Life is not a template and neither is mine. Like several who have worked as journalists, I am a generalist in my over two decade experience across print, global news wires and dotcom firms. But there has been one underlying theme in each phase; life gave me the chance to observe and tell a story -- from early days tracking a securities scam to terror attacks and some of India's most significant court trials. Besides writing, I have jumped fences to become an entrepreneur, as an investment advisor -- and also taught the finer aspects of business journalism to young minds. At Forbes India, I also keep an eye on some of its proprietary specials like the Rich list, GenNext and Celebrity lists. An alumnus of Xavier Institute of Communications and H.R College of Commerce and Economics in Mumbai, I have worked for organisations such as Agence France-Presse, Business Standard, The Financial Express and The Times of India prior to this.
Image: DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP via Getty Images India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday night announced a Rs 20 lakh crore package to help revive the economy, while also signalling the need for the nation to move towards ‘Aatma nirbharta’ (self-reliance) in order for it to grow in a world ravaged by the outbreak of coronavirus since the start of the New Year. "The package will focus on land, labour, liquidity and law. It will also seek to help small businesses, labourers and farmers,” Modi said. It is expected that the Rs 20 lakh crore package will include the liquidity relief already announced by the Reserve Bank of India in recent weeks. Investors and funds cheered the move, as the benchmark stock market indices at the BSE and NSE rose by over 3 percent each in early trade on Wednesday. Details of the package will be announced by the finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the next few days, Modi said. But no details have been spelt out on how this programme will be funded. This package would work out to be one of the most massive amongst all large economies, of approximately 10 percent of India’s GDP.
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