FDI Policy on Multi-brand Retail: In Cold Storage?

By Shekar Swamy | Guest Blog | July 30, 2014

In September 2012, the UPA government announced its policy of permitting 51 percent FDI in multi-brand retail with accompanying riders. In an unusual admission that they did not achieve a consensus on the policy, the UPA left it to the states to decide if they would permit large-format foreign retailers to open outlets within their borders. Promptly, a majority of the States declared that foreign retailers are not welcome in their territories.

As the Congress lost state elections in Delhi…

Vodafone’s Tax Dispute: Which Way Are We Headed?

By Kavaljit Singh | Blog | July 15, 2014

On 17th June, the Indian government appointed R C Lahoti, former Chief Justice of India, as arbitrator in Rs.200000 million tax dispute with the UK-based telecom giant Vodafone. The appointment of Mr. Lahoti was in response to an arbitration notice served by Vodafone International Holdings BV (its Dutch subsidiary) in April 2014 under the India-Netherlands Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPA) signed in 1995.

The international arbitration would be conducted under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law….

Reshaping India’s FTA Policy

By Kavaljit Singh | Blog | July 7, 2014

The new NDA government has recently announced its decision to review India’s existing free trade agreements (FTAs). “I have instructed the ministry to do a complete analysis of each of the FTAs, as not every FTA is seen completely beneficial to India… The ministry will come out with a report on it soon. It has to happen in a fortnight,” said Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of state for Commerce and Industry on June 14, 2014. This decision apparently indicates the willingness…

Enhancing the Participation of Farmers and Hedgers in Commodity Futures Markets

By Kavaljit Singh | Blog | July 2, 2014

The participation of farmers in commodity futures markets is extremely limited. According to market estimates, not even 2000 farmers in India are directly participating in the futures markets. Farmers can benefit directly from futures market by entering into futures contracts to sell their produce at a pre-decided price at a future date or indirectly by growing crops based on the expected future price disseminated through the exchange. However, both these benefits have not been passed on to Indian farmers till…