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Jun 17, 2014

India in depth: Global slack will test Modi’s zeal

(The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions
expressed are his own.)

By Andy Mukherjee

SINGAPORE, June 17 (Reuters Breakingviews) – The slack in
the global economy will test the new Indian prime minister’s
resolve. Narendra Modi’s government has pledged to fix the
country’s broken investment cycle. But world growth is too weak
for an ambitious revival, and a recovery funded with still-cheap
money could be short-lived. It will far better to act as a
patient reformer.

Jun 12, 2014

Singapore confronts peril of please-all economics

(The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions
expressed are his own.)

By Andy Mukherjee

SINGAPORE, June 12 (Reuters Breakingviews) – Singapore is
confronting the perils of please-all economics. Ageing citizens
are pushing the government for bigger nest eggs and more
subsidised healthcare and housing. There is also popular
resentment against letting more foreigners in, and not much
appetite for increasing the 7 percent consumption tax. Squaring
this fiscal circle will be a long-term challenge.

Jun 6, 2014

BRICS bank: a good idea that can do grave harm

(The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions
expressed are his own.)

By Andy Mukherjee

SINGAPORE, June 6 (Reuters Breakingviews) – Brazil, Russia,
India, China and South Africa want to clone the World Bank. It’s
one of those worthwhile initiatives that can end up causing
harm.

May 27, 2014

Modi’s slimmed-down team can speed Indian reforms

(The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions
expressed are his own.)

By Andy Mukherjee

SINGAPORE, May 27 (Reuters Breakingviews) – Narendra Modi’s
first decision as India’s new prime minister has been to shrink
the government. His newly inaugurated cabinet will have just 46
ministers, compared with 71 in the previous administration.
That’s a welcome first step toward speeding up the country’s
notoriously slow pace of policymaking.

May 23, 2014
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Unavoidable coup is awful for Thai economy

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By Andy Mukherjee

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Thailand’s latest military coup was probably unavoidable. But that doesn’t make it any more likely that an army takeover will heal the country’s deep-seated divisions. The increased risk of violent conflict leaves the economy, which contracted by 2.1 per cent in the first quarter, further adrift.

May 20, 2014

India in depth: Voters junked a model, not party

(The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions
expressed are his own.)

By Andy Mukherjee

SINGAPORE, May 20 (Reuters Breakingviews) – In handing its
worst-ever defeat to Sonia Gandhi’s Congress Party, Indian
voters have not only rejected a dynastic cabal and its clumsy
governance, but they have also junked its deeply cynical
economic ideology.

May 19, 2014

A to-do list for India’s new government

(The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The
opinions expressed are their own.)

By Quentin Webb and Andy Mukherjee

LONDON/SINGAPORE, May 19 (Reuters Breakingviews) – India’s
top economic priority is reviving investment and growth.
Following its staggering landslide victory, Narendra Modi’s
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has a mandate for real reform.
Still, quick successes are needed to sustain political and
market momentum. The pro-business former chief minister of
Gujarat state should start with infrastructure, tax, and
banking.

May 16, 2014
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Modi’s big win gives India way out of policy limbo

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By Andy Mukherjee 

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.   

Indian voters have just handed Narendra Modi their most decisive mandate in 30 years. The opposition politician’s landslide win ends a tortuous era of coalition politics that has stymied policymaking. It also offers India a way out of its current limbo.

May 13, 2014
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Japan index: Wages bigger worry than spending

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By Andy Mukherjee

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

With the sales tax rising from April 1, the shopping spree that pushed the Breakingviews Abenomics Index to a 12-year high in March has ended. But sluggish wages are a bigger threat than a consumption freeze. If pay disappoints, the spending gloom may become more persistent.

May 12, 2014
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Australia’s mistimed austerity could boomerang

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By Andy Mukherjee 

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Australians are bracing themselves for what is being billed as the toughest government budget in 20 years. But untimely austerity could boomerang on the country’s shaky economy.

    • About Andy

      "Andy Mukherjee covers Asian economies from Singapore. He joined from The Straits Times where he was a senior writer. Andy spent eight years at Bloomberg News, the last five as an Asia columnist. In 2004, and again in 2006, he was awarded the second prize for outstanding commentary writing by the New York-based South Asian Journalists' Association. He left Bloomberg to join a start-up business television station in Mumbai where he was the executive editor until 2010. Andy has an undergraduate degree in journalism from University of Delhi."
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