To make sense of the week’s hottest stories in business, economy and markets, senior editors from the Economic Times chat with reporters and industry leaders in this thrice-weekly (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) podcast.
Cost of Curing Covid - Bhavya Dilipkumar [ 23:37 ]
Cost of Curing Covid
High hospital bills and black marketing of drugs and oxygen make the treatment of Covid-19 prohibitively expensive. Dr SP Kalantri, Medical Superintendent at Kasturba Hospital, Malini Aisola, co-convenor of the All India Drug Action Network and ET's Kiran Somvanshi discuss the flaws in the existing setup and the steps to fix the financial burden of Covid-19. Audio clips from NDTV, India Today, ET Now, Times Now and Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY.
No Country for Big Birds - Nehal Chaliawala [ 27:42 ]
No Country for Big Birds
The rise of renewable energy projects has resulted in the encroachment of the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard's habitat. Abi Vanak, Senior Fellow, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, M D Madhusudan, Independent Ecologist and Conservation Scientist, Subrahmanyam Pulipaka, CEO, National Solar Energy Federation of India, and ET's Shashwat Mohanty discuss the complex issues around economic development and wildlife conservation.
Crypto Crisis - Devina Sengupta [ 23:05 ]
India's crypto community was rattled after the Enforcement Directorate said it issued a show-cause notice to the country's largest cryptocurrency exchange WazirX in a money-laundering probe. We speak to CoinSwitch founder and CEO Ashish Singhal, and ET's Sugata Ghosh and Apoorva Mittal to understand what's ahead for investors and exchanges.
Goodbye, WFH? - Indulekha Aravind [ 26:31 ]
With the second wave dipping and corporate vaccination drives picking up, companies are now talking about getting employees back to work. We have Pankaj Bansal, Co-founder of People Strong Technologies. Anshul Prakash, Partner at Khaitan & Co and ET's Saumya Bhattacharya tell us the ground reality of getting back to offices, and how companies are already tracking employee vaccination status, which will play a key role in returning to the workplace.
Paytm: From Ant to IPO Rush - Arijit Barman [ 36:59 ]
Paytm: From Ant to IPO Rush
Regulatory roadblocks, Chinese influence and ecosystem aspirations – Gautam Chhugani, Director - India Financials and Fintech, Bernstein and ET's Digbijay Mishra dissect the triggers behind Paytm’s tearing rush towards a $3 billion initial public offering by Diwali this year.
Mission Vax: A Chat with Dr. Devi Shetty - Rachita Prasad [ 39:48 ]
Mission Vax: A Chat with Dr. Devi Shetty
Ramp up vaccination by buying in bulk and including the private sector, Dr. Devi Shetty, founder of Narayana Health and head of Karnataka's Covid task force, tells the government. Dr. Shetty warns that we need to prepare for a third wave, not waste time discussing its likelihood.
Big Tech Strikes Back - Devina Sengupta [ 31:01 ]
Big Tech Strikes Back
Centre maintains that Big Tech needs to follow India's social media guidelines but Twitter, Facebook, Google, and WhatsApp are not going down without a fight. Is a ban on the cards, and what next for the tech giants? Raman Chima, APAC Policy Director at Access Now, Nikhil Pahwa, Founder, Medianama, and ET's Surabhi Agarwal discuss.
Full Disclosure - Rachita Prasad [ 35:05 ]
As brands tap social media influencers, covert ads were proliferating. The new ad guidelines now ask influencers to clearly label branded posts. Content creator Danish Sait, Manisha Kapoor, Secretary-General of Advertising Standard Council of India, and Lakshmi Balasubramanian, Co-founder of Greenroom discuss the business of social media marketing.
The Kids Are All Right - Indulekha Aravind [ 33:08 ]
The Kids Are All Right
Parents are anxious and states are ramping up facilities but is there any actual evidence that a third wave might affect children disproportionately? Dr. Chandrakant Lahariya, Epidemiologist and Public Health Expert, Dr. Rakshay Shetty, Head, Pediatric Intensive Care, Rainbow Children's Hospital, and ET's Teena Thacker ease your worries.
Credits: Audio clips from ABP News Hindi, NDTV, The Atlantic, The Economic Times, IndiaTV, DD News
In Dweep Trouble - Devina Sengupta [ 30:43 ]
In Dweep Trouble
Lakshadweep’s residents have been protesting a series of changes brought about by administrator Praful Khoda Patel, who wants to make the idyllic islands a tourist hub. How will this affect the archipelago’s economics, ecology and culture? We find out from Ayshabi Kalpeni, Chief Medical Officer at Life Care Hospital in Kerala, who hails from Lakshadweep, M Rajshekhar, Independent Journalist, and Kanchi Koli, a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Policy Research.
Credits - News clips from ANI, India Today, Mathrubhumi News. Music from Mirshad Khan's YouTube channel.
First Day, First Show - Arijit Barman [ 41:43 ]
First Day, First Show
Blockbusters are moving from the big screen to smaller ones, OTTs woo movie audiences away from theatres. Will Covid kill the silver screen and make our home the new box office? Catch filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee and Bahubali producer Shobu Yarlagadda in a candid discussion.
Credits: Eros Films, Colors Cineplex, Zee Cinema, Warner Bros, Jio, T-Series, Bollywood Hungama
Toolkit Wars - Rachita Prasad [ 37:12 ]
Why are political parties battling over toolkits on social media? Pratik Sinha, Co-founder of Alt News, Raman Jit Singh Chima, Asia Policy Director and Senior International Counsel at Access Now, and ET’s Vasudha Venugopal help us understand what toolkits are, and how new regulations will impact social media and freedom of expression.
News Clips from Vice (HBO), AajTak, Wellness Today.
