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Oct 08, 2017
Most Powerful Businesswomen 2017 Arundhati Bhattacharya will be remembered for taking some bold steps at SBI

Arundhati Bhattacharya will be remembered for taking some bold steps at SBI

Rajnish Kumar will replace Arundhati Bhattacharya, whose term as the Chairman of country's largest public sector lender ends this week.

Trust Factor

Nakhate is helping corporates with consolidation and global business.
Features Upfront


Names of close to 2,00,000 directors on boards of companies have been struck off by the Registrar of Companies as these companies have not filed returns.

The Gender Gap

We have a long way to go before we can claim equality at workplace. Here's why

A Green Chulha for Rural India

The Greenway Smart Stove emits 70 per cent less smoke and uses 65 per cent less biomass

The Female Gaze

A handful of female directors are striving to change the way women are now presented on screen.

A Big Leap

GIC's Alice Vaidyan, who is reaping the benefit of 'new crop' insurance, has also prepared the organisation for its first-ever IPO

Healing Drought

Some people in the areas where check dams are built had not even seen how wheat is grown. Now they cultivate wheat.

Couture Twist

Sustainable fashion and responsible shopping are the way to go

A Prolific Year

Anjuly Chib Duggal has been the driving force behind several big initiatives of the government.

Tapping the High-end Bet

Aruna Jayanthi is leading efforts to shift the business to newer areas.


Recent global events have shown a surge in protectionism, nationalism and nativism.

Devoted to Sewa

Renana Jhabvala has taken SEWA to 14 states and set up co-operative bank and housing finance company.

Content Queen

From soap operas to films and now edgy digital content, Ekta Kapoor has proved her versatility.

Bedrock of Safety

The 'Nirbhaya' incident was the trigger that made D'Silva take up women's issues.

Packing a Punch

Agile innovations and relevant business models are keeping the business ahead of the competition.

India's Sephora

Falguni Nayak's goal is to build Nykaa as an omni-channel, pan-India beauty brand.

Dignity of Labour

Gayathri Vasudevan provides skilling and ignites entrepreneurship in people at the bottom of the pyramid.

The Social Investor

Early-stage risk capital can accelerate the growth of social enterprises.

The Challenge Seeker

Zaveri believes in commitments and nurturing young women leaders

Freedom Warrior

The fight for freedom has been carried out for 25 years to save innocent lives from human traffickers.

The Money Manager

Jayashree Vyass Mahila Sewa Bank aims to financially empower a million women in the next three years.

Courage on Call

The foundation helps acid attack survivors and doubles up as a home away from home

The Disruptor

Meena Ganesh's latest home medical care start-up is going places.

How We Did It

As women are climbing the corporate ladder, another set is making an impact at the grassroots level. It was tough finding the gems among them.


Godrej Cosumer sees a 20-fold rise in market-cap under the Godrej family scion.

Bringing Change at the Grassroots

Her Reliance Foundation has improved lives of 12 million people

Fuelling Start-ups

Padmaja Ruparel wants to mobilise Rs 5,000 crore in 10 years and deploy that in 500 companies. The aim is to build a robust start-up ecosystem.

Legal Eagle

The most high-profile engagement in 2016 was the repetitive wins for Tata Sons and Ratan Tata in the rather bitter Tata-versus-Mistry battle.

Socially Conscious

Pooja Warier Hamilton helps social entrepreneurs find their feet.

Enabling Change

Since Preethi Herman took over, the number of petitions on has risen from 50 a month to 2,000.

Baggage Queen

Her efforts to update the VIP brand are showing results.

Success Is Sweet

She bestrides the divergent worlds of manufacturing sugar and the arts with elan.

That Happy Feeling

Reema Sathes venture is raising farmers incomes, reviving indigenous grain varieties.

The Skilling Wizard

Rekha Menon is taking Accenture into the future by re-training the workforce.

On An Urban Mission

Ruchi Mathur brings together experts and funding to solve the problems of Pune city.

Three R's for the Girl Child

Millions of girls in India are denied education as society sees them as a liability.

