Indian financial calendar is over. What political and economic message has the Budget sent out? The Indian Express cuts through the fog.

Budget 2018 explained: ‘Arun Jaitley’s last budget has no creative incrementalism on show’
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

Arun Jaitley's Union Budget 2018 EXPLAINED: Here's what our experts — National Editor, Policy, Shaji Vikraman; National Editor, Rural Affairs, Harish Damodaran; Associate Editors Anil Sasi and Sandeep Singh — think of Jaitley's budget. 

Modi govt’s last full Union Budget: Five things to look out for
Thu, Feb 01, 2018

UNION BUDGET 2018: As Finance Minister Arun Jaitley rises to present the last full Budget of the NDA government, here’s a route map to negotiate the Budget speech.

2014 hope to 2018 realism: Economic Survey story
Tue, Jan 30, 2018

Under Arvind Subramanian, the Economic Survey was elevated to an altogether different level as it introduced new concepts such as “Twin Balance Sheet (TBS) problem” and the “JAM agenda” to describe both threats and opportunities in the Indian policymaking arena.

From Davos and Delhi, how the current surge in markets looks
Tue, Jan 30, 2018

What experts have flagged is the surge in Indian stock markets over the past year, even as growth has declined — a sharply different scenario from the United States and Europe, which have seen strong economic rebounds — and the risk of outflows in case of a sharp correction.

Lot of impetus to be on infra push in state budget: Fadnavis in Davos
Thu, Jan 25, 2018

“If Maharashtra has to grow to a $1 trillion economy over the next few years from $400 billion now, the state will need to grow at 10% over the medium term. For that, we need to improve our infrastructure. So, we are building more rail networks, ports, airports and investing hugely in agriculture too.”

World Economic Forum: India committed to global trade system, says Suresh Prabhu
Thu, Jan 25, 2018

India on its part is now working on getting all the major stakeholders to come together — with a mini — ministerial of the WTO being planned in the last week of March.

US believes in free trade; fan of bilateral trade agreements: Steve Mnuchin
Thu, Jan 25, 2018

Mnuchin said that America’s protectionist policies are not a “race to the bottom”.