Fighting the Fungi - Indulekha Aravind [ 30:05 ]
Fighting the Fungi
In the throes of the pandemic, India now has another worry - the rising number of black fungus cases among Covid-19 patients. Dr. Shashank Joshi, an Endocrinologist, and Ophthalmologist Dr. Raghuraj Hegde decode the outbreak, its warning signs and why the treatment is so expensive. ET's Nidhi Sharma explains the steps taken by the government.
News clips from Times Now, ANI News, CNA TV and NDTV.
Ca(ir)n India Fly? - Arijit Barman [ 35:47 ]
Ca(ir)n India Fly?
Cairn Energy of the UK has moved to seize Air India’s assets to enforce a $1.2 billion arbitration award it won against a retrospective tax demand by the Indian government. Vyapak Desai, Partner at Nishith Desai Associates, Mukesh Butani, Managing Partner at BMR Legal Advocates, and ET’s Deepshikha Sikarwar explain what this could mean for India as an investment destination. Credits: News Clips from Times Now, ET Now, Zee Media, NDTV, TV 18, Ad Music from Air India.
Haryana's Job Quota Gamble - Rachita Prasad [ 27:23 ]
Haryana's Job Quota Gamble
Haryana’s job reservation law is opposed by industry, which claims it goes against the ease of doing business and could set a precedent for other states. Prateek Som, a Spokesperson for Jannayak Janata Party, Dilip Chenoy, FICCI Secretary-General, and ET’s Nidhi Sharma discuss the business and politics of this act.
Ducking For Cover - Devina Sengupta [ 23:55 ]
Ducking For Cover
"Health insurance during the pandemic is proving to be costlier as companies tighten restrictions in the wake of rising cases and deaths. Will this be the norm in a post-Covid world? Tarun Mathur, co-founder and CBO Policybazaar, and Mahavir Chopra, founder and CEO Beshak.org discuss this with ET's Riju Mehta and Ashwin Manikandan.
The clips used in the episode belong to ICICI Prudential, Cred, LIC, NDTV and ET Now. Music is June by Bobby Richards."
FCRA Block-Aid - Indulekha Aravind [ 30:32 ]
Onerous restrictions on NGOs receiving foreign funds have made it hard for them to provide much-needed aid during the ongoing pandemic. Ingrid Srinath, Director, Centre for Social Impact & Philanthropy at Ashoka University, and Sachin Jain, Founder of Vikas Samvad Samiti, explain the ramifications.
The news clip used in the episode belongs to Times Now. Priyanka Chopra's plea for donation for India was posted by her on her Instagram handle.
Crypto Choke - Arijit Barman [ 34:26 ]
With leading banks stopping payments for crypto-currency traders, will the blockchain entrepreneurs, exchanges, or investors be able to fight back? WazirX Founder and CEO Nischal Shetty discusses this with ET's Sugata Ghosh and Apoorva Mittal.
Clips courtesy: Saturday Night Live, Coinswitch Kuber, India Today, TV 18. Music courtesy: Adhesive Wombat
SOS from Bharat - Rachita Prasad [ 33:15 ]
SOS from Bharat
Covid-19 has struck the rural heart of India badly this time. The economic fallout is manageable so far – with some caution, according to Sunil Kumar Sinha, Principal Economist at India Ratings & Research, and K Ramakrishnan, MD - South Asia, Kantar Worldpanel. But Excel sheets may not be able to capture the distress, says Neelesh Misra, Founder of Gaon Connection.
The audio elements used in this episode belong to India Today, CNBC-TV18.
Pat(i)ent Rights - Devina Sengupta [ 21:31 ]
A waiver of intellectual property rights on Covid-19 vaccines and drugs alone may not benefit developing countries including India in the battle against the deadly disease. Murali Neelakantan, Former Global General Counsel of Cipla and Glenmark, and Vikas Dandekar, Editor, Pharma and Healthcare, ET Prime, explain what’s at stake for the patent holders and developing nations. The clip featuring Bill Gates used in the podcast belongs to Sky News.
Call 1098 - Indulekha Aravind [ 23:09 ]
That’s the number to contact to help children orphaned by Covid-19, who are more vulnerable to unscrupulous traffickers, with social media Samaritans unwittingly worsening the situation. Sunil Arora of Bal Asha Trust, Sonal Kapoor from the Protsahan India Foundation and ET’s Devina Sengupta explain how children in this crisis can be helped.
Indian Pandemic League - Devina Sengupta [ 21:28 ]
Indian Pandemic League
This year’s IPL has been indefinitely postponed midway through the tournament after some players contracted Covid-19. Joy Bhattacharjya, Former Director, Kolkata Knight Riders, K Shriniwas Rao, the Times of India’s Senior Sports Journalist, and ET’s Gaurav Laghate tell us how the virus breached IPL’s bio-bubble and the impact of the postponement. The IPL theme music used in this episode belongs to BCCI.
Polled Over - Rachita Prasad [ 33:22 ]
The triumph of regional parties in the West Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu elections was a setback for the BJP, which won only Assam and Puducherry. The Congress was marginalised. ET’s political reporters KR Balasubramanyam, Bikash Singh, Vasudha Venugopal and Dia Rekhi analyse the election results.
Band-aid Bharat - Indulekha Aravind [ 27:20 ]
Several countries have come to the aid of India as it battles a devastating Covid-19 wave. How will this affect the global perception of Aatmanirbhar India? Ranjan Mathai, Former Foreign Secretary of India, Tanvi Madan, Director of The India Project at Brookings Institution, Washington, ET Columnist Seema Sirohi and ET’s Manu Pubby give us their insights.
Let Me Breathe - Devina Sengupta [ 17:35 ]
Let Me Breathe
India produces sufficient oxygen, but getting it to Covid-19 patients remains a challenge. How can we get out of this crisis? VR Sharma, MD, Jindal Steel, Rajeev Gupta, Founder Vinayak Oxygen and Sandeep Barasia, CBO, Delhivery tackle the logistical issues, while Pulmonologist Dr. Bornali Datta, and ET's Nabeel Khan recount their experiences in battling oxygen availability.
