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Agree with Red Ed

I never thought I would never agree with anything in Mr Miliband\’s economic policy. If you are wondering who Mr Miliband (or Red Ed as he is sometimes called) is, he is the head of the Labour Party in the UK. In case you haven\’t been looking, there is a […]

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The problem with being an uncle

This blogger is of an age when being called an uncle is rather a compliment. He is precariously close to being called a grandpa. So much so that he cannot understand the brouhaha that the term \”uncle\” has caused. The Air India flight from Jaipur to Delhi , a few […]

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On Friday, the world shook

Last Friday, the world shook. You can be forgiven for not noticing, for, it was the business world that shook. GE announced it was going to virtually sell all of GE Capital.  GE is one of the, if not THE greatest company on earth. It is the old fashioned industrial […]

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Really Walmart ? Plumbing ??

 Walmart closed down five stores in the US. What\’s new ? This happens all the time – stores are closed and stores are opened. So what ? What is strange is the reason it was done and the manner in which it was done.Walmart announced to its employees two hours […]

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Two and three quarters cheers for Dan Price

It would be really churlish to sing anything but the loudest praise for Dan Price. And yet this blogger is falling short of raising three cheers for him. Dan Price is the CEO of a privately held small company called Gravity Payments with about 120 employees. About two weeks ago, […]

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A tough ethical issue

Businesses are often considered as machines without a heart. But even businesses face some gut wrenching ethical issues , where the \”right\” course of action is by no means obvious.  Take the case of the compassionate care issue face by pharmaceutical companies. Drugs produced by pharmaceutical companies are marketed after […]

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Who\’s who in Chinese politics

Xi Jinping, the current Chinese leader is easily the most powerful leader that China has had ever since Deng Xiaoping faded away in the early 90s. But in order to understand his power, we have to go back a bit in time in modern Chinese history. Mao was a tyrant […]

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Call the SNP\’s bluff

Just in case you were not following the British elections, a small earthquake happened. The Tories won, the Lib Dems were wiped out, Labour performed poorly, and UKIP performed well but got no rewards. The bigger earthquake happened north of the border where the Scottish Nationalist party (SNP) won all […]

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China\’s Issues

Every country faces challenges and China is no exception. But by global yardsticks, China\’s issues are less critical than what most other countries face.  It is after all the one country in the world which does not face a serious growth challenge (at least as of now).  China is however […]

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How does an American pronounce Pallagoundenpalayam ?

The most unlikely of bedfellows can come together in the business world. Consider this rather unusual \”marriage\”. The bride is the city of Detroit. We shouldn\’t be uncharitable to a bride, but the immediate words that come to mind when you mention Detroit are decay, dilapidated, joblessness,  decline, etc etc. […]

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China\’s new lineup

Anybody who predicts what the next Standing Committee and the Politburo will be is almost certain to be wrong ! This is why most newspaper columnists are content with naming possible candidates and leaving it at that. This blogger does not care if he is proved wrong or even as […]

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In defence of TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade deal that 12 countries bordering the Pacific Ocean are negotiating. The countries include the USA, Japan, Australia and Canada, but exclude China. The TPP is being vigorously opposed by a collection of groups – Democrats in the US, environmental groups, labour unions  and […]

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In defence of TPP – the arbitration clause

One of the big issues in a trade relationship involving multiple countries is what happens if a country unilaterally decides to ban a product, or raise import duties astronomically, or take a similar form of unilateral action that dramatically affects the viability of a foreign investor\’s project. This might go […]

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