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The Carousing's Just Begun

January 21, 2010

The Carousing's Just Begun
For years our automobile industry did not have much to offer in the way of fresh air (Watch Out For Volkswagen, BT cover, Jan. 24). But now, India's fast-whirring economic engine is proving to be the lightening rod for car makers from around the world as they go about turning the country into a crowded corner of the automotive universe.
— Vineet Achyut, Delhi

Hot Rods and Wheels
With car sales sagging everywhere except in China and India, car makers are jousting to gain traction in these two markets. In recent years, global auto giants have charged into India with all guns blazing, launching ever new and zippier models to lure customers. As a result, India has become a buyer's market with car lovers spoilt for choice. But as the propensity to burn more rubber catches on, a word of caution would be in order. While we may be justified in looking to get the most car for our money, as responsible citizens, we must also ensure that our actions do not increase the carbon intensity of our economy.
— Alok Rai, Chennai

Auto Hub India
Cratering new car sales in America and Europe is prompting car makers to bring their most advanced products to the table in India, where sales numbers are turning more stellar by the day. Global auto giants, lured by the promise of the Indian car market, are busy lining up and launching brand new models that's sure to quicken the pulse of the Indian customer.
— Pranjal, Delhi

When Big is Beautiful
Such is the tarnished coinage of political debate in the country that giving in to the demand for Telangana is bound to open the floodgates to separatist demands from other regions regardless of the economic merits (Divide and Grow, BT, Jan. 24). I am sure many will concur that an increase in the number of states would put greater strain on the nation's federal structure and lead to centre-state relations fraying further.
— Mahesh Kumar, Delhi

Innovative Banking
India's Best Banks (BT cover, December 13) shows that banks need to innovate, develop differentiated business models and enhance their service platforms if they want to grow.
— Saransh, Delhi

Top CEO Mukesh Ambani
It's a proud moment for India Inc. that one of its own has been ranked among top five best-performing CEOs in the world by Harvard Business Review (The Best Performing CEOs, BT, Jan. 24). One of the reasons why the best CEOs outperform others is their willingness to keep an open mind and learn from real life experience. I recall what Mukesh Ambani said about the lessons he picked while spending his formative years in Mumbai. “I am a Mumbai boy. On its streets, I learnt to stand up for myself. On its road-side stalls, I learnt to bargain. In its commercial centres, I learnt business. In its cinemas, I learnt to dream,” he said.
— J.S. Broca, Delhi

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