Medicine Woman

Samina Vaziralli, who quit her job to be a homemaker, finds herself running the Rs 14,630 crore Cipla.

Thirsting to Improve

Schauna Chauhan Saluja is revamping Parle Agro, improving technology and extending its reach.

Empowering Children

Children are not our future; they are our present, and they need to be empowered now.

Lending Consumers a Hand

Shanti Ekambaram is scaling up consumer banking by increasing throughput from ING Vysya branches and digital offerings.

Enabling the Disabled

Shanti Raghavan gave up a high-flying corporate career to work at skilling the disabled and finding them jobs.

Breaking Barriers

Enabling differently abled people go about their daily life seamlessly should be the next milestone for innovative companies.

The Animal Campaigner

PFA does not believe in euthanasia and gives animals a fighting chance to survive.

Making Robots Work

Under Sonali Kulkarni, FANUC is helping manufacturers automate in a big way.

Healthy Profits

Reddy has steered Apollo Hospitals through turbulent times.

On a Rescue Mission

Rescue is a small part of the anti-trafficking activity and what matters most is rehabilitation.

The Green Crusader

The environmental battle is one of David against the Goliaths of the government and the corporate world.


The India head of Advent International believes in transforming companies where they invest.

A Beacon of Hope

A poor and self-taught tribal woman has become an education activist.

Tech-ing Cover

Usha Sangwan has ushered technology into LIC - and the results are showing.

Prescient Choices

Vani Kola has an amazing knack of spotting opportunities early.

Cementing Success

Though real estate, cement's main consumer, is in the doldrums, Vinita has ensured her company thrives.

IBM and Beyond

Apart from leading IBM, Vanitha Narayanan is part of several initiatives to build a digital India.

Insuring The Future

The listing expert is working overtime to launch HDFC Lifes IPO.

Saying No To Stress

Vishakha Mulye has been focusing on loan growth and faster resolution of stressed assets.


Zarin Daruwala is aggressively expanding into retail banking and creating building blocks for the next phase of quality growth.
People Peoplebusiness


Ishaat Hussain, a veteran who has donned many hats in his journey at the Tata Group, has decided to retire from the group having attained the official retirement age of the company (70 years).
Technology The X Factor

The X Factor

From incremental updates to radical changes - the new iPhones have set the tech world abuzz. Here's everything you need to know.

Creative Powerhouse

The new 21.5-inch Apple iMac boasts an improved 4k display, better processor, and an evolved operating system.

Winner All The Way

Xiaomi Mi A1, the first mid-segment smartphone to offer Android One in India, leaves little to be desired.
Letters Letters to the Editor: October 8, 2017

Letters to the Editor: October 8, 2017

Letters to the Editor Business Today Magazine
Leadership Spotlight "Sustainable growth to come from high-barrier complex generics"

"Sustainable growth to come from high-barrier complex generics"

The US-based global CEO of Lupin, Vinita Gupta, tells P.B. Jayakumar about the crises Indian drug companies are facing in the US.
Focus Micro Shift

Micro Shift

Why new generation private banks are expanding into microfinance by acquiring existing well-run microfinance companies.

Incessant Fall

India is seeing a slump in drug exports since the beginning of the fiscal driven by a decline in the sale of Indian drugs in the US.

Too Much, Too Fast

Frequent changes in GST laws and tax rates are unsettling the new ecosystem, delaying the process.

Compulsive Bid

Cricketing rights will soon be a must-have for not just broadcasters but also for over-the-top platforms and telcos.

Subsidy Blues

Questions over phasing out of export subsidies at the WTO may force India to shift to a new trade policy.

Cleaning Up Crossholdings

The Tata Group's move to separate Tata Chemicals and Tata Global Beverages is a big step towards a simpler group structure.
Editors note Diversity and Discrimination

Diversity and Discrimination

From the Editor Prosenjit Datta
Book Women of Courage

Women of Courage

Human rights activist and journalist Supriya Vani brings to the fore remarkable stories of women who fought the odds, overcame social and gender discrimination and inspired hope among people. Through the life portraits of these extraordinary women, the author argues that the cause of world peace entails the emancipation of women and the proliferation of women leaders.