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Analyst Reports 04 Aug 2018 | 12:00 AM

Rethinking social progress in the 21st century

WHAT do we mean by social progress? That is the theme explored by the International Panel on Social Progress, a group of over 300 academics, including Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen. After four years of work, its report has finally been published last month by Cambridge University Press, with a useful summary at

Business 25 Mar 2019 | 12:00 AM

India’s crony capitalist edifice is creaking

A smug, entitled business class driven by greed and hubris, but sorely lacking in resources to legitimise their control. I could be describing the India Inc of today - or 1959. Nothing much has changed.

Analyst Reports 30 Mar 2019 | 12:00 AM

An existential identity crisis

Having visited Washington DC, London and Beijing in the last fortnight, the eerie feeling is a perspective of confused existentialism. In Washington, the mood is “My Way or No Way”; in London, “If Brexit, May Exit”, and in Beijing, “One Belt, One Road”.

Business 27 Apr 2019 | 12:00 AM

Gen Z turns to socialismto change the world

AS we move deeper into the 21st century, a new generation has emerged today to take over. It’s Generation Z, which includes persons born between 1995 and 2002 – also termed iGen by US psychologist Jean Marie Twenge, author of the bestselling: “iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy – and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood – and What That Means for the Rest of Us.”

Business 06 May 2019 | 12:00 AM

I drank myself to the bottom of Luckin Coffee’s IPO

The pending Nasdaq debut of China’s Luckin Coffee Inc begs the question of whether it’s a purveyor of beverages, or a technology company.

Business 11 May 2019 | 12:00 AM

Two NPC sessions in China

What are we to do? by Lin See-Yan UNLIKE the consultations last year, the 2019 annual sessions of the National People’s Congress (NPC) in early March (two sessions) was sobering in setting the tone for economic policies in 2019 and beyond.

Business 21 May 2019 | 12:11 AM Premium

US millennials approach middle age in crisis

New data show they’re in worse financial shape than every preceding living generation and may never recover