Humane Resource Management - Rachita Prasad [ 29:14 ]
Humane Resource Management
Amid the raging second wave of the pandemic, some companies are trying to ensure the wellbeing of their employees by helping them get beds at hospitals, critical medicines and oxygen, among other things. Meeta Gangrade, COO at 1To1Help, and ET’s Rica Bhattacharyya tell us what more they can do. Also: tips on managing anxiety from psychotherapist Meghna Mukherjee.
Covid S.H.I.E.L.D. - Arijit Barman [ 34:27 ]
People from all over are stepping up to help individuals in distress as Covid’s second wave ravages the country. A few bravehearts like Fashion Influencer Amrita Thakur, Mazher Ramzanali of Khaana Chahiye, Ali Shariff of NGO Mercy Mission, and Samaresh Das share their experiences.
Vax Populi - Indulekha Aravind [ 23:42 ]
Allowing all adults to get vaccinated against Covid-19 from next month brings new challenges – from supply chain issues to the ethical dilemma of equitable distribution. Gagandeep Kang, Virologist and Professor at Christian Medical College, Vellore, and ET’s Nidhi Sharma discuss the hurdles ahead.
Blank Board - Devina Sengupta [ 15:48 ]
Class 10 and class 12 students are in a quandary with their board exams cancelled or rescheduled because of Covid-19 cases. Sushil Dhankar, Spokesperson of National Independent Schools Alliance, Adarsh Khandelwal, CEO of Collegify, Disha Nawani, Dean of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and Anubha Shrivastava Sahai, President of the India Wide Parents Association, tell us how this will affect the future of the students and what the government and schools can do to ease this jolt.
Fast and Furious - Arijit Barman [ 35:03 ]
Fast and Furious
Not enough drugs, beds and oxygen – that’s the state of affairs in this second and larger wave of Covid-19 that’s hit India. Vikas Dandekar of ET Prime gives us the lowdown on Remdesivir, the drug that’s in high demand for treating coronavirus cases. And we have ground reports from Krishna Kumar in Mumbai, Vatsala Gaur from Lucknow and Akshatha M in Bengaluru.
New Jabs for the Job - Rachita Prasad [ 22:42 ]
New Jabs for the Job
As the second wave of Covid-19 batters the country, the Indian government has approved the use of vaccines authorised in the US, UK, Europe and Japan to combat the dreaded disease. ET's Teena Thacker and Nidhi Sharma tell us about the challenges ahead and how soon will every citizen in India be vaccinated.
Unicorns by the Dozen - Indulekha Aravind [ 28:45 ]
Unicorns by the Dozen
Global investors have converted 10 Indian startups into unicorns – each valued at $1 billion at least – this year, with six in just a week. We discuss what’s driving the funding rush and whether such valuations are sustainable with the Founders of two unicorns – Souvik Sengupta of Infra.Market and Nithin Kamath of Zerodha – along with Archana Rai, Editor-South at ET.
The clips used in the audio montage at the beginning of the episode belong to ET Now and Akur Warikoo.
Political Rap - Arijit Barman [ 35:15 ]
Young Indian hip-hop artists are now more vocal than ever about political issues and what’s brushed under the carpet. We catch up with Arivu of ‘Enjoy Enjaami’ fame, who is also a lyricist and a Tamil playback singer, and Rounok Chakraborty, alias Cizzy, a Bengali rapper with viral music videos like ‘Kolkatar Rasta,’ to find out why politics is making them angry and spurring their creativity.
Jab Ration-ale - Indulekha Aravind [ 24:00 ]
With India battling the second wave of Covid, voices asking for more vaccinations and vaccines to be allowed are growing louder. What should be India's vaccine strategy? Virologist Dr. V. Ravi, who is on the Sputnik V's advisory board, and ET's Divya Rajagopal discuss.
Cold Savings Realities - Rachita Prasad [ 24:07 ]
Cold Savings Realities
The government's overnight u-turn on the slashing of interest rates for small savings schemes raised eyebrows. Financial Planner Melvin Joseph and ET's Sugata Ghosh talk about the significance of such schemes and suggest that even though a cut remains imminent, the interest rate cycle may be bottoming out.
Kwik! Save My Data! - Devina Sengupta [ 17:36 ]
Kwik! Save My Data!
The alleged data leak at Mobikwik once again highlighted shortcomings in the security infrastructure of fintech companies, which put millions of users at risk. Siddharth Vishwanath, Cybersecurity Leader at PwC, and Independent Researchers Srinivas Kodali and Rajshekhar Rajaharia explain what happens when data falls into the wrong hands and how to prevent more breaches.
Epicentre Nandigram - Indulekha Aravind [ 37:19 ]
As Nandigram, the most fiercely contested constituency in West Bengal, goes to the polls, ET’s Deputy Resident Editor (Mumbai) Arijit Barman and Senior Assistant Editor Vasudha Venugopal join in from Ground Zero to tell us why this election is unlike any other and what’s at stake for Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress and the BJP.
IT's Party Time - Rachita Prasad [ 21:09 ]
IT's Party Time
While most service sectors are struggling to recover from the pandemic, IT companies are expanding like never before. How is this pivotal sector seemingly thriving in an economy hit by Covid-19? Listen to anecdotes from IT professional Pallavi Thakur, while staffing firm Xpheno Founder Kamal Karanth and ET's Ayan Pramanik dive deeper into the jobs boom
Explosives, Cops, Corruption - Devina Sengupta [ 15:27 ]
Explosives, Cops, Corruption
Explosives, a dead man, a top cop, a senior politician and allegations of extortion - this baffling scandal involving the Mumbai Police will have far-reaching implications for the police, politicians and the people, say our guests D Sivanandhan, Former Police Commissioner of Mumbai, Arun Bhatia, Former IAS Officer and Writer-Editor Meenal Baghel. Sound bytes courtesy Times Now.
