Rohit Bansal

Jhooth Meva Jayate!

Thursday, 04 Jun 2015 | Rohit Bansal | in Business

As a country we wear "Truth" on our insignia. But half truths and utter lies stare millions of us, each time we switch on our TV sets. Our biggest TV channels, self-appointed conscience keeper of Democracy, make dodgy claims of being Number 1, but there's no one to hold them...

Jai Kisan

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | Rohit Bansal | in Business

This morning, A Surya Prakash, the Chairman of Prasar Bharti (and a long-standing columnist in The Pioneer) called me. For the next 30 minutes, he spoke with great excitement about “DD Kisan,” the new 24.7 channel the PM was launching later in the afternoon. Having grown up in the 70s,...

The Rupee 1 Note

Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | Rohit Bansal | in Business

When was the last time you saw a cash gift of Rs11, 21, 51, 101, or even 1001? Probably, all the time. But when was the last you saw a crisp and unsoiled Rs1 note to close the auspicious figure? Hmm… Most of us solve the problem with a coin...

Wanted, A Few Good Econocrats

Thursday, 03 Jul 2014 | Rohit Bansal | in Business

It’s Budget season. I hope Arun Jaitley walks the talk. So far, we’ve heard just the right things that the country’s Finance Minister needs to tell us before his maiden Budget. “If you indulge in populism, you burden the exchequer. You expect the FM to impose higher taxes. You expect him...

Importance of Jaitley Facebook

Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | Rohit Bansal | in Business

Recent facebook posts by the Finance and Company Affairs Minister are a compact assertion of reformist credentials. Not just because the page: www.facebook.com/arunjaitley has crossed a million 'likes.' People press the button absent mindedly, after all. What's more relevant is that Mr ArunJaitley'srecent post, The Truth of Railway Fare Hike, evoked...

BP Chief Flags ‘The’ Question

Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | Rohit Bansal | in Business

Like a deep stakeholder in the India Story, BP chief Bob Dudley has flagged just what Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his team need to hear. Speaking in Moscow Tuesday, Dudley, whose company has invested $7billion in India, laid that the new Government must reform its gas price regime for the...

Pradhan, Doval Must Visit China

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | Rohit Bansal | in Business

I wasn’t just surprised when the epic $400-billion deal among Russia and China last week went relatively unnoticed among our strategic community. I felt frustrated and worried. Well, here’s the ‘why’ for those who just landed from the moon: As Bank of America Merrill Lynch put it, China, the world’s largest polluter,...

Can NaMo Check Overkill By 3Cs?

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | Rohit Bansal | in Business

Everyone seems to have pro bono gyaan for the incoming PM. Some adorn the news pages. Others are being fired via Op Eds. I doubt if even Narendra Modi has processes and structures to synergize - what to speak of assimilate -such an avalanche of ideas. What exactly is the point of...

Porn Czarina

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 | Rohit Bansal | in Business

Sunny Leone, one of the world's biggest porn-star**, is trending on twitter. It's her birthday, you see! @SunnyLeone isn't @SuperstarRajini, the Tamil superstar Rajinikanth's handle on the micro-blogging site, launched last week. Nor has she achieved 3.67 lakh follows that Thalaivar did and with just three tweets at that. But Ms...


Wednesday, 07 May 2014 | Rohit Bansal | in Business

At the time of filing this column, and my computer has packed up twice already! - Tamil film industry superstar Rajnikanth had 2 lakh 50 thousand follows on twitter.Pittance by his exalted standards – twitter itself is expected to have crashed you see! But jokes apart, the handle started just yesterday,...


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