India Insight

To pity or not to pity Vijay Mallya

August 10, 2012

Picture this – You run an airline that never made a profit, you need to pay off $1.4 billion debt from who-knows-where and airports, taxmen and oil companies are pursuing you to get their money back.

PETA offers Kingfisher a vegan lift

May 3, 2012

One of the many benefits of vegetarianism, so animal rights activists say, is that it cures impotence. To that end, the global rights group PETA is offering a way to give flagging Kingfisher Airlines a lift.

Selling stake in alcohol business – Mallya’s last roll of dice?

March 29, 2012

It’s always spectacular when things go horribly wrong for the rich and famous.

Kingfisher – A Shakespearean Comedy or Tragedy?

November 16, 2011

State Bank of India Chairman Pratip Chaudhuri took recourse to the Great Bard when asked about what the banks, who now own a substantial portion of the debt-hobbled airline Kingfisher Airlines, would do about its exposure.

Force India podium, giant leap for Indian motor sport?

August 30, 2009

India can boast of taking a major stride in Formula One after Italian driver Giancarlo Fisichella drove from pole to second on the podium at the Belgium Grand Prix on Sunday.

Prohibition policy in Gujarat — a tragic farce?

July 12, 2009

More than 130 people died after consuming bootleg liquor in Gujarat last week.

While prohibition is in place in Gujarat, liquor is often smuggled in from neighbouring states and people are forced to buy it at inflated prices.

Gandhi memorabilia auction: a wake-up call for India?

March 6, 2009

“Delighted and relieved,” is what the great-grandson of India’s iconic freedom hero Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi said once news came in that a collection of Gandhi memorabilia sold to tycoon Vijay Mallya will come home.