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To make sense of the week’s hottest stories in business, economy, politics and markets, journalists from the Economic Times chat with reporters and industry leaders in this thrice-weekly (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) podcast.


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The EV Battery Bet: Charged for Change

Kiran Somvanshi July 1, 2022

 In an effort to ramp up India’s EV revolution, the government has rolled out measures to boost local manufacturing of batteries. However, the battery ecosystem in India still has challenges to face. What holds for the future of this battery industry? Host Kiran Somvanshi discusses with Natarajan Shankar, MD & Partner, BCG India, Nilesh Kane, Chief – Mumbai Distribution, Tata Power, and Shresth Mishra, Co-founder, Simple Energy. Credits – Hindustan Times, CNBC-TV18

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RBI Ain’t Buying BNPL

Anirban Chowdhury June 30, 2022

The Reserve Bank of India is going after digital lending or Buy Now Pay Later firms with a new set of stern rules. One rule announced last week, bars them from issuing credit cards. The move affects 10 million users. Will the new rules put some BNPL companies out of business? Host Anirban Chowdhary digs deeper with Srinath Sridharan, Independent Director, Fintech Association for Consumer Empowerment, Saloni Shukla and Tarush Bhalla from The Economic Times.

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Storm in A Teacup

Bhavya Dilipkumar June 28, 2022

Indian tea exports have seen an uptick lately with the economic downturn in Sri Lanka but is this opportunity short-lived? How has India, with its rich tea history dating back to the British Raj, fallen behind countries like Kenya and Sri Lanka? Host Bhavya Dilipkumar speaks to Atul Asthana, managing director and CEO of Goodricke Group, Mohit Agarwal, director of Asian Tea and Exports and Bala Sarda, founder and CEO at Vahdam Teas on what can be done to make more Indian tea brew in cups across the globe?

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IPL: Does The Math Add Up?

Ratna Bhushan June 24, 2022

With BCCI winning the battle of bids in IPL, declining TRP’s and tussle between digital and TV for advertising sales, what will it take for broadcasters to make a buck on the world’s second most valuable sporting event? Host Ratna Bhushan, poses these questions to Vikram Sakhuja, Group Chief Executive, Madison Media, Arnab Roy, VP Marketing, Coca-Cola and Harish Thawani, Former CEO of Nimbus Communication.

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Reliance: The Globetrotting Shopper

Arijit Barman June 23, 2022

Mukesh Ambani has been on a deal spree for broken yet promising brands or for frontier technologies that will fire up his energy business. Since 2021, Reliance Industries has made over 20 strategic acquisitions and investments spending over $2 billion. But their bets now are getting bolder, bigger. Host Arijit Barman analyses the move with Jal Irani, Research Analyst, Edelweiss Securities and Tony Shiret, Equities Analyst at Panmure Gordon & Co. London. Disclosure: Jal Irani, Executive Director, Edelweiss Securities Limited: SEBI Registration: ISN-201600068669. The analyst above mentioned does not have any financial interest in the stock discussed. From Edelweiss: By way of abundant caution, we inform that we or our associates may or may not have been engaged with the subject companies and may or may not have received compensation from the subject companies in the past 12 months.

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Of Grievances, Takedowns & Tech Rules

Arijit Barman June 21, 2022

The proposed amendments to the IT rules 2021 address a host of topics from grievance redressal to self-regulation. Host Dia Rekhi in conversation with NS Nappinai, a supreme court advocate who is also the founder of the Cyber Saathi Foundation and Pooja Tidke a senior partner at Parinam Law, finds out what are the hits and also the big misses in the proposed rules and the implications of it for a user like you and me. Credits: CNBC-TV18

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Indians Go Vocal for Local Gin

Ratna Bhushan June 17, 2022

Homegrown gin brands gain popularity in India over imported brands. Host Ratna Bhushan explores what’s steering this revolution and how local botanicals are blowing minds with – Anand Virmani, Cofounder, Nao Spirits and Beverages, Devika Bhagat , Co-founder, Adventurist Spirits, Yash Bhange, Co-Founder, Hunger Inc. Hospitality as they raise a toast to this ginennaisance.

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Will Ethanol Sweeten India’s Oil Import Bill?

Kalpana Pathak Kiran Somvanshi June 16, 2022

A soaring import bill and worsening air quality is making the government accelerate its ethanol blending targets with petrol. But is the 20% ethanol mix the most effective answer to India’s unsustainable oil dependence. Host Kalpana Pathak and Kiran Somvanshi delve deeper into the subject with – Milind S Patke, President (Biofuels) – GPS Renewables, Karthik Ganesan, Research Fellow, Council on Energy, Environment and Water and Charles Worringham, an Independent Energy Researcher.

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Battleground 5G: Tech cos vs Telcos

Anirban Chowdhury June 14, 2022

Description: Telecom and non-telecom companies are at loggerheads over the allocation of 5G waves for private networks. Will this impact the much-awaited 5G auctions? To find out, host Anirban Chowdhury speaks with SP Kochhar, the director general of COAI, TV Ramachandran, president of the Broadband India Forum, and ET’s Kalyan Parbat.Credits: CNBC-TV18, Narendra Modi’s YouTube Channel

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Sebi’s Bet on Casino AI

Nehal Chaliawala June 10, 2022

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) may soon rely on artificial intelligence (AI) systems used by casinos to clampdown on insider trading. Will this be a game-changer? Host Nehal Chaliawala probes deeper into the cat-and-mouse game between Sebi and scamsters with Moin Ladha, Partner at Khaitan & Co. and ET’s Pavan Burugula.

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Pride on the Payroll

Arijit Barman June 9, 2022

The June joy of celebrating rainbows is here! Host Dia Rekhi in conversation with Anupama Easwaran, founder of InHarmony, Ramkrishna Sinha, co-founder of Pride Circle, and Teertha Sarvika, a trans woman working at an MNC in Bangalore, delves deeper into how India Inc is rethinking inclusivity by recognising LGBTQIA+ plus community and what more needs to be done.

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‘Tipping’ Point For Service Charge

Arijit Barman June 7, 2022

A standoff between the government and the restaurants on service charge and a possible clampdown on the anvil. Who really benefits from service charge and what’s the legal stand? Will it soon be ordered off the menu by the government? Host Kiran Somvanshi reflects with Shirish Deshpande, Chairman, Mumbai Grahak Panchayat, Anurag Katriar, Trustee, National Restaurant Association of India and Ratna Bhushan, ET.