• Is government's moves to force CSR diktat out of line? March 13, 2013

    These days, any conversation on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) tends to evoke a very strong response. That's because there is a large section of business leaders who believe that the government's move to force companies of a certain size to spend at least 2 per cent of their profits on...
  • Letter from the editor: Why it pays to watch the rocky movies January 16, 2013

    Some of you might remember the cover image of the badly bruised face of a man staring at you from the Forbes India Investment Guide 2012, around exactly the same time last year. It wasn't a pretty sight, signalling the onset of a brutal year for investors. It did turn...
  • Letter from the editor: Surviving the perfect storm June 23, 2012

    In the last edition, I had raised the issue of how we, as a nation, need to nurture many more first-generation entrepreneurs. There is an absolute dearth of such role models in India. Which is why Flipkart, founded by two friends from IIT-D " Sachin and Binny Bansal " is...
  • Why we need to celebrate exits June 11, 2012

    Kishore Biyani can sometimes get overly aggressive in betting on the future. He's also prone to occasional flights of fancy"and to top it all, often fails to pass the test on execution. But in my book, he has one trait that perhaps overrides all his other flaws: He is an...
  • A whole new foundation for business May 12, 2012

    Be careful. Very careful. "Bad management theories are destroying good management practices". That is what Sumantra Ghoshal, one of the most respected voices in the world on what management ought to be like, argued in a path breaking paper by the same name. It was published shortly after he died...
  • The coming revolution on Indian roads March 31, 2012

    If you're on any of India's national highways, the sight of an overloaded truck travelling at a sedate pace is pretty common. Truckers seldom cover more than 300 km a day, compared to more than 1,000 km a day in the West, at speeds no more than 25 km an...
  • Leading the world in science February 18, 2012

    I wasn't the science teacher's pet in school. And I can't confess I know too many scientists either. Yet, over time, I've come to appreciate the role of science in our society. And I have often wondered why India produces so many brilliant minds in the world of science"each of...
  • Letter from Indrajit Gupta: Celebrate the slowdown February 4, 2012

    No one is switching off lights at 6 pm or slashing salaries and headcount by a quarter and cutting back on travel budgets. Actually, there are very few Indian firms exhibiting those typical knee-jerk reactions that one associates with tough times. Instead, when our team began interviewing CEOs of some...
  • Exploring the fault lines August 13, 2011

    Last year, when we released our Independence Day Special edition, India was in a different state of mind. In keeping with our growing global aspirations, our special edition, brought out in collaboration with ICRIER, the leading New Delhi-based think tank, focussed on India and its expanding relationship with the rest...
  • I don't socialise without my family: Pawan Goenka August 5, 2011

    Pawan Goenka, 56 Profile: President, automotive sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Experience: A former General Motors executive Key Challenge: Building in-house research and development capability, taking the company's products to global markets Strategy: Giving direction to existing businesses and identifying new avenues of growth In my current role, I am not...
  • The $1 Trillion Paradox June 6, 2011

    New Delhi: There are perhaps just a couple of projects that have changed the dowdy image of Indias infrastructure in the past 10 years. For the most part, the Indian infrastructure story has almost been saddled with a continuing narrative: Crumbling roads, creaking bridges, dirty airports, polluted water and unreliable...
  • Letter from the editor: How to be a billionaire March 26, 2011

    This annual edition that you hold in your hands " referred to as the Billionaires Edition " is always worth waiting for. Over the years, it has emerged as the authoritative signpost of the wealth created by the biggest entrepreneurs around the world. As chief product officer Lewis DVorkin says,...
  • Forbes India: How ITC chief kicked the butt June 29, 2010

    Y C Deveshwar is determined to give ITC a life beyond tobacco and make it an FMCG giant. ...
  • Don't want to be a niche car maker: Renault-Nissan November 24, 2009

    Carlos Ghosn shares learnings from his Indian sojourn. ...