Covid, 365 Not Out - Rachita Prasad [ 24:05 ]
Covid, 365 Not Out
It's been a year since we've been cooped up in fear of a fast-spreading virus. How have the job market, economy, and bourses reacted and adapted to this black swan event? ET's Deepshikha Sikawar, Saumya Bhattacharya, Nishanth Vasudevan, and Divya Rajagopal discuss. Janata curfew byte courtesy TOI Online.
Game, Set, Listing - Indulekha Aravind [ 21:53 ]
Game, Set, Listing
Will the bumper investor response to e-gaming firm Nazara Technologies' IPO turbo charge India's fast-growing gaming industry? Nazara Founder, Nitish Mittersain and ET's Disha Sharma talk about what lies ahead for esports in India.
Soccernomics: Making Football Viable - Arijit Barman [ 30:44 ]
Soccernomics: Making Football Viable
After 7 seasons of the Indian Super League, franchises are yet to break even. Beyond the pandemic, what's making the situation dire even as the game's popularity is rising? Baichung Bhutia, Former Indian footballer, Aditya Datta, COO of FC Goa and Balu Nayar, Former MD of IMG India discuss the makings of a successful sports league
RaGa's Push Up Politics - Indulekha Aravind [ 21:05 ]
RaGa's Push Up Politics
Rahul Gandhi has been on the campaign trail reaching out to the youth and the marginalised ahead of the upcoming assembly elections. Congress' National Spokesperson Supriya Shrinate and ET's Senior Editor C.L.Manoj help us decode the party's strategies and what’s at stake for India’s grand old party.
Unicorns at IPO Stage - Devina Sengupta [ 22:52 ]
Unicorns at IPO Stage
A host of Indian startups are considering going public this year. Is this coming of age spurred by ambition or pressure from investors wanting to exit? Karthik Reddy, Co-Founder of Blume Ventures, and ET Startups' editor Samidha Sharma discuss.
Crypto Art: Fad or Future? - Arijit Barman [ 33:22 ]
Crypto Art: Fad or Future?
Non-fungible tokens are enabling digital artists to monetise their work in an ingenious new way using blockchain technology. Ramani Ramachandran, CEO of ZPX, Riya Ramani, a Crypto-Artist, and ET’s Anandi Chandrasekhar discuss if the art on a hard drive is just a FOMO fad or it has the potential to revolutionise how contracts are maintained.
Working Girls, Interrupted - Devina Sengupta [ 21:36 ]
Working Girls, Interrupted
The pandemic pushed more women than men out of jobs and even made it harder for them to get back to work. Rosa Abraham, a Senior Research Fellow at Azim Premji University, Sairee Chahal, Founder of Sheroes, and ET’s Saumya Bhattacharya uncover the problems that women face in the workplace and ways to fix them.
Spick and SPAC - Arijit Barman [ 31:19 ]
Spick and SPAC
The frenzy of market listing via blank cheque companies has gripped companies worldwide and is now landing on Indian shores. Renew Power Chairman Sumant Sinha and Girish Vanvari, Founder of tax advisory firm Transaction Square, decode how Special Purpose Acquisition Companies work.
CoWin or CoWon't - Rachita Prasad [ 30:31 ]
CoWin or CoWon't
Confusion and chaos marred the first days of vaccinations for senior citizens. As India scales up its vaccination drive to reach over a billion people, skepticism continues to be rife about the safety and efficacy of the jabs. Dr. Harsh Mahajan, Founder of Mahajan Imaging, and ET's Nidhi Sharma dispel the rumours and clarify the on-ground reality.
Over-the-top Regulations - Indulekha Aravind [ 27:31 ]
Some provisions of the government's new rules for content on social media, digital news platforms and streaming services have raised concerns among media groups, activists and lawyers. Hitesh Jain, Managing Partner of Parinam Law Associates, Advocate Shreya Singhal and ET's Saubhik Chakrabarti discuss the wider implications of these rules.
The New Reliance - Rachita Prasad [ 22:38 ]
The New Reliance
Reliance Industries is carving out its oil-to-chemicals business into a separate company as it looks to build a “New Reliance.” Joseph Chang, Global Editor at Independent Commodity Intelligence Services (ICIS), and Harshvardhan Dole, VP at IIFL, discuss what’s ahead for the conglomerate’s monetisation plans, challenges to the reorganisation and what shareholders should expect.
Crypto Bait & KPop’s ARMY - Indulekha Aravind [ 21:42 ]
Crypto Bait & KPop’s ARMY
K-pop, with its fanbase of millions of youngsters, was an attractive opportunity for scamsters on Twitter using the guise of fake crypto accounts and giveaways. But then the fan group called ARMY decided to fight back. ET's Shephali Bhatt and Ashwin Manikandan discuss their investigation of this unique scam lying at the intersection of crypto and Kpop – both hugely popular subcultures.
UP Budget With CM Yogi - Devina Sengupta & Aman Sharma [ 19:16 ]
UP Budget With CM Yogi
In this special episode, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath outlines the state’s road map after his government presented a Rs 5.5 lakh crore budget focused on jobs, infrastructure, farmers and containing Covid-19. A year ahead of the state elections, the CM dismissed the opposition’s allegations on law and order and said UP is fast becoming an investment hub.
