from Global Investing:

Strong dollar, weak oil and emerging markets growth

October 17, 2014

Many emerging economies have been banking on weaker currencies to revitalise economic growth.  Oil's 25 percent fall in dollar terms this year should also help. The problem however is the dollar's strength which is leading to a general tightening of monetary conditions worldwide, more so in countries where central banks are intervening to prevent their currencies from falling too much.

from Breakingviews:

Cheap oil is no tonic for sluggish Asian economies

October 17, 2014

By Andy Mukherjee

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

from India Insight:

Book Talk – Ten years on, Chetan Bhagat says better prepared to face critics

October 10, 2014

Love him or hate him, you cannot ignore him. If you're in India, the chances are that there's at least one of his novels on your bookshelf or one of his columns in the newspaper in front of you on the table. If you still haven't escaped from him, there are tons of interviews lately like this one showing up in front of you.

from Expert Zone:

First Drive: Mercedes-Benz GLA

By Ashish Jha
October 7, 2014

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

The trend of luxury crossovers was started by BMW with the X1. Audi followed suit with its Q3 and Mercedes-Benz is now entering the game with the GLA.

from Expert Zone:

The Islamic State in Iraq, Syria and its fallout on India

By S K Chatterji
October 7, 2014

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

The Islamic State has invigorated jihadi establishments in South and Southeast Asia. It has shaken up the al Qaeda, so far occupying the spiritual pedestal of Islamist Jihad, spurring it to announce the formation of a branch in the Indian subcontinent. Apparently, the Indian subcontinent won't remain unscathed with the contesting constituents of Islamist jihad locked in a battle of dominance.

from John Lloyd:

Is ‘civil society’ imperialistic? Putin says yes, and he’s not alone.

By John Lloyd
October 4, 2014

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The word “imperialism” is still bandied about a good deal. Sometimes its meaning is traditional, as in the charge that President Vladimir Putin’s Russia is seeking to reassemble some part of the Russian imperium. Sometimes the meaning is flakier, as in the claim of Scots nationalists that England is a neo-imperial state on the lookout for wars in which to flex its flabby military muscles.

from The Great Debate:

India’s rock-star PM wowed Madison Square Garden — but can he deliver more than a great show?

By Amana Fontanella-Khan
September 29, 2014

India's Prime Minister Modi speaks at Madison Square Garden in New York

 

“They used to think of us as snake charmers!” boomed Narendra Modi, shortly after receiving an electrifying welcome at New York City’s Madison Square Garden this Sunday. “Now they know we play with mice, not snakes,” he said, in a well-received reference to India’s booming IT industry.

from Breakingviews:

Rock star Modi needs more business-friendly riff

By kateduguid
September 29, 2014

By Kate Duguid

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

from The Great Debate:

Why work with India’s new leader? It’s the economy, stupid

By Anja Manuel
September 29, 2014

India's Prime Minister Modi gestures while speaking at Madison Square Garden in New York

Great powers sneak up on you.  While Washington has been preoccupied with a burning Middle East, Russia behaving badly and, to a lesser extent, the rise of China, U.S. relations with India have slipped down the diplomatic priority list. In coming decades, however, enormous, unwieldy India will likely be the United States’ most important continental partner in Asia.

from Left field:

Zivojinovic: Novak’s greatest weapon is his mind

September 26, 2014

SThe Davis Cup, where the pride of playing for the country is the overriding sentiment, has done different things to different players.