Rajrishi Singhal

Rajrishi Singhal

Former Senior Fellow, Geoeconomics Studies

Rajrishi Singhal is a former Senior Geoeconomics Fellow, Gateway House. He has been a senior business journalist, and Executive Editor, The Economic Times, and served as Head, Policy and Research, at a private sector bank, before shifting to consultancy and policy analysis. In his extensive journalistic career, he has covered areas such as, steel, coal, shipping, ports, petroleum, petrochemicals, textiles and corporate performance. He was the Gurukul Chevening Fellow at the London School of Economics (1997-1998), and the C. V. Starr Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania (2002). He has written at length on the Indian economy, banking and finance industry, and on numerous public policy issues. He also served on two government committees appointed to re-examine policy options in areas of financial services, such as pension sector reforms. At present, he is a member of the Core Advisory Committee of National Insurance Academy and the Advisory Board of India Knowledge@Wharton, and a regular Op Ed contributor to various publications. He has a Master’s degree in Economics from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Download a high-res bio picture

Masters in Economics, Jadavpur University, Kolkata


Politics of international business, finance, economics and trade

Last modified: December 7, 2017

Recent projects

GST pic1 Courtesy: Reuters
11 August 2016 Gateway House

Key GST lessons from the world

The long march to implement the long-awaited Good and Services Tax in India has just begun. It is instructive to understand how other countries introduced this tax and cherry-pick lessons from their experiences

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4 August 2016 Gateway House

GST: adding edge to exports

The GST will not only advance domestic market efficiencies but also add teeth to India’s economic diplomacy by improving the ease of doing business and enhancing competitiveness for exports.

Pranab Mukherjee meeting the President of the Republic of Ghana_122907 Courtesy: The First Mail
30 June 2016 Gateway House

A new trajectory for India-Africa ties

India now sees Africa as a promising market for Indian goods, services, and investments. This is evident in the government’s recent concerted focus on the India-Africa relationship—high profile visits by top leaders to African countries, a recasting of India’s development diplomacy, and an attempt to match action to past promises
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19 June 2016 Gateway House

What does Brexit mean for India?

On June 23, the United Kingdom will vote on whether they wish to remain a part of the European Union through the Brexit vote. The debate surrounding the vote has spurred many a heated and emotional debate. While the Indian government has not declared anything publicly - remaining in the EU would be beneficial to Indian businesses.
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26 May 2016 Gateway House

India’s five-cornered trade strategy

Five rather unfavourable trends define India’s trade performance over the past two years; these trends also provide useful pointers as to where India’s future trade strategy can go over the next three years as it deals with a global economic slowdown, the rise of megatrade agreements and a pivot to a more intensive trade relation with the U.S.
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21 April 2016 Gateway House

India-Nepal ties back on an even keel

Nepal and India are trying to even out recent crimps in their decades-old relationship by focusing on areas of cooperation – such as, energy, trade, investment and infrastructure – with the bilateral cooperation agenda also including a public diplomacy programme

The No. 5 blast furnace at Corus' Port Talbot Works, South Wales. The furnace was rebuilt in eight months in 2002 at a cost of £75m. It produces around 1.5 million tonnes of liquid iron a year and is designed to
operate continuously for a minimum of 15 years.
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7 April 2016 Gateway House

Going global? Study Tata Steel first

All Indian companies planning to go global should closely follow the saga of Tata Steel’s UK plants; it’s a masterclass on how intimately business is intertwined with geopolitics and geoeconomics
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16 March 2016 Business World

Budget 2016: what’s in the bag?

For all intents and purposes, the Union Budget for 2016 is in the right direction. But what is lacking is clarity, or the nuts and bolts of how Finance Minister Jaitley intends to achieve some of its ambitious objectives.