Fixing Shadow Banks - Arijit Barman [ 21:48 ]
Fixing Shadow Banks
NBFCs fell out of favour after the IL&FS imbroglio but a spate of recent acquisitions has brought them back into the spotlight. Krishnan Sitharaman, Senior Director at CRISIL, Sridhar Sivaram, Investment Director at Enam Holdings, and ET's Saikat Das help us decode this resurgence
Licence to Map - Devina Sengupta [ 19:23 ]
Licence to Map
India has opened up access to geospatial data for local companies to spur innovation in mapping. Lalitesh Katragadda, Founder of Google Map Maker, Rohan Verma, CEO of MapmyIndia, and ET’s Shantanu Nandan Sharma explain how Indian companies will benefit from the new policy, the hurdles in implementation and if existing players will feel the pinch.
Exit The Dragon? - Indulekha Aravind [ 29:03 ]
Exit The Dragon?
China and India seem to be moving towards military disengagement at the LAC after a standoff lasting months. Nirupama Rao, Former Indian Foreign Secretary, and ET's Pranab Dhal Samanta tell us what led to this development, whether India can trust China and the impact on bilateral trade relations
Koo D'état - Arijit Barman [ 22:28 ]
Koo, the locally developed microblogging site that allows users to share their thoughts in Indian languages, is gaining ground as Twitter-government standoff continues. But do alt social networks work? Aprameya Radhakrishna, Founder & CEO of Koo, and ET's Surabhi Agarwal and Venkat Anath discuss its strategy.
The Himalayan Disaster - Rachita Prasad [ 18:38 ]
The Himalayan Disaster
A suspected glacial collapse led to a destructive flash flood in Uttarakhand. What is the impact of global warming and large-scale development projects on ecologically fragile regions, and how can they be mitigated? Farooq Azam, Glaciologist, Anjal Prakash, lead author of a UN report on the issue, and ET's Urmi Goswami discuss.
Dissent #Blocked - Devina Sengupta [ 14:43 ]
Social media platforms Twitter and Facebook are at a crossroads over whether to uphold freedom of expression or follow the government’s orders to take down several accounts in the wake of the farmer protests. Apar Gupta, Executive Director of Internet Freedom Foundation and ET’s Anumeha Chaturvedi explain what's happening.
Get Shorty - Arijit Barman [ 25:03 ]
A bunch of Redditors in the US shook Wall Street by banding together to buy up shares of ailing video game seller GameStop, taking short-sellers by surprise. Nithin Kamath, Co-Founder of Zerodha, and Pravin Palande of ET Prime decode the saga and tell us if a similar frenzy can take place in India.
Budget Booster for Sensex - Rachita Prasad [ 19:30 ]
Budget Booster for Sensex
The Sensex closed at a record high on Wednesday as the stock markets continued to cheer measures proposed in the budget. Aditya Sood, Fund Manager at InCred Finance, and Nishanth Vasudevan, ET's Markets Editor, discuss the options and precautions for investors riding this bull run.
Budget to Rebuild - Indulekha Aravind [ 19:43 ]
Budget to Rebuild
A year after the Covid-19 outbreak, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented a budget aimed at spending and job creation in a bid to spur economic growth. ET's Chief Editor (news) Sugata Ghosh and Consulting Editor Mythili Bhusnurmath tell us why this budget has brought industry and markets cheer, although questions remain on the execution of plans.
Divestment Dilemmas - Arijit Barman [ 20:23 ]
It remains an obvious source of funds for the government and the Modi government had even kickstarted big bang privatisation of PSUs. But like always intent has not yet translated into reality. Former finance secretary Subhash Chandra Garg and ET's Gulveen Aulakh examine why.
Will Tata's Super App Click? - Indulekha Aravind [ 16:51 ]
Will Tata's Super App Click?
The Tata Group’s plan to buy BigBasket & 1 mg is considered a stepping stone to creating a one-stop digital service, a super app. ET’s Senior Editor Kala Vijayraghavan and Mumbai Deputy Resident Editor, Arijit Barman tell us why these acquisitions are important for the Tatas and the chances of their super app succeeding in the highly competitive consumer internet space
The Republic's March - Devina Sengupta [ 18:52 ]
The Republic's March
The roar of Rafale jets may make up for the absence of a chief guest and fewer spectators at India's 72nd Republic Day parade in New Delhi. ET’s Vikram Doctor and Manu Pubby discuss the history of this annual procession, its appeal among today’s social media-obsessed youth and whether it is truly representative of modern India.
Namaste, Biden! - Rachita Prasad [ 23:39 ]
As the 46th US President, Joe Biden has a host of challenges awaiting him, senior journalist and ET Columnist, Seema Sirohi and Deputy Executive Editor, Pranab Dhal Samanta discuss how it will affect India on matters such as immigration, trade, climate change and international security.
Delivering Hope - Devina Sengupta [ 16:53 ]
As India rolled out its massive immunisation drive against Covid-19, we look at the action behind the scenes. Kunal Agarwal, Cofounder of Kool-Ex, tells us about the cold-chain logistics involved, Dr. Swadhina Mohanty gives us her account of getting the jab on the first day, and ET’s Nidhi Sharma explains how the government plans to deal with vaccine hesitancy.
Host - Devina Sengupta
Digital Loan Sharks - Indulekha Aravind [ 17:39 ]
Digital Loan Sharks
The growing number of unregulated loan apps, many with Chinese links, and the harassment of borrowers has caught the regulator's eye. Srikanth L of advocacy group Cashless Consumer and ET’s Shailesh Menon and Venkat Ananth discuss the modus operandi of these apps, how they proliferated with ease and the red flags to watch out for.
Ratan Tata's Millennial Assistant - Arijit Barman [ 30:09 ]
Ratan Tata's Millennial Assistant
What's it like to see Ratan Tata up close and personal? Shantanu Naidu, the 28-year-old personal assistant to one of India's most reclusive tycoons, recently wrote a book about the man behind the mystique. Naidu tells us how he unexpectedly - and delightfully - found a friend, mentor and comrade for life in Tata.
