Special Edition – June 2018

///Special Edition - June 2018

Green Tech: The driving force for greater India-UK collaboration

2018-07-26T11:53:08+00:00July 5th, 2018|2017/2018, Home Page, Putting it in context, Special Edition - June 2018|

The green energy sector can provide an impetus for India and the UK to collaborate more closely. India’s electricity demand is expected to triple from 800 terawatt hours (Wh) to 2,400 TWh by 2030. Meeting this demand sustainably is a formidable task. India’s per capita power consumption is around one-fourth of China’s and is one of the lowest per capita emitter of CO2 in the world but it is also the third-largest CO2 emitter in the world with 76 per [...]

Why global investors should go full-throttle on India

2020-03-24T07:44:30+00:00July 5th, 2018|2017/2018, Home Page, Putting it in context, Special Edition - June 2018|

A financial services sector expert lays out the factors stacked in favour of India as a hub for foreign direct investment (FDI). India is undoubtedly one of the world’s most impressive growth stories today, and is an economy that global investors can ill-afford to ignore. We at KKR have been investing in India for almost a decade and continue to be excited about the country’s future trajectory. The last 10 years were amongst the most benign for the global economy. [...]

Understanding India’s new ideological tilt

2018-07-26T13:02:49+00:00July 5th, 2018|2017/2018, Home Page, Putting it in context, Special Edition - June 2018|

It is four years since India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, came to power in New Delhi in an election whose categorical outcome came as a shock to most India-watchers. Having grown accustomed to fragile and sometimes inchoate coalition governments since 1989, it was assumed that strong leadership and political stability had bypassed India permanently. It is not that P.V. Narasimha Rao (1991-96), Atal Behari Vajpayee (1998-2004) and Manmohan Singh (2004-14) lacked either vision or political sagacity. However, the conflicting pulls [...]

Strengthening India-UK cooperation in the financial sector

2018-07-30T14:15:00+00:00July 4th, 2018|2017/2018, Home Page, Putting it in context, Special Edition - June 2018|

An Indian industry leader highlights FinTech, infrastructure finance, financial inclusion, insurance and the bond market as key areas for India-UK. India and UK have a long-shared history and our bilateral relations have continued to be healthy, spanning wide areas of cooperation, trade and investment. Even as Brexit ensues going forward, I firmly believe the Indo-UK relationship will only further strengthen. This was evident even in this year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London. In fact, India got a [...]

Democracies and the crowd

2018-07-30T14:10:10+00:00July 1st, 2018|2017/2018, Home Page, Putting it in context, Special Edition - June 2018|

Democracies – in India and around the world – are only as sound, vibrant and aware as the ones who participate in it. While across the world, democracies are lauded, in essence they are still more or less dysfunctional and a universal franchise never has nor ever will be the answer to basic issues like development, equality and justice. Over the years, the world’s oldest democracy and the world’s youngest democracy have been plagued with identical problems. In the United [...]

M&As in the Indian start-up ecosystem

2020-03-17T06:13:37+00:00June 26th, 2018|2017/2018, Special Edition - June 2018|

With the recent Walmart acquisition of Flipkart as a base, an industry expert analyses the mergers and acquisitions (M&As) activity within India’s start-up landscape. The recent acquisition of Flipkart by the US retail giant Walmart is the buzz word in the start-up ecosystem in India. Walmart picked up 77 per cent stake in India’s largest online retailer, Flipkart, for $16 Billion. Experts have categorised this as the country’s largest acquisition and the world’s biggest purchase of an e-commerce company. This [...]

To Forget or not to Forget: Lessons from the past, relationships for the future

2020-03-26T10:34:26+00:00June 15th, 2018|2017/2018, Putting it in context, Special Edition - June 2018|

The Founder of the Partition Museum in India reflects on the some of the lessons of the past that can help strengthen the UK-India relationship. A country should never forget the lessons of the past. In forgetting lies the possibility of making the same mistakes again. The leaders and the people both should, with responsibility, understand that the past is a prelude, and a natural historical process, through which ideas of nationalism and territorial boundaries evolve. A country could have [...]

Four years of reforms and hard graft in India

2020-03-26T10:44:01+00:00June 7th, 2018|2017/2018, Home Page, Putting it in context, Special Edition - June 2018|

The Modi government’s performance over the last four years can be assessed through the lens of some key indicators. A one-page editorial is hardly enough space to do justice to a review of four years of governance, so, this piece will necessarily have to only touch upon a few mainly economic headlines that in the opinion of this publication can be proxies for the performance and potential of the Indian economy. How would a neutral observer rate the Narendra Modi government’s [...]

The new Big Brother

2018-07-05T13:32:47+00:00June 7th, 2018|2017/2018, Home Page, Putting it in context, Special Edition - June 2018|

Unlike in the West where it has certain dark undertones, Big Brother is a term of respect in India. Elders, superiors, persons of prominence and those who command respect are often addressed as Big Brother. With his growing global stature, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is acquiring the image of one in many parts of the world. Over the past month and a bit, the Indian Prime Minister’s diary has been full of international engagements. A quick visit to the UK for the [...]

Electric mobility is crucial to global sustainability agenda

2020-03-20T06:13:10+00:00June 7th, 2018|2017/2018, Home Page, Putting it in context, Special Edition - June 2018|

Anand Mahindra, the Chairman of Mahindra Group, talks ‘India Global Business’ through the company’s newest automotive alliance with Italy’s Automobili Pininfarina and what it means for the future of electric vehicles around the world. What does Mahindra’s new Italian partnership mean for the electric vehicle (EV) sector globally? The Mahindra Group is truly committed to sustainability and we believe that electric mobility is going to be an important step towards it. We have been working vigorously to develop ourselves as [...]