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Business News/ Special Report / Best of Mint Explainers 2023

Best of Mint Explainers 2023

The year's top news, explained succinctly.

In one of our explainers we deciphered how the Congress ousted the BJP in Karnataka (Photo: PTI)Premium
In one of our explainers we deciphered how the Congress ousted the BJP in Karnataka (Photo: PTI)

What makes a good explainer? A topic that piques your interest but is a little too complicated, an issue that has multiple facets, and most importantly, a willing explainer that you can trust.

Thankfully, Mint's newsroom has many of those. Here are the top Mint Explainers from 2023:

T+1, a milestone for the Indian stock market

Prior to this year, if you wanted to sell a stock, you only got your money after two days. That changed in January, when the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) moved to a T+1 settlement system. Rishi Joshi writes about this monumental change.

How short selling works and why it hasn't picked up in India

In January, many Indians also learnt about the concept of short selling, or betting against a company's performance. Neil Borate explains the markets manoeuvre that rocked the Adani Group, vaporising $111 billion of its market capitalisation at one point.

Raghuram Rajan is right about India’s mobile phone exports

More often than not, former RBI governer Raghuram Rajan catches flak for his comments on India's economy and growth. In May, Rajan raised concerns about India’s mobile phone exports, cautioning that growth in the sector was being propelled merely by assembly and not manufacturing. Sumant Banerji explains why Rajan's critcism is warranted.

What’s Byju’s beef with its lenders?

For better or worse, Byju's has always been in the spotlight. In 2023, news about the company centred around its borrowings and inability to repay its lenders. Ranjani Raghavan explains the the fracas.

Rajasthan has made healthcare a right. Now comes the hard part

Rajasthan became India's first state to enact a ‘Right to Health Act’. This has huge implications — primary of them, financial. Tauseef Shahidi breaks down the nuances of this act, and explains how crucial implementation will be.

Is Dr. Saluja's battle against the Burmans worth fighting?

A battle that dominated headlines at Mint over the last year was the one between the Burman family and Rashmi Saluja. Fighting over prized financial services firm Religare, the Burmans have taken several steps to acquire control of the company. Anirudh Laskar writes about this fight, and whether it makes sense for Saluja to remain embroiled in it.

How did the Congress win Karnataka?

Karnataka held crucial state elections in 2023, ahead of the general polls next year. Congress won in the state and formed the government. Nidheesh MK writes about this win, and adds some historical context to understand how the Congress ousted the BJP from office.

The Comet certainly has interesting proportions.
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The Comet certainly has interesting proportions.

Is the launch of MG’s Comet a turning point for two-door cars?

Thanks to automaker MG Motors, India now has a two-door electric vehicle. The Comet, a divisive car, was launched this year. Sumant Banerji writes about this model, and why it could mark a huge change in Indian buyers' preferences.

How companies are altering compensation to retain staff

Retaining talent costs a lot of money, but what's more expensive is hiring new talent. Companies are now tweaking their salary structure to lure candidates, while cutting costs. Devina Sengupta writes about the new methods companies are using to retain talent.

When and why do companies buy back their shares?

Several companies, including Wipro, Hinduja, and L&T undertook share buybacks this year. Ram Sahgal explains why companies do this, and the financial sense behind the move.

How celebrities are confronting deep fakes, copyright concerns

Thanks to advancements in artificial intelligence, 2023 saw a rise in celebrity deep fakes. Krishna Yadav writes about this worrying trend, and what celebrities and authorities are doing to combat it.

Thanks to the media rights sale, we could watch India crumble in the Final in 1080p.
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Thanks to the media rights sale, we could watch India crumble in the Final in 1080p. (PTI)

BCCI and media rights - an affair since 1992

Between the Indian Premier League and the World Cup, 2023 showed that cricket remains king in India. The rights to broadcast India's matches lies with the cash-rich BCCI. Naman Suri writes about these deals, which BCCI has prized since 1991.

How does credit from banks and non-banks affect consumption?

Banks and non-banks have been pushing their customers to take multiple types of loans. Does this money go towards household consumption? A report released by an RBI-backed body finds out. Shayan Ghosh wrote about this report, which presents some interesting findings about this relationship between lending and consumption.


New Maldives President skips India for first official visit

Maldives' new president Mohamed Muizzu broke tradition by going to Turkey for his first external visit. Usually, the top official from Maldives always visits India. This snub has implications for India's foreign power, as it continues its efforts to be an international powerhouse. Shashank Mattoo explains the situation.

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Shashwat Mohanty
Shashwat works in the Subscriptions team, often thinking and executing ideas that could get people to pay for news. He is interested in editorial-led iniatives, as he believes that genuined journalism is still extremely valuable. He is a co-writer of Mint's flagship newsletter, Top of the Morning, and also writes the script of the podcast by the same name. Shashwat is also the producer and acontributer to the Best of the Week newsletter. When he's not missing deadlines, he likes attending live music gigs, discussing baseball, and complaining about the mileage of his car.
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Published: 29 Dec 2023, 12:40 PM IST
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