Farm Laws Paused - Devina Sengupta [ 15:16 ]
Farm Laws Paused
7 months of protests, 8 rounds of talks, and one Supreme Court stay order later, the impasse continues. Where do the protesters and government go from here? Jai Kisan Andolan Coordination Committee's Avik Saha and ET's Aman Sharma discuss.
A Signal From WhatsApp - Rachita Prasad [ 17:24 ]
A Signal From WhatsApp
WhatsApp's new policy guidelines have raised questions about data privacy and stirred a storm among users. techARC Founder Faisal Kawoosa and ET Prime’s Tech Policy Editor Sandhya Sharma tell us how safe our data is with WhatsApp and help us make sense of what data privacy is and how to protect it.
Ayyo Thalaivaar! - Arijit Barman [ 25:14 ]
Cinema stardom and politics seem to go hand in hand in many Indian states. Following actor Rajinikanth’s decision to not enter politics, political observers Vaasanthi and Telakapalli Ravi, and ET’s KR Balasubramanyam dissect the reasons behind this move, its ramifications and the relevance of film stars in today’s political landscape.
The Bitcoin Buzz - Rachita Prasad [ 20:07 ]
The Bitcoin Buzz
In a year of many lows, cryptocurrency Bitcoin’s value rose 300% in 2020. As investors grapple with the fear of missing out, CEO of Bitbns Gaurav Dahake and ET Prime’s Sidhartha Shukla decode the recent boom in the cryptocurrency market and tell us why Bitcoin is the new digital gold for several investors today
Shot in the Dark - Induelekha Aravind [ 23:40 ]
Shot in the Dark
Swift approval for Bharat Biotech's indigenous Covid-19 vaccine and Serum Institute of India's version of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has raised more doubts than enthusiasm. We talk to Dr. Amar Jesani, Editor of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, and ET’s Divya Rajagopal to understand the concerns.
Art of Giving - Rachita Prasad [ 32:32 ]
Art of Giving
Indians opened their wallets and hearts to help others in the pandemic, but that left non-Covid programs cash-strapped. Pushpa Aman Singh, CEO Guidestar India, Amit Chandra, MD Bain Capital, and Ashok Kumar ER, President Give India talk about the social service sector.
2020: A Year Like No Other - Indulekha Aravind [ 26:49 ]
2020: A Year Like No Other
A pandemic, incursions by an aggressive China and a rollercoaster market - 2020 saw all this and more. As we get ready to step into the new year, ET editors Bodhisatva Ganguli, Pranab Dhal Samanta and Sriram Ramakrishnan break down the biggest news developments of 2020 and what 2021 might hold for the economy, the political landscape and the markets.
Lockdown: Like, Share & Subscribe - Devina Sengupta [ 17:00 ]
Lockdown: Like, Share & Subscribe
Pandemic-led social distancing saw people consume unprecedented levels of content on social media in 2020 to stay connected, updated and entertained ShareChat’s Content Strategy Director, Shashank Shekhar, Co-Founder of Trell App Pulkit Agrawal, Content Creator Niharicka Singh and ET’s Megha Mandavia take us through the social media journey in 2020 and some trends for 2021.
Dial M for Medicine - Arijit Barman [ 19:47 ]
Dial M for Medicine
First came electronics, then groceries, and now, even your medicines can be ordered online. What's its impact on the neighbourhood chemists, investors, and regulators? Navroz Mahudawala, founder and MD of investment advisory firm Candle Partners and ET's Alnoor Peermohamed discuss.
Therapy Goes Online - Devina Sengupta [ 19:50 ]
Therapy Goes Online
The use of virtual therapy more than doubled in 2020 as Covid-19 took a toll on people’s mental health. Ramakant Vempati, founder of therapy app Wysa, Ishita Pateria, a counselling psychologist, and ET’s Shephali Bhatt discuss the advantages and challenges that e-therapy has over the therapists’ couch.
Talking Stocks - Rachita Prasad [ 22:10 ]
India’s benchmark stock indices surged during the pandemic even as Covid-19 dented economic growth. Manish Bhandari, Co-founder of Vallum Capital, and ET’s Nishanth Vasudevan bring us an overview of what’s driving the rally, common mistakes that retail investors should avoid, and what to expect in 2021.
Fuel on Fire - Rachita Prasad [ 22:08 ]
Fuel on Fire
Petrol and diesel prices are inching towards all-time highs in India where consumers pay some of the highest fuel taxes in the world. K Ravichandran, Executive VP at ICRA, Debasish Mishra, leader for energy resources at Deloitte, and ET’s Deepshikha Sikarwar discuss what triggered the price hike and whether consumers can expect any relief soon.
Labour Pangs - Arijit Barman [ 21:52 ]
Recent protests against big companies like Wistron and Toyota in Karnataka depict a trend of increasing trade unionism and labour dissatisfaction. As India Inc ramps up production, labour issues might intensify unless dealt with empathy, feel Dr Narendar Pani, Prof. at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Captain Gopinath founder of Air Deccan and ET’s Archana Rai.
The Maharaja’s Suitors - Indulekha Aravind [ 24:29 ]
The Maharaja’s Suitors
Four entities are interested in buying Air India, attracted by the assets of the national carrier. However, high debt and legacy issues mean that reviving the airline is no easy task. Sanjiv Kapoor, Former Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer at Vistara, and ET’s Mihir Mishra discuss what’s next for the Maharaja.
Surgical Strike - Devina Sengupta [ 17:35 ]
The Centre's move to allow Ayurveda students to perform surgeries has sparked protests by allopathic doctors. Dr. Rajan Sharma, National President of the Indian Medical Association, and ET's Teena Thacker explain what this could mean for patients.
