In this Forbes India Cover Story Podcast, Shishir Prasad, the Deputy Editor of Forbes India discusses 9 conflicts that will determine the progress of India in 2011. Shishir talks about the dilemma faced by our Finance Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee who has to ensure that the 9 per cent per annum growth rate is maintained while the inflation is kept in check. In Telecom, Kapil Sibal faces a mountain to climb in building a robust policy structure for our telecom industry. Listen to know more.

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In this Forbes India Cover Story Podcast series, S Srinivasan, the Senior Editor joins us to talk about the options that 2011 will provide for the smart investors inspite of the uncertainties faced by most developed nations. An optimist Srini takes us through his thoughts on why he feels that the uncertainty brings in lot of opportunities for the discerning investor.

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Shishir Prasad and Peter Griffin take us through the year end issue of Forbes India which announces the 'Person of the year'. The authors explain why Nitish Kumar deserved the honour. The issue is also peppered with unusually light business stories of which we get a preview in this short podcast.

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Clouds bring rain. That's what we learned in our geography text books. In the 21st century, they also bring 'networking'. Yeah, bad joke, but when Gartner predicts that cloud will be the number one trend that would change IT and the economy in the next 10 years, one takes notice. In this Forbes India Cover Story podcast, senior editors Rohin, Seema and Shishir give us an overview of what cloud computing is about, what is its application and what are the laws governing it.

Here's an excerpt from the conversation where Rohin connects the recent Nira Radia tapes on Open Magazine to Cloud computing...

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The world's most complex IT project is being headed by Nandan Nilekani, not in the capacity of the Co-founder of Infosys, but as the Cabinet Minister in the Indian government. In this podcast, Mitu Jayshankar and Ramnath, the writers of this fortnight's cover story take us through the team at the Unique Identification Authority of India and the work culture. Mitu and Ramnath liken the environment to a garage startup and brings to life the prospective unsung heroes of the project!

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Toyota has been a paragon of quality, at least until recently. In the midst of the 8 million car recall crisis, Toyota chose to introduce its first small car in India, Etios. In this Forbes India Cover Story podcast in association with theindicast.com, Ashish Mishra and T Surendar talk about their experience of watching the car industry in India closely for years together and how will Toyota's move affect its competitors.

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Mitu Jayashankar, the Associate Editor at Forbes India joins us to talk about the challenges of covering one of the most read companies from the Indian corporate world - Infosys. While Infosys reported healthy quarter results yet again, this story talks about what is in store for the company post the Narayan Murthy era when he retires after Aug 2011. Apart from succession planning, Forbes India also examines the business model of the company in the context of the current environment. Also, will Kamath be the new man to replace Murthy?

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The best selling Forbes Issue each year is the one which lists the richest businessmen in India. Cuckoo Paul, the Associate Editor shares her thoughts on the men who are on the list as well as the industries that they represent.

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The Stock markets have always behaved in a manner which baffles even the most experienced stock brokers. Now add the concept of Algorithmic trading to it. Senior editors Pravin Palande and Shishir Prasad take us through this interesting concept which has started to take shape in India.

 

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The spirit of Gordon Gekko lives on. Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps releases today and so does the Forbes India Cover Story on how greed is consuming the Wall Street all over again. In this podcast, senior editors S Srinivasan and Shishir Prasad bring their perspective on why they think that the Wall Street has not learnt too many lessons after the 2008 crash.

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