from India Insight:

Russia’s ambassador to India: the quotable Alexander Kadakin

By Douglas Busvine
December 9, 2014

(Russian President Vladimir Putin is coming to India this week to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and to discuss ways to improve relations. Moscow and New Delhi enjoyed warm ties during the days of the Soviet Union, when India was a member of a non-aligned bloc of nations. The friendship recently has become strained as India relies more on U.S. and French companies to meet its defence needs, something that chafes Russia as it deals with sanctions from western nations over Ukraine. Russia meanwhile has alarmed Indian public opinion with a recent visit by its defence minister to Pakistan. Russia's ambassador Alexander Kadakin, a veteran diplomat first posted to New Delhi more than 40 years ago, discussed Putin’s visit at a press conference on Monday. Here are some of his remarks.

from Expert Zone:

India Markets Weekahead – Be fearful of greedy street

By Ambareesh Baliga
December 7, 2014

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

The past week belonged to individual stocks as the Nifty took a breather, closing with a small loss of 0.45 percent at 8,538. A host of stocks related to defence, railways and power ancillaries hogged the limelight on hopes of huge order flows. Jewellery stocks rallied after the government relaxed gold import norms.

from India Insight:

Short skirts, bad stars, chow mein: Why men in India rape women

December 6, 2014

Demonstrators from All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) hold placards and shout slogans during a protest against the recent killings of two teenage girls, in New Delhi May 31, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

The 2012 Delhi bus rape case and an ever-longer list of rapes and murders in India have prompted politicians and public figures in India to cite plenty of implausible reasons why rape happens and why men brutalise women or portray women in ways that suggest they had it coming. Many people, when speaking out, tend to minimise the crime or rationalise it in ways that sound ludicrous to many. We created this list of such comments more than a year ago, but it seems like it's time to add some new entries.

from India Insight:

New venture hopes to bring dormant Indian plays to life

December 2, 2014

A new venture hopes to document and popularise Indian plays by turning them into movies. CinePlay, the brainchild of businessman Subodh Maskara, will film contemporary and older Indian plays, and make them available for viewing online as well as in cinemas.

from Breakingviews:

India may boast world’s steepest rate cuts in 2015

December 2, 2014

By Andy Mukherjee

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

from Expert Zone:

India Markets Weekahead: Ride the bull … for now

By Ambareesh Baliga
November 23, 2014

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

from India Insight:

Bulgari CEO: we shouldn’t have left India so we’re back

November 20, 2014

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Bulgari should never have left India three years ago, so it's coming back, the chief executive of the Italian luxury jewellery and accessories company said in an interview on Thursday. Jean-Christophe Babin was in New Delhi on Thursday to attend the opening of the company's flagship store in India.

from India Insight:

Sachin on Sachin: Memoir of a cricketer

November 11, 2014

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from India Insight:

Photo Gallery – National Museum revives antique jewellery exhibition

November 11, 2014

For a country that associates art mostly with canvases, sculptures and installations, an exhibition showcasing 5,000 years of antique jewellery can be a novel experience.

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.