Gone Game - Arijit Barman [ 20:08 ]
Some states have pulled the plug on the fast-growing online gaming industry and more are likely to join the banned-wagon. Nikhil Narendran, Partner at Trilegal, Salone Sehgal, Co-Founder of Lumikai, and ET’s Megha Mandavia discuss the pros and cons of these restrictions and how they might affect investments.
(P)honey? - Devina Sengupta [ 22:56 ]
Some of India’s leading honey makers are facing charges of adulteration, denting their image. Sunita Narain, director of Centre for Science and Environment and ET's Ratna Bhushan discuss the concerning report, and what's next for the Rs. 1,800 crore sector.
Home Truths: To buy or not? - Rachita Prasad [ 19:47 ]
Home Truths: To buy or not?
Declining property prices, record-low home loan rates, government incentives and offers galore from builders – is now the right time to buy your dream home? That's what we asked author and personal finance coach PV Subramanyam and ET’s Kailash Babar, who closely tracks the real estate market.
Riders for Ride-Hailing Apps - Indulekha Aravind [ 20:31 ]
Riders for Ride-Hailing Apps
The new Motor Vehicle Aggregator Guidelines propose that states cap surge pricing and increase the commission for drivers to 80%. Rameesh Kailasam, CEO of IndiaTech.Org, and ET’s special correspondent Alnoor Peermohamed tell us the impact of these norms on cab-aggregator startups, drivers and customers.
Farm Furore - Arijit Barman [ 32:28 ]
Since Friday, farmers unhappy with three recently passed farm bills, have laid siege to the capital. We ask Ajay Jakhar, a farmer and chairman of Bharat Krishak Samaj, as well as Himangshu Watts, editor at ET, if the changes will improve efficiencies, farm incomes and boost investments in an otherwise anti-competitive sector or if bigger monopolies will create new cartels.
Reservations Cancelled - Devina Sengupta [ 16:33 ]
As another wave of the coronavirus scares vacationers, hoteliers are arming themselves with safety measures and special offers to attract guests. Ajay Bakaya, Managing Director of Sarovar Hotels, and ET’s Anumeha Chaturvedi tell us how hotel owners are also finding opportunities in the midst of the crisis such as hosting film crews and catering to wedding parties.
Cracking Cyber Attacks - Devina Sengupta [ 18:51 ]
Cracking Cyber Attacks
Cyberattacks in India are getting more sophisticated. The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) says that healthcare has become an attractive target for hackers. Supreme Court lawyer NS Nappinai and ET’s senior correspondent Anandi Chandrashekhar tell us what, apart from a strong cybersecurity law, is needed to deter hacking.
Vaccine Reality Dose - Indulekha Aravind [ 18:08 ]
Vaccine Reality Dose
Bharat Biotech failed to halt clinical trials after one person developed serious side-effects during the testing of Covaxin, its indigenously developed Covid-19 vaccine candidate. Dr. K. Srinath Reddy, President of Public Health Foundation of India, and ET’s Teena Thacker take us through the protocols and challenges of developing a vaccine.
Singapore Sling for Lakshmi Vilas Bank - Arijit Barman [ 20:55 ]
Singapore Sling for Lakshmi Vilas Bank
For the first time, the Reserve Bank of India roped in a foreign bank – DBS of Singapore – to take over the assets of an Indian lender, 94-year-old Lakshmi Vilas Bank. ET’s journalists Sugata Ghosh and Atmadip Ray tell us how and why this happened and what it means for banking in the country.
Is dining-out back in? - Devina Sengupta [ 16:01 ]
Is dining-out back in?
India’s restaurants are trying everything to get customers back. Despite all the safety norms in place, consumers are still being careful about dining out. Sameer Seth, Founder of Hunger Inc., Zorawar Kalra, MD of Massive Restaurants, and ET’s Senior Editor Ratna Bhushan explain how the Rs 4.25 lakh crore industry is adapting to the new normal.
Aatmanirbhar Bharat 3.0: Hit or Miss? - Indulekha Aravind [ 26:20 ]
Aatmanirbhar Bharat 3.0: Hit or Miss?
India’s latest stimulus package to revive the economy includes reforms and incentives for local manufacturing and job creation, but experts are unsure if enough has been done to revive demand. ET’s Resident Editor, North, Vinay Pandey and Consulting Editor TK Arun dissect the Rs 2.65 lakh crore Aatmanirbhar Bharat 3.0 package.
Regulating Digital Content - Devina Sengupta [ 20:05 ]
Regulating Digital Content
The government’s move to bring over-the-top (OTT) services such as streaming platforms and digital news channels under the I&B ministry is seen by some as a precursor to content censorship. MediaNama’s founder Nikhil Pahwa and ET’s senior assistant editor Vasudha Venugopal explain the government’s rationale, the impact on the industry and what it could mean for consumers.
Decoding Battleground Bihar - Rachita Prasad [ 25:34 ]
Decoding Battleground Bihar
The NDA is back in power in Bihar, but this win didn’t come easily. Nitish Kumar will be the chief minister, leading his party as a junior partner of the BJP. Neerja Chowdhury, columnist and political commentator, and ET’s senior assistant editor Kumar Anshuman analyse India’s first election since the Covid-19 outbreak and assess what’s next.
Are we ready to WhatsApp Pay? - Indulekha Aravind [ 22:01 ]
Are we ready to WhatsApp Pay?
WhatsApp Pay finally got the nod to launch last week but with riders. Simultaneously, an unprecedented cap of 30% of monthly UPI transaction volume was announced for all players. We look at the ramifications of these two big developments on a rapidly growing digital payments network.
The US Presidential Election - Devina Sengupta [ 21:05 ]
The US Presidential Election
The next US president’s key task will be to return America to global leadership in a world wracked by Covid-19, China’s ambitions and climate change. India will seek more investments and easier visa norms from the US. While Biden has always been supportive of India, Trump has clicked with Modi and a second term could mean business as usual.
