ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Whither Khadi?

Khadi has strayed from its objective of providing a livelihood to artisans in rural areas. For preserving the ethos of khadi, rather than just tinker with the existing system a restructuring of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission is necessary. The potential of khadi needs to be exploited for its inherent worth rather than be supported for charity.

Steel: Coping with Ups and Downs

While world steel production and prices are being propped up by Chinese demand, the Indian industry, which has also greatly benefited from the recent upturn, must contend with numerous domestic obstacles, including abysmally low consumption levels. The manufacturing sector has to be stimulated and the domestic consumption potential has to be tapped if the steel sector is to cope with cyclical fluctuations in future.

Steel Industry: A Performance Analysis

This article looks at the performance of the Indian steel industry and specifically examines certain major players, both during the downturn as well as the recent upswing, when recovery in prices has bolstered the bottom lines of companies. However, the respite provided by the price increases must not obfuscate other areas that need urgent attention, such as financial restructuring. Besides, at present, investment in R and D by the Indian steel sector is highly inadequate. Technology is the key to competitiveness in the steel industry, and only a technology-centric push can move the sector to a higher growth path.

Anti-dumping Probe:A Case Study in Steel

Countries across the world are resorting to dumping of steel, reflecting the malaise gripping the industry. This has resulted in a spate of anti-dumping investigations and imposition of dumping duties. India is not an exception to this phenomenon. While the country has set up investigations into allegations of dumping, especially by the CIS nations, Indian steel itself is the subject of probes and dumping duties by several countries. Here we discuss one such investigation conducted by India.
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