The economy is India’s most potent weapon, but it’s losing its power

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A red-hot economy was India’s greatest strategic strength. It's now diminishing and damaging India’s stature, as reflected in responses to the Kashmir crisis.

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why no one talks about backwardness of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, these two regions are even behind Kashmir, wtf is that.

Author — L Teo

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China is quiet ahead of us in almost everything. We need to compare ourselves to them. It will paint us a real picture. It will give us motivation to work hard. Please always compare with china and not any other neighbours.

Author — Akarsh

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Guptaji, please do an episode on what big ticket economic reforms this govt must bring to grow at 8%

Author — Chirag Patel

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So the government thought mob lynching and economic growth can eoexist?

Author — DARTH Vader

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Economies all over the world are in Truble. But I think this government could have done Better.

Author — Indian Aristocrat

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Shekhar Gupta has always given me something new, each time I’ve read, seen or heard him

Author — Sajid Ali

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What I'm seeing in the comment section is that all of a sudden, people have started disseminating this narrative that economic slowdown is not a fault of India or its policies but it is something that's happening all over the world. IT cells have been given new scripts to spread this propaganda so that people won't question government.
How stupid are we?!

Author — Anish Mohan

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When people and government are more worried about Pakistan, economy will suffer...

Author — Sachin Singh

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Question: 3:37
Backbencher: Monica Lewinsky.

Author — MK Ganya

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Very interesting take on relationship between economy and geopolitics. Thank you, learned a lot.

Author — Drowned Sword

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To prove the point I made below. FDI inflows up by 28 percent first quarter 2019.

Author — Arun Sharan

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Wow it's really a good point I never thought of. Well done sir.

Author — Vinod kumar Sharma

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Despite I support PM Modi for his leadership i used to watch of your shows because unlike many ndtv anchors you came with solid proofs of your views.

Author — Akash PQ

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People said Demonitization would hurt us in the long run. I didn't believe them then.

Then they imposed GST instantly. They said it should have been done in a better way. I didn't believe them.

Look where we are now.

Author — Aayush

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Sir, you haven't explained why this weapon is losing its power.

Author — Ravi Putcha

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Economy is what always important. But economy works with internal policies and spending on infrastructure.

Author — Sri Ram Prasanna Arikapalli

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i wish the govt and opposition bury their petty fights and work together on economic reforms and bring back the expertise of economists like Manmohan this is way beyond politics

Author — Ravi

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We all know what you have said, but you haven't mentioned the remedy to kick-start Indian economy.

To kick-start Indian economy we need to know the nature of our economy and why this economic crisis is the worst economic crisis in independent India's history.
India is actually a subcontinent of more than 29 nations with 1.3 billion population collectively.
Keeping this subcontinent into a closed economy, monopolized by few business houses through a central government, is the root cause behind India's economic backwardness.
To unleash India's potential, each state needs to run and fund it's own economy and administration instead of its economy being governed and administered centrally. This will lead to India becoming an economy far larger than 5 trillion dollars.
Current collapse is due to stalling of informal economy which is purely run on cash due to demonetisation. India's real economy is the informal economy of which the formal economy is a subset.
It is this informal economy relatively insulated from the global market, that has been shielding India from global economic and financial fluctuations. With the collapse of our informal economy, the formal economy is also on the verge of economic collapse.
Traditional methods to revive the economy in this scenario isn't going to work.
The government only needs to do two things to get the economy back on track.
First it itself needs to step into the shoes of investor through large PSUs. Investment in stalled projects and other projects will create the demand for goods and commodities which in turn will have a cascading effect on other sectors of the economy.
Next, through SEZs it needs to plug into global supply chain which are looking alternative to China. India is the best alternative to China. India cannot immediately usher in business friendly laws and regulations. But through SEZs, it can bring in these pro investor laws and regulations immediately.
The government needs to form a taskforce to bring about these changes on a war footing.
It also needs to partner with the states to create SEZs or improve the existing ones and also to draw investments in the states. Those days of centralised rule to govern the economy is over. It is time to handover power to the states to craft their own economic, welfare and administrative laws and policies.

Author — hobgoblin1216

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Is the printed version of the print available in Delhi NCR?? Or anywhere

Author — arpita rai

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I am no expert, but on the consumption slowdown front I ve spoken to many of my businessmen and trader friends. One thing they all say, "we pay tax for every penny now hence second thoughts on every penny spend". This is a completely new system people (specially business community) are experiencing. All the ways to avoid tax (also known as trade secrets) passed down the generations in a business family (medium and small specially) are being desimated. 'The more you invent ways to avoid tax (innovation of those days you may say) the more successful businessman you are' days are gone. Now you have to innovate for a better product be it manufacturing or services. This is totally new thing to many many people. It will take a bit of time to get used to it. Also, on GST, experience from other countries shows that there is slowdown for some years after it's intro in every country that has done the process. India is no different.

In 1991, india has almost zero reserves, now we have over 400 billion. This slowdown I believe is not the "in the ICU" type.

Author — Premjit Singh Hawaibam