Flipkart Goes Shopping - Arijit Barman [ 20:52 ]
Flipkart Goes Shopping
Flipkart has recently made a number of cherry-picked deals and partnerships. It's also seen bumper sales during its flagship festive sale. We delve into the company’s strategic focus on wholesale, fashion and grocery and what this means for its plans for an IPO.
Will India ever get its own Ant? - Indulekha Aravind [ 15:53 ]
Will India ever get its own Ant?
Starting off as a payment unit of Alibaba, Ant is today a fintech giant straddling payments, lending, investments, and insurance and is likely to raise over $34 billion in its upcoming listing, making it the world's biggest IPO. How did it get there, and can India have an Ant equivalent?
India’s Pollution Crisis - Devina Sengupta [ 21:31 ]
India’s Pollution Crisis
Winter brings with it the familiar troubles of increased air pollution - this time, the government has proposed a new law to address the crisis in the capital. We discuss how effective that's likely to be, what the other solutions are and the situation that awaits India's most polluted cities this smog season.
Harshad for Millennials - Arijit Barman [ 23:57 ]
Harshad for Millennials
The saga of a scam and a flamboyant stockbroker who turned Public Enemy No. 1 in 1992 has hit a chord among viewers. But why is Harshad Mehta still relevant after all these years and why does a man long dead and gone continue to fascinate many, not just the old-timers?
Vaccinating a Billion Indians - Indulekha Aravind [ 23:07 ]
Vaccinating a Billion Indians
Politicians are promising voters free Covid-19 vaccines. But a vaccine is far from ready. We assess why India may have to wait longer than other countries for the vaccine and what it will take in terms of logistics and costs to protect its over 1.3 billion people from the novel coronavirus.
India's Post-Covid Job Market - Devina Sengupta [ 20:12 ]
India's Post-Covid Job Market
Covid-19 led to the worst job crisis in India in decades. As the economy recovers, what will the job market look like in the next few quarters, and which skills will be most in-demand?
Shoppers vs Slowdown - Arijit Barman [ 21:24 ]
Shoppers vs Slowdown
After months of Covid-19-induced curbs, festive season sales were back with a bang. Customers lapped up mobiles and appliances and even car sales got a bump-up. What made Indian shoppers open their purse strings despite widespread job losses and a battered economy?
Can Jet Fly Again? - Sruthijith KK [ 21:21 ]
The Vedanta Delisting Fiasco - Sruthijith KK [ 15:04 ]
The Vedanta Delisting Fiasco
After failing to delist Vedanta, share prices of billionaire Anil Agarwal’s flagship Indian company tanked. Why didn’t India’s biggest delisting exercise whet the appetite of investors and what lies next?
The India-China Border Conflict - Sruthijith KK [ 35:13 ]
The India-China Border Conflict
India and China have been locked in a bitter border conflict in the Ladakh region since April, despite several rounds of diplomatic talks between the nations. How did it all start, what are the latest developments and how is it likely to play out for the two countries?
The Telangana Model - Sruthijith KK [ 59:28 ]
The Telangana Model
“There’s no quota on Everest,” says RS Praveen Kumar IPS, the architect behind the extraordinary turnaround of a network of schools for the marginalised in Telangana. In this podcast, he details his methods and philosophy, which has yielded incredible results, including the youngest girl to summit Mount Everest.
The Amazon-Future Group Dispute - Sruthijith KK [ 08:39 ]
The Amazon-Future Group Dispute
Amazon has asked for the Reliance-Future Group merger to be put on hold after moving towards arbitration in Singapore alleging a breach of contract.
The IPL Economy - Sruthijith KK [ 17:36 ]
The IPL Economy
The 13th edition of IPL is generating a lot of on-field excitement even as it is held under tremendous logistical constraints in a pandemic and away from home, in the UAE. ET’s Gaurav Laghate brings you all the behind-the-scenes action on how the IPL economy is performing.
War for the planet of the Apps - Sruthijith KK [ 16:41 ]
War for the planet of the Apps
Google’s plan to enforce its 30% Play Store commission on in-app purchases has created a storm among Indian startups, who are up in arms against it.
Goa's Fine Whisky Connection - Sruthijith KK [ 20:46 ]
Goa's Fine Whisky Connection
Paul John Mithuna, a Goa-made whisky, was recently named the third-best in the world by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. What's the story behind the spirit, what does this mean for the Indian alcohol business and why is Goa becoming the home for trendy new alcohol makers?
What’s next for the telecom sector? - Sruthijith KK [ 22:04 ]
What’s next for the telecom sector?
Ever since Jio came into the market in 2016 with its free to minimal data and calling tariffs, the telecom sector has seen disruption like never before. Facing a heap of regulatory and financial issues, what does the future have in store for Airtel, Jio, and VI?
Surgical Strike - Devina Sengupta [ 17:36 ]
The Centre’s move to allow Ayurveda students to perform surgeries has sparked protests by allopathic doctors. Dr. Rajan Sharma, National President of the Indian Medical Association, and ET’s Teena Thacker explain what this could mean for patients.
Post-Covid complications - Sruthijith KK [ 23:20 ]
While treatment for Covid improves, a new problem has emerged - complications among those who have recovered, both physiological and mental.
The Russian Vaccine Connection - Sruthijith KK [ 21:42 ]
The Russian Vaccine Connection
Indian manufacturer Dr. Reddy's has inked an agreement to produce the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. How’s the global race for a coronavirus vaccine shaping up? What’s the best case scenario?
Tata-SP Group Negotiations - Sruthijith KK [ 27:15 ]
Tata-SP Group Negotiations
It took the Shapoorji-Pallonji Group less than half a day to accept Tata Sons' offer to buy back its 18.37% equity holding in the conglomerate. But the separation is unlikely to be a smooth affair.