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Indian tycoon’s sweetened Cairn bid is still sour

July 25, 2016

Anil Agarwal's mining group Vedanta has upped its offer to buy out the minorities of its cash-rich Indian subsidiary. The 9 percent premium looks far from compelling. The fate of the $2.4 bln bid rests with Cairn India's two largest outside investors.

Breakdown: Solving Asia’s other bad debt problem

June 30, 2016

It's not just China: soured loans are clogging up Indian lenders too. Though a cleanup is underway, the worry is that the departure of central bank chief Raghuram Rajan will delay it. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi needs to fix the banks to fulfil a pledge to create jobs.

A checklist for India’s new central bank chief

June 20, 2016

The Reserve Bank of India needs a new governor after Raghuram Rajan’s premature departure. The ideal candidate would support reforms underway and have some experience as an international macro-economist. Crucially, though, he or she needs to be able to stand up to the government.

India’s smartphone giant eyes China role reversal

June 3, 2016

Micromax has bested Chinese rivals in its home market. To realise its lofty goal of being one of the world’s top five handset makers by 2020, it must succeed in the People’s Republic. Raising the fresh capital required might be the easiest part for the Indian firm.

Tata’s portfolio power still just about adds up

May 24, 2016

Problems at its British steel unit raise questions about the direction of India’s most respected conglomerate under Chairman Cyrus Mistry. The performance of the group’s other big listed companies has been a mixed bag. But viewed as a collective, Tata’s performance stacks up.

India’s Modi can reclaim his “wow” factor

May 16, 2016

Two years after a landslide election, business executives are losing confidence in Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Passing a bankruptcy code last week was a major achievement but other landmark reforms look harder to achieve unless Modi reins in his party from divisive politicking.

India shows China the way to deal with bad debt

May 6, 2016

State-backed banks in both countries have lent too much to politically connected companies that are now in trouble. While India is pushing lenders to come clean, China is still not admitting the extent of the problem. Future growth depends on a proper cleanup.

China and India reform hopes are on hold

April 15, 2016

New leaders in both countries raised hopes for restructuring banks and state-owned companies. But current plans are not bold enough while the window for action is narrowing. Beijing’s investment habit and New Delhi’s obstructive bureaucracy are proving stubbornly hard to shift.

India can learn from Asian bank turnarounds

April 7, 2016

Privatising $2 bln lender IDBI would send a good sign about India’s resolve to fix wobbly banks. Previous deals in the region offer a template for success: let an investor take a big stake, complete with real control over decision-making, and then go easy on the regulation.

Blackstone bets Indian IT can weather US election

April 5, 2016

The buyout firm’s $1.1 billion bid for Indian outsourcer Mphasis looks brave when U.S. presidential candidates are touting restrictions for skilled foreign workers. The low valuation and a long-term contract with seller Hewlett Packard Enterprise at least offers some protection.